Historical Events in 1952

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  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 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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Feb 4 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Feb 6 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
King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Feb 8 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc
  • Feb 10 India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power
  • Feb 11 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

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Feb 13 Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Feb 14 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway

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Feb 15 King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI

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Feb 16 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Feb 16 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
  • Feb 18 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win
  • Feb 19 French offensive at Hanoi
  • Feb 20 "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in NYC
  • Feb 20 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • Feb 21 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • Feb 21 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • Feb 21 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win
  • Feb 24 Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead win the LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Feb 25 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 26 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
  • Feb 26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

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Feb 28 Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • Feb 29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 29 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER
  • Feb 29 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
  • Feb 29 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 29 The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
  • Mar 1 Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns
  • Mar 1 Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
  • Mar 2 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 3 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • Mar 5 Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London
  • Mar 8 Antoine Pinay forms French government
  • Mar 9 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title

BattleCoup d'état

Mar 10 Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

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

MurderAssassination Attempt

Mar 27 Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer
  • Mar 27 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
  • Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released
  • Mar 28 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 28 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 30 6th Tony Awards: Fourposter & King & I win
  • Mar 30 Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
  • Apr 1 Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
  • Apr 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 3 Dutch Queen Juliana speaks to US Congress
  • Apr 5 Henry Wittenberg wins his 8th AAU wrestling title
  • Apr 5 106th Grand National: Arthur P. Thompson aboard Teal wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 6 16th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 286

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 8 US President Harry Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike
  • Apr 9 Hugo Ballivian's government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalisation of tin mines
  • Apr 11 The Battle of Nanri island takes place.
  • Apr 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament
  • Apr 12 Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
  • Apr 15 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
  • Apr 15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
  • Apr 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 15 The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress prototype
  • Apr 16 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Apr 19 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53
  • Apr 21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
  • Apr 21 Secretaryies' Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) is first celebrated.
  • Apr 22 1st atomic explosion on network news, Nob, Nevada
  • Apr 22 Eugene Ionesco's "Les Chaises" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 23 Bob Cain of Browns & Bob Feller of Indians each pitch a one-hitter
  • Apr 23 NY Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR
  • Apr 23 Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
  • Apr 25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 25 American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter
  • Apr 25 German state of Bathe-Wurttemberg forms
  • Apr 26 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • Apr 26 US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176
  • Apr 27 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Apr 28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
  • Apr 28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • Apr 28 WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect

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Apr 28 Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO.

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Apr 30 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Stockton Golf Open
  • Apr 30 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
  • May 1 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • May 1 Mr Potato Head introduced
  • May 1 TWA introduces tourist class
  • May 2 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • May 2 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
  • May 2 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • May 3 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • May 3 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
  • May 3 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
  • May 4 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
  • May 5 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 8 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 8 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 8 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "La Ronde" Best Film
  • May 10 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances

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May 10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • May 13 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
  • May 13 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
  • May 13 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • May 15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Wash Senators, 1-0
  • May 15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • May 16 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • May 17 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4

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May 18 Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • May 21 Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1
  • May 21 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
  • May 27 European Defense Community forms
  • May 28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • May 28 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • May 29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends
  • May 30 Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of Boston Braves
  • May 30 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Troy Ruttman wins in 3:52:41.930 (207.480 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cross Country Weathervane Golf Tournament

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Jun 1 Catholic church puts Andre Gides "Labor" on the index

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • Jun 1 51st Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Frank Sedgman (6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jun 1 51st Women's French Championships: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jun 2 650,000 metal workers go on strike in US
  • Jun 2 Maurice Olley of General Motors begins designing the Corvette
  • Jun 3 Romanian premier Petru Groza chosen president
  • Jun 5 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
  • Jun 5 Test Cricket debut of Freddie Trueman v India at Headingley

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 5 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jun 7 "3 Wishes after Jamie" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances
  • Jun 7 7th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 5-4
  • Jun 7 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 8 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Women's Golf Open
  • Jun 10 Chicago White Sox Sam Mele is 6th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)
  • Jun 10 US President Harry Truman expresses a desire to nationalize the steel industry
  • Jun 10 St Louis Browns fire manager Rogers Hornsby
  • Jun 12 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
  • Jun 12 2nd Berlin International Film Festival: "One Summer of Happiness" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 13 Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8
  • Jun 14 52nd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Northwood Club Dallas
  • Jun 14 Boston Brave Warren Spahn strikes out 18 Cubs in 15 innings
  • Jun 14 General strike in Tunisia
  • Jun 14 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:20:42.2)