Timeline: 1953



  • January 20. Dwight Eisenhower is sworn in as thirty-fourth President of the United States.1
  • Laura Meeker dances at a rec center as part of a USO show. While there, she meets Sergeant Rob Petrie, who is enamored with her. He pursues her aggressively, earning her ire. He arranges to dance with her in the show, stepping on her foot in his heavy combat books, breaking her toes.2
  • April 19. While visiting Yankee Stadium in New York City, Tilly Hill gives birth to her son, Hank Rutherford Hill.3
  • June 2. Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • June 2. During the coronation, the Doctor ("tenth" incarnation) and Rose Tyler face off against a face-stealing malevolent entity.4
  • July 26. William Burnside removes the bandages from his plastic surgery, revealing a near mystical resemblance to the original Steve Rogers.5
  • July 27. The Korean War ends with the signing of an armistice agreement.6
  • July 28. With the Korean War coming to an end, the staff at the 4077 MASH depart, including commander Colonel Dr. Sherman Potter (62), Dr. Hawkeye Pierce (34), Dr. Charles Winchester (30), Nurse Margaret Houlihan (32), Father Francis Mulcahy (33), and Dr. B.J. Hunnicutt (29). Sergeant Max Klinger (41), after marrying Soon-Lee Han that morning, remains in South Korea to find his wife's family. Houlihan and Pierce exchange a passionate kiss before departing. B.J. leaves a message spelling out the word GOODBYE in stones for his friend Hawkeye.7
  • August 4. William Burnside visits the Pentagon, and learns his services as Captain America are no longer needed.8
  • September 1. Youngster Richie Rich (7) becomes a multi-millionaire.
  • Newlyweds Quincy (28) and Janice Berenstain (29) move to the secluded bear-only Calisotan suburb of Bear Country. Fearing anti-Jewish sentiment, the family starts going casually as the Bear family.9
  • September 14. Nikita Khrushchev (59) ascends to become First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and thus its leader.10
  • The Doctor (seventh incarnation) arrives in the British Kenya colony during the Mau Mau uprising. While dealing with the alien menace of the Cheylis, he is reunited with the alternate reality Nazi Elizabeth Klein (38). At the end of the adventure, he decides to bring Klein with him to make sure she doesn't cause disruption to the timeline.11
  • The human Mario family moves back to Brooklyn, New York after a few years on the mystic world of Shrem. Their long exposure to Shrem's magic gives them extra-normal abilities and makes them magically potential, including the twin boys Mario and Luigi.
  • L. Ron Hubbard founds the Church of Scientology.


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