What Happened in October 1953

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Indian state of Andhra Pradesh partitioned from Madras
  • Oct 1 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 KYTV TV channel 3 in Springfield, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, TN (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WREX TV channel 13 in Rockford, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • Oct 2 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine sets a Baseball World Series record with 14 strikeouts in a 3-2 Game 3 win against the New York Yankees.
  • Oct 3 Ryder Cup Golf, Wentworth: San Snead wins 6 of 7 matches to lead US to 6th consecutive Cup win, 6½-5½ over Great Britain
  • Oct 3 7th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: NY Rangers RW Wally Hergesheimer scores twice as All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-1
  • Oct 3 KGGM TV channel 13 in Albuquerque, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 British runner Jim Peters sets world marathon record 2:18:34.8 in the Turku Marathon in Finland

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Oct 4 NY Yankees slugging center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; Yankees win series, 4-2

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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Oct 5 Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of US

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Oct 5 50th Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3 in Game 6 for 4-2 series win; NY 2nd baseman Billy Martin's 12 hits sets WS record; Yankees win record 5th consecutive WS
  • Oct 5 The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
  • Oct 6 WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

  • Oct 7 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply

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Oct 8 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 8 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins

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Oct 9 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 9 Konrad Adenauer elected Chancellor of West Germany

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • Oct 12 US & Greece sign peace treaty (US bases)
  • Oct 13 Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves patented by Samuel Bagno
  • Oct 14 1st 3 Dutch female police officers go into service
  • Oct 14 Belgian Convair crashes at Frankfurt, 44 die
  • Oct 14 Charley Dressen resigns rather than take 1 year contract as Dodger mgr
  • Oct 14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • Oct 14 Ike promises to fire as Red any federal worker taking 5th amendment
  • Oct 14 WTEN TV channel 10 in Albany, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon" premieres in New York
  • Oct 15 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins

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Oct 16 Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 18 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • Oct 19 1st jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service
  • Oct 19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
  • Oct 20 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 22 Laos gains full independence from France
  • Oct 23 France grants Laos' sovereignty
  • Oct 23 German FR applies to NATO
  • Oct 23 WTRF TV channel 7 in Wheeling-Steubenville, WV (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 24 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Oct 25 Cleveland Browns' QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Oct 25 Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die

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Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th Symphony

  • Oct 25 KIEM TV channel 3 in Eureka, CA (NBC/CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • Oct 28 Bud Grant of Winnipeg Blue Bombers intercepts 5 passes (record)
  • Oct 28 Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
  • Oct 29 A Baltimore group purchases St Louis Browns

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 30 Dr Albert Schweitzer & Gen George Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 31 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Greta Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner (1st female world marathon champion 1983), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)
  • Oct 1 John Hegley, British poet
  • Oct 1 Pete Falcone, American baseball player
  • Oct 2 Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leonean politician, President of Sierra Leone (2007-), born in Makeni, Sierra Leone
  • Oct 4 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 4 Tchéky Karyo, Turkish-French actor
  • Oct 4 Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss new-age harpist (Down to the Moon), born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Oct 5 James Lascelles, British grandson of English princess Mary, born in Bayswater, London
  • Oct 5 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher
  • Oct 5 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 6 Klaas Bruinsma, Dutch drug lord (d. 1991)
  • Oct 7 Christopher Norris, American actress (Summer of '42, Eat My Dust), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 7 Tico Torres, rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always)
  • Oct 8 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • Oct 9 Hank Pfister, American tennis star, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Oct 9 Tony Shalhoub, American actor (Antonio Scarpacci-Wings, Big Night), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Oct 10 Gus Williams, American NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Oct 10 Midge Ure, Scottish rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 11 David Morse, American actor (St Elsewhere, House, Inside Moves), born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Oct 12 Serge Lepeltier, French politician, born in Le Veurdre, Allier, France
  • Oct 13 Bill Schuette, American lawyer and politician (53rd Attorney General of Michigan), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Oct 13 Pat Day, American jockey, born in Brush, Colorado
  • Oct 14 Greg Evigan, American actor (BJ-BJ & the Bear, Melrose Place), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • Oct 14 Marcel Zeeuw, Surinamese soldier (coup 1982), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2015)
  • Oct 14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
  • Oct 14 Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, writer and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 15 Larry Miller, American comedian and actor (Larry-Pursuit Of Happiness), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 15 Tito Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 15 Betsy Clifford, Canadian alpine skier, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 16 Martha Smith, actress (Animal House)/playmate (July 1973), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 16 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Oct 16 Tony Carey, American rocker musician, singer-songwriter (Rainbow,Planet P Project), born in Fresno, California
  • Oct 16 Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer

Person of interestKeith Hernandez

Oct 20 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Oct 20 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Oct 21 Charlotte Caffey, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Go-Go's)
  • Oct 21 Eleonora Giorgi, actress (Nu de Femme, To Forget Venice), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 21 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • Oct 21 Peter Mandelson, British politician
  • Oct 22 Roy Ristie, Suriname/Neth radio host (Apintie, Kankantrie)
  • Oct 24 Billy Thomas, Ft Meyers Fla, singer (McBride & Ride-I Count on You)
  • Oct 24 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 24 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 25 Mark Will McNulty, Bindwa Zimbabwe, PGA golfer (1982 Danny Thomas-4th)
  • Oct 25 Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Piqua OH, LPGA golfer (1985 MasterCard Pro-Am)
  • Oct 26 Jennifer Roberson, American sci-fi author (Shapechangers, Sword-Maker)
  • Oct 26 Julian Keith Strickland, drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Oct 26 Lauren Tewes, American actress (Julie McCoy-Love Boat), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 26 Rosa Monckton, English businesswoman adn notable charity fundraiser, born in Westminster, London
  • Oct 27 Michael Baker, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 43, 52, 68, 81), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 27 Peter Firth, Bradford England, actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford, England
  • Oct 27 Robert Picardo, actor (Frame Up, Gremlins 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 28 Pierre Boivin, Canadian businessman and hockey executive

Person of interestDenis Potvin

Oct 29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Oct 30 Alexander Fedorovich Poleshchuk, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-16), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 30 Charles Martin Smith, Van Nuys CA, actor (American Graffiti)
  • Oct 30 Kathleen Cody, actress (Charley & the Angel), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 30 Peter Hoekstra, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • Oct 31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Oct 31 Michael J. Anderson, American actor (The Man from Another Place), born in Denver, Coloroda

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Florence Sabin, American Scientist who was the first woman to graduate from Johns Hopkins and the first lifetime woman member of the National Academy of Sciences, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 8 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 13 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies from lung cancer at 50
  • Oct 18 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), dies at 57
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, dies in a plane crash at 31
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71