On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1953

Historical Events

  • 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
  • The Bantu Education Act (later renamed the Black Education Act) commenced, providing the legal underpinning of several aspects of the apartheid system, most importantly in education
  • The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • Gary Johnson, American businessman, politician and Libertarian Party nominee for President in 2016, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), born in Zwierzyn, Poland (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestHank Williams

Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Ludomir Różycki, Polish composer and conductor (Eros i Psyche; Pan Twardowski), dies at 69
1953 Highlights

About January 1, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 9 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Capricorn