(Saturday, February 14, 1953) — “Till I Waltz Again with You” by Teresa Brewer was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of five weeks (February 14/21/28, March 7/14, 1953).
Video: 'Romper Room with Miss Nancy'
(Tuesday, February 10, 1953) — Romper Room, a long running children’s television series targeted at preschoolers, children five years of age or younger, debuted today in Baltimore.
Video: 'Peter Pan' trailer
(Thursday, February 5, 1953) — Peter Pan, an animated film produced by Walt Disney about a girl named Wendy and her brothers who are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan, was released today in U.S. theaters.
Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske, the film starred Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins and Tommy Luske.
Video: 'EISENHOWER INAUGURATION (Reels 1-11)'
(Tuesday, January 20, 1953, 12:32 p.m. EST) — Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office today as the 34th President of the United States at the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Eisenhower, a Republican, succeeded President Harry S. Truman, who had declined to seek a third term, ending a 20-year era of Democratic rule.
Just nine minutes earlier, at 12:23 p.m. EST, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the 36th Vice President of the United States. Nixon succeeded Vice President Alben Barkley, who had unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination. Continue reading
Video: 'I Love Lucy - Lucy Has a Baby'
(Monday, January 19, 1953, 9 p.m. EST) — CBS-TV tonight aired the widely watched “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” episode of the sitcom I Love Lucy in which Lucy Ricardo, played by Lucille Ball, gave birth to Little Ricky. By coincidence, Ball gave birth the same day to her son, Desi Arnaz Jr. (click here to watch the full episode). TV Guide and TV Land rank this episode #59 out the “100 Most Memorable TV Moments of All Time.”
Video: 'President Truman's farewell address'
(Thursday, January 15, 1953, 10:30 p.m. EDT) — In an emotional farewell address broadcast from the White House, U.S. President Harry S. Truman told the American people tonight they are on their way to victory in the Cold War with Soviet Russia without an atomic conflict which might “dig the grave of the free world and communism alike.” Continue reading
(Saturday, January 10, 1953) — “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” by Perry Como was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of five weeks (January 10/17/24/31, February 7, 1953).
(Saturday, December 27, 1952) — I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd was the #1 song on today’s Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of two weeks (December 27, 1952, January 3, 1953).
Video: 'General Eisenhower Visits Korea 1952'
(Tuesday, December 2, 1952, during the Korean War) — Making good on his most dramatic presidential campaign promise, U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Korea today for a firsthand view of the bitter and frustrating Korean War, which Eisenhower vowed to end. The visit continued through Dec. 5, 1952. Continue reading