On This Day

What Happened on March 26, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

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

InventionScientific Discovery

Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk

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