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What Happened in 1952

Important Events in 1952

  • Jan 21 Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India
  • Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne and proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • Feb 10 India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power
  • Mar 10 Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba
  • Apr 1 Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • Nov 1 "Ivy Mike", the first thermonuclear weapon to utilize the H-bomb design of Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam, is detonated in the Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean

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1952 in Film & TV

  • Jan 14 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
  • Feb 18 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win
  • Feb 20 "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US
  • Mar 20 24th Academy Awards: "An American in Paris", Humphrey Bogart & Vivien Leigh win

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation

On December 1, 1952


Famous People in 1952

World Leaders in 1952

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman

On April 26, 1952

Famous Weddings in 1952

  • Feb 14 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller
  • Feb 21 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to actor Michael Wilding (39)
  • Mar 8 Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30) at the Little Brown Church in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

Famous Divorces in 1952

  • Feb 28 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage
  • Apr 21 American actor Clark Gable (50) and socialite Sylvia Ashley (47) divorce
  • May 29 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.

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