What Happened in October 1952

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
  • Oct 1 Liberal Party wins Japanese elections
  • Oct 1 Monte Bello-Island (Great Britain 1st atom bomb explosion)
  • Oct 3 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Island in Australia
  • Oct 3 1st video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca
  • Oct 4 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
  • Oct 5 19th congress of Communist Party meets in Moscow
  • Oct 5 6th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 1-1 at Detroit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opens in London (still running)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
  • Oct 7 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3 in 49th World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • Oct 7 Yankees tie their own record of 4 consecutive World Series wins
  • Oct 8 Chinese offensive in Korea
  • Oct 8 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain's worst peace-time rail crash.
  • Oct 12 Hanif Mohammad scores twin 100s v N Zone (Ind) his 1st fc cricket tons
  • Oct 12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 14 UN General Assembly first meets at its new headquarters in New York
  • Oct 14 "Buttrio Square" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Oct 15 Arthur Laurent's "Time of the Cuckoo" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Pakistan's 1st Test starts, v India at Delhi
  • Oct 16 Woolworth's at Powell & Market (San Francisco) opens
  • Oct 18 Date of the first Mad Magazine issue
  • Oct 18 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Oct 18 Vinoo Mankad takes 13 Pakistan wkts to win 1st India-Pak clash
  • Oct 18 14th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 38-7 in College Park
  • Oct 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betty Jameson Golf Tournament
  • Oct 19 Alain Bombard departs from the Canary Islands on his solitary journey across the Atlantic ocean with almost no provisions and only a sextant for navigation to test his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive
  • Oct 20 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Kenya
  • Oct 21 Dutch government refuses New-Guinea (West-Irian)
  • Oct 24 Arab Liberation Movement becomes only political party in Syria
  • Oct 25 First Dutch edition of children's magazine "Donald Duck"
  • Oct 25 French president inaugurates Donzère-Mondragonstuw Dam
  • Oct 25 Nazar Mohammad scores Pakistan's 1st Test century 124* v India
  • Oct 26 Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India
  • Oct 27 "My Darlin' Aida" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 89 performances
  • Oct 28 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Women's Texas Golf Open
  • Oct 30 Clarence Birdseye sells first frozen peas
  • Oct 30 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • Oct 31 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated at Marshall Islands

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Jacques Martin, Canadian ice hockey coach and executive
  • Oct 2 George Meegen, England, walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska
  • Oct 2 John Otway, English cult rocker, born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Oct 2 Steve Penrod, race horse trainer
  • Oct 2 Wahed Wafa, Afghan singer
  • Oct 3 Gary Troup, cricketer (NZ lefty pace bowler in 15 Tests 1976-86)
  • Oct 4 Anita Luceete Defrantz, rower (Olympic-bronze-1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 4 Jody Stephens, rock drummer (Big Star)
  • Oct 4 Nina Carter, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde), born in London, England
  • Oct 5 Clive Barker, English author and film director (Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions)
  • Oct 5 Duncan Regehr, Canadian actor
  • Oct 5 Gigi Sabani, Italian TV host (d. 2007)
  • Oct 6 Ayten Mutlu, Turkish poet and writer
  • Oct 7 Graham Yallop, cricketer (Australian capt in 7 Tests, won 1 lost 6)
  • Oct 7 Ludmila Tourischeva, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Oct 7 Martyn Harris, journalist
  • Oct 7 Mary Badham, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 7 Vladimir Putin, Russian politician (President and Prime Minister), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Oct 8 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • Oct 8 Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician
  • Oct 8 Edward Zwick, American film director

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 9 Sharon Osbourne, English/American music manager, TV personality (X-Factor, America's Got Talent) and wife of Ozzy Osbourne, born in London

Music Manager/TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager/TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne
  • Oct 12 Danielle Proulx, Quebec actress
  • Oct 13 Beverly Johnson, model/actress (Ashanti Land of No Mercy)
  • Oct 13 Michael "Rich"ard Clifford, Cal, Army/Astronaut (STS 53, 59, 76)
  • Oct 14 Daisy Eshuijs, singer/pianist/composer (Eye to Eye)
  • Oct 14 Harry Anderson, Newport RI, actor (Judge Harry Stone-Night Court)
  • Oct 14 Margriet Eshuijs, Dutch singer/pianist
  • Oct 14 Nikolai Adrianov, USSR, gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976)
  • Oct 16 Christopher Cox, (Rep-R-California)
  • Oct 16 Boogie Mosson, American musician (P Funk)
  • Oct 16 Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Oct 18 Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • Oct 18 Bảo Ninh, Vietnamese novelist
  • Oct 18 Jerry Royster, American baseball player
  • Oct 19 Alexander Leibkind, Germany, judo (Oly-76)/WLAF GM (Rhein Fire)
  • Oct 19 Veronica Judith Sainz Castro, Mexico, spanish singer/actress (Nana)
  • Oct 20 Dave Collins, baseball player
  • Oct 20 Dave McLelland, Canadian NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks), born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Oct 20 Melanie Mayron, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 20 Mikhail Georgiyevich Potapov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Oct 21 Brent Mydland, Munich Germany, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Grass Roots)
  • Oct 21 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter
  • Oct 21 Trevor Chappell, cricketer (bro of several Aussie underarm bowler)
  • Oct 21 Allen Hoey, American poet and novelist
  • Oct 22 Jeff Goldblum, actor (Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Pierre Moerlen, French drummer and percussionist (d. 2005)
  • Oct 25 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • Oct 26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • Oct 27 Roberto Benigni, Italian director and actor
  • Oct 28 Annie Potts, Nashville TN, actress (Mary Jo-Designing Women)
  • Oct 28 Flavian Aponso, cricketer (rebel Sri Lankan 1982, Neth World Cup 1996)
  • Oct 28 Tommy Dobeck, rock drummer (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Oct 29 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • Oct 29 Beth Solomon, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 29 Valeri I Tokarev, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Oct 31 Bernard Edwards, Greenville NC, bassist (Chicago-Addicted to Love)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Oct 18 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Alfred Neumann, German writer, dies at 56
  • Oct 5 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1884 or 1885)
  • Oct 8 Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Oct 20 Basil Radford, actor (Whisky Galore, Dead of Night), dies at 55
  • Oct 23 Susan Peters, actress (Random Harvest), dies at 31
  • Oct 24 Frederick Jacobi, composer, dies at 61
  • Oct 25 Sergei Bortkiewicz, composer, dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 26 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With the Wind), dies of breast cancer at 57

  • Oct 28 Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • Oct 31 U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician (b. 1879)