(Monday, October 5, 1953) — The New York Yankees won the 1953 World Series today, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York, in the sixth and deciding game. It was the fifth consecutive World Series title for the Yankees (the most consecutive WS wins in history) and the 16th of a record 27 overall World Series championships for the team (1923-2009).
(Monday, October 5, 1953) — Earl Warren, a smiling, broad-shouldered Californian, was sworn in today as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States. He succeeded Fred M. Vinson, who died on Sept. 8, 1953, and was nominated by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. Continue reading →
Video: 'Victor Mature At The Premiere Of The Robe'
(Wednesday, September 16, 1953) — The Robe, a Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus and the first movie presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere today at the Roxy Theater in New York.
Directed by Henry Koster, the film starred Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie.
(Saturday, August 8, 1953) — “Vaya con Dios (May God Be with You)” by Les Paul and Mary Ford was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of 11 weeks (August 8/15/22/29, September 5/12/19/26, October 2, November 7/14, 1953).
(Wednesday, August 5, 1953) — From Here to Eternity, a drama film about the tribulations of three soldiers stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, premiered today at the Capitol in New York City.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann, the film starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober and Jack Warden.
Video: 'Korean War - PART 29, Two Koreas...again. 6.25 ??' (Aug. 5, 1953, at 1:43)
(Wednesday, August 5, 1953; during the Cold War) — Operation Big Switch began today as remaining prisoners taken during the Korean War, which ended July 27, 1953, with an armistice, were exchanged at Panmunjom. 3,597 Americans would be returned by December.