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
  • 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

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

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer

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

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 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"

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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

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

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 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

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Sep 23 Richard Nixon makes his "Checker's" speech

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
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

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

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

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

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Sep 29 "Lights Out" last airs on NBC-TV

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Earl Pomeroy, (Rep-D-North Dakota)

Person of interestJimmy Connors

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

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 4 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), born in Bombay State, India (2020)
  • Sep 5 Graham Salmon, British blind runner (fastest 100m by a blind man) (d. 1999)
  • Sep 6 Buddy [Steven Paul] Miller, American singer, 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 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)
  • Sep 9 David Stewart, 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 musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 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)), 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, rock vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 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 and music producer (Chic), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 19 Rhys Chatham, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Sep 19 Scott Colomby, actor (Stash-Sons & Daughters, 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 Robert W Goodlatte, (Rep-R-Virginia)
  • 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 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

Person of interestChristopher 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 Anthony Davis, footballer
  • Sep 28 Sylvia Kristel, Neth, actress (Emmanuelle, Priv School for Girls), (d. 2012)
  • Sep 29 Monika Zehrt, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 29 R A Hodges, archaeologist
  • Sep 29 Gabor Csupo, Hungarian-born animator
  • Sep 29 Max Sandlin, American politician
  • 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

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

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

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 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