January 8 - West Germany has 8 million refugees inside its borders.
January 24 - Sudden heavy snowfall in Algeria.
January 24 - Vincent Massey sworn in as first Canada-born Governor-General of Canada.
February 6 - Elizabeth II becomes Queen upon the death of her father George VI.
February 6 - In Britain, Prime Minister Winston Churchill discloss that Britain has
developed an atomic bomb, to be tested off the coast of Australia.
February 6 - In the United States, a mechanical heart is used for the first time in a
February 14 to February 25 - Winter Olympics in Oslo.
February 15 - The Funeral of King George VI.
February 20 - Emmett L. Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in
organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern
February 26 - United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that his
nation has an atomic bomb.
March 10 - General Fulgencio Batista takes power in Cuba - again.
March 20 - The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
March 21 - The last two executions in the Netherlands take place.
March 27 - Failed assassination attempt against Konrad Adenauer.
April 4 - In Hague tribunal, Israel demands reparations worth 3 billion dollars from Germany.
April 18 - West Germany and Japan form diplomatic relations.
April 23 - Nuclear test in Nevada desert.
April 28 - the Treaty of San Francisco went into effect : the occupation of Japan
April 29 - Japan regains official independence. This ends the period of Occupied Japan
and marks the birth of Modern Japan.
April 29 - Two Soviet fighters fire on French passenger plane over Germany.
April 29 - Australia, New Zealand, United States security treaty comes into force.
May 1 - East Germany threatens to form its own army.
May 2 - First passenger jet flight route between London and Johannesburg.
May 6 - Farouk of Egypt had himself announced as a descendant of prophet Mohammed.
May 13 - Pandit Nehru forms his first government.
May 15 - Flash flood in Lymouth, England - 35 dead.
May 15 - diplomatic relations established between the governments of Israel and Japan
at the level of Legations.
June 1 - Catholic church bans books of André Gide.
June 5 - Remains of a viking ship found near Boston.
June 14 - The keel is laid for the nuclear submarine USS Nautilus.
June 21 - USA launches the first nuclear submarine USS Nautilus.
June 29 - Finnish Armi Kuusela wins the title of Miss Universe.
June 30 - Marshall Aid ends.
July 13 - East Germany announces formation of its people's army.
July 19 to August 3 - The Summer Olympic Games are held in Helsinki.
July 23 - General Mohammed Naguib leads The Free Officers (formed by Gamal
Abdel Nasser - the real power behind the coup) in the overthrow of King Farouk of Egypt.
July 25 - Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
July 26 - Military coup in Egypt ousts King Faruk.
August 2 - West Germany joins IMF.
August 10 - Establishment of the European Coal and Steel community.
August 11 - Jordanian army forces king Talal to resign - his successor is his
son Hussein of Jordan.
August 14 - West Germany joins World Bank.
August 16 - Lynmouth in North Devon is devastated by floods, death toll of 31.
August 26 - British passenger jet flies twice over Atlantic in the same day.
August 27 - Reparation negotiations between West Germany and Israel end in
Luxembourg - Germany will pay 3 billion Deutsche Marks.
August 29 - Premiere of John Cage's 4' 33" in Woodstock, New York.
August 30 - Last Finnish war reparations to Soviet Union.
September 4 - September 9 - Thick smog in London causes 4,000 fatalities.
September 18 - Soviet Union vetoes Japan's application for membership of
October 8 - Negotiations of ceasefire in Korea are postponed.
October 8 - Three-train crash in Harrow railway station in England - 110 dead.
October 14 - United Nations begins work in the new United Nations building
in New York City.
October 20 - Martial Law in Kenya due to Mau Mau uprising.
November 1 - Nuclear testing: Operation Ivy - The United States successfully detonates
the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Mike" ["m" for megaton], at Eniwetok island in the
Bikini atoll located in the Pacific Ocean.
November 4 - 8.25 Richter scale earthquake in Kamchatka.
November 4 - U.S. presidential election, 1952: Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats
Democrat Adlai Stevenson (correctly predicted by UNIVAC computer).
November 18 - Jomo Kenyatta is arrested in Kenya for alleged connection to
Mau Mau uprising.
November 20 - Fireball crashes in a backyard in Havelock North, New Zealand.
November 20 - First official passenger flight over the North Pole from Los Angeles
November 21 - Show trial in Czechoslovakia sentences 11 ex-communist officials
to death - all of them Jews.
November 25 - Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at
the Ambassadors Theatre in London; as of 2004, it continues, next door at the St. Martin's
Theatre, and remains the longest continuously running production of a play in history.
November 29 - Korean War: Newly-elected US President Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills
a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.
December 1 - The New York Daily News carries a front page story announcing that
Christine Jorgensen, a transsexual woman in Denmark became the recipient of the first
successful sexual reassignment operation.
December 4 - Great Smog of 1952: A "killer fog" descends on London ("Smog" for
"smoke" and "fog" becomes a word).
December 14 - First successful surgical separation of siamese twins in Mount Sinai
December 25 - Shooting incident in West Berlin - one West German soldier is killed.
December 26 - Joseph Ivor Linton, first Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary in
Japan, presents his credentials to the Japanese Emperor.Unknown date
National Security Agency founded.
Winston Churchill scraps UK compulsory national Identity Cards.
Cold War over Germany's frontiers intensify.
Sister Theresa becomes Mother Theresa and begins her charity work in Calcutta.
Charles Chaplin expelled from USA.
3,300 die of polio in USA, 57,000 children are paralyzed.
Traffic lights in New York City.
Wernher von Braun talks about a manned flight to Mars.Year in topic
1952 in film
February 20 - The film The African Queen opens (Capitol Theatre in New York City).
1952 in music
"Hound Dog" - Big Mama Thornton.
1952 in television
January 14 - The Today show premieres on NBC.
September - The first UHF television station, KLOR begins broadcasting in
The first political advertisements appear on U.S. television. Democrats buy
a 30 minute slot for their candidate, Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson is bombarded with
hate mail for interfering with a broadcast of I Love Lucy. Dwight Eisenhower buys
20 second commercial spots and wins the election.
The Ernie Kovacs Show premieres. Kovacs pushes the limits of television technology
with his use of camera tricks and special effects.
The first telecast of an atomic bomb detonation (KTLA).
1952 in theater
October 31 - Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada becomes a legal entity.Births
January 11 - Lee Ritenour
, musician, composer.
January 11 - Ben Crenshaw
January 12 - Ricky Van Shelton
, country musician.
January 20 - Paul Stanley
, musician, of the rock band KISS.
January 22 - Teddy Gentry
, Alabama (band).
February 1 - Rick James
February 11 - Jozua van den Houten
February 18 - Juice Newton
, country music entertainer.
February 19 - Amy Tan
March 1 - Steven Barnes
, science fiction writer.
March 2 - Laraine Newman
March 11 - Douglas Adams
, science fiction author.
March 13 - Wolfgang Rihm
March 22 - Bob Costas
, sports announcer.
March 23 - Kim Stanley Robinson
, science fiction author.
March 29 - Teofilo Stevenson
April 4 - Rosemarie Ackermann
, German high jumper.
April 12 - Ralph Wiley
, sports journalist (d. 2004).
April 22 - Marilyn Chambers
, erotic actress.
May 3 - Allan Wells
, British athlete.
May 11 - Renaud Séchan
, French composer.
May 11 - Mike Lupica
, sports journalist.
May 11 - Frances Farmer
May 14 - David Byrne
, singer, songwriter, guitarist.
May 14 - Robert Zemeckis
May 18 - George Strait
, country musician.
May 19 - Joey Ramone
, singer (d. 2001).
May 20 - Roger Milla
, Cameroonian footballer.
May 21 - Mr. T
, American actor, is born Laurence Tureaud, in Chicago.
May 23 - Marvelous Marvin Hagler
June 7 - Liam Neeson
June 16 - Georgios Papandreou
, Greek politician.
June 23 - Hendrika Johanna van den Houten
June 28 - Pietro Mennea
, Italian athlete.
July 9 - John Tesh
, composer, musician, television host.
August 3 - Osvaldo Ardiles
, Argentinian footballer.
August 7 - René van den Houten
August 9 - Vicki Morgan
, fashion model (d. 1983).
August 13 - Herb Ritts
, celebrity photographer.
August 14 - Carl Lumbly
, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias).
August 19 - Jonathan Frakes
, actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
August 21 - Joe Strummer
September 22 - Bob Goodlatte
, U.S. Congressman from Virginia.
October 6 - Samuel (Sjaak) van den Houten
October 7 - Vladimir Putin.
October 8 - Cornelis de Vin
November 5 - Bill Walton
, basketball star, commentator.
November 14 - Josina Sara van den Houten
November 25 - Imran Khan
, Pakistani cricketer.
December 9 - Michael Dorn
, actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine).
December 13 - Frans Maarten van den Houten
December 16 - Joel Garner
, West Indian cricketer.
December 28 - Arun Jaitley
, politician, India.Deaths
January 18 - Curly Howard
, actor, comedian, member of the Three Stooges.
February 6 - King George VI
of the United Kingdom.
February 19 - Knut Hamsun
February 22 - Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg
, first president of Finland.
March 1 - Maria van den Houten
March 7 - Paramahansa Yogananda
, Indian guru.
March 22 - Uncle Dave Macon
, country music performer.
April 3 - Miina Sillanpää
, Finnish left-wing trade union activist.
April 21 - Sir Stafford Cripps
, British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1947-1950.
May 6 - Maria Montessori
: founder of the Montessori teaching method and
schools; cerebral haemorraghae.
May 8 - Walter Fox
, US movie producer.
May 21 - John Garfield
June 17 - Krystyna Skarbek
, SOE agent.
July 19 - Clazina Suurland
July 26 - Eva Peron
, "Evita", wife of Juan Peron.
September 29 - George Santayana
September 30 - Viscount Waldorf Astor
, British businessman and politician.
October 28 - Billy Hughes
, seventh Prime Minister of Australia.
November 2 - Chaim Weizmann
, chemist, first President of Israel.
November 23 - Aaro Hellaakoski
, Finnish poet.
November 28 - Johanna Gabriëlina Kodde
December 12 - Bedrich Hrozný
, Czech orientalist and linguist.
December 28 - Fletcher Henderson
, jazz musician (b. 1897).To my Homepage