What Happened in August 1952

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Gangster Sam Giancana
Sam Giancana
  • Aug 6 Satchel Paige, 47, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout
  • Aug 8 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 9 General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
  • Aug 10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Women Golf Tournament
  • 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 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • Aug 15 9 inches of rain fall creates a 20 ft wave in Lynmouth, England, killing 34
  • Aug 17 "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)
  • Aug 17 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Aug 20 Stalin meets Zhou Enlai

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 20 13th Venice Film Festival: "Genghis Khan" directed by Manuel Conde wins the Golden Lion

Great Khan of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan
Great Khan of the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
  • 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 San Francisco water begins
  • Aug 27 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • Aug 28 German & Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
  • Aug 28 Jakob Malik succeeds Zorine as Foreign minister
  • Aug 29 New York premiere of history-based film "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Brian Patrick Clarke, actor (Merle-Eight is Enough), born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 1 C L Whittington, WLAF defensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 1 Yajurvindra Singh, cricketer (Indian batsman late 70's)
  • Aug 1 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Aug 2 Angel Herrera, Cuba, FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Aug 2 Paul David Crews, SC, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Aug 3 Aleksandr A Volkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Aug 3 Jay North, North actor (Dennis the Menace, Maya), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 3 Wojtek Fibak, Polish tennis star
  • Aug 3 Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine soccer player
  • Aug 3 Frank Schaeffer, American author
  • Aug 3 Loles León, Spanish actress
  • Aug 4 Bobby Buntrock, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 4 Daniel Bautista, Mexican 20k walker (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 4 Kristoffer Tabori, [Siegel], actor (Rappaccini's Daughter), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 4 Gábor Demszky, Hungarian politician (Mayor of Budapest, 1990-2010), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Aug 4 Moya Brennan, Irish singer (Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 6 Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch rock keyboardist (Kayak, Earth & Fire), born in Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Aug 6 Wojiech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Aug 6 Vinnie Vincent, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Ashes to Ashes)
  • Aug 7 Richard Joswick, rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods)
  • Aug 7 Alexei Sayle, British comedian
  • Aug 8 Robin Quivers, radio/TV personality (Howard Stern's sidekick)
  • Aug 8 Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author
  • Aug 8 Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 9 Vicki Morgan, Colo Springs Colo, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl)
  • Aug 9 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
  • Aug 10 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 10 Nikolai Alekseyevich Pushenko, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Aug 10 Pepsi Nunes, marine biologist
  • Aug 10 Daniel Hugh Kelly, American actor
  • Aug 10 Diane Venora, American actress
  • Aug 11 Ann Michelle, England, actress (Virigin Witch, Mistress Pamela)
  • Aug 11 Bob Mothersbaugh, AKA Bob 1, American Musician (DEVO)
  • Aug 12 Chen Kaige, Chinese film director
  • Aug 13 Marie Helvin, model/actress (Children)
  • Aug 13 Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • Aug 13 Hughie Thomasson, American musician (d. 2007)
  • Aug 13 Tom Marino, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 2011-), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 14 Debbie Meyer, 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Aug 14 Mark C Lee, Viroqua WI, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82, sk: 98)
  • Aug 15 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group)
  • Aug 16 Gianna Rolandi, American soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)
  • Aug 16 Reginald Veljohnson, actor (Carl Winslow-Family Matters, Die Hard)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 17 Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis champion (US Open-1977), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Aug 17 Kathryn C Thornton, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Aug 17 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87)
  • Aug 17 Thomas J Hennen, astronaut (STS 44), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Aug 17 Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)
  • Aug 18 Elayne Boosler, comedienne (Broadway Baby, Party of One), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 18 Nicholas John, dramaturge
  • Aug 18 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer
  • Aug 19 Jonathan Frakes, actor (Commander William T Riker-Star Trek Next Gen)
  • Aug 20 John Emburey, England cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988)
  • Aug 20 John Hiatt, US singer/songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me)
  • Aug 20 Rudy Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • Aug 21 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)
  • Aug 21 Keith Hart, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Great Falls, Montana
  • Aug 21 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • Aug 21 Jiří Paroubek, former Czech prime minister, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Aug 22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), born in Bay Village, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Aug 23 Cathy St George, Norfolk Va, playmate (Aug, 1982)
  • Aug 23 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)
  • Aug 23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 23 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician
  • Aug 24 Bob Corker, American politician (Senator from Tennessee), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • Aug 25 Duleep Mendis, Sri Lankan cricketer (big-hitting Sri Lankan batsman of 80's), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Aug 25 Geoff Downes, English keyboardist (Buggles, Yes, Asia), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • Aug 26 Billy Rush, rocker (Asbury Jukes)
  • Aug 26 John Kinsella, USA, swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Aug 26 Michael Jeter, actor (The Fisher King), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Aug 26 Will Shortz, American crossword editor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 27 Pee-wee Herman [Paul Reubens], American actor (Pee-wee's Big Adventure), born in Peekskill, New York

  • Aug 28 Rita Dove, American poet
  • Aug 28 Wendelin Wiedeking, German businessman
  • Aug 28 Guy Nadon, Canadian actor
  • Aug 28 Jacques Chagnon, Canadian politician
  • Aug 29 Karen Hesse, American children's writer
  • Aug 31 Bruce Soboroff, Chic Il, rocker (Buckinghams)
  • Aug 31 Herbert Reul, German politician

Famous Weddings

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 UK Prime Minister Anthony Eden (55) weds UK prime minister's niece Clarissa Spencer-Churchill (32) in a civil ceremony at Caxton Hall, London

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 5 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
  • Aug 11 Riccardo Martin, composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 12 David Bergelson, Yiddish language writer (b. 1884)
  • Aug 16 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
  • Aug 18 Ralph Byrd, American actor (Dick Tracy TV Show, SOS Coast Guard), dies from a heart attack at 43
  • Aug 18 Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, Chilean Jesuit saint (b. 1901)
  • Aug 20 Kurt Schumacher, German politician/chairman (SPD), dies
  • Aug 21 Isaac Sadeh, leader of Jewish commando forces, dies
  • Aug 30 Arky Vaughn, infielder (Pirates & Dodgers), drowns
  • Aug 31 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian political leader (b. 1868)