What Happened in 1952

Significant Events

  • 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 & Vivian Leigh win
  • Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

1952 in Music

  • Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

1952 in Sport

  • Feb 21 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition

Did You Know?

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

On December 1, 1952


World Leaders in 1952

Famous People in 1952

Would You Believe?

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

On April 26, 1952

Famous Weddings

  • 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
  • Mar 24 Author of 'James Bond' novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris
  • Apr 12 Cambodia king Norodom Sihanouk (29) weds Paule Monique Izzi

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 28 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage
  • 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.
  • Jun 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (51) divorces actor Jack G. Lee (50) after 22 years of marriage
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