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January 20th, 1953.

January 20th, 1953, was a Tuesday. It was day 20 of 1953. The decade was the Fifties.

70 years and 17 days have passed since January 20th, 1953.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on January 20th, 1953.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the 34th President of the United States.
Birthdays

Born on January 20th, 1953.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: January 20th, 1953

The best-selling single on January 20th, 1953 was "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" by Perry Como.

Play the top hits from 1953.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1953. Take a trip back to the days of Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Patti Page and Tony Bennett.

Take me back to January 20th, 1953!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is January 20th, 1953, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In music, the song "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" by Perry Como is the best-selling record at the moment.

Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States, and Winston Churchill is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are sporting the popular "The New Look" by Christian Dior. This formal style includes rounded shoulders, a full-skirted silhouette and a tight waist. Meanwhile, men are beginning to follow a new "Teddy Boy" trend that involves greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. In Asia, the Korean War is raging on between South Korea and North Korea.

Because it's 1953, radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from singers such as Percy Faith, Les Paul, Mary Ford, Patti Page, Eddie Fisher, the Ames Brothers, Teresa Brewer, Les Baxter and Perry Como. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Beulah", "You Bet Your Life", "Racket Squad" and "I Love Lucy". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", "Crusader Rabbit" and "Adventures of Superman".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Foto-Electric Baseball, Toy Guns, Tiny Tears (doll) and Butch the Pup Toy.

News

News topics, nostalgic fads, and pop culture events.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 20th, 1953.

  • Movies from 1953.

    Movies from 1953.

    The most popular movies of 1953 included the likes of The Robe, This Is Cinerama, From Here to Eternity, Shane, How to Marry a Millionaire, Peter Pan and House of Wax.

  • 1953 in music.

    1953 in music.

    The radio stations in 1953 were dominated by artists such as Percy Faith, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Patti Page, Eddie Fisher, the Ames Brothers, Teresa Brewer, Les Baxter and Perry Como.

  • Konrad Adenauer.

    Konrad Adenauer.

    West Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1953.

  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids became popular during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.

  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing.

    During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.

  • The Korean War.

    The Korean War.

    During this period of time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.

  • Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.

  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high.

    Cases of Polio were particularly high during this period of time and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 70 years and 17 days have passed since January 20th, 1953.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 04 of 1953.
  • Leap Year: 1953 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on January 20th, 1953 will be 70 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1953 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to January 20th, 1953.

  • December 25th, 1952: Queen Elizabeth makes her first Christmas speech.
  • December 28th, 1952: NFL: The Detroit Lions defeat the Cleveland Browns 17-7 to win the 1952 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 1st, 1953: Singer Hank Williams dies from heart failure at the age of 29.
  • January 7th, 1953: US President Harry Truman announces that the country has developed the first hydrogen bomb.
  • January 14th, 1953: Marshal Josip Broz Tito becomes the new President of Yugoslavia.
  • January 15th, 1953: East Germany's first Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georg Dertinger, is arrested on espionage charges.
  • January 19th, 1953: 44 million Americans tune in to the TV show "I Love Lucy" to watch Lucy giving birth.
  • This date: January 20th, 1953
  • January 28th, 1953: Derek Bentley is executed for the murder of Police Constable Sidney Miles.
  • January 31st, 1953: The North Sea flood of 1953 kills 2,551 people in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
  • January 31st, 1953: 133 people lose their lives after a car ferry sinks in the Irish Sea.
  • February 5th, 1953: The animated film "Peter Pan" is released by Walt Disney.
  • February 5th, 1953: Sweet rationing in the United Kingdom comes to an end.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 20th, 1953, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1953 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 20th, 1953 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 20th, 1953.

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Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows in 1953.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1953.

TV shows from January, 1953.

I Married Joan
I Married Joan
Comedy about the scatterbrained wife of judge Bradley Stevens.

Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks
Sitcom about a high school teacher called Constance "Connie" Brooks.

My Little Margie
My Little Margie
Comedy series about 21-year-old Margie Albright and her widowed father Charles Farrell.

The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Sky King
Sky King
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.

Racket Squad
Racket Squad
Crime drama starring Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

Beulah
Beulah
Comedy series starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah Brown.

The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.

The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.

The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.

Space Patrol
Space Patrol
Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1953.

1953 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chevrolet 150, the Cadillac Eldorado, the Volvo Duett, the Opel Rekord, the Buick Skylark and the Fiat 1100.

Cars in 1953.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 20th, 1953.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1953.

Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1953.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1953.

Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures

Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head

Feed the Elephant
Feed the Elephant

Pitchin' Pal
Pitchin' Pal

Colorforms
Colorforms

Butch the Pup Toy
Butch the Pup Toy

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)

Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops

Toy Guns
Toy Guns

Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1953.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 20th, 1959, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 20th.

Bill Maher

Talkshow host.
Born on January 20th, 1956
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Rainn Wilson

Actor.
Born on January 20th, 1966
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Gary Barlow

Singer.
Born on January 20th, 1971
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Evan Peters

Actor.
Born on January 20th, 1987
He was born exactly 34 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on January 20th, 1953.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 20th, 1953 was most likely conceived around April 29th, 1952.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 20th, 1953 is close to October 13th, 1953.

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Stats for January 20th, 1953

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 20th, 1953.

  • A total of 25,584 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,654 weeks have passed.
  • 2,210,457,600 seconds have passed since the January 20th, 1953.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,578,867,200 times.
  • Since January 20th, 1953, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,140,596,121,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 368,409,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 190,099,354 steps. That's about 84,489 miles!
  • Since this date, 26,525,491 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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