On This Day

What Happened in September 1952

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Sutro Baths, San Francisco purchased by George Whitney
  • Sep 1 Willem Drees forms new Dutch government
  • Sep 2 Dr Floyd J Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery
  • Sep 5 General Carlos Ibáñez elected president of Chile
  • Sep 6 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
  • Sep 7 General Naguib forms Egyptian government and becomes Premier
  • Sep 7 Outfielder Don Grate throws a baseball a record 434'1" (Tenn)
  • Sep 7 NY Yankees Johnny Mize's pinch-hit grand slam gives Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington, giving him a HR in all 15 major league parks

Sports History

Sep 7 Alberto Ascari of Italy in a Ferrari wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 12 points from countryman Giuseppe Farina

Historic Publication

Sep 8 Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man & the Sea" published

  • Sep 8 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his second straight US title; beats American Gardnar Mulloy 6-1, 6-2, 6-3; last amateur major before turning pro in 1953

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 7-5

Treaty of Interest

Sep 11 West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signs a reparation pact for the Jewish people

Music History

Sep 12 Noël Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London

  • Sep 13 Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez elected president of Mexico
  • Sep 15 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
  • Sep 15 European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
  • Sep 15 UN turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia
  • Sep 17 "I am an American Day" & "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"

Television Premiere

Sep 19 "Adventures of Superman" TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Film & TV History

Sep 19 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England

  • Sep 20 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event
  • Sep 23 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62

Historic Event

Sep 23 US vice-presidential candidate Richard Nixon makes his "Checker's" speech, defending the gift of a cocker spaniel to his daughters

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 23 Undefeated Rocky Marciano KOs defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia for the world heavyweight boxing title

Music History

Sep 23 "Kaw-Liga" single recorded by Hank Williams

  • Sep 24 Dutch Minister of Justice Donker decides war criminal Willy Lages will not be executed but sentenced to life
  • Sep 24 Underwater volcano explodes under research vessel Kaiyo-maru-5

Historic Event

Sep 24 American fast food restaurant chain "KFC" [Kentucky Fried Chicken] opens its first franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Sep 25 Hal Newhouser of Tigers wins his 200th game
  • Sep 26 Yanks clinch 4th straight & 19th AL pennant, beating A's 5-2

Sports History

Sep 28 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance, throwing one pitch to Chicago Cubs Frank Baumholtz

  • Sep 29 "Lights Out" last airs on NBC-TV

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Graham Maby, British session and touring bassist (Joe Jackson; They Might Be Giants; Natalie Merchant; Marshall Crenshaw), born in Gosport, Hampshire, England
  • Sep 2 Earl Pomeroy, (Rep-D-North Dakota)

Jimmy Connors

Sep 2 Jimmy Connors, American tennis player (8-time Grand Slam winner, 109 titles overall), born in Belleville, Illinois

  • Sep 4 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), born in Bombay State, India (2020)
  • Sep 4 Nelson Marcenaro, Uruguayan soccer defender (8 caps; Mundialito 1980; Progreso, Portuguesa, Peñarol, Emelec), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • Sep 5 Graham Salmon, British blind runner (fastest 100m by a blind man) (d. 1999)
  • Sep 6 (Steven) "Buddy" Miller, American folk and country singer-songwriter, born in Fairborn, Ohio
  • Sep 6 Jack Waldman, American jazz and rock keyboardist and avant garde composer, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Sep 7 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1998)
  • Sep 8 Anthony Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (USC; TB Buccaneers, Houston Oilers, LA Rams), born in Huntsville, Texas
  • Sep 8 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), born in Alyth, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Angela Cartwright, England (Make Room for Daddy, Lost in Space)

Dave Stewart

Sep 9 Dave Stewart, British rock guitarist, songwriter and producer (Eurythmics - "Here Comes the Rain Again"), born in Sunderland, England

  • Sep 9 Lee M Morin, cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Sep 9 Manuel Göttsching, German ambient and rock guitarist (Ash Ra Tempel), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Sep 9 Phil Palmer, British rock and jazz session guitarist, noted for his slide work, born in London
  • Sep 10 Gerry Conway, Marvel comics writer (Punisher), born in New York City
  • Sep 10 Vic Toews, Canadian politician, born in Filadelfia, Paraguay
  • Sep 12 Gerry Beckley, American rock vocalist, guitarist and songwriter (America - "Sister Golden Hair"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sep 12 Neil Peart, Canadian rock drummer and lyricist (Rush - "Limelight"; "Peaceable Kingdom"), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Sep 13 Johanna Klier-Schaller, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Artern, Bezirk Halle, Germany
  • Sep 13 Karen Wyman, American singer (Long & Winding Road), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 13 Randy Jones, American musician (The Village People (Cowboy) -"Y.M.C.A."), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sep 13 Raymond O'Connor, American actor (The Rock), born in South Bronx, New York
  • Sep 13 Don Was [Don Edward Fagenson], American singer (Was (Not Was)), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 13 Ray Sibille, American jockey (Breeder's Cup Turf 1988), born in Sunset, Louisiana
  • Sep 14 Margit Schumann, German luger (Olympic gold 1976), born in Waltershausen, Bezirk Erfurt, East Germany
  • Sep 15 Kelly Keagy, American rock vocalist (Night Ranger), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Sep 16 Mickey Rourke, American actor (Wild Orchid, Barfly), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Sep 17 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • Sep 18 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 19 Nile Rodgers, American guitarist (Chic - "Le Freak"), and music producer (Sister Sledge; David Bowie -"Let's Dance"), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Sep 19 Rhys Chatham, American guitarist, trumpeter, and composer (An Angel Moves Too Fast To See; A Crimson Grail), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Sep 19 Scott Colomby, American actor (Sons & Daughters- "Stash"; Szysznyk), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 19 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Sep 19 Gunnar Hökmark, Swedish politician (Member of the European Parliament), born in Ystad, Skåne County, Sweden
  • Sep 21 Anneliese Michel, German exorcism victim (d. 1976)
  • Sep 21 Dave Gregory, British rock guitarist (XTC; Big Big Train), born in Swindon, England
  • Sep 22 Bob Goodlatte, American politician (Rep-R-Virginia 1993-2019), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Sep 22 Gary Holton, English actor and musician (d. 1985)
  • Sep 22 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean singer and musician (Tuku music), born in Highfield, Zimbabwe (d. 2019)
  • Sep 23 Rolf Smedvig, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1971-81; Empire Brass, 1972-2015), and educator (Boston University), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2015)
  • Sep 24 Joseph P. Kennedy II, American politician (Rep-D-Massachusetts 1987-99), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 24 Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter and musician (Morphine; Treat Her Right), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • Sep 25 Jimmy Garvin [James Williams], American professional NWA/WCW/AWA wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida

Christopher Reeve

Sep 25 Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), born in New York City, New York (d. 2004)

  • Sep 25 Tommy Norden, American actor (Flipper), born in New York City, New York
  • Sep 25 Bell Hooks [Gloria Jean Watkins], American author, feminist, scholar and social activist, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Sep 26 James Keane, American actor (Willis Bell-Paper Chase), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 26 Predrag Miletić, Serbian actor, born in Niš, Serbia
  • Sep 27 Del Russel, actor (Richard-Arnie), born in Pasadena, California
  • Sep 27 Doemitri Dorin Prunariu, Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40)
  • Sep 27 Didier Dubois, French mathematician
  • Sep 27 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Sep 28 Sylvia Kristel, Neth, actress (Emmanuelle, Priv School for Girls), (d. 2012)
  • Sep 29 Monika Zehrt, East German 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Riesa, East Germany
  • Sep 29 Gábor Csupó, Hungarian-American animator (Rugrats), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Sep 29 Max Sandlin, American politician (Rep-(D)-Texas 1997-2005), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Sep 30 Darrell Hair, cricketer (Australian Test umpire since 1993-94)
  • Sep 30 Frank Zincavage, American new wave bassist (Romeo Void - "Never Say Never")
  • Sep 30 John Lombardo, American songwriter and guitarist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Sep 30 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), born in Lancashire, England (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 6 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer, dies at 54

Gertrude Lawrence

Sep 6 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, dies of liver and abdominal cancer at 54

  • Sep 9 Joseph Allen Sr, American actor, dies at 79
  • Sep 10 Youssef Aftimus, Lebanese civil engineer and architect (b. 1866)
  • Sep 14 Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Swiss writer, commits suicide at 29
  • Sep 18 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Dreamy), dies
  • Sep 19 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Presento il mio Ticino), dies at 56
  • Sep 19 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 68
  • Sep 22 Cor Ruys, Dutch actor (Princess Stage, The Cross-Patch), dies at 63
  • Sep 22 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first President of Finland (b. 1865)
  • Sep 22 Ian Hay [John Hay Beith], British novelist and playwright (Pip, Carrying On), dies at 76
  • Sep 26 George Santayana, American philosopher/poet (Last Puritan), dies at 88
  • Sep 28 Paul Hastings Allen, American composer, dies at 68
  • Sep 29 John Cobb, British speed record holder (World Land Speed Record 1938-39, 47), dies attempting to break world Water Speed Record at Loch Ness, Scotland, at 52
  • Sep 30 Waldorf Astor, House of Lords & Commons/owner of Observer, dies