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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1953 AD


January 1: Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
January 1: WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, Pennsylvania (NBC) 1st broadcast
January 2: NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
January 4: KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 5: Passenger ships Willem Ruys and Orange collide in the Red Sea
January 5: Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot," premieres in Paris
January 6: WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 7: President Truman announces development of hydrogen bomb
January 8: Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts)
January 8: Rene Mayer forms French government
January 9: Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
January 9: Korean ferryboat "Chang Tyong-Ho" sank off Pusan killing 249
January 10: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish
January 10: "My Darlin' Aida" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 89 performances
January 10: NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7
January 11: J Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club
January 12: 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
January 13: Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
January 13: KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, Arizona (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 13: Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
January 14: Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica," premieres in Manchester
January 14: WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 14: Yugoslavia elects it's 1st president (Marshal Tito)
January 15: 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes and crashes in Washington D.C. station
January 15: GDR Minister of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
January 16: 27th Australian Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beat J Sampson (63 62)
January 16: 41st Australian Mens Tennis: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (60 63 64)
January 16: Egyptian Premier General Naguib disbands all political parties
January 16: KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
January 18: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
January 19: Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary
January 20: 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
January 20: 1st U.S. telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY
January 21: John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State
January 22: Arthur Miller's "Crucible," premieres in New York City
January 23: Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 years 357 days
January 23: NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
January 23: NFL's National and American conference become Eastern and Western conf
January 25: WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 25: Yuri Sergejev skates world record 500m in 40.9 sec
January 27: Netherlands end Marshall aid
January 28: J. Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
January 28: WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 29: 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres
January 31: Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
January 31: New York, Cleveland, and Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues
January 31: "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die


February 1: Dr. A de Waal appointed as Netherlands 1st female Assistant Secretary of State
February 1: Flooding in Netherlands, kills 1,835
February 1: "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts
February 1: WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
February 1: "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television
February 3: J. Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
February 5: 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes wins
February 5: "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, New York City
February 6: Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 years 239 days, youngest Aussie
February 6: U.S. controls on wages and some consumer goods were lifted
February 8: Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
February 8: WLVirginia (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, Virginia (ABC) begins
February 9: "Adventures of Superman" TV series premieres in syndication
February 9: General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ends term as 4th director of CIA Allen W Dulles, becomes acting director of CIA
February 9: WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (ABC) 1st broadcast
February 10: Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood and Demmy GRB
February 10: Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer and John Nicks of GRB
February 10: Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright USA
February 10: Men's Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins USA
February 11: "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 190 performances
February 11: J. Styne/B. Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg," premieres in New York City
February 11: President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
February 11: Russia breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
February 12: U.S.S.R. breaks relations with Israel
February 13: A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium
February 17: Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
February 17: DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
February 18: "Bwana Devil," the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
February 18: KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
February 18: "Maggie" opens at National Theater New York City for 5 performances
February 18: Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film-"Bwana Devil" (New York City)
February 19: Georgia approves U.S. 1st literature censorship board
February 19: Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
February 19: William Inge's "Picnic," premieres in New York City
February 20: August A. Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million
February 20: U.S. Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
February 21: Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
February 21: Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
February 21: "Maggie" closes at National Theater New York City after 5 performances
February 25: "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 559 performances
February 26: Allen W. Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
February 28: Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev and Malenkov


March 1: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
March 1: KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 1: KTNT (now KSTW) TV channel 11 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins
March 1: WJZ-AM in New York City becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
March 1: WTAJ TV channel 10 in Altoona, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 3: Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St. Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
March 3: Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed
March 6: Malenkov becomes chairman of the U.S.S.R.
March 7: Jackie McGlew scores 255* vs. New Zealand at Wellington
March 8: Census indicates 239,000 farmers gave up farming in last 2 years
March 8: KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
March 8: Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
March 8: "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 90 performances
March 8: WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 9: Josef Stalin buried in Moscow
March 11: 1st woman army doctor commissioned (FM Adams)
March 11: American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, the bomb doesn't go off due to 6 safety catches
March 14: KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 14: Nikita Khrushchev succeeds Malenkov as secretary Communist Party
March 15: Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
March 15: West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
March 16: AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St. Louis Browns to Baltimore
March 17: Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St. Louis Browns for $2,475M
March 17: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 17: WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 17: WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 18: 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
March 18: Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
March 18: Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die
March 18: KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 18: NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
March 19: 25th Academy Awards - "Greatest Show on Earth," Gary Cooper and Shirley Booth win (1st time televised)
March 19: Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real," premieres in New York City
March 21: NBA record 106 fouls and 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
March 22: Antonin Zapotocky chosen as president of Czechoslovakia
March 22: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
March 24: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 26: Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio
March 27: 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut Ohio
March 28: 7th Tony Awards: Crucible and Wonderful Town win
March 28: KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
March 28: "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 365 performances
March 28: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
March 28: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
March 29: Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
March 30: Einstein announces revised unified field theory
March 31: Department of Health, Education and Welfare established
March 31: U.N. Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjold secretary-general


April 1: J van Bale appointed governor of New Guinea
April 1: KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
April 1: Walcott Worrell and Weekes all make centuries in innings vs. India
April 2: Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
April 4: KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 5: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
April 5: WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 7: 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight
April 7: Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden elected 2nd United Nations general-secretary
April 9: Jomo Kenyatta sentenced to 7 years in Kenya
April 9: "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue
April 10: 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
April 10: "House of Wax," 1st 3-D movie, released (New York City)
April 11: Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, and Welfare
April 12: 17th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274
April 12: Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston
April 12: KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
April 13: 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
April 14: Viet-Minh offensive in Laos
April 14: WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
April 15: Malans National Party wins South African elections
April 15: WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 16: British royal yacht Britannia taken out of service
April 16: Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open
April 16: Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
April 16: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
April 16: WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
April 17: Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) home run in Washington D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
April 18: "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 542 performances
April 19: Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
April 19: WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 20: 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
April 23: General Charles P Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA
April 23: KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, Arizona (NBC) begins broadcasting
April 23: WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, Alabama (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
April 24: Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
April 27: 1st general elections in British Guyana, won by Jagans PPP
April 27: Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"
April 29: Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds' center field bleachers
April 30: Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League


May 2: 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02
May 2: Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
May 2: Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
May 3: WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
May 4: Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway (Old Man and The Sea)
May 6: Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0
May 7: "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 892 performances
May 7: Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile
May 8: WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
May 10: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Golf Open
May 10: KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
May 11: Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas and causes $39M damage
May 11: Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles domino theory
May 12: KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, Texas (PBS) begins broadcasting
May 13: New York Giants Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit 2 home runs and a triple
May 15: Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Walcott in Chicago
May 15: Osip Zadkines monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
May 15: Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
May 16: Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
May 17: Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
May 17: Yankees and Browns use record 41 players in a game
May 18: Jacqueline Cochran is 1st woman to break the sound barrier
May 19: Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St. George, Utah)
May 21: French government of Mayer resigns
May 22: President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
May 22: Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yankees beat Washington 12-4
May 23: 79th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
May 23: Schools 1st use Cliff's Notes
May 23: WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
May 24: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
May 25: 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
May 25: 1st non-commercial educational television station, Houston, Texas
May 25: Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
May 26: Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
May 27: Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
May 28: Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"
May 29: Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norkay are 1st to reach summit of Everest
May 30: 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
May 30: 23rd French Mens Tennis: Ken Rosewall beats V Seixas (63 64 16 62)
May 30: 23rd French Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (62 64)
May 31: Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government
May 31: WSUN TV channel 38 in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast


June 1: KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, California (NBC) begins broadcasting
June 1: WDAY TV channel 6 in Fargo, ND (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
June 2: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
June 3: Alexander Cartwright founded baseball and not Abner Doubleday
June 3: Congress cites research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving
June 3: KVOS TV channel 12 in Bellingham/Vancouver, WA (CBS) begins
June 4: Pittsburgh trades outfielder Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Chicago
June 5: Denmark adopts a new constitution
June 5: U.S. Senate rejects China membership to U.N.
June 7: 1st color network telecast in compatible color, Boston, Massachusetts
June 7: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
June 7: Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants
June 7: WDAU (now WYOU) TV chan 22 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins
June 8: Cluster of 6 tornadoes touch down in Flint Michigan killing 113
June 8: Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court
June 8: Tornadoes kill 110 in Michigan and Ohio
June 9: "Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater," last airs on NBC-TV
June 9: South African premier Malan visits Netherlands
June 9: Worcester County tornado, 94 killed, 1310 injured, 10,000 homeless
June 11: "Amos 'n Andy," TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
June 11: Test Cricket debut of Alan Davidson at Trent Bridge
June 13: 53rd U.S. Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC in Oakmont PA
June 13: 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6
June 13: Alec Bedser takes 14-99 (7-55 and 7-44) vs. Australia
June 13: Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:18:40.2)
June 13: KOAA TV channel 5 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (NBC) 1st broadcast
June 14: Eisenhower condemns McCarthy's book burning proposal
June 14: Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee
June 14: Military coup by general Gustavo Rojas Pinilla in Colombia
June 14: Yankees sweep Indians 6-2, 3-0 before 74,708 win streak at 18 straight
June 15: Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 and Browns 14-game losing streak
June 15: Johnny Mize is 93rd player to get 2,000 hits
June 15: New York City Transit Authority forms
June 15: WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
June 16: Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, Yankees lose ending 18 game win streak and also ending St. Louis Brown 14 game losing streak
June 17: Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
June 17: Riots in East Germany for reunification
June 17: Supreme Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary
June 18: Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president
June 18: Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits and Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3
June 18: USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
June 19: Albert W. Dent, elected president of National Health Council
June 19: WCSouth Carolina TV channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
June 19: WTPennsylvania (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (ABC) 1st broadcast
June 20: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
June 23: Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
June 24: KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, New Mexico (NBC) begins broadcasting
June 25: 1st passenger to fly commercially around the world < 100 hours
June 25: 86 degrees F in Anchorage Alaska
June 26: KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, Texas (CBS) 1st broadcast
June 26: Russian vice-premier/interior minister Beria arrested
June 27: Joseph Laniel appointed French premier
June 28: 8th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
June 29: XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, California (IND) begins broadcasting
June 30: 1st Corvette manufactured


July 1: KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 1: KTVH (now KWCH) TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins
July 3: 67th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Vic Seixas beats Kurt Nielsen (97 63 64)
July 4: 60th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats D Hart (86 75)
July 4: Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas Rakosi as premier of Hungary
July 5: Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
July 5: WANorth Carolina TV channel 21 in Asheville, North Carolina (IND) begins broadcasting
July 7: 35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham CC Michigan
July 8: U.S. stops aid to Persia
July 9: 1st helicopter passenger service, New York City
July 9: Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games
July 10: 82nd British Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 282 at Carnoustie Dai Rees
July 10: Pravda reports arrest of Beria [affiliate of imperialist]
July 12: KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, Idaho (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
July 14: 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
July 14: Communist offensive in Korea
July 16: KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
July 19: KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 19: WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
July 20: U.S.S.R./Israel recover diplomatic relations
July 24: KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
July 25: New York City transit fare rises from 10 cents to 15 cents, 1st use of subway tokens
July 26: Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the "26th of July Movement," against Fulgenico Batista's regime
July 27: 1st insulin isolated by F Banting and C Best in Toronto
July 27: Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, and Bill Klem and Tom Connolly are inducted into Hall of Fame
July 27: North Korea and United Nations sign armistice
July 27: Vatican disallows priest holiday work in factory
July 29: U.S. bombers shot down at north of Wladiwostok
July 31: Department of Health, Education and Welfare created


August 1: California introduces sales tax, for education
August 1: Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
August 1: KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
August 1: KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
August 1: Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
August 1: Red Sox Ben Flowers sets then record of 8 consecutive games in relief
August 2: Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
August 2: KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
August 3: Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
August 4: Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
August 4: Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs and wins 15-0
August 5: Operation "Big Switch" Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
August 6: Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military
August 7: Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
August 8: Russia's Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb
August 8: U.S. and South Korea initial a mutual security pact
August 9: Premier Mohammed Abdullah of Kashmir, fired
August 12: Ann Davidson, 1st woman to sail solo across Atlantic, arrives Miami
August 12: Heavy earthquake strikes Isotope islands, 435 killed
August 12: Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
August 13: 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations
August 13: President Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee
August 13: U.S. General Omar Bradley's becomes chief of staff
August 14: 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
August 14: KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, Montana (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
August 16: KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
August 16: Shah of Persia and princess Soraya flee to Baghdad and Rome
August 19: England regained cricket Ashes after winning series 1-0
August 20: General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests premier Mossadeq of Persia
August 20: Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation
August 21: Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) and Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation
August 21: Marion Carl in Douglas Skyrocket reaches record 25,370 m
August 21: Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed
August 22: France closes jail on Devil Island
August 22: John Norman Lewis contends players have no desire to form a union
August 22: Shah of Persia returns to Teheran
August 23: Braves Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
August 23: Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
August 23: Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
August 23: KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
August 23: Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3 ")
August 23: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
August 28: "Me and Juliet" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 358 performances
August 29: KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
August 29: U.S.S.R. explodes its 1st hydrogen bomb
August 30: Future New York City mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in New York City
August 31: KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
August 31: WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins


September 1: 101 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept
September 1: Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
September 1: WNOK (now WLTX) TV channel 19 in Columbia, South Carolina (CBS) 1st broadcast
September 1: WTCN (now KARE) TV channel 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MET) begins
September 3: French minister Francois Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy
September 4: WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
September 4: WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 4: Yankees become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship
September 5: 1st privately operated atomic reactor, Raleigh NC
September 5: U.S. give Persian premier Zahedi $45 million aid
September 6: Adenauers CDU wins elections in West Germany
September 6: Roy Campanella sets record for home runs by a catcher at 38
September 7: 67th U.S. Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (62 64)
September 7: 73rd U.S. Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Elias V Seixas, Jr. (63 62 63)
September 7: Nikita Khrushchev becomes 1st Secretary of U.S.S.R. Communist Party
September 7: Roy Campanella sets catcher record of 125 (en route to 142) RBIs
September 8: "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater New York for 6 performances
September 8: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgeno corona
September 9: KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, California (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
September 9: WFIE TV channel 14 in Evansville, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 10: Swanson sells it's 1st "TV dinner"
September 11: KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, California (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 11: WEHT TV channel 25 in Evansville, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
September 12: Brooklyn Dodgers, clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team
September 12: "Carnival in Flanders" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 6 performances
September 12: Senator John F. Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24
September 13: Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia A's
September 14: Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara marry
September 14: Yankees clinch 5th straight pennant with 8-5 win over Indians
September 15: Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
September 15: KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, Arizona (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 15: WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, Virginia (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 16: AL approves St. Louis Browns move to become Baltimore Orioles
September 17: 1st successful separation of Siamese twins
September 17: Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
September 19: "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 190 performances
September 20: Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league home run
September 21: Allied forces form West Germany
September 21: KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
September 22: Islamic uprising in Atjeh at Indonesia
September 23: KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
September 24: Rocky Marciano TKOs Roland LaStarza in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
September 24: "Take a Giant Step," opens on Broadway
September 26: Billy Hunter is last St. Louis Browns player to homer in a game
September 26: KERO TV channel 23 in Bakersfield, California (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
September 26: Polish government fires/imprisons Cardinal Wyszynski
September 26: U.S. and Spain sign defense treaty (4 U.S. bases in Spain)
September 27: Bert Bechichar, Baltimore Colts, kicks a 56-yard field goal
September 27: KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, Missouri (CBS) begins
September 27: KNOE TV channel 8 in Monroe-West Monroe, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
September 27: KOLO TV channel 8 in Reno, NV (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
September 27: KQTV TV channel 2 in Saint Joseph, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 27: St. Louis Browns play last game in Sportsman's Park, losing 100th game
September 27: Typhoon destroys 1/3 of Nagoya Japan
September 27: WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 27: WMAZ TV channel 13 in Macon, Georgia (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
September 27: WTOK TV channel 11 in Meridian, MS (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
September 28: "Bob and Ray Show," TV Variety; last air on NBC
September 28: Dutch government proclaims 5% general pay increase on Jan 1, 1954
September 28: "Juvenile Jury," TV Childrens, last airs on NBC, moved to CBS
September 28: KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
September 28: "Racket Squad," TV Crime Drama, last airs on CBS
September 29: 1st department store to sell insurance is Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, Illinois
September 29: Baltimore Mayor D'Alesandro buys Veeck's interest in Browns for $2,475,000
September 29: "Buick-Berle Show," debuts on NBC-TV
September 29: "Make Room for Daddy," starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV
September 29: Milton Berle Show premieres
September 29: U.S. government gives France $385 million for combat in Indo-China
September 30: Auguste/Jacques Piccard dives with bathosphere to 3150 m (record)
September 30: Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
September 30: Robert Anderson's "Tea and Sympathy," premieres in New York City
September 30: WICS TV channel 20 in Springfield, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 30: WMT (now KGAN) TV channel 2 in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, IA (CBS) begins


October 1: Indian state of Andhra Pradesh partitioned from Madras
October 1: KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, California (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
October 1: KYTV TV channel 3 in Springfield, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
October 1: WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, Tennessee (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
October 1: WREX TV channel 13 in Rockford, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 2: "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden New York City for 849 perf
October 2: Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in World Series
October 3: 10th Ryder Cup: U.S. wins 6 -5 at Wentworth, England
October 3: 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
October 3: KGGM TV channel 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 4: Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)
October 4: Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in World Series
October 5: 50th World Series sees New York Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2, as New York Billy Martin's 12 hits set record; Yankees win record 5th consec WS
October 5: Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of U.S.
October 6: WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, Georgia (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 7: Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
October 8: Birmingham Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in and drops white players from his group
October 8: WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
October 9: British premier Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution
October 9: Conrad Adenauer elected West German chancellor
October 12: U.S. and Greece signs peace treaty (U.S. bases)
October 13: Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented-Samuel Bagno
October 14: 1st 3 Dutch female police officers go into service
October 14: Belgian Convair crashes at Frankfurt, 44 die
October 14: Charley Dressen resigns rather than take 1 year contract as Dodger mgr
October 14: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia
October 14: Ike promises to fire as Red any federal worker taking 5th amendment
October 14: WTEN TV channel 10 in Albany, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 15: John Patrick's "Teahouse of the Red Moon," premieres in New York City
October 15: KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 15: WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (IND) begins
October 18: Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
October 18: WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 18: WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
October 19: 1st jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service
October 19: Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
October 20: WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 22: Laos gains full independence from France
October 23: France grants Laos' sovereignty
October 23: West Germany applies to NATO
October 23: WTRF TV channel 7 in Wheeling-Steubenville, WV (CBS) 1st broadcast
October 24: KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, Arizona (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 25: Cleveland Browns' quarterback Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles
October 25: Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die
October 25: Dmitri Sjostakovitch completes his 10th Symphony
October 25: KIEM TV channel 3 in Eureka, California (NBC/CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
October 26: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia
October 28: Bud Grant of Winnipeg Blue Bombers intercepts 5 passes (record)
October 28: Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
October 29: A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns
October 30: Dr. Albert Schweitzer and General George C Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize
October 31: TV broadcasting begins in Belgium


November 1: Emile Zatopek runs world record 10K (29:01.6) and 6 mile (28:08.4)
November 1: KCEN TV channel 6 in Temple-Waco, Texas (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
November 1: KMGH TV channel 7 in Denver, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 1: WHEC TV channel 10 in Rochester, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 2: Pakistan becomes islamic republic
November 3: 1939 sacrifice fly rule restored: no time at bat for sac fly
November 3: 1st live color coast-to-coast telecast (New York City)
November 4: Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of Philadelphia A's
November 4: New balk rule gives the batter option; of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk
November 5: Nobel prize for physics awarded/appended on Frederik Zernicke
November 5: Paul Searls saws a 32" log in 86.4 seconds
November 5: Terence Rattigans' "Sleeping Prince," premieres in London
November 6: French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy
November 6: Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as manager of Baltimore Orioles
November 6: Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb," premieres
November 7: WIS TV channel 10 in Columbia, South Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 8: Salazars party wins all parliament seats in Portugal
November 9: Cambodia (now Kampuchea) gains independence within French Union
November 9: KTVQ TV channel 2 in Billings, Montana (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
November 9: Supreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws
November 10: Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)
November 11: Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager
November 12: David Ben-Gurion, resigns as premier of Israel
November 12: U.S. district Judge Grim, rules NFL can black out TV home games
November 13: Dmitri Shostakovich' 4th String Quartet, premieres
November 14: WCIA TV channel 3 in Champaign, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 15: WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
November 15: WRBL TV channel 3 in Columbus, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 17: St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
November 18: Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
November 19: U.S. Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
November 19: U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon visits Hanoi
November 20: Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1,300 MPH)
November 21: "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax
November 21: WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft. Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 23: KVFD (now KTIN) TV channel 21 in Ft. Dodge, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
November 23: WJBF TV channel 6 in Augusta, Georgia (ABC) begins broadcasting
November 24: Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954
November 25: Earthquake/tsnunami strike Honshu Japan
November 25: "Guys and Dolls" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 1200 performances
November 25: Hungary beats England in soccer match, 6-3
November 26: KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, Idaho (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 26: WJHL TV channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 26: Yamada Koun, leader of Sanbo Kyodan line of Zen, found 1st awakening
November 27: Indians 3rd baseman Al Rosen is unanimously named AL's MVP
November 28: 41st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 12-6
November 28: "Wish You Were Here" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 597 performances
November 29: American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
November 29: WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
November 30: French parachutist under Col De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu


December 1: Red Sox trade M McDermott and Tom Umphlett for Wash's Jackie Jensen
December 1: WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, South Carolina (IND) 1st broadcast
December 1: Walter Alston named Dodger manager
December 1: WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 3: Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in Rep party
December 3: "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 583 performances
December 3: Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' 5th String Quartet
December 6: Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14
December 7: Israel's Prime Minister Ben-Gurion retires
December 7: WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
December 8: 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
December 9: General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
December 9: Mont Canadiens (106) and Toronto Maple Leafs (98) get 204 penalty minutes
December 10: "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial New York City for 229 performances
December 10: KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
December 10: WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins
December 11: KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
December 12: Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
December 13: KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 14: Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
December 15: WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, Florida (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
December 16: 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower and 161 reporters)
December 16: Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
December 17: Dmitri Shostakovich' 10th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
December 17: FCC approves RCA's black and white - compatible color TV specifications
December 18: KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
December 18: KMID TV channel 2 in Midland and Odessa, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
December 19: KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
December 20: KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (CBS) 1st broadcasting
December 20: KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 21: KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
December 22: Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in International League, turns name over to newly relocated St. Louis Browns
December 23: Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
December 24: 2 fast express trains crash head-on killing 103 (Czechoslovakia)
December 24: KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
December 24: KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 24: Rene Coty elected President of France
December 24: Wellington-Auckland (New Zealand) express train swept away in flood kills 166
December 25: Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)
December 27: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
December 28: WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 31: Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
December 31: WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (NBC) begins
December 31: Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year
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