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1953 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

20th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  Conductor unknown at this time
Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana" opens at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.  Opera is about Elizabeth I of England and is commissioned to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II.
Sergei Prokofiev dies

POLITICS

Passage of various G.I. bills gives veterans greater access to college educations.
The East German purge begins
Marshall Tito visits London
Queen Mary is laid to rest at Windsor
Queen Elizabeth takes her coronation oath.  Millions all over the world watch this event on international television.  (including me)
Britain sends troops to Guiana
Joseph Stalin dies
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg of the US are executed as spies for their part in releasing US military secrets to the Soviets, becoming the first citizens to be sentenced to death for espionage.

POINTS OF INTEREST

British explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest, reaching the highest point on earth.
DNA is discovered

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