- First women admitted to Harvard Law School
- Soviet Union detonates hydrogen bomb.
- West Germany created as an independent state.
- Armistice signed ending the Korean War.
(Which probably saved some of the lives of the Class of 1953.)
- Interstate highway system created.
- Screen Actor's Guild adopts by-law banning Communists
- The Tuskegee Institute announces that 1953 is the second
year in a row in which there were no lynchings.
- UFO crashes near Kingman, AZ..
Martin Luther King
- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed.
- Robert Oppenheimer accused of disloyalty.
- Josef Stalin dies.
- Nikita Khrushchev becomes USSR premier.
- Dwight Eisenhower inaugurated president.
- Elizabeth II crowned.
- Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay climb
- Earl Warren becomes Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
- Martin Luther King becomes pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist
Church in Montgomery, Alabama
- Eleanor Roosevelt offers to appear before Joseph McCarthy's
Senate committee to challenge his accusations and tactics.
- Winston Churchill wins the Nobel Peace Prize
- Mohammed Mossadegh, the Prime Minister of Iran, removed from
power in a coup d'état sponsored by British MI6 and US
Science & Industry
Dr Jonas Salk
- Purpose of DNA discovered.
- Neutrinos discovered.
- First use of heart-lung machine in surgery.
- Dr. Jonas Salk announces discovery of the vaccine for poliomyelitis.
- Saran Wrap
- Con-Tact paper
- Cheez Whiz
- NCR buys small electronics company that has experimented
- TWA began the first nonstop, transcontinental passenger service
from Los Angeles to New York City.
- Boeing starts production on 707 jet airliner
Your Hit Parade
- Song from Moulin Rouge
- Stranger in Paradise
- How Much Is that Doggie in the Window
- Vaya con Dios
- No Other Love
- You, You, You.
- I Believe
- Till I Waltz Again with You.
- That's Amoré
- Crying in the Chapel
- Changing Partners.
- Elvis records first record (private).
- First "compatible-color" TV broadcast.
- Jackie Gleason
- Red Skelton
- I Love Lucy
- Ed Sullivan
- Arthur Godfrey Talent Show
- Texaco Star Theater
- The Danny Thomas Show
- Fireside Theatre.
- From Here to Eternity - Best Picture
- Stalag 17
- Roman Holiday
- Julius Caesar
- The Robe - First use of CinemaScope
- William Holden (Best Actor)
- Audrey Hepburn (Best Actress)
- Frank Sinatra (Best Supporting Actor)
- Donna Reed (Best Supporting Actress)
- Blue Moon is picketed because it uses the word "virgin."
- The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway) wins Pulitzer
Prize for fiction.
- The Robe is the best seller for 1953.
- TV Guide - Launched by Walter Annenberg
- Playboy - Launched,
Marilyn Monroe is on the cover.
- Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
- Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
- Sexual Behavior of the Human Female
- Alfred Kinsey
- The Hungry Man's Outdoor Grill Cookbook
- The Crucible - Arthur Miller
- Can-Can - Cole Porter
- Picnic (William Inge) wins Pulitzer Prize for drama.
- Ford: $1,850
- Gasoline: 29 cents/gal
- House: $17,500 (Average)
- Bread: 16 cents/loaf
- Milk: 94 cents/gal
- Postage Stamp: 3 cents
- Stock Market: 281
- Average Annual Salary: $4,700
- Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour