On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1953

Historical Events

  • 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
  • East Germany's first Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage", beginning a purge of senior officials, accused of spying for 'imperialistic powers' and plotting against the state

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Clearmountain, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer (Bruce Springsteen; Crowded House), and record producer (Brayn Adams; Bon Jovi), born in Connecticut
  • Chris D. [Desjardins], American punk rock singer, and poet (The Flesh Eaters), born in Riverside, California
  • Kent Hovind, American evangelist
  • Randy White, American NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ta-Tanisha, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

Famous Deaths

  • Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, dies at 76
1953 Highlights

About January 15, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 4 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Capricorn