Historical Events in August 1952

Olympic Gold

Aug 2 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita

Sports History

Aug 3 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring

  • Aug 3 XV Summer Olympic Games close in Helsinki, Finland

Murder of Interest

Aug 4 Gambling boss Theodore Roe is murdered by the crew of Sam Giancana

Sports History

Aug 6 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings

  • Aug 8 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South Korea
  • Aug 9 General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
  • Aug 11 Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
  • Aug 12 Hussein ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
  • Aug 13 Blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton records "Hound Dog" song, written a day earlier especially for her by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, at Radio Recorders Studio in Los Angeles, California

Historic Publication

Aug 14 Alan Turing's ground-breaking paper on mathematical biology “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis” is published [1]

  • Aug 14 Mátyás Rákosi appointed premier of Hungary
  • Aug 15 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • Aug 15 9 inches of rain fall creates a 20 ft wave in Lynmouth, England, killing 34
  • Aug 17 "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)

Venice Film Festival

Aug 20 13th Venice Film Festival: "Genghis Khan" directed by Manuel Conde wins the Golden Lion

  • Aug 22 The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed.
  • Aug 23 Arab League security pact goes into effect
  • Aug 23 Giants Bob Elliott is ejected for arguing a strike, Bobby Hoffman completes his bat, he strikes out & is also ejected for arguing
  • Aug 23 Kitty Wells becomes 1st woman to reach #1 on Billboard Country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"; stays at top for 15 weeks [1]
  • Aug 25 Det Tiger Virgil Trucks 2nd no-hitter of yr, beats Yankees, 1-0
  • Aug 25 Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth
  • Aug 26 Fluoridation of San Francisco water begins
  • Aug 27 Having already won 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals, Czech star Emil Zátopek claims rare Olympic treble taking out Helsinki Games marathon in OR 2:23:03.2
  • Aug 28 German & Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
  • Aug 28 Yakov Malik succeeds Valerian Zorin as Soviet Foreign minister
  • Aug 29 New York premiere of history-based film "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"