By 1952, West Germany had over 7 million refugees inside its borders. The Greatest Show on Earth was the highest grossing film starring Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde.
Pope Pius XII placed André Gide’s works on the Catholic Church’s index of forbidden books. Percy Faith’s Delicado dominated the major charts in the USA and Europe.
United Kingdom and its Dominions, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Ceylon, and Pakistan, lost King George VI who died at the age of 56 on February 6, 1952. His daughter Princess Elizabeth, the Duchess of Edinburgh, became queen shortly after the Kings Death while on a visit to Kenya. King George VI funeral took place at St. Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle. Now known as Queen Elizabeth II, she is one of the oldest monarchs in the world.
By the 1950s, the rock and roll genre was taking root in people’s hearts. On March 21, 1952, thousands of people most of them teenagers had lined up outside the Cleveland Arena, top attend the first major rock-and -roll concert. The show dubbed the Moondog Coronation Ball tickets sold out in a single day and set the bar for an ever-growing rock scene.
On December 4, thick smog started to hover over London. At least 4000 people had died by the time it lifted. As per the meteorological reports, high-pressure air mass had stalled over River Thames Valley when cold air came in from the west. This caused the stagnation of the air in London resulting in very low temperatures. The to keep warm the residents burnt extra coal which when coupled with soot, smoke and sulfur oxide from the industries, caused extra thick smog which reduced visibility to a few yards. This went on to cause a train collision, rail accidents, respiratory problems in humans and animals.
Finally, in Science, the Nobel Prize in Medicine went to Selman Abraham Waksman; Physics went to Felix Bloch, Edward Mills Purcell and for Chemistry went to Archer John Porter Martin, Richard Laurence Millington Synge. This was the year that Norman J. Woodland patented the barcode in the USA.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 25th edition of the Oscar ceremony
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Who was the person of the year of 1952?
Which were the most popular books released in 1952 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1952
- Albert Schweitzer
- François Mauriac
- Felix Bloch
- Edward Mills Purcell
- Archer John Porter Martin
- Richard Laurence Millington Synge
Physiology or Medicine
- Selman Waksman
Which were the top hits of 1952?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- Kay Starr - Comes A-Long A-Love
- Mario Lanza - Because You're Mine
- Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Kay Starr - Wheel of Fortune
- Patti Page - I Went to Your Wedding
- Vera Lynn - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart
- Georgia Gibbs - Kiss of Fire
- Joni James - Why Don't You Believe Me
- Mills Brothers - The Glow-Worm
- Jo Stafford - You Belong To Me
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Demographic statistics of the year 1952
- Total population: 2.6 billion (2,630,861,562 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 789.3 million, that is 30.0% of the total population of 1952 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +46.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.81%
- Average density: 18.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 1952?
- 01 Jan 1952 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 5th string quartet
- 02 Jan 1952 Pal Joey opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
- 03 Jan 1952 Dragnet with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
- 05 Jan 1952 Flying Enterprise sinks
- 07 Jan 1952 French Plevin government falls.
- 08 Jan 1952 Jordan adopts constitution.
- 09 Jan 1952 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty
- 11 Jan 1952 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore.
- 12 Jan 1952 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13.
- 14 Jan 1952 Today Show premieres with Dave Garroway and Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
- 16 Jan 1952 New Dutch bible translation finished.
- 19 Jan 1952 NFL takes control of New York Yanks
- 20 Jan 1952 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
- 24 Jan 1952 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base.
- 25 Jan 1952 Test debut of Richie Benaud, versus West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
- 26 Jan 1952 Black Saturday in Egypt: rioters burn Cairo's central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses.
- 31 Jan 1952 Harry Heilmann and Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 01 Feb 1952 General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia.
- 02 Feb 1952 George VI (King of the United Kingdom and his dominions, of Canada, of South Africa, of Australia, of New Zealand and of Ceylon) dies aged 56 after a long illness. He is succeeded by his daughter The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (now Elizabeth II), who is on a visit to Kenya. She is simultaneously proclaimed Queen of Canada at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario.
- 04 Feb 1952 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)
- 06 Feb 1952 Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom and several other realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.
- 07 Feb 1952 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom (and her five other Commonwealth realms) at St. James's Palace, London, England.
- 08 Feb 1952 RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day, debuts on NBC TV
- 13 Feb 1952 Rocky Marciano defeats Lee Savold for his 39th straight win.
- 14 Feb 1952 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller.
- 16 Feb 1952 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, age 77, retires; Pittsburgh Pirates retire his #33.
- 18 Feb 1952 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca wins
- 19 Feb 1952 French offensive at Hanoi, Vietnam.
- 20 Feb 1952 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
- 21 Feb 1952 Dick Button performs first figure skating triple jump in competition.
- 24 Feb 1952 Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead win LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament.
- 25 Feb 1952 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
- 26 Feb 1952 Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
- 29 Feb 1952 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of France.
- 01 Mar 1952 Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns.
- 02 Mar 1952 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open.
- 03 Mar 1952 Puerto Rico approves their first self-written constitution.
- 08 Mar 1952 Ronald Reagan marries Nancy Davis
- 09 Mar 1952 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title.
- 10 Mar 1952 Military coup by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.
- 15 Mar 1952 2 in the Aisle closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
- 16 Mar 1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
- 18 Mar 1952 First plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia).
- 20 Mar 1952 24th Academy Awards: American in Paris, Humphrey Bogart and Vivian Leigh win.
- 21 Mar 1952 3 Wishes for Jamie opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
- 22 Mar 1952 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, Germany, killing 44.
- 24 Mar 1952 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa.
- 27 Mar 1952 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
- 28 Mar 1952 US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Tenley Albright.
- 29 Mar 1952 U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces that he will not seek reelection.
- 30 Mar 1952 6th Tony Awards: Fourposter and King and I win.
- 01 Apr 1952 Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow
- 03 Apr 1952 Dutch Queen Juliana speaks to US Congress.
- 05 Apr 1952 Henry Wittenberg wins his 8th Amateur Athletic Union wrestling title.
- 06 Apr 1952 16th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins his second Masters golf tournament, shooting a 286.
- 07 Apr 1952 The American Research Bureau reports that the I Love Lucy episode, quotThe Marriage Licensequot was the first TV show in history to be seen in around 10,000,000 homes the evening the episode aired.
- 08 Apr 1952 US President Harry Truman seizes the steel mills to prevent a strike.
- 09 Apr 1952 Popular uprising in Bolivia.
- 11 Apr 1952 The Battle of Nanri Island takes place.
- 12 Apr 1952 Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government.
- 15 Apr 1952 First B-52 bomber prototype test flight.
- 16 Apr 1952 4 Saints in 3 Acts opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
- 19 Apr 1952 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53.
- 21 Apr 1952 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
- 22 Apr 1952 First atomic explosion on network news, Nob Nevada.
- 23 Apr 1952 Bob Cain of Saint Louis Browns and Bob Feller of Cleveland Indians each pitch a one-hitter.
- 25 Apr 1952 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat the New York Knicks, 4 games to 3
- 26 Apr 1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
- 27 Apr 1952 4 Saints in 3 Acts closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances
- 28 Apr 1952 WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect
- 29 Apr 1952 Lever House officially opens at 390 Park Avenue in New York City, heralding a new age of commercial architecture in the United States. Designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, it is the first International Style skyscraper.
- 30 Apr 1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
- 01 May 1952 Mr Potato Head, introduced
- 02 May 1952 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
- 03 May 1952 Call Me Madam closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
- 04 May 1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open.
- 05 May 1952 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
- 06 May 1952 Farouk of Egypt has himself announced as a descendant of prophet Muhammad.
- 08 May 1952 Of Thee I Sing opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
- 10 May 1952 Shuffle Along closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances
- 12 May 1952 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
- 13 May 1952 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India.
- 15 May 1952 Detroit Tigers' pitcher Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0.
- 16 May 1952 New Faces (of 1952) opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
- 17 May 1952 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4.
- 18 May 1952 Professor WF Libby says Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BCE.
- 21 May 1952 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.
- 27 May 1952 European Defense Community forms.
- 28 May 1952 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
- 30 May 1952 Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of Boston Braves.
- 01 Jun 1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cross Country Weathervane Golf Tournament
- 02 Jun 1952 650,000 metal workers go on strike in US
- 03 Jun 1952 Romanian Premier Petru Groza chosen President
- 05 Jun 1952 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs. Charles boxing
- 07 Jun 1952 3 Wishes after Jamie closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances
- 10 Jun 1952 President Truman desires nationalizing steel industry
- 12 Jun 1952 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
- 13 Jun 1952 Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8
- 14 Jun 1952 52nd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Northwood Club Dallas
- 15 Jun 1952 ''The Diary of a Young Girl'' is published.
- 16 Jun 1952 Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down
- 17 Jun 1952 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
- 19 Jun 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Erskine no-hits Chicago Cubs, 5-0.
- 21 Jun 1952 The Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce, later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
- 23 Jun 1952 US airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu Korea
- 25 Jun 1952 Wish You Were Here opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 597 performances
- 26 Jun 1952 Nelson Mandela and 51 others infringe South Africa curfew
- 29 Jun 1952 First aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn - USS Oriskany.
- 30 Jun 1952 Guiding Light soap opera moves from radio to TV
- 02 Jul 1952 Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
- 03 Jul 1952 The Constitution of Puerto Rico is approved by the Congress of the United States.
- 04 Jul 1952 66th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats J Drobny (46 62 63 62)
- 05 Jul 1952 Of Thee I Sing closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
- 06 Jul 1952 Last tram ride in London
- 07 Jul 1952 SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
- 08 Jul 1952 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
- 11 Jul 1952 Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican presidential candidate
- 12 Jul 1952 East German SED decides to form German DR army
- 13 Jul 1952 East Germany announces the formation of its National People's Army.
- 14 Jul 1952 SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
- 15 Jul 1952 Gerald D Lascelles (under English Princess Mary) weds Angela Dowding
- 17 Jul 1952 Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh Premier
- 18 Jul 1952 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, CO (IND) begins broadcasting
- 19 Jul 1952 Paint Your Wagon closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances
- 20 Jul 1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
- 21 Jul 1952 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
- 22 Jul 1952 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
- 23 Jul 1952 General Neguib seizes power, Monarchy overthrown in Egypt (National Day)
- 24 Jul 1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
- 25 Jul 1952 Commonwealth of Puerto Rico created (Constitution Day)
- 26 Jul 1952 King Farouk of Egypt abdicates in favor of his son Fuad.
- 27 Jul 1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record marathon (2:23:03.2)
- 28 Jul 1952 Rogers Hornsby replaces Luke Sewell, as Cincinnati Reds manager
- 30 Jul 1952 Ford Frick sets waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs in same league get right to bid
- 03 Aug 1952 15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland
- 05 Aug 1952 The Treaty of Taipei between Japan and the Republic of China goes into effect, to officially end the Second Sino-Japanese War.
- 06 Aug 1952 Satchel Paige, 47, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout
- 08 Aug 1952 Syngman Ree re-elected President of South-Korea
- 09 Aug 1952 General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
- 10 Aug 1952 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Women Golf Tournament
- 11 Aug 1952 Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
- 12 Aug 1952 Hussain ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
- 13 Aug 1952 Japan joins the IMF.
- 14 Aug 1952 West Germany joins the IMF and the World Bank.
- 15 Aug 1952 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
- 16 Aug 1952 Lynmouth, North Devon, England is devastated by floods 34 die.
- 17 Aug 1952 Fallout 1st used (NY Times)
- 20 Aug 1952 Stalin meets Chou Enlai
- 22 Aug 1952 The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed.
- 23 Aug 1952 Arab League security pact goes into effect
- 25 Aug 1952 Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth
- 26 Aug 1952 Fluoridation of San Francisco water begins.
- 27 Aug 1952 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)
- 28 Aug 1952 German and Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
- 30 Aug 1952 The last Finnish war reparations are sent to the Soviet Union.
- 31 Aug 1952 The Grenzlandring racetrack closes in Wegberg, Germany.
- 01 Sep 1952 Sutro Baths, SF purchased by George Whitney
- 02 Sep 1952 Dr Floyd J Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery
- 06 Sep 1952 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
- 07 Sep 1952 66th US Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (63 75)
- 08 Sep 1952 CBC Toronto debuts.
- 10 Sep 1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Thomasville Golf Open
- 11 Sep 1952 West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews.
- 12 Sep 1952 Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia.
- 13 Sep 1952 Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez elected President of Mexico
- 15 Sep 1952 European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
- 17 Sep 1952 In the USA, "I am an American Day" and "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day".
- 18 Sep 1952 The Soviet Union vetoes Japan's application for membership in the United Nations.
- 19 Sep 1952 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.
- 20 Sep 1952 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
- 23 Sep 1952 Dodgers clinch NL pennant
- 24 Sep 1952 Dutch Minister Dark sentences war criminal W Lages to death
- 25 Sep 1952 Hal Newhouser of Tigers wins his 200th game
- 29 Sep 1952 Lights Out, last airs on NBC-TV
- 01 Oct 1952 Liberal Party wins Japanese elections
- 03 Oct 1952 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Is Australia
- 04 Oct 1952 Top Banana closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
- 05 Oct 1952 19th Congress of Communist Party meets in Moscow
- 07 Oct 1952 1st Bandstand broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)
- 08 Oct 1952 Chinese offensive in Korea
- 12 Oct 1952 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 14 Oct 1952 Buttrio Square opens at New Century Theater NYC for 7 performances
- 16 Oct 1952 ''Limelight'' opens in London writer/actor/director/producer Charlie Chaplin arrives by ocean liner in transit his re-entry permit to the USA is revoked by J. Edgar Hoover.
- 17 Oct 1952 Indonesian troops led by General Nasution surround the presidential palace, seeking the dismissal of the People's Representative Council Sukarno avoids confrontation.
- 18 Oct 1952 Buttrio Square closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances
- 19 Oct 1952 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betty Jameson Golf Tournament
- 20 Oct 1952 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Kenya
- 21 Oct 1952 Dutch government refuses New-Guinea (West-Irian)
- 24 Oct 1952 Arab Liberation Movement becomes the only party of Syria.
- 25 Oct 1952 1st Dutch edition of youth magazine Donald Duck
- 30 Oct 1952 Clarence Birdseye sells 1st frozen peas
- 31 Oct 1952 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated-Marshall Islands
- 01 Nov 1952 1st hydrogen device exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in Pacific Fusion occurs for 1st time on Earth
- 03 Nov 1952 Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas
- 04 Nov 1952 Earthquake and flood strike Kamshatka-South America
- 10 Nov 1952 Trygve Halvdan Lie resigns as 1st Secretary General of UN
- 12 Nov 1952 Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz wins AL MVP
- 13 Nov 1952 False fingernails 1st sold
- 14 Nov 1952 Greek general Papagos wins elections
- 18 Nov 1952 Jomo Kenyatta is arrested in Kenya for an alleged connection to the Mau Mau uprising.
- 19 Nov 1952 North American F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record, 1124 km/h
- 20 Nov 1952 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
- 21 Nov 1952 Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year
- 25 Nov 1952 George Meany appointed as Chairman of AFL
- 26 Nov 1952 1st modern 3-D movie Bwana Devil, premieres in Hollywood
- 27 Nov 1952 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 29 Nov 1952 40th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 21-11
- 30 Nov 1952 Jackie Robinson charges New York Yankees with racism
- 01 Dec 1952 The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgenson, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery.
- 02 Dec 1952 First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colorado, USA).
- 03 Dec 1952 First TV broadcast in Hawaii.
- 04 Dec 1952 Walter P Reuther chosen chairman of CIO.
- 05 Dec 1952 Great Smog of 1952: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow.
- 07 Dec 1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
- 08 Dec 1952 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
- 10 Dec 1952 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 12 Dec 1952 Dallas Texans (former Boston Yankees) play last game, last original team.
- 14 Dec 1952 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 15 Dec 1952 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 18 Dec 1952 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president.
- 19 Dec 1952 Queen Juliana unveals statue Docker
- 20 Dec 1952 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 21 Dec 1952 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 22 Dec 1952 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
- 25 Dec 1952 One West German soldier is killed in a shooting incident in West Berlin.
- 26 Dec 1952 Joseph Ivor Linton, the first Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary in Japan, presents his credentials to the Japanese Emperor.
- 28 Dec 1952 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game.
- 29 Dec 1952 First transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford, New York).
- 30 Dec 1952 Tuskegee Institute reports 1952 as first year in 71 years with no lynchings in USA.