On This Day

What Happened on March 1, 1953

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

After an all-night movie and dinner session with his top advisers, Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Sport awardGolf Tournament

American golfer Babe Zaharias wins a controversial Sarasota Women's Open by 7 strokes as playing partner Louise Suggs refuses to sign the scorecard after Zaharias given a beneficial ruling

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • KTNT (now KSTW) TV channel 11 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins
  • WFBG TV (later WTAJ) channel 10 in Altoona, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission

Famous Birthdays

  • Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (4 Tests; first SL Test captain; 12 ODIs), born in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka
  • Carlos Queiroz, Portuguese soccer coach (Portugal, UAE, RSA, Iran, Colombia; Real Madrid), born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique
  • Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, American football linebacker (NFL Pro Bowl 1978; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Austin, Texas
1953 Highlights

About March 1, 1953

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 7 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Pisces