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1953 Trivia

<< - 1952
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
Detroit Lions
NBA Champions:
Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Dick Mayer
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Tony Trabert/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Vic Seixas/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
Dark Star
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Lana Turner
"The Quotes"

"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings"
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent"
Pepsodent toothpaste

"Shane. Shane. Come back!"
- Brandon De Wilde, in 'Shane'

"Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't"
- Peter Paul Mounds/Almond Joy

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Konrad Adenauer
Miss America:
Neva Langley (Macon, GA)
Miss USA:
Myrna Hansen (Illnois)

The Scandal:
Piltdown Man, an archeologoical find from 1912, was exposed as a forgery, consisting of the lower jawbone of an orangutan combined with the skull of a fully developed, modern man. The theory of Evolution took several steps back with this scandal.

Country Pop Star Death: Hank Williams (drugs and alcohol poisoning)

Nerd News:

The Coppertone Girl was introduced to the American public. It is probably the most popular 'butt crack' of all time.

First musical synthesizer invented by RCA.

Colgate-Palmolive-Peet became Colgate-Palmolive. We are not sure, but we think that the Peet brothers suffered the same fate as Alvah Curtis Roebuck, of Sears and Roebuck fame.

Ore-Ida offered 'Tater Tots' in grocery stores. There were simply pressed leftovers from their french fry line.

A Pennsylvania town named Mauch Chunk managed to get the remains of an early 20th century athlete and bought the rights to his name. They renamed the town 'Jim Thorpe' and it something of a tourist attraction in PA.

Biologist James D. Watson and Francis Crick published "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid." With little more than a drawing and some accompanying text, Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA.

1st appearances & 1953's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scrabble, Mrs Potato Head, Wiffle Ball invented, Matchbox (U.K.)
1953 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Dragnet (NBC)
3. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
4. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
5. The Milton Berle Show (NBC)
6. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
7. Ford Theatre (NBC)
8. The Jackie Gleason Show ((CBS)
9. Fireside Theatre (NBC)
10. The Colgate Comedy hour (NBC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1953 include:
Ames Brothers, B.B. King, The Clovers, Dean Martin, The Dominoes, Eddie Fisher, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Hilltoppers, Joe Turner, Joni James, Kay Starr, Les Baxter, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Nat 'King' Cole, The Orioles, Patti Page, Percy Faith, Perry Como, Ruth Brown, Stan Freberg, Teresa Brewer, Tony Bennett

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1953:
December 27, 1952 - January 9, 1953: Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

January 10, 1953 - February 13, 1953: Perry Como - Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes

February 14, 1953 - March 20, 1953: Teresa Brewer - Till I Waltz Again With You

March 21, 1953 - May 15, 1953: Patti Page - The Doggie In The Window

May 16, 1953 - July 24, 1953: Percy Faith - The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)

July 25, 1953 - August 7, 1953: Eddie Fisher - I'm Walking Behind You

August 8, 1953 - October 9, 1953: Les Paul and Mary Ford - Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)

October 10, 1953 - November 20, 1953: Stan Freberg - St. George And The Dragonet

November 21, 1953 - January 1, 1954: Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches