On This Day

December 1953 in History

Events in History


<b>Republican</b> PartyRepublican Party

Dec 3 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 6 Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Dec 8 Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the United Nations in New York
  • Dec 9 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
  • Dec 12 Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • Dec 16 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
  • Dec 16 Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
  • Dec 17 US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications
  • Dec 24 Two fast express trains crash head-on killing 103 in Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 24 René Coty elected president of France
  • Dec 24 Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
  • Dec 25 Avalanche of lava kills 150 from Ruapehu volcano in New Zealand
  • Dec 25 KNEV (95.5 The Vibe) radio broadcaster in Reno, Nevada begins broadcasting
  • Dec 31 Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
  • Dec 31 Bill Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Meg Griffin, American DJ (WNEW-FM, WPLJ-FM, WKRK-FM)/VJ (V-1)
  • Dec 3 Robert Guediguian, French director (The Snows of Kilimanjaro), born in Marseille, France
  • Dec 6 Wil Shriner, American talk show host (Wil Shriner Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 8 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist
  • Dec 13 Thomas E. Sanders, American aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), born in San Pedro, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestBen Bernanke

Dec 13 Ben Bernanke, American economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-14), born in Augusta, Georgia

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • Dec 14 Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 14 Mikael Odenberg, Swedish politician (Minister for Defence), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 15 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • Dec 18 Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard
  • Dec 23 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 24 François Loos, French politician, born in Strasbourg, France
  • Dec 26 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Dec 26 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician, President of the Dominican Republic (2004-12), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 26 Steve Sisolak, American politician, Governor of Nevada (2019-), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 29 Stanley "Tookie" Williams, American gangster, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • Dec 30 Daniel T Barry, PhD/MD/astronaut (STS 72), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Dec 30 Bill Kazmaier, American powerlifter
  • Dec 30 Harald Schmautz, German-born journalist
  • Dec 30 Meredith Vieira, American television journalist
  • Dec 31 Yahya Ould Hademine, Mauritanian politician & 13th Prime Minister of Mauritania (2014-present), born in Timbédra, French West Africa

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 8 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 27 Broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge (22) weds Joan Heise at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), dies at 74
  • Dec 6 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, British-Indian Islamic scholar and translator (translated Qu'ran into English), dies at 81

Person of interestRobert A. Millikan

Dec 19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84

BattleLavrentiy Beria

Dec 23 Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet politician and head of the NKVD secret service, executed after being ousted from power at 54

Head of the Soviet Secret Police Lavrentiy Beria
Head of the Soviet Secret Police
Lavrentiy Beria
  • Dec 25 Lee Shubert, American theatre producer (theatres in NY & LA named after him), dies at about 80
  • Dec 31 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer and founder (KLM), dies at 64