What Happened in December 1952

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation
  • Dec 2 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • Dec 2 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 3 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
  • Dec 3 Marcos Perez Jiménez elected president of Venezuela
  • Dec 4 Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined
  • Dec 4 Walter P. Reuther chosen chairman of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the US
  • Dec 5 -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
  • Dec 6 Czech government tells Israeli ambassador that he is persona non grata
  • Dec 7 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 8 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
  • Dec 8 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
  • Dec 8 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected president of Israel
  • Dec 10 Izhak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
  • Dec 10 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 12 Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, last original team
  • Dec 14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta
  • Dec 14 Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die
  • Dec 15 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • Dec 15 Christine Jorgenson is the first known American to undergo a sex-change operation
  • Dec 15 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
  • Dec 18 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president
  • Dec 19 Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker"
  • Dec 20 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
  • Dec 21 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 French government of Pinay, resigns
  • Dec 22 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Alain Bombard arrives in Barbados after 65 days at sea proving his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive with almost no provisions, despite having lost 25 kg (65 lbs) in weight
  • Dec 28 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)
  • Dec 30 Tuskegee Inst reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US
  • Dec 31 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Keith Szarabajka, Oak Park IL, actor (Nightlife)
  • Dec 2 Carol Shea-Porter, American Congresswoman
  • Dec 3 Don Barnes, rock guitarist (38 Special)
  • Dec 3 Duane Roland, rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet)
  • Dec 3 Mel Smith, author, actor, and comedian (Morons From Outer Space), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 3 Benny Hinn, American televangelist
  • Dec 4 Ronald Michael Sega, PhD/Astronaut (STS 60, 76), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 5 Bobby Barth, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Axe)
  • Dec 6 Ric Charlesworth, cricketer (WA opener, Aust hockey capt)/MP (Labour)
  • Dec 6 Terence Knox, Richland Wash, actor (Peter-St Elsewhere) [or 2/16/50]
  • Dec 6 Craig Newmark, American founder of craigslist
  • Dec 7 Georges Corraface, Greek actor, president of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • Dec 7 Susan Collins, American politician, junior senator from Maine
  • Dec 8 Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Dec 8 Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • Dec 9 Michael Dorn, actor (Worf-Star Trek Next Generation)
  • Dec 10 Susan Hallock Dey, Ill, actress (1st Love, Partridge Family, LA Law)
  • Dec 11 Susan Seidelman, director (Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • Dec 12 Ajit De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982)
  • Dec 12 Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnist (Olympic-4th-1968)
  • Dec 12 Sarah Douglas, England, actress (Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest)
  • Dec 12 Herb Dhaliwal, Canadian politician
  • Dec 13 John Francome, English jockey
  • Dec 13 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Dec 14 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), born in Breitungen, Thuringia (d. 1996)
  • Dec 14 Germain Houde, French Canadian actor
  • Dec 15 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer
  • Dec 15 Julie Taymor, American director
  • Dec 16 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • Dec 16 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • Dec 17 Hans Alders, Dutch minister of environment (PvdA)
  • Dec 17 Mickey Jones, rock bassist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 20 Jenny Agutter, Taunton England, actress (Logan's Run, Equus, Amy)
  • Dec 20 Sergio Vastano, Italian actor (Nightclub, Prete Bello)
  • Dec 21 Dennis Boutsikaris, actor (Batteries Not Included), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 21 Steve Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • Dec 21 Joaquín Andújar, Professional baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • Dec 23 Hans Abrahamsen, composer
  • Dec 23 William Kristol, American political commentator
  • Dec 25 CCH Pounder, Guyana-born actress
  • Dec 25 Desireless, French singer
  • Dec 26 Andre-Michel Schub, pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 27 Karla Bonoff, rock singer (New World, Restless Nights)
  • Dec 27 Tovah Feldshuh, American actress (Idolmaker, Terror out of the Sky), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 27 Jay Hill, Canadian politician
  • Dec 27 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 28 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Balt Orioles)
  • Dec 28 Arun Jaitley, Indian Politician
  • Dec 29 Gelsey Kirkland, Bethlehem Pa, ballerina/druggie (Nutcracker)
  • Dec 29 Nikolai Andrianov, USSR, gymnist (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80)
  • Dec 30 Larry Bartlett, photographic printer
  • Dec 30 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dec 30 June Anderson, American soprano

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Victor E Orlando, Italian premier (1917-19), dies at 92
  • Dec 4 Karen Horney, German/US neo freudian psycho analyst, dies at 67
  • Dec 8 Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • Dec 12 Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (b. 1879)
  • Dec 19 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Henry A "Hans" Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58
  • Dec 26 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
  • Dec 27 Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76
  • Dec 27 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (b. 1878)
  • Dec 28 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
  • Dec 29 Beryl Rubinstein, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 30 Ivan Olbracht, writer, dies