On This Day

What Happened on March 26, 1953

Historical Events

  • "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Dr Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine to prevent polio, clinical trials began the next year

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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Famous Birthdays

  • Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Lincoln Chafee, American Senator from Rhode Island
  • Michael Bonagura, country singer (Baille & Boys-Oh Heart), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
  • William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (d. 2002)

Famous Deaths

  • Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
1953 Highlights

About March 26, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 7 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aries