What Happened in March 1952

Historical Events

  • 1st Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns
  • 1st Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
  • 2nd Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • 3rd Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • 5th Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London
  • 8th Antoine Pinay forms French government
  • 9th Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title

BattleCoup d'état

10th Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 15th "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • 15th Greatest 24-hr rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
  • 16th 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Reunion (world record)
  • 16th Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 18th 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
  • 20th 24th Academy Awards: "An American in Paris", Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win
  • 20th Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate
  • 21st "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
  • 21st -22] Tornadoes in Ark, Tenn, Mo, Miss, Ala & Ky cause 343 deaths
  • 21st 31 storms crosses 6 states killing 340 in South-Central US
  • 21st Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
  • 22nd Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
  • 23rd Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds
  • 24th Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • 26th 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St Johns 80-63
  • 26th F Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premieres in Munich

MurderAssassination Attempt

27th Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer
  • 27th Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
  • 27th "Singin' in the Rain", a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released
  • 28th US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • 28th US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 30th 6th Tony Awards: Fourposter & King & I win
  • 30th Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Alice Ritzman, Kalispell MT, LPGA golfer (1995 Rochester Intl-5th)
  • 1st David Allen Barr, Kelowna BC, PGA golfer (Atlanta Golf Classic)
  • 1st Steven Barnes, American writer
  • 1st Leigh Matthews, Australian rules footballer
  • 1st Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 2nd Laraine Newman, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 2nd Mark Evanier, American writer
  • 3rd Robyn Hitchcock, rocker (Moss Elixir)
  • 3rd Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (d. 1998)
  • 4th Ronn Moss, actor (Ridge-Bold & Beautiful, Santa Barbara), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 4th Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • 5th Alan Clark, keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • 6th Lyn Perrin, executive administrator (WIC)
  • 7th Ernie Isley, US vocalist/guitarist (It's Your Thing, Heat is On)
  • 7th Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster
  • 7th Vivian Richards, West Indian master blaster
  • 8th Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-14)
  • 8th George Felix Allen, American politician
  • 9th Iuliana Semenova, USSR, basketball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 9th William Kirby Cullen, Santa Ana California, actor (How the West Was Won)
  • 10th Oupa J Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
  • 10th Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

11th Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2001)

  • 11th Susan Richardson, Coatesville Pa, actress (Susan-8 is Enough)
  • 12th Eliézer Niyitegeka, Rwandan journalist, politician and genocidaire
  • 12th Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 13th Wolfgang Hihm, composer
  • 14th J Fred Muggs, chimp (Today show)

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14th Martin Dempsey, American General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Army General Martin Dempsey
Army General
Martin Dempsey
  • 15th Howard Koh, American state government official
  • 16th Philippe Kahn, French-American entrepreneur
  • 17th Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 18th Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 18th Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • 19th Derek Longmuir, rock drummer (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 19th Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)
  • 19th Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax), born in New York City
  • 20th Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • 20th Geoff Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • 21st Chris O'Connell, rocker
  • 22nd Bob Costas, sportscaster/talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • 22nd Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer
  • 23rd Kim Stanley Robinson, American author
  • 24th Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 25th Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician
  • 26th David Amess, British politician (C), born in London
  • 26th Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver (d. 1987)
  • 27th Chick Vennera, Herkimer NY, actor (High Risk, Milagro Beanfield War)
  • 27th Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • 27th Rocky Maffit, rocker (Champaign)
  • 28th Tony Brise, racing driver (d. 1975)
  • 29th Teofilo Stevenson, Cuba, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80), (d. 2012)
  • 30th Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • 31st Dermot Morgan, Irish actor (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

8th Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30) at the Little Brown Church in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 24th Author of 'James Bond' novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (b. 1873)
  • 4th Charles Scott Sherrington, English scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 5th Vladimir Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer, dies at 63
  • 7th Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (b. 1893)
  • 11th Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • 21st Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
  • 22nd Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
  • 23rd Klaas Schilder, Dutch vicar/theologist/antifascist, dies at 61
  • 31st Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (b. 1877)