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 FLASHBACK 1953

A right Royal year!

*January 7 President Harry S. Truman announced the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb.
*Change of US presidency from Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) to Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961).
*January 28 - Derek Bentley was executed for murder in Wandsworth Prison
*January 31-February 1 - North Sea flood killed 1,835 people in the south western Netherlands (especially Zeeland), 307 in the United Kingdom and several hundred at sea, including 132 on the ferry Princess Victoria in the Irish Sea
*February 18 - The first 3D film, Bwana Devil opened.
*March 1 - Joseph Stalin collapsed having suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body. He was succeeded by Georgy Malenkov.
*March 11 - U.S. B-47 bomber accidentally dropped an atom bomb on Mars Bluff, South Carolina. Fortunately it fails to detonate.
*March 26 - Jonas Salk announces his polio vaccine.
*May 29 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest.
*The Rev Chad Varah set up The Samaritans.
*The polio virus was identified
*The British Government's plans for commercial television were announced. The licence fee was to be increased from 2 to 3 to dweal with the competition.
*Piltdown Man - discovered in 1912 - was finally revealed as a hoax.
*Senator McCarthy accused ex-President Truman of aiding many suspected communists.
*Cinemascope introduced by 20th Century Fox.
*Duke of Edinburgh given his wings by the RAF.
*Everest climbed by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing.
*Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11. It was held on June 3, statistically the sunniest day of the years. But it rained!
*Len Hutton was first professional cricketer to be captain of England.
*The Queen launched the Royal Yacht Britannia.
*Sweet rationing ended.
*New air records were set by Sqdn Ldr Neville Duke and Lt Cdr M.J.Lithgow. Duke flew a Hawker Hunter at 727.6mph and Lithgow a Vickers Supermarine Swift. Lithgow took the aircraft to 737.3mph

Written by The Editor - 01/01/2002 18:34:33

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