On This Day

What Happened in June 1953

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1 WDAY TV channel 6 in Fargo, ND (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Royal Coronation

Jun 2 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, England

  • Jun 3 KVOS TV channel 12 in Bellingham/Vancouver, WA (CBS) begins
  • Jun 4 Pittsburgh pirates trade outfielder Ralph Kiner & catcher Joe Garagiola to Chicago Cubs
  • Jun 5 Denmark adopts a new constitution
  • Jun 5 US Senate rejects China People's Republic membership to UN
  • Jun 7 1st color network telecast in compatible color (Boston Massachusetts)
  • Jun 7 Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants
  • Jun 7 WDAU (now WYOU) TV channel 22 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (CBS) begins
  • Jun 8 Cluster of 6 tornadoes touches down in Flint, Michigan killing 113
  • Jun 8 Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court

Television Finale

Jun 9 Milton Berle's TV show "Texaco Star Theater" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Jun 9 South African premier D. F. Malan visits the Netherlands
  • Jun 9 Worcester County tornado kills 94 injures 1310 and leaves 10,000 homeless
  • Jun 11 "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
  • Jun 11 Test Cricket debut of Alan Davidson at Trent Bridge

US Golf Open

Jun 13 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Ben Hogan wins a record-tying 4th US Open title, 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Sam Snead

  • Jun 13 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 13 Alec Bedser takes 14-99 (7-55 & 7-44) v Australia

World Record

Jun 13 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:18:40.2)

  • Jun 13 KOAA TV channel 5 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (NBC) 1st broadcast

Historic Event

Jun 14 Eisenhower condemns McCarthy's book burning proposal

Music History

Jun 14 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Jun 14 Military coup by General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla in Colombia
  • Jun 14 Yanks sweep Indians 6-2, 3-0 before 74,708 win streak at 18 straight
  • Jun 15 Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 & Browns 14-game losing streak
  • Jun 15 NY Yankees first baseman Johnny Mize is 93rd MLB player to get 2,000 hits
  • Jun 15 NYC Transit Authority forms
  • Jun 15 WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 16 Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, NY Yankees lose ending an 18 game winning streak and also ending St Louis Brown 14 game losing streak
  • Jun 17 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
  • Jun 17 Riots in East Germany for reunification

Historic Event

Jun 17 US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

  • Jun 18 Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president
  • Jun 18 USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
  • Jun 18 Red Sox rookie Eugene Stephens is 1st player in AL history to register 3 hits in an inning; Boston score 17 runs in 7th Inning in 23-3 rout of Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park
  • Jun 18 3rd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 Albert W Dent elected president of US National Health Council
  • Jun 19 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 19 WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 20 LPGA Western Golf Open Women's Golf, Capital City Club: Louise Suggs defeats Patty Berg, 6 & 5 in the final
  • Jun 24 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 1st passenger to fly commercially around the world < 100 hours
  • Jun 25 86°F in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jun 26 KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast

Historic Event

Jun 26 Lavrentiy Beria, one of the trio of Russian leaders after Stalin's death and the former secret police chief, is ousted from power and arrested

  • Jun 27 Joseph Laniel appointed French premier

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 28 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Rochester: Betsy Rawls wins an 18-hole Sunday playoff by 6 strokes over runner-up Jackie Pung

  • Jun 29 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 30 1st Chevrolet Corvette manufactured

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Diana Canova, American actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jun 1 David Berkowitz, American serial killer (Son of Sam)
  • Jun 2 Craig Stadler, American golfer (US Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 4 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Thunderclap Newman; Wings), born in Dumbarton, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • Jun 4 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser), born in Shikama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jun 4 Paul Samson [Sansom] British heavy metal and blues guitarist (Samson), born in Norwich, England (d. 2002)

Kathleen Kennedy

Jun 5 Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park) President of Lucasfilm (2012-), born in Berkeley, California

  • Jun 6 Ken Calvert, American politician (Rep-R-California 1993-), born in Corona, California
  • Jun 6 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • Jun 7 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire (d. 2019)
  • Jun 7 Dougie Donnelly, Scottish television broadcaster, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 10 John Edwards, American politician and lawyer (Senator (R) North Carolina 1999-2005), born in Seneca, South Carolina
  • Jun 11 Peter Bergman, American actor (All My Children, Starland Vocal Band), born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Jun 12 Jonathan "Rocky" Burnette, American rock and roll vocalist ("Tired of Toein' the Line"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 12 Allan Weiner, American pirate radio station owner, born in Yonkers, New York

Tim Allen

Jun 13 Tim Allen, Canadian comedian (Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle), born in Denver, Colorado

  • Jun 14 David Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Pere Ubu), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician (Member of the New Zealand Parliament for East Coast), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Xi Jinping

Jun 15 Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing

  • Jun 15 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England
  • Jun 16 Ian Mosley, British drummer (Marillion - "Clutching At Straws"), born in Paddington, London, England
  • Jun 18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band - "Boogie Shoes"), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Larry Dunn [Dunhill], rock and soul keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • Jun 20 Brian J Duffy, American USAF Major and astronaut (STS-45, -57, -72), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 20 Raúl Ramírez, Mexican tennis player, born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Jun 20 Willy Rampf, German F1 technical director (BMW Sauber)

Benazir Bhutto

Jun 21 Benazir Bhutto, 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, born in Karachi, Pakistan (d. 2007)

  • Jun 21 Charlie Moore Jr., American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 21 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • Jun 21 Michael Bowen, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 21 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), born in St. Andrew, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • Jun 22 Cyndi Lauper, American singer ("Girls Just Want To Have Fun"; "Time After Time"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 23 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jun 23 Roberta Leighton, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 24 Ivo Lill, Estonian artist
  • Jun 25 Ian Davis, Australian cricket batsman (15 Tests, 1 x 100; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 26 Ralph Ezell, American singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Union, Mississippi
  • Jun 26 Robert Davi, American actor (Die Hard; License to Kill), director (The Dukes), and singer ("Davi Sings Sinatra"), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 27 Kent Bostick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jun 29 Billy Hinsche, American pop musician, singer, and songwriter (Dino, Desi & Billy; The Beach Boys), born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2021)
  • Jun 29 Don Dokken, American heavy metal singer (Dokken - "Alone Again"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 29 Colin Hay, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now?"), born in Saltcoats, Scotland
  • Jun 30 Hal Lindes, American-English rock guitarist (Dire Straits, 1980-85), and film score composer (The Boys Are Back), born in Monterey, California

Famous Weddings

Arthur C. Clarke

Jun 15 Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke (35) weds Marilyn Torgenson in New York

Martin Luther King Jr.

Jun 18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

James Brown

Jun 19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia; divorce in 1969


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 3 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies at 66
  • Jun 5 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Jun 5 Roland Young, English American actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5 William Farnum, American actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Ugo Betti, Italian dramatist (The Fugitive), dies at 61
  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, German composer, dies at 76

ExecutionEthel Rosenberg

Jun 19 Ethel Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed (in 5 tries) at Sing Sing, NY, for espionage at 37

ExecutionJulius Rosenberg

Jun 19 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed at Sing Sing, NY for espionage at 35

  • Jun 20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 25 Algy Gehrs, Australian cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies at 72
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, Belgian composer and priest, dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Elsa Beskow, Swedish children's author and illustrator, dies at 79
  • Jun 30 Göte Carlid, Swedish composer (Eine kleine Teemusik), dies at 32
  • Jun 30 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)