January 1953

January 1953: Evelyn Stillwell teaches a ballet class in Sarasota, Florida, USA.

Photographed by Charles Barron.

Evelyn_Stillwell_teaches_a_ballet_class-_Sarasota,_Florida_(7050601431) Charles Barron Vintage

On this day: a protest against communism

Ukrainians in Sydney, Australia march against Russian communism on the 28th of June, 1953. This image appeared in The Canberra Times the following day.

More Ukrainians died under Stalin’s rule than the entire death toll of the Holocaust, with ethnic Ukrainians singled out by Soviet authorities for a genocide barely recognised by the world until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Ukrainians demonstrating against Russian Communism in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Just come from a Ukrainian Orthodox Church service at St. Andrew's Cathedral and were heading towards the

On this day: the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen as they leave U.S. Court House after being found guilty by jury.

The couple after being found guilty. X

On the 19th of June, 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electric chair in Ossining, USA after being convicted of spying for the Kremlin.

Alongside several others, who were imprisoned but not executed (including Ethel’s brother), they were found guilty of passing on information to Moscow about the atomic bomb.

Julius_Rosenberg_mugshotPolice booking photograph of Julius Rosenberg after his arrest.

Ethel_Rosenberg_mugshotPolice booking photograph of Ethel Rosenberg.

Julius and Ethel under arrest.

The Rosenbergs were the only two people in the United States executed for espionage during the Cold War. Their crime was considered worse because the judge also considered them responsible for deaths in the Korean War.

On this day: Literature censorship in the United States

God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell

On the 19th of February, 1953, the United States’ first literature censorship board was established in Georgia.

Misleadingly named the Georgia Literature Commission, the first publication targeted was God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell.

Facing legal challenges from the outset, the board lasted about two decades and then was left to die out.