As I mentioned earlier this week, today is my birthday. I, like others born in 1953, think it was a year of great significance.
To give you a sampling of life in 1953, here are 12 events that happened in the first three months:
- January 1: Country singer Hank Williams Sr. died while on the way to a concert in Canton, Ohio.
- January 7: President Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
- January 17: GM introduced the first American sports car, the two-seater Corvette at the annual NYC Motorama Show at the Waldorf-Astoria.
- January 20: Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as president, and coverage of the event was viewed on 21 million televisions.
- February 5: Peter Pan, by Walt Disney opened at Roxy Theater in NYC.
- February 9: The Adventures of Superman TV series premiered in syndication.
- February 17: Baseball star and pilot Ted Williams was uninjured when his plane was shot down in Korea.
- February 27: F-84 Thunderjets raided North Korean base on Yalu River.
- March 5: Russian Premier Joseph Stalin died at age 73.
- March 10: North Korean gunners at Wonsan fired on the USS Missouri, the ship responds by firing 998 rounds at the enemy position. On March 25, the USS Missouri fired on targets at Kojo, North Korea, and this was the last time her guns would be fired until the Persian Gulf War of 1992.
- March 26: President Eisenhower offers monetary assistance to France to support their involvement in Vietnam.
- March 26: Dr. Jonas Salk of the University of Pittsburgh announced that a vaccine against polio had been successfully tested.
As I was roaming through the annals of 1953 I found several other historic events, but the one that took place on the Ray Anthony show is interesting: The Bunny Hop was introduced to the American public.
If you’re going to put your right foot forward, and you plan to stick your left foot out, let me suggest you do it within the context of Psalm 119:
I have kept my feet from every evil path to follow Your word. I have not turned from Your judgments, for You Yourself have instructed me. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. I have solemnly sworn to keep Your righteous judgments. ~Psalm 119:101-106 (HCSB)