On This Day

What Happened in August 1952

Historical Events

Olympic Gold

Aug 2 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita

Sports History

Aug 3 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring

  • Aug 3 XV Summer Olympic Games close in Helsinki, Finland

Murder of Interest

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

Sports History

Aug 6 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings

  • Aug 8 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 9 General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
  • Aug 11 Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
  • Aug 12 Hussein ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
  • Aug 14 Mátyás Rákosi appointed premier of Hungary

Historic Publication

Aug 14 Alan Turing's ground-breaking paper on mathematical biology “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis” is published [1]

  • 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)

Venice Film Festival

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

  • 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 23 Kitty Wells becomes 1st woman to reach #1 on Billboard Country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"; stays at top for 15 weeks [1]
  • 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 Having already won 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals, Czech star Emil Zátopek claims rare Olympic treble taking out Helsinki Games marathon in OR 2:23:03.2
  • Aug 28 German & Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
  • Aug 28 Yakov Malik succeeds Valerian Zorin as Soviet 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, American actor (Eight Is Enough - "Merle"), born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 1 Yajurvindra Singh, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman late 70's), born in Rajkot, Gujarat
  • Aug 1 Zoran Đinđić, 6th Prime Minister of Serbia (2001-03), born in Bosanski Šamac, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina (d. 2003)
  • Aug 2 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • Aug 2 Paul David Crews, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in South Carolina
  • Aug 2 Les Dudek, American guitarist and singer (Steve Miller Band), born in Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island
  • Aug 3 Aleksandr A Volkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Aug 3 Jay North, American actor (Dennis the Menace, Maya), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 3 Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine soccer player, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Aug 3 Frank Schaeffer, American author (Crazy for God), born in Champéry, Switzerland
  • Aug 3 Loles León, Spanish actress (Aquí no hay quien viva), born in Barcelona
  • Aug 4 Bobby Buntrock, actor (Harold Baxter-Hazel), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 4 Daniel Bautista, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1976; 3 x 20k WR holder), born in El Salado, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • 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 [Máire Ní Bhraonáin], Irish folksinger and harpist (Clannad; Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 5 Hun Sen, Cambodian politician, Prime Minister of Cambodia 1985-), born in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • 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 [Cusano], American rock guitarist (Kiss, 1982-84; solo - "Ashes to Ashes"), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Aug 7 Alexei Sayle, British comedian, born in Anfield, Liverpool,
  • Aug 7 Ian Hobson, British pianist, opera conductor and music professor, born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
  • 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, American mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • Aug 9 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician and activist, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Aug 9 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 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 12 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), born in Sevenoaks, Kent (d. 2019)
  • Aug 13 Marie Helvin, American model and actress (Children), born in Tokyo
  • Aug 13 Herb Ritts, American fashion photographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • Aug 13 Hughie Thomasson, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1996-2005), born in Buchanan, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Aug 13 Tom Marino, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 2011-2019), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 13 Lee Hyla, American contemporary classical composer (Mythic Birds of Saugerties; Pre-Pulse Suspended), and music professor (New England Conservatory; Northwestern University), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2014)
  • Aug 13 Danny Bruno, American stage and screen actor (Grimm - "Bud"), born in The Bronx, NYC
  • Aug 14 Debbie Meyer, American 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Aug 14 Mark C. Lee, American NASA astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82, sk: 98), born in Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • Aug 15 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group), born in Sevenum, Netherlands
  • 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)

Guillermo Vilas

Aug 17 Guillermo Vilas, Argentine tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Aug 17 Kathryn C. Thornton, American astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Aug 17 Nelson Piquet, Brazilian auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 17 Thomas J Hennen, American astronaut (STS 44), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Aug 17 Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)
  • Aug 18 Elayne Boosler, American comedienne (Broadway Baby, Party of One), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 18 Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 18 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer, born in Roque Pérez, Argentina
  • Aug 19 Jonathan Frakes, American actor (Commander William T Riker-Star Trek Next Gen), born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 20 John Emburey, English cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988), born in Peckham, London
  • Aug 20 John Hiatt, American singer and songwriter ("Have a Little Faith in Me"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 20 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Olney, Texas
  • Aug 20 Doug Fieger, American singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Oak Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • Aug 20 John Clayton, American session and jazz bassist, arranger, composer (Clayton Brothers; Diana Krall), and classical double bassist (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Venice, California
  • Aug 21 Joe Strummer [Mellor], British punk rock lead singer and songwriter (The Clash - "Rock the Casbah";"Lost in the Supermarket"; "London Calling"), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)
  • Aug 21 Keith Hart, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Great Falls, Montana
  • 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 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Aug 23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 23 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician, born in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
  • Aug 24 Bob Corker, American politician (Senator from Tennessee), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Aug 24 Carlo Curley, American classical concert organist, born in Monroe, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Aug 24 Vaneese Thomas, American R&B, jazz and soul blues singer, ("Let's Talk It Over"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 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, American guitarist (Asbury Jukes; Serge Gainesbourg), born in Deal, New Jersey
  • Aug 26 John Kinsella, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Aug 26 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Aug 26 Will Shortz, American crossword editor (New York Times), born in Crawfordsville, Indiana

Pee-wee Herman

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

  • Aug 27 Roger Stone, American political lobbyist, born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Aug 27 Don Miguel Ruiz, Mexican spiritual teacher and author (The Four Agreements), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Aug 28 Rita Dove, African-American poet (Thomas and Beulah), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Aug 28 Wendelin Wiedeking, German businessman (CEO - Porsche AG), born in Ahlen, Germany
  • Aug 28 Guy Nadon, Canadian actor (L'ange gardien), born in Montréal, Québec
  • Aug 28 Jacques Chagnon, Canadian politician (45th President of the National Assembly), born in Montréal, Québec
  • Aug 29 Karen Hesse, American children's book writer (Out of the Dust), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 30 Wojtek Fibak, Polish tennis star, born in Poznan, Poland
  • Aug 31 Bruce Soboroff, American rock keyboard player (Buckinghams, 1986-present), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 31 Herbert Reul, German politician

Famous Weddings

Anthony Eden

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

Leontyne Price

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


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 5 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
  • Aug 11 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 12 David Bergelson, Yiddish language writer (b. 1884)
  • Aug 14 C. Howard Crane, American architect (Fox Theatres; Detroit Olympia Stadium; Detroit Opera House; LeVeque Tower (Columbus, Ohio); Earls Court Exhibition Centre (London, England)), dies at 67
  • 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 political chairman (SPD), dies at 56
  • Aug 21 Isaac Sadeh, leader of Jewish commando forces, dies
  • Aug 22 Hiranuma Kiichirō, 24th Prime Minister of Japan, dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), drowns whilst fishing at 40
  • Aug 31 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian political leader (b. 1868)