What Happened in February 1952

Historical Events

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

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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

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

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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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

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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.

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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
  • 24th Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead win the LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • 25th 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 26th Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference

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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

  • 1st Roger Y. Tsien, Chemist (Nobel Prize 2008) born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • 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, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 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, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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, American vocalist (Just Once), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 16th Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
  • 17th Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, 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

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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