On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1952

Historical Events

  • Dick Button leads an unprecedented American sweep when he wins World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris; beats compatriots James Grogan and Hayes Alan Jenkins for his 5th straight world title
  • Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy of Great Britain
  • Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of West Germany
  • Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of France
  • The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

Famous Birthdays

  • Bart Stupak, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan 1993-2011), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Raisa Smetanina, Soviet cross country skier (Olympic gold 10k & 4x5k relay 1976; 10k 1980; 4x5k relay 1992), born in Mokhcha, Russia
  • Raúl González, Mexican racewalker (Olympic gold 50k 1984; WR 1978 3:45:52 & 3:41:20), born in China, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
  • Susan Sennett, American actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
1952 Highlights

About February 29, 1952

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 9 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces