On This Day

What Happened on October 18, 1953

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
1953 Highlights

About October 18, 1953

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 3 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra