Ever wonder what was happening the year Channel 9 KCAU-TV went on the air? Here are some of the highlights of 1953.
President Eisenhower entered office.
The Secretary of Agriculture made a cross-country blitz tour to gain support for the first farm price support bill.
The Department of Health, Education and Welfare was established.
Russia tested its first H-bomb and Sioux City was included on a list of 193 probable targets in the event of an atomic war.
Stalin died and Malenkov became the new Russian leader.
Hemmingway won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Old Man and the Sea".
The Korean War ended and 25,000 POW's were released.
The Rosenburgs were executed for selling atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
Senator Hubert H. Humphrey demanded that secret negotiations with the Soviets be made public.
Russia sent more than 150,000 troops into Eastern Europe to put down food riots in East Germany.
Senator Richard M. Nixon was questioned about illegal campaign contributions.
Closer to home, SIoux City voters opted for the city manager form of government.
Two Sioux City Councilmen pleaded guilty to charges of accepting gratuities from businesses; both resigned.
The West Hotel burned down, and the number of polio cases in the city dropped to 300 for the year. (There were 1,369 in 1952)
The weather that year brought us a blizzard that shut down the city for two days. The Floyd River flooded that year and caused $60 million in damages. Tornados touched down hitting Mason City and Hebron, NE. Then in September, Sioux City recorded ten straight days of 90-plus weather.
The OSCAR for "Best Picture" went to "From Here to Eternity". The #1 song that March was "The Doggie in the Window" by Patti Page. The favorite TV show that year was "I Love Lucy". Sir Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dark Star won the Kentucky Derby and Bill Vokovich took the Indy 500. The Cleveland Browns won the National Football League and the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.