December 1952 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation
  • Dec 2 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colo)
  • Dec 3 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
  • Dec 3 Marcos Perez Jiménez 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 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 12 Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, last original team
  • Dec 14 Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die
  • Dec 15 Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
  • Dec 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
  • Dec 19 Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker"
  • Dec 21 Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
  • Dec 22 French government of Pinay, resigns
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Carol Shea-Porter, American Congresswoman
  • Dec 3 Benny Hinn, American televangelist
  • Dec 4 Ronald Michael Sega, PhD/Astronaut (STS 60, 76), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 6 Craig Newmark, American founder of craigslist
  • Dec 7 Susan Collins, American politician, junior senator from Maine
  • Dec 8 Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • Dec 11 Susan Seidelman, director (Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • Dec 12 Herb Dhaliwal, Canadian politician
  • Dec 15 Julie Taymor, American director
  • Dec 17 Hans Alders, Dutch minister of environment (PvdA)
  • Dec 23 William Kristol, American political commentator
  • Dec 27 Jay Hill, Canadian politician
  • Dec 28 Arun Jaitley, Indian Politician
  • Dec 29 Gelsey Kirkland, Bethlehem Pa, ballerina/druggie (Nutcracker)
  • Dec 30 Larry Bartlett, photographic printer
  • Dec 30 Somtow Sucharitkul, [SP Somtow], Thailand, sf author (Utopia Hunters)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Victor E Orlando, Italian premier (1917-19), dies at 92
  • Dec 4 Karen Horney, German/US neo freudian psycho analyst, dies at 67
  • Dec 8 Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • Dec 12 Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (b. 1879)
  • Dec 24 Henry A "Hans" Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58
  • Dec 26 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
  • Dec 27 Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76
  • Dec 27 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (b. 1878)
  • Dec 30 Ivan Olbracht, writer, dies