In all the one thousand, nine-hundred, and fifty-three days I’ve been blogging here at The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, this is the first time that the title of the post has been the same as the number of the day.
Any guesses as to why that might be?
After I write for approximately 1953 seconds, I’ll tell you the answer.
I’m not going to share 1953 photos today, because that would take too long. However, I will share these 2018 photos.
Let’s stay engaged, experience discomfort, speak our truth, and expect and accept non-closure as I try to list important 1953 events.
Top News Stories from 1953
Population: 4.378 billion
Nobel Peace Prize: George C. Marshall (US)
Joseph Stalin dies (March 5). Georgi Malenkov becomes Soviet Premier; Lavrenti Beria, Minister of Interior; Vyacheslav Molotov, Foreign Minister (March 6).
East Berliners rise against Communist rule; quelled by tanks (June 17).
Korean armistice signed (July 27).
Moscow announces explosion of hydrogen bomb (Aug. 20).
Tito becomes president of Yugoslavia.
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (2 June)
President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
Life expectancy: 68.8 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.8
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated President of United States (Jan. 20).
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed in Sing Sing prison (June 19).
Alleged Communist Charlie Chaplin leaves U.S. for good. Justice Dept. warns him any attempt to reenter the country will be challenged.
US GDP (1998 dollars): $379.7 billion
Federal spending: $76.10 billion
Federal debt $266.0 billion
Consumer Price Index: $26.7
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
NY Yankees d. Brooklyn Dodgers (4-2)
Women: Maureen Connolly d. D. Hart (8-6 7-5)
Men: Vic Seixas d. K. Nielsen (9-7 6-3 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Fiction: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
Drama: Picnic, William Inge
Academy Award, Best Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth, Cecil B. DeMille, producer (Paramount)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Sir Winston Churchill (UK)
The first issue of TV Guide magazine hits the newsstands on April 3 in 10 cities with a circulation of 1,560,000.
Playboy magazine hits newsstands. A nude Marilyn Monroe graces the cover.
William Burroughs, Junkie
Randall Jarrell, Poetry and the Age
Henry Miller, Plexus
Alain Robbe-Grillet, The Erasers
Jean Stafford, Children are Bored on Sunday
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Hermann Staudinger (Germany), for research in giant molecules
Physics: Fritz Zernike (Netherlands), for development of “”phase contrast”” microscope
Physiology or Medicine: Fritz A. Lipmann (Germany-US) and Hans Adolph Krebs (Germany-UK), for studies of living cells
Rosalind Franklin (England), Francis Crick (England), and James Watson (US) discover the double-helical structure of DNA.
Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reach the top of Mt. Everest (May 29).
First successful open-heart surgery is performed in Philadelphia.
There was some non-closure there, too.
I’ve had 1953 days of gratitude here at The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally. I’ve also had 65 years of gratitude here on this earth, since I was born in 1953.