Posted by: Kath Usitalo | March 4, 2010

1953: A Very Good Year (Or So I’m Told)

1953 Caddy

I wasn’t there, but I understand that James Bond was among those born in 1953.

Or rather Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published.

Research reveals that in 1953:

Perry Como is red hot in 1953

-Perry Como has a  hit with, “Don’t let the stars get in your eyes (don’t let the moon break your heart)”
-Eisenhower becomes the 34th President of the United States
-Stalin strokes out, Kruschev steps in
-Dr. Jonas Salk shares his polio vaccine
-Hank Williams leaves the building
-The #1 hit song in March 1953 is “The Doggie in the Window” by Patti Page
-Popular movies include From Here to Eternity, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, The War of the Worlds, the 3D House of Wax, and the animated Peter Pan
-The Korean War is out, the Cold War is in
-Queen Elizabeth II gets crowned and Knights Winston Churchill
-Lucy gives birth to Little Ricky
-The deadliest tornado in Michigan history, the Beecher Tornado, hits that area on June 8, killing 116
-Weeks later, on June 30, the first Corvette rolls out in Flint, Michigan

-Men have a new literary magazine as Hugh Hefner launches Playboy, prominently featuring Marilyn Monroe; it costs 50 cents
-The first color TV sells for $1,175, when the average income in the U.S. is $4,011, it takes 3 cents to mail a letter, and gas is 22 cents a gallon.

Did I mention that I wouldn’t remember these things because I wasn’t there? But I know someone you can ask about anything that happened after March 4 of 1953.

Happy Birthday, TJ!



  1. OMG This was a fabulous blog! A bit before my time, but I remember my parents talking about it! lol
    PS Love the info on the price of TVs.

  2. Fun research. Now I understand why we didn’t have a color TV for many many years….

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