What Happened in February 1952

Historical Events

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2nd 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

6th 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
  • 8th "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • 8th Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc
  • 10th India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power
  • 11th 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 16th Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
  • 18th 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win
  • 19th French offensive at Hanoi
  • 20th "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in NYC
  • 20th 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • 21st Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • 21st Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • 21st 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

24th Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 25th 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 26th Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

26th 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
  • 29th Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • 29th Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER
  • 29th Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
  • 29th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • 29th The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • 14th Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Divorces

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

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

Actress Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney

Famous Deaths

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