On This Day

What Happened in July 1953

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 KTVH (now KWCH) TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Vic Seixas wins his only Wimbledon singles title with a 9-7, 6-3, 6-4 over Dane Kurt Nielsen

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins 3rd leg of her Grand Slam beating fellow American Doris Hart 8-6, 7-5

  • Jul 4 Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas Rákosi as premier of Hungary
  • Jul 5 WANC TV channel 21 in Asheville, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 5 Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts hurls his 28th consecutive MLB complete game in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh
  • Jul 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Birmingham CC: Walter Burkemo wins 2 & 1 from Felize Torza in the Tuesday final; his lone major title

Historic Event

Jul 7 Che Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador

  • Jul 8 US stops aid to Persia
  • Jul 9 1st helicopter passenger service (NYC)
  • Jul 9 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games

British Golf Open

Jul 10 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: In his only Open Championship appearance, Ben Hogan prevails by 4 strokes over Dai Rees, Antonio Cerdá, Peter Thomson, Frank Stranahan

  • Jul 12 KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 13 Battle of the Kumsong River begins - last major battle of the Korean war

Historic Event

Jul 14 First US national monument dedicated to a black American, to preserve the boyhood home of agricultural scientist and inventor George Washington Carver in Newton County, Missouri [1]

  • Jul 14 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • Jul 15 ANC members, Walter Sisulu and Duma Nokwe leave South Africa and go overseas under false names
  • Jul 16 KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, Minnesota (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 19 KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 20 USSR/Israel recover diplomatic relations
  • Jul 20 The United Nations Economic and Social Council votes to make UNICEF a permanent agency
  • Jul 24 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 25 NYC transit fare rises from 10 cents to 15 cents, 1st use of subway tokens
  • Jul 26 Cuban pirate radio station's 1st transmission at Santiago de Cuba

Historic Event

Jul 26 Fidel Castro leads a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, intended to spark a revolution in Cuba

  • Jul 26 Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek Raid
  • Jul 26 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins first of 3 consecutive Tour general classification events

Korean War Ends

Jul 27 North Korea and the United Nations sign armistice to stop fighting and divide Korea at the 38th parallel

  • Jul 27 Vatican disallows priest holiday work in factory
  • Jul 27 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons "Chief" Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 29 US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defence Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Vladivostok
  • Jul 30 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Henry Percy, 11th duke of Northumberland and godchild of Elizabeth II (d. 1995)
  • Jul 1 Pat Donovan, American NFL offensive lineman (4-time Pro Bowl, Dallas Cowboys), born in Helena, Montana
  • Jul 1 Mike Haynes, American NFL cornerback, College/Pro Football Halls of Fame, 9X Pro Bowl (New England Patriots; Los Angeles Raiders), born in Denison, Texas
  • Jul 2 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Alynne Amkraut, American entertainer, born in Amityville, New York
  • Jul 3 Frank Tanana, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 6 Nanci Griffith, American singer ("From A Distance"), and songwriter ("Once in a Very Blue Moon"; "Love at the Five and Dime"), born in Seguin, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Jul 7 Lynval Golding, rocker (Fun Boy Three)
  • Jul 8 Jonathan Segal, American actor (Jonathan-Paper Chase), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 9 Dave Camp, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Irina D Latysheva, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 9 Thomas Ligotti, American author (Songs of a Dead Dreamer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Margie Gillis, Canadian dancer and choreographer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 10 Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, French author and L'Oréal heiress (richest woman in the world 2019-), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Leon Spinks

Jul 11 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

  • Jul 11 Peter Bergman, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, actor (Eat or Be Eaten)
  • Jul 11 Benny DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Jul 13 Larry Gomes, dependable West Indian cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • Jul 13 Milica "Mila" Mulroney (née Pivnički), wife of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, born in Sarajevo, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia.
  • Jul 13 Violeta Dinescu, Romanian pianist, composer (Tabar), and music professor, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jul 14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], American model, singer, and Playboy playmate (Nov 1974), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jul 15 Franklyn Seales, West Indian-American stage and screen actor (The Onion Field; Silver Spoons - "Dexter"), born in Calliaqua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (d. 1990)
  • Jul 15 Jean-Bertrand Aristide, president of Haiti (1991, 1994- )
  • Jul 15 John Denham, Seaton, Devon, England, MP (Labour)
  • Jul 16 Philece Sampler, American actress (Another World, 1987-89 -"Donna Love"; Days Of Our Lives, 1981-84 - "Renée"), and anime voice dubber, born in San Angelo, Texas (d.2021)
  • Jul 16 Douglas J. Feith, American Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Peter Greenall, 4th Baron Daresbury, British aristocrat and businessman, born in Marylebone, London
  • Jul 18 Neil Stubenhaus, American session and touring bass guitarist, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut [1]
  • Jul 19 Howard Schultz, American businessman, CEO of Starbucks, born in New York City
  • Jul 20 Thomas Friedman, American journalist
  • Jul 20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer (Marcia Shines), born in Boston, Massachessetts
  • Jul 20 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • Jul 21 Brian Talbot, British soccer midfielder (6 caps; Ipswich, Arsenal) and manager (WBA, Hibernian, Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham), born in Ipswich, England
  • Jul 21 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • Jul 21 Eric Bazilian, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
  • Jul 22 Brian Howe, British rock singer (Bad Company, 1986-93 - "This Love"; "Holy Water"), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2020)

Graham Gooch

Jul 23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

Najib Razak

Jul 23 Najib Razak, Malaysian politician (Prime Minister of Malaysia, 2009-2018), born in Kuala Lipis, Malaya

  • Jul 23 Chris Pinnick, American session and touring guitarist (Chicago; Herb Alpert), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Jul 24 Jon Faddis, American jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 24 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • Jul 24 Claire McCaskill, American politician, junior senator from Missouri
  • Jul 26 Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 27 Wim van de Camp, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Oss, Netherlands
  • Jul 27 Yahoo Serious [Greg Gomez Pead], Australian comedian, born in Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jul 28 Steve Duncan, singer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Geddy Lee

Jul 29 Geddy Lee, Canadian rock vocalist, and bassist (Rush - "Tom Sawyer"; "The Trees"; "New World Man"), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • Jul 29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 29 Tim Gunn, American television and fashion personality (Project Runway), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 30 Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-9), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 31 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra - "Strange Magic"; "Evil Woman"), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2018)
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • Jul 31 Ted Baillieu, Australian Politician, Premier of Victoria (2010-13), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 31 James Read, American actor (North and South), born in Buffalo, New York

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Jul 2 Children's author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York

Roger Moore

Jul 6 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

José Ferrer

Jul 13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

  • Jul 13 American bandleader Louis Prima (42) marries American singer Keely Smith (25), in Virginia Beach, Virginia (his 4th, her 2nd); divorce in 1961

Famous Divorces

José Ferrer

Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • Jul 1 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • Jul 10 Sidney Homer, American composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 11 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), dies at 79 [1]
  • Jul 14 Richard von Mises, Austrian scientist and mathematician (probability theory), dies at 70
  • Jul 15 Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)
  • Jul 16 Hilaire Belloc, Anglo-French author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • Jul 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Maude K Adams, American actress (Little Minister), dies
  • Jul 18 Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • Jul 19 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 52
  • Jul 20 Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • Jul 20 Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • Jul 22 Cyrus "Cy" Kendall, American actor (Tarzan's New York Adventure, Mysteries of Chinatown), dies from heart problems at 55
  • Jul 26 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • Jul 31 Robert A. Taft, American politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 63