On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1952

Historical Events

  • 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie Johnson, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1979-81; All Pro 1980; Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in West Columbia, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th), born in Stanton, California (d. 2016)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), dies at 74
1952 Highlights

About January 17, 1952

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 69 years, 10 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn