On This Day

What Happened in July 1952

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 1 English architect Michael Ventris says he has solved one of the 20th century's greatest linguistic riddles, by deciphering Linear B in BBC interview. Is an ancient form of Greek on clay tablets from Minoan palace of Knossos. [1]
  • Jul 2 Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
  • Jul 3 Puerto Rico's constitution approved by US Congress
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Czech Jaroslav Drobný 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 4 Canadian Currency, Mint and Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
  • Jul 5 "Of Thee I Sing" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon crowns
  • Jul 6 Last tram ride in London
  • Jul 7 SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
  • Jul 8 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia

Presidential Convention

Jul 11 General Eisenhower nominated as Republican US presidential candidate

  • Jul 11 British Golf Men's Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 3 titles in 4 years for Bobby Locke of South Africa beating Australian Peter Thomson by a stroke
  • Jul 12 East German SED decides to form German DR army
  • Jul 14 SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
  • Jul 15 1st transatlantic helicopter flight begins

Appointment of Interest

Jul 17 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi names Ghavam Sultaneh premier

  • Jul 18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, Colorado (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances
  • Jul 19 XV Summer Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 19 Freddie Trueman takes 8-31, India all out 58 at Old Trafford
  • Jul 19 India all out 82 in 2nd innings after making 52 earlier in the day
  • Jul 19 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • Jul 20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
  • Jul 21 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
  • Jul 21 Premier Ghavam es-Sultaneh of Persia, resigns

Film Release

Jul 21 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK

  • Jul 22 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
  • Jul 23 General Neguib seizes power, Monarchy overthrown in Egypt (National Day)
  • Jul 24 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • Jul 24 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
  • Jul 24 US President Harry Truman settles 53-day steel strike

Film Release

Jul 24 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

  • Jul 25 Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth (Constitution Day)
  • Jul 26 King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]

Sports History

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

  • Jul 27 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson makes it back-to-back gold medals in the 10k event at the Helsinki Olympics, having won the corresponding race in London in 1948
  • Jul 29 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
  • Jul 30 Ford Frick sets waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs in same league get right to bid

Famous Birthdays

Dan Aykroyd

Jul 1 Dan Aykroyd, Canadian-American comedian, writer and actor (SNL, The Blues Brothers; Ghostbusters), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Jul 1 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Jul 1 Steve Shutt, Canadian NHL left wing (5-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Willowdale, Canada
  • Jul 1 Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, American pop, funk and jazz session and touring drummer, (Michael Jackson - "Billie Jean"; George Duke; Herbie Hancock), composer, and producer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Jul 2 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jul 2 Linda M Godwin, Cape Girardeau Mo, PhD/astronaut (STS 37, 59, 76)
  • Jul 2 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • Jul 3 Wasim Raja, British-Pakistani cricketer (bro of Rameez, Pakistani lefty bat & leggie), born in Multan, Punjab, Dominion of Pakistan
  • Jul 3 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter ("Gloria"), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2004) [1]
  • Jul 3 Andy Fraser, English rock bassist (Free -"All Right Now"), born in Paddington, London (d. 2015)
  • Jul 3 Peter Mathebula, South African boxer (WBA flyweight title 1980-81), born in Mohlakeng, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Jul 4 John Waite, British pop vocalist (The Babys - "Every Time I Think Of You"; Bad English - "When I See You Smile"; solo - "Missing You"), born in Lancaster, England
  • Jul 4 Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Colombian politician (31st President of Colombia), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • Jul 5 David Dreier, American entrepreneur and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 5 Michael Don McNabb, composer
  • Jul 5 Terence T. Henricks, USAF colonel and astronaut (STS 44, 55, 70, 78), born in Bryan, Ohio
  • Jul 6 Grant Goodeve, American actor (David-8 is Enough, Dynasty), born in Middlebury, Connecticut
  • Jul 6 Jesse Harms, American musician and songwriter (The Waboritas), born in Massachusetts
  • Jul 6 Hilary Mantel, English novelist (Wolf Hall), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
  • Jul 6 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • Jul 7 Mando Guerrero, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 8 Ulrich Wehling, German Nordic skier (3 Olympic golds 1972, 76, 80), born in Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • Jul 8 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • Jul 8 Anna Quindlen, American columnist
  • Jul 8 Marianne Williamson, American writer (Return to Love), spiritual leader, human rights and peace activist, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 9 John Tesh, American TV host (ET), and new age pianist, born in Garden City, New York
  • Jul 10 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast (nine-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union), born in Grozny, Russia
  • Jul 10 Kim Mitchell, Canadian guitarist and singer, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Jul 10 Peter van Heemst, Dutch politician (Labour Party), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 11 Stephen Lang, American actor (Another You, Death of a Salesman), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 11 John Kettley, English weather forecaster
  • Jul 12 Liz Mitchell, Jamaican-British rock vocalist (Boney M), born in Clarendon, Jamaica
  • Jul 12 Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer, born in Šabac, Serbia
  • Jul 12 Philip Taylor Kramer, American bass guitar player (Iron Butterfly, 1974-77), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Jul 13 Alla Pavlova, Russian contemporary classical composer (The Old New York Nostalgia Suite; Miss Me ... But Let Me Go), born in Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
  • Jul 14 Eric Laneuville, American actor (Larry-Room 222, St Elsewhere), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 14 George Lewis, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Jerry Houser, American actor (Slapshot, Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 14 Joel Silver, American producer (Warriors, Xanadu, Die Hard), born in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Jul 14 Stan Shaw, American actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Franklin Graham, American evangelist, son of Billy Graham, born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Jul 14 Bob Casale, AKA Bob 2, American Musician (Devo), (d. 2014)
  • Jul 15 David Pack, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • Jul 15 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Jul 15 Jeff Carlisi, American rock guitarist (.38 Special), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 15 Jill Long, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • Jul 15 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Queens, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jul 15 Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • Jul 15 Judy McGrath, American television executive
  • Jul 16 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), born in Armley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • Jul 16 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police - "Roxanne"), and film score composer (Wall Street; SubUrbia), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jul 16 Robert David Steele, American activist and former CIA officer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 17 Chet McCracken, American drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1979-82), born in Seattle, Washington

David Hasselhoff

Jul 17 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Jul 17 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist ("Lotta Love"; "I Only Want To Be With You"), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1997)
  • Jul 17 Robert R. McCammon, American sci-fi author (Baal, Mystery Walk), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jul 17 Fran Smith, Jr., American rock bassist player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 James Forbes, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • Jul 19 (Larken) Allen Collins, American southern rock guitarist, and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"; "Gimme Three Steps"; Rossington-Collins Band - "Don't Misunderstand Me"), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1990)
  • Jul 19 Dominic Muldowney, English composer, born in Southampton, England
  • Jul 19 Howard Donald Saunders, Danbury Ct, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Jul 19 Robert A. Ficano, American politician and Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 19 John Griesheimer, American Republican politician, born in Saint Clair, Missouri
  • Jul 20 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • Jul 21 John Barrasso [John Anthony Barrasso III], American politician, junior senator from Wyoming, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Herbert Chang, West Indian cricket batsman (1979)
  • Jul 23 Janis Siegel, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer - "Boy From New York City"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), born in Brunswick, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Jul 23 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush, 1968-74), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • Jul 24 Vin Weber, (Rep-R-MN, 1981- )
  • Jul 24 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 26 Lyudmila Maslakova, Soviet relay runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Astrakhan
  • Jul 26 Scott David Cook, CEO (Intuit-Quicken), born in Glendale, California
  • Jul 26 Jan Randall, American-Canadian film, stage and broadcast composer (The Irrelevant Show; Poetry In Motion), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 27 Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 27 Steve Gluzband, American Latin jazz trumpeter, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 28 Maha Vajiralongkorn [Bodindradebayavarangkun], King of Thailand (2016 - Present), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jul 28 Monique van de Ven, Dutch actress (Turkish Fruit)
  • Jul 28 Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist (Final Fantasy), born in Shizuoka city, Japan
  • Jul 29 Joe Johnson, English snooker player (World Champion, 1986: Senior Masters, 2019), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Jul 31 Alan Autry, American NFLer (Green Bay Packers), actor (In the Heat of the Night) and politician (23rd Mayor of Fresno), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jul 31 Pritawi Sudarmo, Indonesia, astronaut
  • Jul 31 João Barreiros, Portuguese writer (Um Dia com Júlia na Necrosfera), born in Portugal
  • Jul 31 Helmuts Balderis, Latvian International Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach (Latvia, Soviet Union, Minnesota North Stars), born in Riga, Latvia

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 2 Zulu-leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi marries Irene Mzila

Fred Rogers

Jul 9 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd

June Carter Cash

Jul 9 American country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl "Mr. Country" Smith (25); divorce 1956

  • Jul 15 Gerald Lascelles, son of English Princess Mary, weds Angela Dowding

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch cellist, pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 3 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch composer, dies of cancer at 56
  • Jul 4 Walter Long, American actor (Moby-Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, French Canadian politician (b. 1867)
  • Jul 10 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, Danish composer and organist (Music of the Spheres; Antikrist), dies at 58
  • Jul 18 Paul Saintenoy, Belgian architect (b. 1862)
  • Jul 18 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," dies at 46
  • Jul 21 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • Jul 22 Antonio Maria Valencia, Colombian composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 22 August Balthazar, Belgian politician, dies at 58
  • Jul 25 Herbert Murrill, British organist, composer (The Song of the Birds; Carillon), and educator (Royal Academy of Music, 1933-52), dies of cancer at 43

Eva Perón

Jul 26 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady (1946-52) actress, suffragette, unionist and humanitarian who was inspiration for A.L. Webber's musical "Evita", dies of cancer at 33

  • Jul 27 Roland Pope, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Jul 27 W de Basil [US Voskresenski], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • Jul 31 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies