This article is about the year 1953.
1953 ( was a MCMLIII) common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1953rd year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 953rd year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 53rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1950s decade. Events [edit ] January [edit ]
34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower
February [edit ] March [edit ] April [edit ] May [edit ] June [edit ] July [edit ] August [edit ] September [edit ] October [edit ] November [edit ] December [edit ] December – Hugh Hefner publishes the first issue of magazine in the United States, featuring a Playboy centerfold nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe; it sells 54,175 copies at $.50 each. December 2 – The United Kingdom and Iran reform diplomatic relations. December 6 – With the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Arturo Toscanini performs what he claims is his favorite Beethoven symphony, , for the last time. The live performance is broadcast nationwide on radio, and later released on records and CD. Eroica December 7 – A visit to Iran by American Vice President Richard Nixon sparks several days of riots, as an reaction to the August 19 overthrow of the government of Mohammed Mossadegh by the US-backed Shah. Three students are shot dead by police in Tehran. This event becomes an annual commemoration. December 8 – U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his Atoms for Peace address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. December 10 – Albert Schweitzer is given the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. December 17 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves color television (using the NTSC standard). December 23 – The Soviet Union announces officially that Lavrenti Beria has been executed. December 24 – Tangiwai disaster: A railway bridge collapses at Tangiwai, New Zealand, sending a fully loaded passenger train into the Whangaehu River; 151 are killed. December 25 – The Amami Islands are returned to Japan after 8 years of United States Military occupation. December 30 – The first colour television sets go on sale for about $1,175 ( American dollars). Date unknown [edit ] The Japanese 10 yen coin is issued with serrated edges for a 5-year period, beginning in 1953. All 10 yen coins since have had smooth edges. Heavy massive rain, landslides, and flooding in western and southwestern Japan kill an estimated 2,566, and injure 9,433, mainly at Kizugawa, Wakayama, Kumamoto and Kitakyushu (June–August). Births [edit ] January [edit ] February [edit ] February 2 – Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter February 4 - Kitaro, Japanese New Age musician February 7 – Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player (d. 1998) February 8 – Mary Steenburgen, American actress February 9 February 10 – June Jones, American quarterback and current NCAA Football head coach at Southern Methodist University February 11 – Jeb Bush, American politician February 12 – Nabil Shaban, British disabled actor February 14 – Sergey Mironov, Russian statesman and Speaker of the Federation Council February 19 - Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina February 20 – Riccardo Chailly, Italian orchestral conductor February 21 – William Petersen, American actor February 22 – Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer, writer, actor (d. 2008) February 25 February 26 – Michael Bolton, American pop singer February 27 - Ian Khama, President of Botswana February 28 March [edit ] April [edit ] April 2 – Jim Allister, Irish politician April 3 – Sandra Boynton, American author, songwriter, and illustrator April 4 – Robert Bertrand, Canadian politician April 6 – Andy Hertzfeld, American computer programmer April 9 – John Howard, English singer-songwriter April 11 April 14 – Eric Tsang, Hong Kong actor April 16 April 17 – Linda Martin, Irish singer and television presenter, Eurovision Song Contest 1992 winner April 18 – Rick Moranis, Canadian actor April 19 – Ruby Wax, American-born British comedian April 20 – Sebastian Faulks, English novelist April 22 – Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer April 24 – Eric Bogosian, American actor, playwright, monologist, and novelist April 28 April 29 – Nikolai Budarin, Russian cosmonaut April 30 – Merrill Osmond, American pop singer May [edit ] May 2 – Valery Gergiev, Russian/Ossetian conductor May 4 – Salman Hashimikov, Soviet heavyweight wrestler May 5 – Dieter Zetsche, German auto executive May 6 May 7 – Ian McKay, British soldier, ( VC recipient) (d. 1982) May 8 – Alex Van Halen, Dutch-born American rock musician May 14 - Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia May 15 May 16 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor May 19 – Victoria Wood, British actress May 20 – Robert Doyle, Australian politician May 24 – Alfred Molina, English actor May 26 – Michael Portillo, English politician May 29 May 30 – Colm Meaney, Irish actor May 31 – Kathie Sullivan, American singer June [edit ] June 1 – David Berkowitz, American serial killer June 2 - Keith Allen, British actor June 3 - Erland Van Lidth De Jeude, Dutch-born wrestler, opera singer and actor (d. 1987) June 4 – Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur June 7 June 8 – Ivo Sanader, Croatian prime minister June 10 – John Edwards, American politician June 13 – Atso Almila, Finnish conductor and composer June 13 – Tim Allen, American actor June 15 - Xi Jinping, current CPC General Secretary and President of China June 20 – Ulrich Mühe, German actor (d. 2007) June 21 – Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 2007) June 22 June 24 June 29 Don Dokken, American rock singer and musician Colin Hay, Scottish-born Australian singer/songwriter July [edit ] July 1 July 6 – Nanci Griffith, American folk singer-songwriter July 9 – François Diederich, Luxembourgish chemist July 10 – Rik Emmett, singer\songwriter and lead guitarist of the Canadian rock band Triumph July 13 - Gil Birmingham, Native American actor July 14 – Bebe Buell, American model and singer July 15 July 19 – Shoichi Nakagawa, Japanese politician (d. 2009) July 21 – Jeff Fatt, purple Wiggles from 1991-2013 July 22 – Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress July 23 – Najib Abdul Razak, current Prime Minister of Malaysia July 24 – Claire McCaskill, U.S. Senator July 25 – Tim Gunn, American fashion expert July 27 – Yahoo Serious, Australian filmmaker July 29 August [edit ] August 1 August 2 – Butch Patrick, American child actor and musician August 5 – Rick Mahler, American baseball player (d. 2005) August 8 – Nigel Mansell, English Formula One driver August 11 – Hulk Hogan, American professional wrestler August 12 – Carlos Mesa, former President of Bolivia August 14 – Cliff Johnson, American game designer August 15 Carol Thatcher, British television personality, daughter of Margaret Thatcher Mark Thatcher, British businessman, son of Margaret Thatcher August 16 – Kathie Lee Gifford, American singer and actress August 17 - Herta Muller, German Nobel Prize-winning writer August 18 – Louie Gohmert, American politician August 19 – Benoît Régent, French actor (d. 1994) August 24 – Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist August 26 – Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer August 27 – Alex Lifeson, Canadian rock musician ( Rush) August 29 – James Quesada, Nicaraguan-born anthropologist August 30 - Robert Parish, American basketball player August 31 – György Károly, Hungarian author September [edit ] September 2 – John Zorn, American musician September 4 September 6 – Anne Lockhart, American actress September 7 – Mammootty, Indian actor September 8 – Stu Ungar, American poker player (d. 1998) September 10 – Amy Irving, American actress September 11 – Lesley Visser, American sportscaster and journalist September 12 September 13 - Ann Dusenberry, American film actress September 18 – Betsy Boze, American dean and CEO, Kent State University Stark September 19 – Probal Dasgupta, Indian linguist and Esperantist September 21 – Andrew Heermans, American musician, recording engineer, music producer September 22 – Ségolène Royal, French politician September 23 – Alexey Maslov, commander-in-chief of the Russian Ground Forces September 27 – Greg Ham, Australian rock musician ( Men at Work) September 29 Denis Potvin, Canadian Hall of Fame hockey player Randy West, American radio personality and game show announcer September 30 – Deborah Allen, American singer October [edit ] October 1 – Grete Waitz, Norwegian athlete (d. 2011) October 2 – Brandon Wilson, American author and explorer October 4 - Kerry Sherman, American actress October 7 - Tico Torres, American Drummer ( Bon Jovi) October 9 – Tony Shalhoub, American actor October 12 October 14 – Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, actress, writer October 15 October 16 – Martha Smith, American model and actress October 21 October 22 – Loyiso Nongxa, South African mathematician October 24 Steven Hatfill, American physician, virologist and bio-weapons expert David Wright, British composer and producer, co-founder of AD Music October 26 – Keith Strickland, American musician ( The B-52s) October 27 October 31 – Michael J. Anderson, American actor November [edit ] November 1 – Susan Tse, Hong Kong actress and opera singer November 3 – Dennis Miller, American comedian and radio host November 4 – Carlos Gutierrez, American politician November 5 – Florentino V. Floro, Filipino dwarf judge November 8 – John Musker, American animation director November 11 – Harley Venton, American actor November 13 – Waswo X. Waswo, American photographer November 14 – Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister of France November 18 – Alan Moore, English writer and magician November 19 November 23 – Francis Cabrel, French singer November 24 – Tod Machover, American composer November 25 – Graham Eadie, Australian rugby player November 27 – Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian rock musician, one of the "fathers" of Russian rock November 29 December [edit ] December 2 - Joel Fuhrman, American certified family physician December 6 – Gary Ward, American baseball player December 8 December 13 December 17 – Ikue Mori, Japanese drummer, composer, and graphic designer December 18 – Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard December 21 – András Schiff, Hungarian concert pianist and conductor December 22 – David Leisner, American guitarist and composer December 26 - Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia December 28 – Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese professional wrestler December 29 – Stanley Williams, American gang member (d. 2005) December 30 December 31 – James Remar, American actor Date unknown [edit ] Deaths [edit ] January [edit ] February [edit ] March [edit ] April [edit ] April 2 April 4 – King Carol II of Romania (b. 1893) April 9 – Eddie Cochems, American father of the forward pass in football (b. 1877) April 11 - Kid Nichols, American baseball player ( Boston Braves) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1869) April 20 – Erich Weinert, German writer, Communist, and member of the KPD (b. 1890) April 25 – Ron Clements, American animation director and producer April 27 – Maud Gonne, English-born Irish revolutionary, feminist and actress (b. 1866) April 29 – Alice Prin, "Kiki de Montparnasse", French artists’ model (b. 1901) May [edit ] June [edit ] July [edit ] August [edit ] September [edit ] September 2 – General Jonathan Wainwright, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1883) September 5 – Francis Ford, American actor and director (b. 1881) September 7 – Nobuyuki Abe, Japanese politician and military leader (b. 1875) September 8 – Fred M. Vinson, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1890) September 12 September 15 – Erich Mendelsohn, German architect (b. 1887) September 17 – Wenxiu, consort of China's last emperor Puyi (b. 1909) September 27 – Hans Fritzsche, senior Nazi official, one of only three acquitted at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1900) September 30 September 26 – Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895) September 28 – Edwin Hubble, American astronomer (b. 1889) October [edit ] November [edit ] December [edit ] Nobel Prizes [edit ] References [edit ]