On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1952

Historical Events

  • "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)

Person of interestGuillermo Vilas

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

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Kathryn C. Thornton, American astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Nelson Piquet, Brazilian auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Thomas J Hennen, American astronaut (STS 44), born in Albany, Georgia
1952 Highlights

About August 17, 1952

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 2 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo