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1952 Historical Event(s)
- January 27, 1952 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- February 20, 1952 – Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
- March 10, 1952 – Fulgencio Batista leads a successful coup in Cuba and appoints himself as the “provisional president”.
- March 20, 1952 – The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
- April 15, 1952 – The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress
- May 3, 1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time on the CBS network.
- July 3, 1952 – The SS United States sets sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship takes the Blue Riband away from the RMS Queen Mary.
- July 23, 1952 – General Muhammad Naguib leads the Free Officers Movement (formed by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the real power behind the coup) in overthrowing King Farouk of Egypt.
- August 22, 1952 – The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
- November 25, 1952 – Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London later becoming the longest continuously-running play in history.
Who Were Born On 1952?
- January 29, 1952 – Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-born musician and record producer (The Ramones)
- February 29, 1952 – Al Autry, American baseball player
- April 24, 1952 – Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
- May 3, 1952 – Caitlin Clarke. American actress (d. 2004)
- May 23, 1952 – Anne-Marie David, French singer
- August 29, 1952 – Karen Hesse, American children’s writer
- October 18, 1952 – Bảo Ninh, Vietnamese novelist
- November 8, 1952 – Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist
- November 29, 1952 – Jeff Fahey, American actor