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1953 was the year that Elvis Presley recorded for the first time but it would be another two years before he graced an American chart. The biggest hits of 1953 were still in the hands of balladeers and Orchestra leaders.

1953 Events & Facts
Babyboomers.com Staff

What Happened in 1953?


  • Nikita Khrushchev wins power struggle in Soviet Union after the death of Josef Stalin
  • Josef Broz Tito elected president of Yugoslavia
  • Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed
  • Korean armistice signed
  • U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services) created
  • Soviet Union detonates its first hydrogen bomb


  • President Eisenhower ends all wage, salary and price controls
  • Growth of the buy now pay later mentality


  • U.S. Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager sets speed record in X-1 rocket plane
  • An expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary is the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
  • James Watson and Francis Crick determine the structure of DNA
  • Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
  • First clear evidence linking lung cancer to cigarette smoking


  • World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-2 (fifth consecutive win)
  • St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore to become the Orioles
  • Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business


  • Movies: Roman Holiday, From Here to Eternity, The Robe (first major motion picture filmed in wide-screen CinemaScope)
  • Songs: Doggie in the Window, I Believe, Stranger in Paradise, I Love Paris
  • TV Shows: Twenty Questions, Red Skelton Show, GE Theatre, Make Room for Dauly
  • Books: Casino Royale, Ian Fleming; Battle Cry, Leon Uris


  • TV Guide debuts; on the cover of the first issue are Lucille Ball and her newborn son, Desi Arnaz IV
  • The first color television sets appear selling for $1,175
  • Transistor radios start to appear for sale


  • Pierce Brosnan, Tim Allen, and Hulk Hogan were born

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