Life in 1953

Towson High School's Class of 1953 met this past weekend for their 60th reunion. What was life like in Towson, Md. and beyond 60 years ago? Here are a few items of interest.

• THS's boys track and field and boys cross country teams won the state championship

• Development of Hydrogen Bomb announced

• Dwight Eisenhower sworn in as President

• Watson and Crick announce discovery of DNA molecule's structure

• Ian Fleming publishes first James Bond novel, "Casino Royale"

• Mickey Mantle hits record-setting 565-foot home run

Elizabeth II crowned Queen of England

• First issue of Playboy magazine published

• First color television sets go on sale

• Innovative computer UNIVAC 1103 developed

Ernest Hemingway wins Pulitizer for "The Old Man and the Sea"

• First open heart surgery performed in Philadelphia

• Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed in Sing Sing prison

• "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jimmy Boyd is top-selling single

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