On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1953

Historical Events

Sports History

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

  • WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • Robert Saxton, British classical composer (The Circle of Light; Caritas), born in London

Famous Deaths

  • Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41
  • Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), dies from a heart attack at 58
1953 Highlights

About October 8, 1953

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

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