On This Day

Events in History in 1952 (Part 2)

  • Nov 16 Papagos' Greek Concentratie wins Greeks parliamentary election
  • Nov 19 North American F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record, 1124 KPH
  • Nov 19 Spain joins UNESCO
  • Nov 19 Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe
  • Nov 20 George Axelrod's play "Seven Year Itch" premieres in NYC

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Nov 20 Slánský trials begin - a series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Nov 21 1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced
  • Nov 22 As' Harry Byrd selected AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 George Meany appointed as chairman of AFL
  • Nov 26 1st 3D feature film "Bwana Devil" directed by Arch Oboler premieres in Los Angeles, advertised as "The Miracle of the Age!!! A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!"

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Nov 29 US President-elect Eisenhower visits Korea to assess war

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 1 The New York Daily News reports the first successful sexual reassignment operation
  • Dec 3 Marcos Perez Jiménez elected president of Venezuela
  • Dec 4 Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined
  • Dec 4 Walter P. Reuther chosen chairman of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the US
  • Dec 5 -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
  • Dec 6 Czech government tells Israeli ambassador that he is persona non grata
  • Dec 8 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
  • Dec 8 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
  • Dec 8 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected president of Israel
  • Dec 10 Izhak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
  • Dec 14 UN Troops kill 82 North Korean POWs during a prison camp riot in Pongam-do, South Korea
  • Dec 15 Christine Jorgenson is the first known American to undergo a sex-change operation

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Dec 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Dec 19 Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker"
  • Dec 21 Broadway Tunnel opens in San Francisco
  • Dec 22 French government of Pinay, resigns
  • Dec 23 Alain Bombard arrives in Barbados after 65 days at sea proving his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive with almost no provisions, despite having lost 25 kg (65 lbs) in weight
  • Dec 29 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)
  • Dec 30 Tuskegee Inst reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US