Events in History in 1952

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  • Jan 1 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 5th string quartet
  • 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 10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toréadors" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • Jan 12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
  • Jan 14 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
  • Jan 14 Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • Jan 16 New Dutch bible translation finished
  • Jan 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
  • Jan 21 Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India
  • Jan 24 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
  • Jan 26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • Jan 30 Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
  • Jan 30 Korean War truce talks deadlock
  • Jan 31 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1½ centuries
  • Feb 1 General strike against French colonial rule in Tunisia
  • Feb 1 SN Behrman's "Jane" premieres in NYC

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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 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

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

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Feb 19 French offensive at Hanoi
  • Feb 20 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • Feb 21 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • 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 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 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

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 Greatest 24-hr rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
  • Mar 16 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Reunion (world record)
  • Mar 18 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 20 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate
  • 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 22 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
  • Mar 24 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • 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

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • Mar 27 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
  • 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
  • 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 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 Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
  • Apr 15 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
  • Apr 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 15 The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress prototype
  • 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 American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter
  • Apr 25 German state of Bathe-Wurttemberg forms
  • Apr 26 US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176
  • 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
  • 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 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • 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

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

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • 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 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres

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

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • 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 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 General strike in Tunisia
  • Jun 14 Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub USS Nautilus (4th to be named Nautilus)
  • Jun 16 Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down
  • Jun 17 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
  • Jun 21 Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce; later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Jun 23 US airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu Korea
  • Jun 25 Dutch social democratic party wins 2nd-Parliamentary election
  • Jun 26 Dutch social democratic party wins elections (29%)

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Jun 26 Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jun 29 USS Oriskany becomes 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn
  • Jun 30 Hussein Sirri Pasha forms Egyptian government
  • Jul 2 Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
  • Jul 3 Puerto Rico's constitution approved by US Congress
  • Jul 4 Canadain Currency, Mint & Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
  • Jul 6 Last tram ride in London
  • Jul 7 SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
  • Jul 11 Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican US presidential candidate
  • Jul 12 East German SED decides to form German DR army
  • Jul 14 SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
  • Jul 15 1st transatlantic helicopter flight begins
  • Jul 17 Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh premier
  • Jul 19 Freddie Trueman takes 8-31, India all out 58 at Old Trafford
  • Jul 19 India all out 82 in 2nd innings after making 52 earlier in the day
  • Jul 21 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
  • Jul 21 Premier Ghavam es-Sultaneh of Persia, resigns
  • Jul 22 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
  • Jul 23 General Neguib seizes power, Monarchy overthrown in Egypt (National Day)
  • Jul 24 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • Jul 24 US President Harry Truman settles 53-day steel strike
  • Jul 25 Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth (Constitution Day)
  • Jul 26 King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]
  • Jul 29 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
  • Jul 30 Ford Frick sets waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs in same league get right to bid

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Aug 4 Gambling boss Theodore Roe is murdered by the crew of Sam Giancana

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • Aug 8 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 9 General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
  • Aug 11 Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
  • Aug 12 Hussain ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
  • Aug 14 Mátyás Rákosi appointed premier of Hungary
  • Aug 15 9 inches of rain fall creates a 20 ft wave in Lynmouth, England, killing 34
  • Aug 17 "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)

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Aug 20 Stalin meets Chou Enlai

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Aug 22 The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed.
  • Aug 23 Arab League security pact goes into effect
  • Aug 23 Giants Bob Elliott is ejected for arguing a strike, Bobby Hoffman completes his bat, he strikes out & is also ejected for arguing
  • Aug 25 Det Tiger Virgil Trucks 2nd no-hitter of yr, beats Yankees, 1-0
  • Aug 25 Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth
  • Aug 26 Fluoridation of SF water begins
  • Aug 28 German & Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
  • Aug 28 Jakob Malik succeeds Zorine as Foreign minister
  • Sep 1 Sutro Baths, SF purchased by George Whitney
  • Sep 1 Willem Drees forms new Dutch government
  • Sep 2 Dr Floyd J Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery
  • Sep 5 General Carlos Ibáñez elected president of Chile
  • Sep 6 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
  • Sep 7 General Naguib forms Egyptian government/becomes premier

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Sep 8 Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man & the Sea" published

  • Sep 11 West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signs a reparation pact for the Jewish people
  • Sep 12 Noel Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London
  • Sep 13 Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez elected president of Mexico
  • Sep 15 European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
  • Sep 15 UN turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia
  • Sep 17 "I am an American Day" & "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"

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Sep 23 Richard Nixon makes his "Checker's" speech

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Sep 24 Dutch minister Dark sentences war criminal W Lages to death
  • Sep 24 Underwater volcano explodes under research vessel Kaiyo-maru-5
  • Sep 25 Hal Newhouser of Tigers wins his 200th game
  • Sep 26 Yanks clinch 4th straight & 19th AL pennant, beating A's 5-2
  • 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 5 19th congress of Communist Party meets in Moscow

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

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie

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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 8 Chinese offensive in Korea
  • Oct 8 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain's worst peace-time rail crash.
  • Oct 14 UN General Assembly first meets at its new headquarters in New York
  • 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 Vinoo Mankad takes 13 Pakistan wkts to win 1st India-Pak clash
  • 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 30 Clarence Birdseye sells first frozen peas
  • Oct 31 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated at Marshall Islands