Information for the Year 1953
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- Joseph Stalin dies (March 5). Georgi Malenkov becomes Soviet Premier; Lavrenti Beria, Minister of Interior; Vyacheslav Molotov, Foreign Minister (March 6).
- East Berliners rise against Communist rule; quelled by tanks (June 17).
- Korean armistice signed (July 27).
- Moscow announces explosion of hydrogen bomb (Aug. 20).
- Tito becomes president of Yugoslavia.
- Population: 2.681 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: George C. Marshall (US)
- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated President of United States (Jan. 20).
- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed in Sing Sing prison (June 19).
- Alleged Communist Charlie Chaplin leaves U.S. for good. Justice Dept. warns him any attempt to reenter the country will be challenged.
- President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
- Population: 160,184,192
- Life expectancy: 68.8 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $379.7 billion
- Federal spending: $76.10 billion
- Federal debt: $266.0 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $4,242
- Consumer Price Index: 26.7
- Unemployment: 3.0%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
- Super Bowl The first Super Bowl was not played until the year 1967.
- World Series of Baseball NY Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers
- National Basketball Association Championship Minneapolis Lakers defeated New York
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadians defeated Boston Bruins
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Maureen Connolly defeated D. Hart (8-6 7-5)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Vic Seixas defeated K. Nielsen (9-7 6-3 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Dark Star
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Indiana defeated Kansas (SCORE 69-68)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Maryland (RECORD 10-1-0)
- The first issue of TV Guide magazine hits the newsstands on April 3 in 10 cities with a circulation of 1,560,000.
- To counteract the threat of television, Hollywood thinks big and develops wide-screen processes such as CinemaScope, first seen in The Robe.
- Loretta Young abandons Hollywood for her stylish debut on the small screen.
- Lucille Ball gives birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr. on same day the fictional Little Ricky is born on I Love Lucy.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year The first Grammy Awards were not until 1959
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy I Love Lucy - CBS
- Miss America: Neva Jane Langley (Georgia)
- Rosalind Franklin (England), Francis Crick (England), and James Watson (US) discover the double-helical structure of DNA.
- Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reach the top of Mt. Everest (May 29).
- First successful open-heart surgery is performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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