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What Major Events Happened in 1953?

  •  Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the President of the United States
  •  Queen Elizabeth II was crowned queen of England
  •  Matchbox Cars were introduced.
  •  Saran wrap was first sold.
  •  Walt Disney’s Peter Pan was released.
  •  Playboy Magazine begins publication, featuring Marilyn Monroe in its first issue
  •  Hank Williams Sr Died
  • The musical Singin’ In The Rain was released


Top 10 TV Shows in 1953

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)

Cost of Living in 1953?

House: $8,200
Average Annual Income: $4,011
Brand New Car: $1537-$2403
Gallon of Milk: $.94
Gallon of Gas: $.22
Loaf of Bread $.16
Postage Stamp: $.03
10- lb bag sugar: $ .89
12 oz. jar of Libby’s pickles $.25
16 oz. jar Kraft Cheese Whiz : $.57
Romaine Lettuce: $ .10 lb

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