January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a
January 20 - Change of US presidency from Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) to Dwight D.
February 5 - The movie Peter Pan premieres (Roxy Theatre, New York City).
February 11 - President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
February 18 - The first 3D film, Bwana Devil opens.
March 5 - After 29 years of ruling the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin dies.
March 26 - Jonas Salk announces his polio vaccine.
April 7 - Dag Hammarskjöld is elected United Nations Secretary General.
May 29 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay perform the first successful ascent to
the summit of Mount Everest.
June 2 - Coronation of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey.
June 8 - Flint-Worcester Tornadoes: A tornado hits in Flint, Michigan and kills 115. This
is the last tornado to claim more than 100 lives.
June 9 - Flint-Worcester Tornadoes: A tornado spawned from the same storm system as
the Flint tornado hits in Worcester, Massachusetts killing 94.
June 17 - Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops
into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
July 26 - Fidel Castro leads a disasterous assault on the Moncada Barracks, sparking the
July 27 - Korean War ends: The United States, People's Republic of China, North Korea,
and South Korea sign an armistice agreement.
August 7 - Ohio admitted to the union, retroactive to 1803.
September 7 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes head of the Soviet Central Committee.
October - The UNIVAC 1103 is the first commercial computer to use random access
December 30 - The first color television sets go on sale for about $1,175 (American dollars).Year in topic
1953 in film
From Here to Eternity.
1953 in literature
Casino Royale, the first James Bond novel published.
1953 in music
Elvis Presley records for the first time.
1953 in sports
April 16th - Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup, defeating Boston Bruins winning
the series 4 games to 1, with a score of 1-0, in the first overtime at 1:22 (minutes:seconds).
1953 in television
January 19 - 68% of all United States television sets were tuned in to I Love Lucy to
watch Lucy give birth.
February 18 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sign an $8,000,000 contract to continue
the I Love Lucy television series through 1955.
March 25 - CBS concedes victory to RCA in the war over color television standards.
April 3 - TV Guide is published for the first time, with 10 editions and a circulation
May 25 - KUHT in Houston, becomes the first non-commercial educational TV station.
The Tonight Show begins as a local New York variety show.
August 30 - NBC's Kukla, Fran, and Ollie Show is broadcast in color.
October 19 - Arthur Godfrey fires Julius La Rosa on the air.
November - RCA tests its compatible color TV system on the air for the first time
with a telecast of the Colgate Comedy Hour.
December 24 - NBC's Dragnet becomes the first network-sponsored
December 17 - The FCC reverses its 1951 decision and approves the RCA/NTSC
Japanese television goes on the air for the first time.
1953 in theater
July 13 - First lines of the first play produced by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
(Richard III) are spoken.Births
January 8 - Bruce Sutter
, baseball relief pitcher.
January 10 - Pat Benatar
January 19 - Desi Arnaz
February 7 - Dan Quisenberry
, baseball pitcher (d. 1998).
February 14 - Cornelia Jacoba Kleiss
March 23 - Chaka Khan
March 26 - H.M. Krabbe
April 22 - Jan Hendrik van den Houten
May 6 - Tony Blair
, Prime Minister of United Kingdom.
May 15 - George Brett
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
May 16 - Pierce Brosnan
, actor (Remington Steele, James Bond).
June 11 - Jannetje van den Houten
July 25 - Hendrik Edwin Dammers
August 11 - Hulk Hogan
, American professional wrestler.
September 20 - Cornelia Maria (Lia) Jonker
September 30 - Anna Johanna van den Houten
October 9 - Tony Shalhoub
November 14 - Agnes van Dulken
November 17 - Margriet van den Houten
December 8 - Kim Basinger
, actress and Oscar winner.
December 13 - Bob Gainey
, Hockey Hall of Famer.Deaths
February 1 - Johanna Krina van den Houten
February 1 - Jozua van den Houten
March 5 - Joseph Stalin
, Soviet leader.
March 24 - Queen Mary
the Dowager Queen Mother, formerly Mary of Teck, widow
of King George V of the United Kingdom.
March 28 - Jim Thorpe
, athlete (b. 1887).
May 29 - Man Mountain Dean
, professional wrestler.
October 23 - Maria Witte
November 9 - Dylan Thomas
, poet and author.
November 21 - Larry Shields
, jazz musician (b. 1893).
November 27 - Eugene O'Neill
December 3 - Albertine Maria Proes
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