What Happened in February 1952

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 General strike against French colonial rule in Tunisia
  • Feb 1 SN Behrman's "Jane" premieres in NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

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Feb 4 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 8 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc
  • Feb 10 India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power
  • Feb 11 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

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Feb 13 Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Feb 14 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 15 King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Feb 16 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Feb 16 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
  • Feb 18 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win
  • Feb 19 French offensive at Hanoi
  • Feb 20 "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in NYC
  • Feb 20 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • Feb 21 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • Feb 21 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • Feb 21 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win
  • Feb 24 Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead win the LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Feb 25 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 26 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference

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Feb 26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Feb 29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 29 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER
  • Feb 29 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
  • Feb 29 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 29 The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Roger Y. Tsien, Chemist (Nobel Prize 2008) born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Feb 2 Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 2 Park Geun-hye, 1st female President of South Korea (2013-), born in Jung-gu, Taegu
  • Feb 3 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 3 Jack Fields, (Rep-R-TX, 1981- )
  • Feb 4 Jerry Shirley, rock drummer (Humble Pie-Hot N Nasty, Eat It)
  • Feb 4 Lisa Eichhorn, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
  • Feb 5 Daniel Balavoine, French singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
  • Feb 6 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Oly-96)
  • Feb 6 Ricardo Lavolpe, Argentine football coach
  • Feb 7 Vasco Rossi, Italian singer
  • Feb 8 Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
  • Feb 8 Nancy Lord, Libertarian VP candidate (1992)
  • Feb 9 Danny White, quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 9 Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
  • Feb 10 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 10 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
  • Feb 12 Salvador Pineda, Mexico City, doctor
  • Feb 12 Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal), born in Ely, Cambridgeshire (d. 2010)
  • Feb 12 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 13 David Puilum Choi, Hong Kong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Feb 13 Ed Gagliardi, American rock bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 13 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 14 Nancy Keenan, current NARAL president
  • Feb 16 James Ingram, American vocalist (Just Once), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 16 Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 17 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • Feb 17 Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • Feb 18 Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], Virginia, vocalist (Angel of the Morning)
  • Feb 18 Veronica "Randy" Crawford, US vocalist (One Day I'll Fly Away)
  • Feb 19 Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexico, PHD/astronaut (STS 23)
  • Feb 19 Amy Tan, American novelist
  • Feb 20 Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 21 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • Feb 22 James Philip Bagian, MDPE/astronaut (STS 29, STS 40), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 22 Wayne John Levi, Little Falls NY, PGA golfer (1983 Buick Open)
  • Feb 22 Bill Frist, American politician
  • Feb 23 Brad Whitford, Mass, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Jamie Got a Gun)
  • Feb 24 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner
  • Feb 24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Oly-silv-1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • Feb 25 James A Barcia, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • Feb 25 Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • Feb 25 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • Feb 25 Inger Segelström, Swedish politician
  • Feb 27 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 27 Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause)
  • Feb 27 Kevin Raleigh, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Feb 27 Stathis Psaltis, Greek actor
  • Feb 28 Cristina Raines, [Tina Herazo], Manila Phil, actress (Sentinel)
  • Feb 28 Eddie Manion, saxophonist
  • Feb 28 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 28 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • Feb 28 William Finn, American composer
  • Feb 29 Bart Stupak, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • Feb 29 Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
  • Feb 29 Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
  • Feb 29 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 29 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 14 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to actor Michael Wilding (39)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 28 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage

Actress Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
  • Feb 6 George VI, King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56
  • Feb 9 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • Feb 10 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1880)
  • Feb 13 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
  • Feb 14 Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • Feb 16 Knut [Pedersen] Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Wanders, Nobel 1920), dies
  • Feb 19 Knut Hamsun, writer, dies at 92
  • Feb 19 Lawrence Grant, actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
  • Feb 27 Theodorus Pangalos, Greek general/dictator 1926, dies at 74