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 16th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 286

Golfer Sam Snead
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 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament
  • 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 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 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 Patty Berg wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
  • 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

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 Bernard Stiegler, French philosopher
  • Apr 2 Dan Halldorson, Winnipeg, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 World Cup)
  • Apr 2 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 2 Leon Wilkerson, rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Apr 2 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist (d. 1986)
  • Apr 3 Mike Moore, American politician and attorney
  • Apr 4 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman)
  • Apr 4 Rosemarie Ackermann, German DR, high jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Apr 4 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and car racer (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Mitch Pileggi, American actor
  • 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 Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter
  • Apr 12 Alexis Arguello, featherweight boxer (1974 champ), born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Apr 12 J D Nicholas, English guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores)
  • Apr 12 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist (d. 2004)
  • Apr 12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Apr 20 Toine van Benthem, dentist/playwright/cabaret performer (Purper)
  • Apr 20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach
  • 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, Arcueil France, French fashion designer
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 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 [Richard] Stafford Cripps, Engl min of Plane-manufacturing, dies at 62
  • Apr 23 Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
  • Apr 23 Minus van Looi, [Benjamin van der Neart], Flemish writer, dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (b. 1887)
  • 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, composer, dies