On This Day

What Happened in January 1952

Historical Events

Music History

Jan 1 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 5th string quartet

  • Jan 1 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7
  • Jan 1 18th Sugar Bowl: #3 Maryland beats #1 Tennessee, 28-13
  • Jan 1 18th Orange Bowl: #6 Georgia Tech beats #9 Baylor, 17-14
  • Jan 1 Norman McLaren's anti-war film "Neighbours" is released (Academy Award Best Documentary Short Subject) [1]
  • Jan 2 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • Jan 3 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 5 Flying Enterprise sinks

Music History

Jan 5 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite", marking the US Military Academy's sesquicentennial, premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Historic Event

Jan 5 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US

  • Jan 8 Jordan adopts constitution
  • Jan 9 Belgian Pholien government resigns
  • Jan 9 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Jan 9 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

Historic Event

Jan 10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toréadors" premieres in Paris

Film Premiere

Jan 10 "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Charlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • Jan 12 2nd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 30-13; MVP: Dan Towler, LA Rams, FB
  • Jan 12 University of Tennessee admits its 1st black student, Gene Mitchell Gray, as a graduate student in chemistry
  • Jan 14 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
  • Jan 14 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
  • Jan 14 Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • Jan 16 New Dutch bible translation finished

Sports History

Jan 16 US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary

  • Jan 17 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade QB University of Vanderbilt #1 pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Jan 19 NFL purchases struggling football franchise, New York Yanks from owner Ted Collins; moves club to Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 19 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • Jan 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone

Sports History

Jan 20 The NBA's first superstar George Mikan scores a career high 61 points leading the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals

Election of Interest

Jan 21 Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India

  • Jan 21 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of "The New Yorker"
  • Jan 24 First NFL team in Texas; Dallas Texans, formerly NY Yanks; loses 11 of 12 games
  • Jan 24 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base

Sports History

Jan 25 Test debut of great Australian cricket captain (62 Tests) and broadcaster Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG

  • Jan 26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • Jan 28 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin 6-2, 6-3 for 1st of her 2 Australian singles titles
  • Jan 28 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Ken McGregor wins his first and only Grand Slam event; upsets fellow Australian Frank Sedgman 7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2
  • Jan 30 Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
  • Jan 30 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony premieres
  • Jan 30 Korean War truce talks deadlock
  • Jan 31 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1½ centuries
  • Jan 31 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Man-Tat Ng, Hong Kong actor (The Final Combat), born in Xiamen, China
  • Jan 2 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 2 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), born in Malvern, Victoria, Australia) (d. 2001)
  • Jan 3 Jim Ross, American pro wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Fort Bragg, California
  • Jan 6 Armelia McQueen, American actress, born in Montgomery County, North Carolina
  • Jan 6 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), born in Louisiana, United States (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Frank Sivero, Italian-born American actor, born in Siculiana, Italy
  • Jan 7 Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor, director and martial artist (Winners and Sinners), born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 7 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 8 Lauri Walters, American actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 8 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 9 Eva Leonie "Eveline" Herfkens, Dutch civil servant, diplomat, and politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 9 Hugh Bayley, British politician, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Scott Thurston, American session and touring guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter (Iggy Pop, 1973-79; Motels, 1982-84; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989-2017), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 11 Ben Crenshaw, American golfer (US Masters 1984, 95), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 11 Lee Ritenour, American jazz-fusion guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 11 Massimo Lopez, Italian comedian
  • Jan 11 Kim Hartman, British screen, stage, and radio actress (Allo Allo! - "Helga"), born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • Jan 11 Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
  • Jan 11 Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • Jan 12 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer ("Wild-Eyed Dream"), born in Danville, Virginia
  • Jan 12 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker and author, born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • Jan 12 Walter Mosley, American novelist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 13 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jan 13 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, born in Helsinki (d. 2008)
  • Jan 14 Sydney Biddle Barrows, American madam and author (Mayflower Madam), born in Hopewell, New Jersey
  • Jan 14 Maureen Dowd, American writer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, Prime Minister of Romania, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jan 15 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1975-79 - "Livin' Thing"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Boris Blank, Swiss artist & musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jan 16 Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr., Major USAF/astr (STS 39, 64), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 16 Roberta Baskin, American correspondent (48 Hours), born in New York, United States
  • Jan 16 Fuad II of Egypt, last King of Egypt and Sudan (1952-53), born in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
  • Jan 17 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th), born in Stanton, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 17 Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • Jan 17 Charlie Johnson, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1979-81; All Pro 1980; Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in West Columbia, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Jan 18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 18 Michael Behe, American biochemist & advocate of intelligent design, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 Dewey Bunell, British-American musician (America - "Daisy Jane"), born in Borough of Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Ian Hill, English rock bassist (Judas Priest - "Breakin the Law"), born in West Bromwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Paul Stanley [Stanley Eisen], American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (KISS - "Rock and Roll All Nite"), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jan 21 Fausto Bara, Mexican-American actor (The Renegades - "Gaucho"), born in Mexicali, Mexico (d, 1994)
  • Jan 21 Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
  • Jan 21 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • Jan 22 Teddy Gentry, American country music bassist (Alabama - "Mountain Music"), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • Jan 22 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • Jan 22 Teresa Kaban, Polish classical pianist and co-director of the International Festival of Rediscovered and Forgotten Music, born in Gliwice, Poland
  • Jan 23 Omar Henry, South African cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992), born in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Jan 24 William F. Readdy, American astronaut (STS 42, 51, 79), born in Quonset Point, Rhode Island
  • Jan 25 Sara Mandiano [Françoise Castellani], French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • Jan 25 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 25 Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British politician, journalist and human rights campaigner (Peter Tatchell Foundation), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 25 Peter Garland, American composer, and musicologist, born in Portland, Maine
  • Jan 26 Mario Runco Jr., American astronaut (STS 44, 54, 77), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 27 Brian Gottfried, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles, 1976; French Open doubles, 1975, 77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 27 Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, American football receiver and return specialist, 3X Pro Bowl (Houston Oilers, 1974-80; 3 other teams, 1981-88), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 28 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), born in Seymour, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Jan 29 Tim Healy, English actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), born in Benwell, England
  • Jan 29 Kenn Kweder, American rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Diablo"; "Suzy Said So"; "Mommy And Daddy"), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Jan 30 Doug Falconer, Canadian football player, born in Calgary, Canada
  • Jan 30 Valery Khalilov, Russian military conductor and composer, born Termez, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan) (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 Rosanne Musgrave, English headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • Jan 31 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter, born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (d. 1969)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Constantl Permeke, Flemish painter (Boerin), dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • Jan 5 Victor Alexander John Hope, Viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
  • Jan 8 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Jean JM de Lattre de Tassigny, gen (N-Africa/Indo-China), dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, dies at 66
  • Jan 14 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • Jan 17 Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), dies at 74
  • Jan 18 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), dies from a stroke at 48
  • Jan 20 Arthur Farwell, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Mysteries of Love), dies at 52
  • Jan 23 Natalia Brassova, Russian noblewoman, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, dies at 71
  • Jan 25 Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
  • Jan 26 Louis van Deyssel, Dutch writer (Diary of Franc Rozelaar), dies at 87
  • Jan 26 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, leader of Mongolia (b. 1895)
  • Jan 28 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), dies at 76