Historical Events in December 1952

  • Dec 1 The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation
  • Dec 2 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • Dec 2 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
  • Dec 3 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
  • Dec 3 Marcos Perez JimĂ©nez elected president of Venezuela
  • Dec 4 Killer fogs begin in London, England; "Smog" becomes a word
  • Dec 4 Walter P Reuther chosen chairman of CIO
  • Dec 5 -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
  • Dec 6 Czech government tells Israeli ambassador that he is persona non grata
  • Dec 7 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 8 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
  • Dec 8 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
  • Dec 8 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected president of Israel
  • Dec 10 Izhak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
  • Dec 10 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 12 Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, last original team
  • Dec 14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta
  • Dec 14 Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die
  • Dec 15 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • Dec 15 Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
  • Dec 15 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
  • Dec 18 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleve Indians president
  • Dec 19 Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker"
  • Dec 20 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
  • Dec 21 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 French government of Pinay, resigns
  • Dec 22 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Alain Bombard arrives in Barbados after 65 days at sea proving his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive with almost no provisions, despite having lost 25 kg (65 lbs)in weight
  • Dec 28 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)
  • Dec 30 Tuskegee Inst reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US
  • Dec 31 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)