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  Timeline: 1953  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1953 Milan-San Remo Loretto Petrucci (Ita) 282 km
April 5, 1953 Tour of Flanders Wim Van Est (Ned) 253 km
April 12, 1953 Paris-Roubaix Germain Deryke (Bel) 245 km
May 3, 1953 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Alois De Hertog (Bel) 236 km
May 12-June 2, 1953 Giro d'Italia Fausto Coppi (Ita) 21 Stages, 4,035 km
July3-26, 1953 Tour de France Louison Bobet (Fra) 22 Stages, 4,479 km
Not Held Vuelta a Espana x x
August 30, 1953 World Championships Fausto Coppi (Ita) Lugano, Suisse 270 km
October 25, 1953 Giro di Lombardia Bruno Landi (Ita) Milan-Milan, 222 km

•  Mount Everest - Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing completed the first successful ascent to the world's high point, Mt. Everest.

•  The Korean War Ends - the conflict that started in June 1950 ended in July 1953. After lengthy peace negotiations a cease-fire was established. A de-militarized zone around the 38 th parallel is still defended by both sides 50 years later. No peace treaty was ever signed.

•  Baseball - April 17, 1953, the New York Yankee's Mickey Mantle hits a 565 foot home run off right handed pitcher Chuck Stobbs at Washington, DC‘s Griffith Stadium.

•  United Kingdom - June 2, 1953, London, England: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom took place at Westminster Abbey.

•  Entertainment - December, Hugh Hefner published the first issue of an American men's entertainment magazine named Playboy. The magazine featured a centerfold photograph of a nude of Marilyn Monroe. The first issue sold 54,175 copies at a cost of $0.50 each.

Notable Deaths -
Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, was the second leader of the Soviet Union.

Hank William, 1923-1953, an American icon, the self-destructive country western singer died of an alcohol and drug related heart attack.

Jim Thorpe, 1888-1953, the greatest athlete of his times, he was an All-American football player from the small Carlisle Indian Industrial School. He won both the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. (* See L'Equipe athlete of the decade 1910 ).



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