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1953 Historical Event(s)
- January 19, 1953 – 68% of all television sets in the United States are tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.
- February 11, 1953 – President Dwight Eisenhower refuses a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
- February 14, 1953 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Snake in Chinese astrology.
- May 18, 1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
- May 25, 1953 – Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conduct their first and only nuclear artillery test.
- June 26, 1953 – Lavrentiy Beria,head of MVD, is arrested by Nikita Khrushchev and other members of the Politburo.
- July 26, 1953 – Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek Raid.
- August 19, 1953 – Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
- October 30, 1953 – Cold War: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves the top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which states that the United States’ arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the communist threat.
- November 9, 1953 – Cambodia becomes independent from France.
Who Were Born On 1953?
- March 17, 1953 – Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
- April 14, 1953 – David Buss, Evolutionary psychologist
- April 18, 1953 – Rick Moranis, Canadian comedian
- May 4, 1953 – Oleta Adams, American singer
- June 13, 1953 – Tim Allen, American comedian and actor
- August 2, 1953 – Marjo, Quebec singer
- August 8, 1953 – Don Most, American actor
- September 27, 1953 – Diane Julie Abbott, British politician
- November 26, 1953 – Hilary Benn, British politician
- November 30, 1953 – Shuggie Otis, American musician, composer and producer