What Happened in April 1952

Historical Events

  • 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 5 106th Grand National: Arthur P. Thompson aboard Teal wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 6 US Masters Golf, Augusta: Sam Snead wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes over Jack Burke, Jr.

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 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 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
  • Apr 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 15 The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress prototype
  • Apr 16 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Apr 19 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53

  • Apr 21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
  • Apr 21 Secretaries' 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 New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR
  • Apr 23 Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
  • Apr 25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 25 American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter
  • Apr 25 German state of Bathe-Wurttemberg forms
  • Apr 26 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • Apr 26 US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176
  • Apr 27 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Apr 28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • Apr 28 WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 30 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Tripoli Libya, bomber (Pan Am 103), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 1 Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 1 Rey Robinson, American 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)
  • Apr 1 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • Apr 1 Bernard Stiegler, French philosopher
  • Apr 2 Dan Halldorson, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 World Cup), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Apr 2 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 2 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • Apr 2 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist, born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • Apr 3 Mike Moore, American politician and Attorney General of Mississippi, born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Apr 4 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • Apr 4 Rosemarie Ackermann, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lohsa, Sachsen, Germany
  • Apr 4 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Apr 6 Judith McConnell, actress (Sophia Capwell-Santa Barbara)
  • Apr 6 Marilu Henner, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 6 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)
  • Apr 7 Bruce Gary, rock drummer (Knack-My Sharona), born in Burbank, California
  • Apr 7 Jane Frederick, US pentathlete (Olympic 7th 1976)
  • Apr 8 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • Apr 9 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim
  • Apr 11 Michael Daly, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 BC Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Michael Shea, American director and actor (The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 11 Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter, born in Reigate, Surrey, England
  • Apr 12 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • Apr 12 J. D. Nicholas, English guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores), born in Watford, England
  • Apr 12 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Apr 12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Apr 13 Jonjo O'Neill, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 13 Ron Dittemore, American space administrator
  • Apr 13 David Drew, British politician
  • Apr 13 Erick Avari, British-Indian actor
  • Apr 14 Kenny Aaronson, rocker
  • Apr 14 Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish sportsman
  • Apr 15 Sam McMurray, actor (Tracey Ullman)
  • Apr 15 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer
  • Apr 15 Kym Gyngell, Australian comedian
  • Apr 15 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Apr 16 Peter Westbrook, US fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 16 Michel Blanc, French actor
  • Apr 16 William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor (Futurama), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestBill Belichick

Apr 16 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • Apr 17 Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
  • Apr 17 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), born in Troy, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 18 Jim Scholten, Midland Mich, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad)
  • Apr 19 Andy Shernoff, American musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 20 Tamara Sergeyevna Zakharova, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • Apr 22 François Berléand, French actor
  • Apr 23 Lionel Johnston, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Apr 23 Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • Apr 23 Terry Moor, tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 23 Tony Maselli, (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
  • Apr 24 Jean Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer (Hermès), born in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France
  • Apr 25 Cory Day, rock vocalist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 25 Vladislav Tretiak, USSR hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Apr 25 Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist

Person of interestHaider al-Abadi

Apr 25 Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi politician, Prime Minister of Iraq (2014-present), born in Baghdad, Iraq

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi
Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-Abadi
  • Apr 26 Popo Simon Molefe, secretary-general (South Africa UDF)
  • Apr 27 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland

Person of interestGeorge Gervin

Apr 27 George Gervin, American basketball player, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 27 Larry Elder, American political commentator, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 28 Mary McDonnell, Wilkes-Barre PA, actress (Sneakers, Independence Day)
  • Apr 29 Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Schnectady, actress (Too Close for Comfort)
  • Apr 29 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 29 David Icke, English writer
  • Apr 29 Bob McClure, American baseball player
  • Apr 30 Tom Pesek, PC programmer (creator of HAL 9000 program)
  • Apr 30 Jacques Audiard, French film director

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 12 Cambodia king Norodom Sihanouk (29) weds Paule Monique Izzi

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Bernard F Lyot, Fren astronomer (chronograph, Lyot-filter), dies at 55
  • Apr 5 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian writer (L'Autre Vie), dies at 75
  • Apr 5 Charles Collett, GWR chief mechanical engineer (b. 1871)
  • Apr 11 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress (Adelaarsjong), dies at 79
  • Apr 21 Leslie Banks, actor (Henry V, 21 Days, Eye Witness), dies at 61
  • Apr 21 Stafford Cripps, British Labour politician, dies at 62
  • Apr 23 Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
  • Apr 23 Minus van Looi [Benjamin van der Voort], Flemish writer, dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker, dies at 64
  • Apr 24 Hans [Hendrik A] Kramers, physicist (quantum mechanics), dies at 57
  • Apr 24 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State, dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Charles L Baars, Dutch actor (Women Tamers), dies at 59
  • Apr 27 Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician, dies at 86
  • Apr 30 Charles Radoux-Rogier, Belgian composer, dies at 74