On This Day

What Happened on October 18, 1953

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Deaths

  • Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), dies at 57
  • Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80