On This Day

January 1952 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 5 Flying Enterprise sinks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jan 7 French Plevin government falls
  • Jan 8 Jordan adopts constitution
  • Jan 9 Belgian Pholien government resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toréadors" premieres in Paris

Dramatist Jean Anouilh
Jean Anouilh
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • Jan 12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
  • Jan 14 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
  • Jan 14 Snowstorm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
  • Jan 16 New Dutch bible translation finished
  • Jan 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 21 Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Jan 21 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of "The New Yorker"
  • Jan 24 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
  • Jan 26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • Jan 30 Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
  • Jan 30 Korean War truce talks deadlock
  • Jan 31 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1½ centuries

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 9 Eva Leonie "Eveline" Herfkens, Dutch civil servant, diplomat, and politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 9 Hugh Bayley, British politician, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • Jan 12 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker & author, born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • Jan 12 Walter Mosley, American novelist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Sydney Biddle Barrows, American madam and author (Mayflower Madam), born in Hopewell, New Jersey
  • Jan 14 Maureen Dowd, American writer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, Prime Minister of Romania, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jan 16 Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr., Major USAF/astr (STS 39, 64), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 16 Roberta Baskin, American correspondent (48 Hours), born in New York, United States
  • Jan 16 Fuad II of Egypt, last King of Egypt and Sudan (1952-53), born in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
  • Jan 18 Michael Behe, American biochemist & advocate of intelligent design, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
  • Jan 21 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • Jan 24 William F. Readdy, American astronaut (STS 42, 51, 79), born in Quonset Point, Rhode Island
  • Jan 25 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 25 Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British politician, journalist and human rights campaigner (Peter Tatchell Foundation), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 26 Mario Runco Jr., American astronaut (STS 44, 54, 77), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 31 Rosanne Musgrave, English headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • Jan 31 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter, born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (d. 1969)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Constantl Permeke, Flemish painter (Boerin), dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Victor Alexander John Hope, viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
  • Jan 8 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Jean JM de Lattre de Tassigny, gen (N-Africa/Indo-China), dies at 61
  • Jan 15 Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • Jan 22 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Mysteries of Love), dies at 52
  • Jan 23 Natalia Brassova, Russian noblewoman, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, dies at 71
  • Jan 25 Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
  • Jan 26 Louis van Deyssel, Dutch writer (Diary of Franc Rozelaar), dies at 87
  • Jan 26 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, leader of Mongolia (b. 1895)