What Happened in July 1952

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
  • Jul 3 Puerto Rico's constitution approved by US Congress
  • Jul 4 66th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats Jaroslav Drobný (4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 4 Canadain Currency, Mint & Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
  • Jul 5 "Of Thee I Sing" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jul 5 59th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats L Brough (7-5 6-3)
  • Jul 6 Last tram ride in London
  • Jul 7 SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
  • Jul 8 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Phila

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 11 Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican US presidential candidate

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jul 11 81st British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 287 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Jul 12 East German SED decides to form German DR army
  • Jul 14 SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
  • Jul 15 1st transatlantic helicopter flight begins
  • Jul 17 Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh premier
  • Jul 18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, CO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances
  • Jul 19 15th modern Olympic games opens in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 19 Freddie Trueman takes 8-31, India all out 58 at Old Trafford
  • Jul 19 India all out 82 in 2nd innings after making 52 earlier in the day
  • Jul 19 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • Jul 20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
  • Jul 21 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
  • Jul 21 Premier Ghavam es-Sultaneh of Persia, resigns
  • Jul 22 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
  • Jul 23 General Neguib seizes power, Monarchy overthrown in Egypt (National Day)
  • Jul 24 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • Jul 24 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
  • Jul 24 US President Harry Truman settles 53-day steel strike
  • Jul 25 Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth (Constitution Day)
  • Jul 26 King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 27 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • Jul 28 Rogers Hornsby replaces Luke Sewell as Cincinnati Reds manager
  • Jul 29 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
  • Jul 30 Ford Frick sets waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs in same league get right to bid

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa Canada, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
  • Jul 1 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
  • Jul 2 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jul 2 Linda M Godwin, Cape Girardeau Mo, PhD/astronaut (STS 37, 59, 76)
  • Jul 2 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • Jul 3 Alan Autry, NFLer (Green Bay Packers)/actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • Jul 3 Bill Badgett Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Wasim Raja, cricketer (bro of Rameez, Pakistani lefty bat & leggie)
  • Jul 3 Andy Fraser, rock bassist (Free London), born in London, England
  • Jul 4 Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Colombian politician
  • Jul 5 David Dreier, (Rep-R-California, 1981- )
  • Jul 5 Michael Don McNabb, composer
  • Jul 5 Terence Tom Henricks, Bryan Oh, USAF/astronaut (STS 44, 55, 70, 78)
  • Jul 6 Grant Goodeve, Middlebury CT, actor (Northern Exposure)
  • Jul 6 Jesse Harms, musician, of REO Speedwagon
  • Jul 6 Hilary Mantel, English novelist (Wolf Hall), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
  • Jul 7 Mando Guerrero, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 8 Ulrich Wehling, German DR, cross country (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • Jul 8 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • Jul 8 Anna Quindlen, American columnist
  • Jul 9 John Tesh, Garden City NY, New age pianist/TV host (ET)
  • Jul 9 Rod Boll, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics-96), born in Fillmore, Saskatchwan
  • Jul 10 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast
  • Jul 10 Kim Mitchell, Canadian guitarist/singer
  • Jul 10 Peter van Heemst, Dutch politician
  • Jul 11 Stephen Lang, American actor (Another You, Death of a Salesman), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 11 John Kettley, English weather forecaster
  • Jul 12 Liz Mitchell, Jamaica, rock vocalist (Boney M)
  • Jul 12 Phil Kramer, Youngtown Oh, rocker (Iron Butterfly)
  • Jul 12 Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer
  • Jul 12 Philip Taylor Kramer, Bass Guitar Player (d. 1995)
  • Jul 14 Eric Laneuville, actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 14 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer
  • Jul 14 Jerry Houser, actor (Slapshot, Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 14 Joel Silver, producer (Warriors, Xanadu, Die Hard), born in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Jul 14 Stan Shaw, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Franklin Graham, American evangelist
  • Jul 14 Bob Casale, AKA Bob 2, American Musician (Devo), (d. 2014)
  • Jul 15 David Bell, horse trainer
  • Jul 15 David Pack, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • Jul 15 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Jul 15 Jeff Carlisi, rock guitarist (38 Special)
  • Jul 15 Jill Long, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • Jul 15 Larken Collins, rocker (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • Jul 15 Johnny Thunders, American musician (d. 1991)
  • Jul 15 Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • Jul 15 Judy McGrath, American television executive
  • Jul 16 Phillip Carrick, cricketer
  • Jul 16 Stewart Copeland, Alexandria Egypt, drummer (Police-Roxanne)
  • Jul 16 Robert David Steele, American spy
  • Jul 17 Chet McCracken, rocker (Doobie Brothers), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Jul 17 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 17 Phoebe Snow, singer (Theme from "It's a Different World")
  • Jul 17 Robert R[ick] McCammon, US, sci-fi author (Baal, Mystery Walk)
  • Jul 18 James Forbes, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Jul 19 Alan Collins, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Jul 19 Dominic Muldowney, composer
  • Jul 19 Howard Donald Saunders, Danbury Ct, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Jul 19 Robert A. Ficano, American politician
  • Jul 19 John Griesheimer, American politician
  • Jul 20 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • Jul 21 John Barrasso, [John Anthony Barrasso III], American politician, junior senator from Wyoming, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Herbert Chang, West Indian cricket batsman (1979)
  • Jul 22 Madeleine Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
  • Jul 22 Mary Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
  • Jul 23 Janis Siegel, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Paul Hibbert, cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2)
  • Jul 24 Vin Weber, (Rep-R-MN, 1981- )
  • Jul 24 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 25 "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin, [Williams], NWA/WCW/AWA wrestler
  • Jul 26 Ludmila Maslakova, USSR, relay runner (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Jul 26 Scott David Cook, CEO (Intuit-Quicken), born in Glendale, California
  • Jul 27 Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator
  • Jul 28 Monique Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince/Heir Apparent to Thailand throne
  • Jul 28 Monique van de Ven, Dutch actress (Turkish Fruit)
  • Jul 28 Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist
  • Jul 31 Pritawi Sudarmo, Indonesia, astronaut
  • Jul 31 João Barreiros, Portuguese writer

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 2 Zulu-leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi marries Irene Mzila

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 9 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 9 Country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl Smith (25)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • Jul 15 Gerald D Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Angela Dowding

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 3 Daniel Zamudio, composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Henriette Bosmans, composer, dies
  • Jul 4 Walter Long, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, French Canadian politician (b. 1867)
  • Jul 10 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 18 Paul Saintenoy, Belgian architect (b. 1862)
  • Jul 18 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer (b. 1906)
  • Jul 22 Antonio Maria Valencia, composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 22 August Balthazar, Belgian politician, dies at 58
  • Jul 25 Herbert Murrill, composer, dies at 43

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 26 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady and actress, dies of cancer at 33

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • Jul 27 Roland Pope, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Jul 27 W de Basil, [US Voskresenski], Russia, ballet dancer, dies
  • Jul 31 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies