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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 I was surprised to discover no one had yet posted a clip of Queen Elizabeth's coronation--so I took the liberty of doing it. On February 6, 1952, George VI, the reigning monarch of the British Commonwealth, died from smoking-related health problems. He was just 56 years old. By the rules of succession, his eldest daughter, 25-year-old Elizabeth, became the new Queen. She was making a goodwill tour of Kenya when she learned she was the new British monarch. Her ceremonial coronation took more than a year to plan. It finally occurred on June 2, 1953. Here is a four-minute clip of her receiving the various symbols of power. Because coronations happen so rarely--and this is the most recent--few people realize how religious the ceremony is. (The monarch is supposed to be "the Defender of the Faith.") Recorded for posterity in spectacularly rich color, the film looks like it could have been shot yesterday--not in 1953. Because satellite broadcasting was not yet a reality, special arrangements were made for North American TV viewers to see the event as soon as possible. The undeveloped film of the ceremony was put aboard a Canadian fighter jet. A technician developed the film in a dark room while the plane was over the Atlantic. About five hours after the event occurred, the airplane landed in Canada. The freshly developed film was rushed to a CBC broadcast studio where it aired throughout Canada. American networks picked up the CBC's feed. Elizabeth II recently celebrated her 89th birthday. If she lives past the first week of September 2015, she will surpass Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandmother) as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. There's no reason to believe she won't attain that milestone. By all accounts Elizabeth II enjoys excellent health, she is still quite active, and her mother lived to be 102 years old.
Tags: coronation  Elizabeth  II  royalty 
Added: 23rd April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Superman Loved His Sugar Smacks This integrated commercial was usually seen at the end of the show during the 1953-'54 season. That's the period when Kellogg's was pushing Sugar Smacks on The Adventures of Superman. By 1955, Clark was plugging Corn Flakes....
Tags: adventures  of  superman  george  reeves  kelloggs  commercials 
Added: 29th November 2007
Views: 2041
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Posted By: Babs64
Nat King Cole Sings The Christmas Song This song was written in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded it in 1946. At Cole's request, and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records, a second recording was made the same year using a small string section, this version became a huge hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Cole re-recorded the song in 1953 and again in 1961, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra. Mel Tormé himself eventually recorded his own version in 1965. However, the 1961 recording by Cole is generally regarded as definitive and continues to receive considerable radio airplay each holiday season. Cole's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.
Tags: the  christmas  song  nat  king  cole  mel  torme 
Added: 2nd December 2007
Views: 3457
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Posted By: Babs64
Ronald Reagan on Whats My Line On July 19, 1953 Ronald Reagan was the mystery challenger on What's My Line. (This clip shows another contestant after the 40th President's appearance.)
Tags: Ronald  Reagan  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 5th December 2007
Views: 2096
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Posted By: Lava1964
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas 'I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas', was sung by an 11-year-old girl, Gayla Peevey, who according to legend, was a regional child star of the Oklahoma City area. This 1953 hit was recorded as a fund-raiser to bring the city zoo a hippo. When released nationally by Columbia Records the song shot to the top of the charts, and the city zoo got a baby hippo named Matilda! This is the first Christmas song I remember hearing on a little plastic record player I had as a kid, I was 7.
Tags: i  want  a  hippopotamus  for  christmas  gayla  peevey 
Added: 23rd December 2007
Views: 2218
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Posted By: Guido
Nelson Eddy on Whats My Line 1953 From June 7, 1953, actor/singer Nelson Eddy is a mystery challenger on What's My Line.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Nelson  Eddy 
Added: 4th March 2009
Views: 1399
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Posted By: Lava1964
McGuire Sisters Sing Picking Sweethearts The McGuire sisters sing 'Picking Sweethearts' on a 1953 episode of Arthur Godfrey and Friends.
Tags: Picking  Sweethearts  McGuire  Sisters 
Added: 3rd March 2009
Views: 1511
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Posted By: Lava1964
1945 Movie Stars Parade and now for some LANA TRIVIA: *****Lana fainted at her 1953 wedding to actor Lex Barker. The marriage went downhill from there. *****Lana got married to first husband Artie Shaw after only one date. *****Lana's favorite leading man was Tyrone Power. She had an affair with him but he ended up dumping her. *****Lana hated her "Sweater Girl" nickname. *****Lana was 5 feet, 3 inches tall. ******Lana reportedly contracted a venereal disease after sleeping with Howard Hughes... OUCH!
Tags: movie      magazine      Movie  Stars  Parade      Lana  Turner 
Added: 4th January 2008
Views: 2450
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Posted By: Teresa
Umpire Ed Hurley on Whats My Line American League baseball umpire Ed Hurley appeared as a challenger on What's My Line in this episode from October 4, 1953. In the early days of What's My Line, the panelists were each permitted a 'free guess' as to what the contestant's occupation was. Even though Hurley signed in with the alias 'John Doe,' Dorothy Kilgallen correctly guessed Hurley's job. (Hurley relates a funny story about an incident that occurred that day in the fifth game of the World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.)
Tags: Ed  Hurley  baseball  umpire  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 10th May 2008
Views: 4001
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Posted By: Lava1964
How To Marry A Millionaire Ending Gentlemen . . TO OUR WIVES!!
Tags: Lauren      Bacall      Marilyn      Monroe      Betty      Grable      1953      How      to      Marry      Millionaire       
Added: 12th January 2008
Views: 5788
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Posted By: Teresa

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