On This Day

What Happened in June 1952

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jun 1 Catholic church puts Andre Gides "Labor" on the index

  • Jun 1 French Championships Men's Tennis: England based Czech Jaroslav Drobný wins his 2nd straight French title; beats Frank Sedgman of Australia 6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
  • Jun 1 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-4, 6-4 for her 2nd French singles title
  • Jun 2 650,000 metal workers go on strike in US
  • Jun 2 Maurice Olley of General Motors begins designing the Corvette
  • Jun 3 Romanian communist leader Petru Groza chosen as President of the Presidium of the Great National Assembly

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 5 1st sporting event televised nationally - Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 5 Test Cricket debut of Freddie Trueman v India at Headingley
  • Jun 7 "3 Wishes after Jamie" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances
  • Jun 7 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Muirfield, Scotland: Great Britain & Ireland score first ever win in the contest; beat US, 5-4

Sports History

Jun 7 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2

  • Jun 10 Chicago White Sox outfielder Sam Mele is only 6th MLB player to record 6 RBI's in an inning (4th) during a 15-4 win over the A's in Philadelphia
  • Jun 10 US President Harry Truman expresses a desire to nationalize the steel industry
  • Jun 12 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
  • Jun 12 2nd Berlin International Film Festival: "One Summer of Happiness" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 13 Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8
  • Jun 14 US Open Men's Golf, Northwood GC: Julius Boros wins 1st of 3 majors by 4 shots from Ed Oliver
  • Jun 14 General strike in Tunisia

World Record

Jun 14 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:20:42.2)

  • Jun 14 Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub USS Nautilus (4th to be named Nautilus)

Baseball Record

Jun 14 Boston Brave Warren Spahn ties NL record held by Jim Whitney with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in 15 innings

  • Jun 16 Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down
  • Jun 17 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
  • Jun 19 "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host
  • Jun 19 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine no-hits Chicago Cubs, 5-0
  • Jun 21 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Skokie CC: Betsy Rawls defeats Betty Jameson, 1 up in the final
  • Jun 21 Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce; later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Jun 23 US airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu Korea
  • Jun 25 "Wish You Were Here" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Jun 25 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Big Spring CC: Jim Turnesa wins 1-up over Chick Harbert in the Wednesday final
  • Jun 25 Dutch social democratic party wins 2nd-Parliamentary election
  • Jun 26 Dutch social democratic party wins elections (29%)

Historic Event

Jun 26 Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew

  • Jun 29 USS Oriskany becomes 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Bala GC: 1949 champion Louise Suggs wins, 7 strokes ahead of runners-up Marlene Bauer and Betty Jameson

  • Jun 30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • Jun 30 Hussein Sirri Pasha forms Egyptian government

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Şenol Güneş, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Trabzonspor) and manager (Trabzonspor, Bursaspor, Beşiktaş, Turkey), born in Trabzon, Turkey
  • Jun 2 Gary Bettman, American National Hockey League commissioner
  • Jun 3 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "That Smell"; "Freebird"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Jun 3 David Richards, Welsh motor racing entrepreneur (chairman Prodrive, Motorsport UK, Aston Martin, team principal BAR, Benetton F1 teams; World Rally C'ship 1981), born in Denbighshire, Wales
  • Jun 4 Carlene Watkins, American actress (Tough Enough), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jun 4 Parker Stevenson, actor (Falcon Crest, Stroker Ace), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 5 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • Jun 5 Daniel Katzen, American French horn player (Boston Symphony, 1979-2008), and teacher (University of Arizona, 2008-), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jun 5 Mukesh Bhatt, Indian film producer (Vishesh Films), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jun 5 Monnette Sudler, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 6 Yukihiro Takahashi, Japanese pop-rock drummer and singer (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Liam Neeson

Jun 7 Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor (Schindler's List, Les Miserables), born in Ballymena, County Antrim

  • Jun 7 Hubert Auriol, French off-road motorcyclist and auto racer (Dakar Rally 1981, 83, 92), born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 7 Royce Campbell, touring, session, and jazz guitarist (Marvin Gaye; Henry Mancini), born in North Vernon, Indiana
  • Jun 8 Lindka Cierach, fashion designer
  • Jun 8 Martin Taylor, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • Jun 9 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (d. 2004)
  • Jun 11 Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist (.38 Special), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 12 Dale Krantz, American singer (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • Jun 12 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Jun 12 Siegfried Brietzke, German coxless rower (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Rostock, Germany

Pete Farndon

Jun 12 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), born in Hereford, England (d. 1983)

  • Jun 12 Spencer Abraham, American politician, 10th United States Secretary of Energy, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Jun 13 Tony Bruno, American sports talk radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 13 Jean-Marie Dedecker, Belgian politician and former judoka, born in Nieuwpoort, Belgium
  • Jun 13 Russell Javors, American rock guitarist (Billy Joel's band, 1976 to 1989), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 14 Eddie Mekka [Mekjian], American stage and screen singer and actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Carmine - The Big Ragoo"), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Jun 14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Jun 14 Leon Wieseltier, American writer (Kaddish), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Jun 15 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Jun 16 Aleksandr Zaitsev, USSR, pairs figure skating (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jun 16 Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer ("Living Inside Myself"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 16 Rob Kloet, pop drummer/singer (Nits - In the Dutch Mountains)
  • Jun 16 George Papandreou, Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece (2009-11), born in St Paul, Minnesota
  • Jun 17 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive, born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • Jun 18 Carol Kane, actress (Dog Day Afternoon, Simka-Taxi), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Isabella Rossellini

Jun 18 Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress and model (Big Night, Blue Velvet), born in Rome, Italy

  • Jun 18 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 18 Idriss Déby, Chadian politician & military officer (President of Chad, 1990–2021), born in Berdoba, Chad (d. 2021)
  • Jun 19 Robert Ainsworth, British MP

John Goodman

Jun 20 John Goodman, American actor (Dan Conner on Roseanne, Babe), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • Jun 20 Larry Riley, American actor (Harry-Stir Crazy, Knots Landing), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • Jun 20 Vikram Seth, Indian poet and novelist (A Suitable Boy), born in Calcutta, India
  • Jun 21 Kôichi Mashimo, Japanese anime director (Bee Train Production), born in Tokyo
  • Jun 21 Marcella Detroit [Levy], American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter ("Lay Down Sally"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 21 Judith Bingham, British mezzo-soprano, and contemporary classical composer, born in Nottingham, England
  • Jun 22 Graham Greene, Canadian actor
  • Jun 23 Anthony Jackson, American jazz, jazz-fusion, R&B, session and touring electric 4 and 6-string bassist (Philadelphia International Records, Billy Paul, Paul Simon, Chaka Kahn, Steve Kahn, Al DiMeola, Roberta Flack), born in New York City
  • Jun 24 Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
  • Jun 25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1992)
  • Jun 25 Tim Finn, New Zealand rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist (Split Enz - "I Got You"; Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"), and theatre and film composer ("Puberty Blues"), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • Jun 25 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1982)
  • Jun 26 Gordon McQueen, Scottish soccer player (Manchester United), born in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Jun 27 Madan Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese politician (Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)), born in Taplejung, Nepal (d. 1993)
  • Jun 28 Pietro Mennea, Italian runner (200m world record), born in Barletta, Apulia, Italy (d. 2013)
  • Jun 28 Alan Pasqua, American jazz and rock pianist, composer and educator (Standards; Twin Bill), born in New Jersey
  • Jun 30 Athanassios S. Fokas, Greek mathematician, born in Cefalonia, Greece
  • Jun 30 David Garrison, American Broadway and television actor (Wicked), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

Famous Weddings

Judy Garland

Jun 8 American singer and actress Judy Garland (29) weds American producer Sidney Luft (36) in Hollister, California; divorce in 1965

Famous Divorces

Agnes Moorehead

Jun 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (51) divorces actor Jack G. Lee (50) after 22 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 9 Adolf Busch, German composer (b. 1891)
  • Jun 12 Michael von Faulhaber, Cardinal/archbishop of Munich, dies at 83
  • Jun 13 Max Pulver, writer, dies
  • Jun 14 Felix Calonder, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party), dies at 88
  • Jun 14 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), dies at 43
  • Jun 15 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist, dies at 70
  • Jun 16 Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
  • Jun 17 Alberto Williams, Argentine pianist and composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • Jun 17 Jack Parsons, American rocket scientist and Thelemite occultist, dies at 37
  • Jun 18 Efim Bogoljubov, Russian-German chess player, dies at 63
  • Jun 18 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, dies at 63
  • Jun 19 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)
  • Jun 20 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • Jun 21 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, dies at 56
  • Jun 24 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Alec Ross, Scottish golfer (US Open 1907), dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Max Dehn, German mathematician (Dehn’s lemma), dies at 73