January 19 - 68% of all United States television sets were tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth
February 18 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sign an $8,000,000 contract to continue the ''I Love Lucy' television series through 1955.
March 25 - CBS concedes victory to RCA in the war over color television standards.
April 3 - TV Guide is published for the first time, with 10 editions and a circulation of 1,562,000
May 25 - KUHT in Houston, becomes the first non-commercial educational TV station
June 2 - The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is televised in the U.K.
The Tonight Show begins as a local New York variety show.
August 30 - NBC's Kukla, Fran, and Ollie Show is broadcast in color
October 19 - Arthur Godfrey fires Julius La Rosa on the air.
November - RCA tests its compatible color TV system on the air for the first time with a telecast of the Colgate Comedy Hour.
December 24 - NBC's Dragnet becomes the first network-sponsored television program.
December 17 – The FCC reverses its 1951 decision and approves the RCA/NTSC color system
Japanese television goes on the air for the first time
Popular Television Shows
I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
Flash Gordon, (1953-1954), starring Steve Holland
Ending this year
Amos 'n' Andy (1951-1953)
June 13 - Tim Allen, actor
October 9 - Tony Shalhoub, actor
October 22 - Jeff Goldblum, actor