Historical Events in 1952

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

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Jan 5th 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 7th French Plevin government falls
  • Jan 8th Jordan adopts constitution
  • Jan 9th Belgian Pholien government resigns
  • Jan 9th Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

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

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

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Jan 10th 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 11th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • Jan 12th NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13
  • Jan 12th University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
  • Jan 14th "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
  • Jan 14th Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
  • Jan 14th Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • Jan 16th New Dutch bible translation finished

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

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

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Jan 24th 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

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

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

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Feb 2nd 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 4th 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 6th 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
  • Feb 8th "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 8th Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc
  • Feb 10th India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power
  • Feb 11th 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Feb 14th 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 15th King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Feb 16th Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
  • Feb 18th 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win
  • Feb 19th French offensive at Hanoi
  • Feb 20th "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in NYC
  • Feb 20th 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • Feb 21st Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • Feb 21st Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • Feb 21st 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win
  • Feb 24th Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead win the LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Feb 25th 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 26th Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
  • Feb 26th PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
  • Feb 29th Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 29th Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER
  • Feb 29th Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
  • Feb 29th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 29th The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
  • Mar 1st Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns
  • Mar 1st Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
  • Mar 2nd Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 3rd Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • Mar 5th Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London
  • Mar 8th Antoine Pinay forms French government
  • Mar 9th Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title

BattleCoup d'état

Mar 10th Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

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

MurderAssassination Attempt

Mar 27th Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

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Apr 28th 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 30th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Stockton Golf Open
  • Apr 30th Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
  • May 1st US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • May 1st Mr Potato Head introduced
  • May 1st TWA introduces tourist class
  • May 2nd 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • May 2nd 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
  • May 2nd Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • May 3rd "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • May 3rd 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
  • May 3rd 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
  • May 4th Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
  • May 5th Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
  • May 5th 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 7th The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 8th "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 8th "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 8th 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "La Ronde" Best Film
  • May 10th "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances

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May 10th 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 12th Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12th Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • May 13th Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
  • May 13th Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
  • May 13th The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • May 15th Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Wash Senators, 1-0
  • May 15th Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • May 16th "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • May 17th 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4

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

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

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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