1953 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1953 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Top Ten Baby Names of 1953:
Mary, Linda, Deborah, Patricia, Susan, Robert, James, Michael, John, David

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Lana Turner

Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift

“The Quote:”
“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines – so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

“You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent”
Pepsodent toothpaste

“Shane. Shane. Come back!”
– Brandon De Wilde, in ‘Shane’

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t”
– Peter Paul Mounds/Almond Joy

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Konrad Adenauer

Miss America:
Neva Langley (Macon, GA)

Miss USA:
Myrna Hansen (Illnois)

The Scandals:
Piltdown Man, an archaeological find from 1912, was exposed as a forgery, consisting of the lower jawbone of an orangutan combined with the skull of a fully developed, modern man. The theory of Evolution took several steps back with this scandal.

Country Pop Star Death:
Hank Williams (drugs and alcohol poisoning)

Pop Culture History:
The Coppertone Girl was introduced to the American public. It is probably the most popular ‘butt crack’ of all time.

First musical synthesizer invented by RCA.

Colgate-Palmolive-Peet became Colgate-Palmolive. We are not sure, but we think that the Peet brothers suffered the same fate as Alvah Curtis Roebuck, of Sears and Roebuck fame.

Ore-Ida offered ‘Tater Tots’ in grocery stores. There were simply pressed leftovers from their french fry line.

A Pennsylvania town named Mauch Chunk managed to get the remains of an early 20th century athlete and bought the rights to his name. They renamed the town ‘Jim Thorpe’ and it something of a tourist attraction in PA.

Biologist James D. Watson and Francis Crick published “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid.” With little more than a drawing and some accompanying text, Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA.

1st appearances & 1953’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scrabble, Mrs Potato Head, Wiffle Ball invented, Matchbox (U.K.)

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Greatest Show On Earth

Popular and Notable Books From 1953:
Battle Cry by Leon M. Uris
Beyond This Place by A. J. Cronin
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
Desirée by Annemarie Selinko
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
The High and the Mighty by Ernest K. Gann
Lord Vanity by Samuel Shellabarger
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain
Time and Time Again by James Hilton
The Unconquered by Ben Ames Williams

1953 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Dragnet (NBC)
3. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
4. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
5. The Milton Berle Show (NBC)
6. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
7. Ford Theatre (NBC)
8. The Jackie Gleason Show ((CBS)
9. Fireside Theatre (NBC)
10. The Colgate Comedy hour (NBC)

1953 Billboard Number One Songs
December 27, 1952 – January 9, 1953:
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd

January 10 – February 13:
Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes – Perry Como

February 14 – March 20:
Till I Waltz Again With You – Teresa Brewer

March 21 – May 15:
The Doggie In The Window – Patti Page

May 16 – July 24:
Song From Moulin Rouge – Percy Faith & his Orchestra

July 25 – August 7:
I’m Walking Behind You – Eddie Fisher

August 8 – October 9:
Vaya Con Dios – Les Paul & Mary Ford

October 10 – November 6:
St. George And The Dragonet – Stan Freberg

November 7 – November 20:
Vaya Con Dios – Les Paul & Mary Ford

November 21, 1953 – January 1, 1954:
Rags To Riches – Tony Bennett

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Detroit Lions
NBA Champions: Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf Dick Mayer
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Tony Trabert/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Vic Seixas/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions: Maryland
NCAA Basketball Champions: Indiana
Kentucky Derby: Dark Star

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