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1952 Historical Event(s)
- January 14, 1952 – NBC’s long-running morning news program Today debuts, with host Dave Garroway.
- January 27, 1952 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- February 29, 1952 – The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
- May 3, 1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.
- July 7, 1952 – The ocean liner SS United States passes Bishop’s Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world.
- July 25, 1952 – The U.S. non-incorporated colonial territory of Puerto Rico adopts a constitution of local-limited powers, approved by the United States Congress in contravention of then-current international law.
- September 12, 1952 – Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia.
- September 19, 1952 – The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.
- October 14, 1952 – Korean War: United Nations and South Korean forces launch Operation Showdown against Chinese strongholds at the Iron Triangle. The resulting Battle of Triangle Hill is the biggest and bloodiest battle of 1952.
- December 5, 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.
Who Were Born On 1952?
- January 18, 1952 – Michael Angelis, British actor
- February 14, 1952 – Nancy Keenan, American reproductive-rights advocate
- April 4, 1952 – Rosemarie Ackermann, German athlete
- April 15, 1952 – Brian Muir, British sculptor and creator of Darth Vader
- June 11, 1952 – Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist and guitarist (38 Special, Van Zant)
- July 10, 1952 – Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast
- July 14, 1952 – Franklin Graham, American evangelist
- September 2, 1952 – Jimmy Connors, American tennis player
- November 8, 1952 – Alfre Woodard, American actress
- November 17, 1952 – Ties Kruize, Dutch field hockey player