May 16th, 1953, was a Saturday. It was Day 136 of 1953. The decade was the Fifties.
70 years, 4 months, and 6 days have passed since May 16th, 1953.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on May 16th, 1953 was "The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" by Percy Faith and His Orchestra.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 16th, 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.
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.
West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was named Time Person of the Year in 1953.
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 took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
Women and young girls were wearing 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.
During this time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.
A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
Cases of Polio were particularly high, 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.
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Television shows that people were watching in May 1953.
I Married Joan
Comedy about the scatterbrained wife of judge Bradley Stevens.
Our Miss Brooks
Sitcom about a high school teacher called Constance "Connie" Brooks.
My Little Margie
Comedy series about 21-year-old Margie Albright and her widowed father Charles Farrell.
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.
Crime drama starring Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock.
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
Comedy series starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah Brown.
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.
Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.
Anthology series that was hosted by Rex Marshall.
The Ed Sullivan Show
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1953.
Adventures of Superman
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1953.
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Mr. Potato Head
Feed the Elephant
Butch the Pup Toy
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 16th.
Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on May 16th, 1953.
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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