On This Day

Historical Events in September 1952

  • 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