HOUSTON -- KHOU first went on the air in March of 1953. In honor of KHOU-TV's 60th anniversary, we put together a list of some of the highlights from that year.
World Series champions: New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers
NFL champions: Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns
NBA champions: Minneapolis Lakers defeated the New York Knickerbockers
NCAA football champions: University of Maryland
NCAA basketball champions: Indiana University
Most popular TV shows:
- I Love Lucy (CBS)
- Dragnet (NBC)
- Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
- You Bet Your Life (NBC)
- The Milton Berle Show (NBC)
- Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
- Ford Theatre (NBC)
- The Jackie Gleason Show ((CBS)
- Fireside Theatre (NBC)
- The Colgate Comedy hour (NBC)
71.1 percent of all television sets in the United States tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth on January 19, 1953.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approveed color television in late 1953.
The first color television went on sale for about $1,175.
26th Academy Awards (honored the best films of 1953) winners:
Best Motion Picture: From Here to Eternity
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann – From Here to Eternity
Best Actor: William Holden -- Stalag 17
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn -- Roman Holiday
Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra -- From Here to Eternity
Best Supporting Actress: Donna Reed -- From Here to Eternity
Best Animated Short Film: Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom – Walt Disney
President of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower succeeded Harry S. Truman as the 34th President of the United States.
Vice president of the United States: Richard Nixon
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on June 2, 1953. She ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. The coronation was held more than a year after the accession to follow tradition that a festival such as a coronation was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign.
TIME’s Man of the Year: Konrad Adenauer -- West Germany's first chancellor and a key figure in rebuilding the country after World War Two.
The discovery of REM sleep was first published by researchers Eugene Aserinsky and Nathaniel Kleitman.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) made a permanent specialized agency of the United Nations.
The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint, Michigan on June 30, 1953.
Hugh Hefner publishes the first issue of Playboy magazine in the United States, featuring a centerfold nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe; it sells 54,175 copies at $.50 each.
Miss America: Neva Langley (Macon, Georgia)
Miss USA: Myrna Hansen (Illinois)
Most popular Christmas presents: Scrabble, Mrs Potato Head and the Wiffle Ball
New York adopted three color traffic lights.
Ian Fleming published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
The average house cost: approx. $17,400
The average car cost: approx. $1,800
The average wage: approx. $3,750
Cost of groceries:
- Gallon of milk: $.94
- Loaf of bread: $.16
- Dozen eggs: $.72
- Postage stamp: $.03