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This Year in History in 1953
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"But have the courage to write whatever your dream is for you." - May Sarton

If I were to imagine 20 years ago on where I would be today, I do not feel that living in California, owning my own motorcycle and living with the man of my dreams for 18.5 years would cover it.

My thoughts would be that I would have married, after divorcing my son's father, living in Maine and maybe having other children. I would like to have been a stay-at-home mother with maybe a part-time job. Maybe I would have a garden, Friday night dates with my husband, and attending church on Sunday as a family.

It is a nice dream but I would not trade it for what I have now.

In yesterday's prompt from Plinky, the question is: share what I know about the year I was born. Would you believe nothing comes to mind?

One of the great things is I was born.

So I go searching and this is what I have found:

Major Events:

+ Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated President of United States
+ Richard M. Nixon Vice President
+ An expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary is the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
+ Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison
+ The Korean War ends in stalemate
+ Nikita Khrushchev wins power struggle in Soviet Union after the death of Josef Stalin
+ Moscow announces explosion of its first hydrogen bomb
+ Queen Elizabeth II crowned queen of England

Science and Technology:

+ The first color television sets go on sale for about $1,175
+ U.S. Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager sets speed record in X-1 rocket plane
+ First successful open-heart surgery is performed in Philadelphia
+ Dr. Jonas Salk announced a polio vaccine had been used safely and successfully used in preliminary trials on 90 children and adults
+ Albert Schweitzer was given the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize
+ First clear evidence linking lung cancer to cigarette smoking
+ James Watson and Francis Crick determine the structure of DNA


+ NY Yankees defeat Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series (4-2)

Famous Baby Boomers Born in 1953:

+ Bill Gates
+ Chaka Khan
+ David Berkowitz
+ Desi Arnaz Jr.
+ Jeb Bush
+ John Edwards
+ Kathie Lee Gifford
+ Kim Basinger
+ Pierce Brosnan
+ Tim Allen
+ Tony Blair

Arts and Entertainment:

+ Books: The Robe, The Silver Chalice, Desiree, Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity, The High and the Mighty, Beyond This Place, Time and Time Again, Lord Vanity, The Unconquered
+ Movies: The Robe, From Here to Eternity, Shane, Roman Holiday, Peter Pan, How to Marry a Millionaire, The War of The Worlds, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
+ Songs: Money Honey; Your Cheatin' Heart; Crying In The Chapel; Gee; Shake A Hand; Honey Hush; Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean; Hound Dog; Kaw-Liga; The Things That I Used To Do
+ Popular Musicians: Drifters, Hank Williams, Orioles, Crows, Faye Adams, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Guitar Slim
+ TV Shows: I Love Lucy, Dragnet, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, You Bet Your Life, The Bob Hope Show
+ Elvis Presley records for the first time
+ 68% of all United States television sets were tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr. on the same day the fictional Little Ricky is born on I Love Lucy

Ah, I think I have found my next set of books to read.

Popular Culture:

+ The first issue of TV Guide magazine hits the newsstands in 10 cities with a circulation of 1,560,000 - on the cover are Lucille Ball and her newborn son, Desi Arnaz IV
+ Playboy magazine first issue features Marilyn Monroe as its first cover girl and nude centerfold
+ New York adopts three color traffic lights
+ The Corvette sports car goes on sale
+ Dr. John H. Gibbon performs the first successful open heart surgery in which the blood is artificially circulated and oxygenated by a heart-lung machine
+ Chevrolet begins to manufacturer plastic-bodied Corvettes
+ Dow Chemical creates Saran Wrap
+ Kraft Cheez Whiz is introduced
+ Con-Tact paper invented
+ The French Sardine Co. becomes Star-Kist Foods
+ The Church of Scientology is founded by L. Ron Hubbard, a science-fiction writer
+ The first 3-D movie, Arch Oboler's Bwana Devil, is shown
+ The Academy Awards are televised for the first time
+ Jacqueline Bouvier marries John F. Kennedy

All of this information came from Baby Boomers - What Happened in 1953?

And there you have it, this year in history!

So the question now goes to you dear reader, what do you know about the year you were born?

mz. em
Currently reading:
-- "Charade" - Sandra Brown
-- "The Daily Book of Art/356 readings that teach, inspire & entertain" - day 11

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