What Happened in January 1952

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 5th string quartet
  • Jan 1 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7
  • Jan 1 18th Sugar Bowl: #3 Maryland beats #1 Tennessee, 28-13
  • Jan 1 18th Orange Bowl: #6 Georgia Tech beats #9 Baylor, 17-14
  • Jan 2 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • Jan 3 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 3 Australia beat W Indies by one wicket at the MCG, last stand 38
  • Jan 5 Flying Enterprise sinks

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Jan 5 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jan 7 French Plevin government falls
  • Jan 8 Jordan adopts constitution
  • Jan 9 Belgian Pholien government resigns
  • Jan 9 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

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Jan 9 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jan 10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toréadors" premieres in Paris

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Jan 10 "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Carlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • Jan 12 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13
  • Jan 12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
  • Jan 14 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
  • Jan 14 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
  • Jan 14 Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • Jan 16 New Dutch bible translation finished

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Jan 16 US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 17 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Jan 19 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
  • Jan 19 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • Jan 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
  • Jan 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 21 Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India
  • Jan 24 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks
  • Jan 24 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base

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Jan 25 Test debut of Australian Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Jan 26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • Jan 28 40th Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin (6-2, 6-3)
  • Jan 28 40th Men's Australian Championships: Ken McGregor beats Frank Sedgman (7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2)
  • Jan 30 Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
  • Jan 30 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres
  • Jan 30 Korean War truce talks deadlock
  • Jan 31 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1½ centuries
  • Jan 31 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Ricky Van Shelton, Grit Va, country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream)
  • Jan 2 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 2 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • Jan 3 Jim Ross, American wrestling announcer
  • Jan 6 Armelia McQueen, NC (Bkln Conservatory), actress
  • Jan 6 Grant Goodeve, actor (David-8 is Enough, Dynasty), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 6 Moondog Spot, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Frank Sivero, Italian-born American actor
  • Jan 7 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio)
  • Jan 8 Lauri Walters, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 8 Norm Jarvis, Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
  • Jan 8 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist
  • Jan 9 Eveline L Herfkens, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 9 Hugh Bayley, British politician
  • Jan 10 Scott Thurston, keyboardist/guitarist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Jan 11 Ben Daniel Crenshaw, PGA golfer (1976 Bing Crosby), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 11 Lee Ritenour, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 11 Massimo Lopez, Italian comedian
  • Jan 11 Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
  • Jan 11 Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • Jan 12 Ricky Van Shelton, country musician
  • Jan 12 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker and author
  • Jan 12 Walter Mosley, American author
  • Jan 13 Cornelius Bumpus, keyboardist (Doobie Bros-Minute by Minute)
  • Jan 13 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jan 14 Sydney Biddle Barrow, madam/autohr (Mayflower Madam)
  • Jan 14 Maureen Dowd, American writer
  • Jan 14 Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, Prime Minister of Romania
  • Jan 15 Melvyn Gale, rocker (ELO)
  • Jan 16 Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr, Savannah Ga, Major USAF/astr (STS 39, 64)
  • Jan 16 Roberta Baskin, NY, correspondent (48 Hours)
  • Jan 16 King Fuad II of Egypt (1952-53), last King of Egypt, born in Cairo
  • Jan 17 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th)
  • Jan 17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jap, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orch)
  • Jan 17 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • Jan 18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer
  • Jan 18 Michael Behe, American advocate of Intelligent Design
  • Jan 19 Dewey Bunell, Yorkshire England, rock guitarist (America-Daisy Jane)
  • Jan 20 Ian Hill, bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)
  • Jan 20 Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
  • Jan 21 Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
  • Jan 21 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • Jan 22 Karen Moe [Thornton], US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1972)
  • Jan 22 Teddy Gentry, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • Jan 22 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • Jan 23 Omar Henry, cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992)
  • Jan 24 William F Readdy, Quonset Point RI, astronaut (STS 42, 51, 79)
  • Jan 25 Sara Mandiano, French singer and songwriter
  • Jan 25 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 26 Mario Runco Jr, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 44, 54, 77), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 26 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Jan 27 Brian Gottfried, tennis star (Wimbledon Doubles 1976), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 27 Peter Garland, composer
  • Jan 27 "White Shoes" Johnson, American football player
  • Jan 29 Tommy Ramone, [Erdelyi], Budapest, Hungary, rock drummer/bassist (Ramones)
  • Jan 30 Doug Falconer, Canadian football player
  • Jan 31 Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • Jan 31 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (d. 1969)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Constantl Permeke, Flemish painter (Boerin), dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • Jan 5 Victor Alexander John Hope, viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
  • Jan 8 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Jean JM de Lattre de Tassigny, gen (N-Africa/Indo-China), dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor (b. 1885)
  • Jan 14 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (b. 1878)
  • Jan 15 Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • Jan 17 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • Jan 18 Curly Howard (Jerome Lester Horwitz), American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges) (b. 1903)
  • Jan 20 Arthur Farwell, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Mysteries of Love), dies at 52
  • Jan 25 Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
  • Jan 26 Louis van Deyssel, Dutch writer (Diary of Franc Rozelaar), dies at 87
  • Jan 26 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, leader of Mongolia (b. 1895)