On This Day

February 1952 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 General strike against French colonial rule in Tunisia
  • Feb 1 SN Behrman's "Jane" premieres in NYC

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Feb 2 Hubert de Givenchy presents his first collection in Paris with Bettina Graziani opening the show

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • Feb 4 Tetsuwan Atom by Osamu Tezuka first published in Weekly Shonen Magazine in Japan

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Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne and proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 10 India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru

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Feb 15 King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • Feb 19 French offensive at Hanoi
  • Feb 21 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
  • Feb 26 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference

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Feb 26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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Feb 28 Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • Feb 29 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of West Germany
  • Feb 29 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of France
  • Feb 29 Dick Button leads an unprecedented American sweep when he wins World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris; beats compatriots James Grogan and Hayes Alan Jenkins for his 5th straight world title
  • Feb 29 The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

Person of interestPark Geun-hye

Feb 2 Park Geun-hye, 1st female President of South Korea (2013-17), born in Jung-gu, Taegu

1st Female President of South Korea Park Geun-hye
1st Female President of South Korea
Park Geun-hye
  • Feb 3 Jack Fields, (Rep-R-TX, 1981- )
  • Feb 4 Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
  • Feb 6 Ricardo Lavolpe, Argentine football coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Feb 8 Nancy Lord, Libertarian VP candidate (1992)

Person of interestLee Hsien Loong

Feb 10 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore (People's Action Party: 2004-present), born in Singapore

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong
  • Feb 14 Nancy Keenan, current NARAL president
  • Feb 18 Juice Newton [Judy Cohen], American vocalist (Angel of the Morning), born in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Feb 18 Veronica "Randy" Crawford, American vocalist (One Day I'll Fly Away), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Feb 19 Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexican PHD/astronaut (STS 23)
  • Feb 19 Amy Tan, American novelist
  • Feb 20 Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 22 James Philip Bagian, American physician & NASA astronaut (STS 29, STS 40), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 22 Bill Frist, American politician, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 25 James A Barcia, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • Feb 25 Inger Segelström, Swedish politician
  • Feb 29 Bart Stupak, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan 1993-2011), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 29 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York

Deaths in History


Person of interestGeorge VI

Feb 6 George VI, King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), dies of a coronary thrombosis at 56

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • Feb 9 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • Feb 10 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1880)
  • Feb 13 Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
  • Feb 19 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1920), dies at 92
  • Feb 27 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general and dictator (1926), dies at 74