On This Day

What Happened on February 19, 1952

Historical Events

  • American defending champion Dick Button becomes first figure-skater to land a triple jump in competition; performs a triple loop in the Olympic free skate in Oslo; wins gold medal ahead of Austria’s Helmut Seibt
  • French offensive at Hanoi

Famous Birthdays

  • Amy Tan, American novelist
  • Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexican PHD/astronaut (STS 23)

Famous Deaths

  • Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1920), dies at 92
  • Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
1952 Highlights

About February 19, 1952

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 69 years, 9 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces