1952 in History
January 1 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 5th string quartet
January 2 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 542 performances
January 3 Australia beat West Indies by one wicket at the MCG, last stand 38
January 3 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
January 5 Flying Enterprise sinks
January 7 French Plevin government falls
January 8 Jordan adopts constitution
January 9 Belgian Pholien government resigns
January 9 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title
January 9 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty
January 10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toreadors," premieres in Paris
January 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
January 12 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13
January 12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
January 14 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
January 14 Snow storm in Sierra Nevada kills 26
January 14 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway and Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
January 16 New Dutch bible translation finished
January 16 U.S. Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary
January 19 NFL takes control of New York Yankees
January 19 PGA approves allowing black participants
January 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
January 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
January 21 Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India
January 24 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly New York Yankees
January 24 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
January 25 Test debut of Richie Benaud, vs. West Indies at the SCG
January 30 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres
January 31 Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1 centuries
January 31 Harry Heilmann and Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
February 1 General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia
February 1 SN Behrman's "Jane," premieres in New York City
February 4 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC New York)
February 6 England replaces King George VI stamp series with Queen Elizabeth II
February 8 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day," debuts on NBC TV
February 13 Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win
February 14 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
February 14 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller
February 16 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33
February 16 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
February 18 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca wins
February 19 French offensive at Hanoi
February 20 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
February 20 "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in New York City
February 21 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
February 21 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
February 21 Liz Taylor's 2nd marriage to Michael Wilding
February 24 Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
February 25 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
February 26 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
February 26 Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
February 29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood and Demmy GRB
February 29 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk and Paul Falk of GER
February 29 Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
February 29 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
March 1 Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns
March 1 Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
March 2 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
March 3 Puerto Rico approves their 1st self written constitution
March 5 Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea," premieres in London
March 8 Antoine Pinay forms French government
March 8 Ronald Reagan marries Nancy Davis
March 9 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title
March 10 Military coup by general Fulgencio Batista in Cuba
March 15 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 276 performances
March 15 Greatest 24-hour rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
March 16 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Reunion (world record)
March 16 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
March 18 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
March 18 Communist offensive in Korea
March 20 24th Academy Awards - "American in Paris," H Bogart and Vivian Leigh win
March 20 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan
March 20 U.S. senate ratifies peace treaty with Japan
March 21 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 94 performances
March 21 31 storms crosses 6 states killing 340 in South-Central U.S.
March 21 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock and roll concert ever
March 21 Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths
March 22 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
March 23 Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds
March 24 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
March 26 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St. Johns 80-63
March 26 F Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi," premieres in Munich
March 27 Failed assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer
March 27 Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
March 28 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
March 28 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
March 30 6th Tony Awards: Fourposter and King and I win
March 30 Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
April 1 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 3 Dutch Queen Juliana speaks to U.S. Congress
April 5 Henry Wittenberg wins his 8th AAU wrestling title
April 6 16th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 286
April 8 President Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike
April 9 Popular uprising in Bolivia
April 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament
April 12 Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
April 15 1st B-52 prototype test flight
April 15 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
April 15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
April 15 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 16 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 15 performances
April 19 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53
April 21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
April 22 1st atomic explosion on network news, Nob, Nevada
April 22 Eugene Ionesco's "Les Chaises," premieres in New York City
April 23 Bob Cain of Browns and Bob Feller of Indians each pitch a one-hitter
April 23 New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game and hits his only home run
April 23 Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
April 25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 3
April 25 American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter
April 25 German "Country" Bathe-Wurttemberg forms
April 26 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
April 26 U.S. minesweeper "Hobson" rams aircraft carrier "Wasp," kills 176
April 27 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 15 performances
April 28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
April 28 St. Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
April 28 WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect
April 30 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Stockton Golf Open
April 30 Mr. Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
May 1 Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
May 1 Mr. Potato Head, introduced
May 1 TWA introduces tourist class
May 2 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
May 2 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
May 2 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
May 3 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
May 3 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
May 3 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 644 performances
May 4 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
May 5 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
May 8 Mad Magazine debuts
May 8 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 72 performances
May 8 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 4 performances
May 10 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 4 performances
May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
May 13 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
May 13 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
May 15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0
May 15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
May 16 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 365 performances
May 17 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
May 18 Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC
May 21 Brooklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in 1st inning and beat Cincinnati Reds, 19-1
May 21 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
May 27 European Defense Community forms
May 29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles and Suriname ends
May 30 Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of Boston Braves
May 30 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite," premieres
June 1 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cross Country Weathervane Golf Tournament
June 1 Catholic church puts Andre Gides "Labor" on the index
June 2 650,000 metal workers go on strike in U.S.
June 2 Maurice Olley of General Motors begins designing the Corvette
June 3 Romanian premier Petru Groza chosen president
June 5 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
June 5 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for hw boxing title
June 5 Test Cricket debut of Freddie Trueman vs. India at Headingley
June 7 "3 Wishes after Jamie" closes at Mark Hellinger New York City after 94 performances
June 7 7th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 5-4
June 7 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2
June 8 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Women's Golf Open
June 10 Chicago White Sox Sam Mele is 6th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)
June 10 St. Louis Browns fire manager Rogers Hornsby
June 12 U.S.S.R. declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
June 13 Soviet fighters shoot Swedish Dakota down over East Sea, kills 8
June 14 52nd U.S. Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Northwood Club Dallas
June 14 Boston Brave Warren Spahn strikes out 18 Cubs in 15 innings
June 14 Braves Warren Spahn ties NL record of Jim Whitney with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in 15-inning, 3-1 loss
June 14 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:20:42.2)
June 14 Keel laid for 1st nuclear powered sub Nautilus
June 16 Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down
June 17 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
June 19 "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host
June 21 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
June 23 U.S. airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu, Korea
June 25 34th PGA Championship: Jim Turnesa at Big Spring CC Louisville
June 25 Dutch social democratic party wins 2nd-Parliamentary election
June 25 "Wish You Were Here" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 597 performances
June 26 Dutch social democratic party wins elections (29%)
June 26 Nelson Mandela and 51 others infringe South Africa curfew
June 29 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn-Oriskany
June 29 7th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs
June 30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
June 30 Hussein Sirri Pasha forms Egyptian government
July 2 Princess Beatrice opens miniature city of Madurodam
July 2 Zulu-leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi marries Irene Mzila
July 3 Puerto Rico's constitution approved by U.S. Congress
July 4 66th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats J Drobny (46 62 63 62)
July 4 Canadain Currency, Mint and Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
July 5 59th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats L Brough (75 63)
July 5 "Of Thee I Sing" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 72 performances
July 6 Last tram ride in London
July 7 SS United States cross Atlantic in record 82:40
July 8 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
July 11 General Eisenhower nominated as Republican presidential candidate
July 12 East German SED decides to form East Germany army
July 14 SS United States crosses Atlantic in 84:12 (record westward)
July 15 1st transatlantic helicopter flight begins
July 15 Gerald D. Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Angela Dowding
July 17 Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh premier
July 18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, CO (IND) begins broadcasting
July 19 15th modern Olympic games opens in Helsinki, Finland
July 19 Freddie Trueman takes 8-31, India all out 58 at Old Trafford
July 19 India all out 82 in 2nd innings after making 52 earlier in the day
July 19 "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 289 performances
July 20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
July 20 Fausto Coppi wins Tour de France
July 21 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
July 21 Premier Ghavam es-Sultaneh of Persia, resigns
July 22 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
July 23 General Neguib seizes power, Monarchy overthrown in Egypt (National Day)
July 24 112 degrees F (44 degrees C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
July 24 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
July 24 President Truman settles 53-day steel strike
July 25 Commonwealth of Puerto Rico created (Constitution Day)
July 25 Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing U.S. commonwealth
July 26 King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]
July 26 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer
July 27 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record marathon (2:23:03.2)
July 28 Rogers Hornsby replaces Luke Sewell, as Cincinnati Reds manager
July 29 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
July 30 Ford Frick sets waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs in same league get right to bid
August 3 15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland
August 6 Satchel Paige, 47, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout
August 8 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South-Korea
August 9 General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
August 10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Women Golf Tournament
August 11 Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
August 12 Hussain ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
August 14 Matyas Rakosi appointed premier of Hungary
August 15 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
August 15 9" of rain fall creates a 20' wave in Lynmouth, England killing 34
August 17 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
August 20 Stalin meets Chou Enlai
August 23 Arab League security pact goes into effect
August 23 Giants Bob Elliot is ejected for arguing a strike, Bobby Hoffman complete his at bat, he strikes out and is also ejected for arguing
August 25 Det Tiger Virgil Trucks 2nd no-hitter of yr, beats Yankees, 1-0
August 25 Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. commonwealth
August 26 Fluoridation of San Francisco water begins
August 27 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)
August 28 German and Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
August 28 Jakob Malik succeeds Zorine as Foreign minister
September 1 Sutro Baths, San Francisco purchased by George Whitney
September 1 Willem Drees forms new Dutch government
September 2 Dr. Floyd J Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery
September 5 General Carlos Ibanez elected president of Chile
September 6 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
September 7 66th U.S. Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (63 75)
September 7 72nd U.S. Mens Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats Gardnar Mulloy (61 62 63)
September 7 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Tournament
September 7 General Naguib forms Egyptian government/becomes premier
September 7 New York Yankees Johnny Mize's pinch-hit grand slam gives Yankees a 5-1 win at Washington He has now home runs in all 15 major league parks
September 7 Outfielder Don Grate throws a baseball a record 434'1" (Tennessee)
September 7 Whitey Ford becomes 5th pitcher to hurl consecutive 1 hitters
September 8 72nd U.S. Mens Tennis: Frank A Sedgman beats Gardnar Mulloy (61 62 63)
September 8 Ernest Hemmingway's "Old Man and Sea" published
September 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Thomasville Golf Open
September 11 West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews
September 12 Noel Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London
September 13 Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez elected president of Mexico
September 15 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
September 15 European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
September 15 U.N. turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia
September 17 "I am an American Day" and "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"
September 20 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
September 23 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event
September 23 Dodgers clinch NL pennant
September 23 Richard Nixon makes his "Checker's" speech
September 23 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for hw boxing title
September 24 Dutch minister Dark sentences war criminal W Lages to death
September 24 Underwater volcano explodes under research vessel Kaiyo-maru-5
September 25 Hal Newhouser of Tigers wins his 200th game
September 26 Yankees clinch 4th straight and 19th AL pennant, beating A's 5-2
September 29 "Lights Out," last airs on NBC-TV
September 29 Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance
October 1 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
October 1 Liberal Party wins Japanese elections
October 1 Monte Bello-Island (Great Britain 1st atom bomb explosion)
October 3 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Is Australia
October 3 1st video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca
October 3 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Monte Bello Is Australia
October 4 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 356 performances
October 5 19th congress of Communist Party meets in Moscow
October 5 6th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 1-1 at Detroit
October 7 1st "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)
October 7 New York Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3 in 49th World Series
October 7 Yankees tie their own record of 4 consecutive World Series wins
October 8 2 trains collide with a derailed commuter train, kills 112 (England)
October 8 Chinese offensive in Korea
October 12 Hanif Mohammad scores twin 100s vs. N Zone (Ind) his 1st fc cricket tons
October 12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 14 "Buttrio Square" opens at New Century Theater New York City for 7 performances
October 15 Arthur Laurent's "Time of the Cuckoo," premieres in New York City
October 16 Pakistan's 1st Test starts, vs. India at Delhi
October 16 Woolworth's at Powell and Market (SF) opens
October 18 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 7 performances
October 18 Vinoo Mankad takes 13 Pakistan wkts to win 1st India-Pak clash
October 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betty Jameson Golf Tournament
October 20 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Kenya
October 21 Dutch government refuses New-Guinea (West-Irian)
October 24 Arab Liberation Movement becomes only party of Syria
October 25 1st Dutch edition of youth magazine "Donald Duck"
October 25 French president inaugurates Donzere-Mondragonstuw Dam
October 25 Nazar Mohammad scores Pakistan's 1st Test century 124* vs. India
October 26 Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts vs. India
October 27 "My Darlin' Aida" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 89 performances
October 28 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Women's Texas Golf Open
October 30 Clarence Birdseye sells 1st frozen peas
October 31 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated - Marshall Islands
November 1 1st hydrogen device exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in Pacific
November 3 Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas
November 3 Egypt protests German retribution payments to Israel
November 4 Earthquake and flood strike Kamshatka-South America
November 4 Eisenhower (R) elected 34th President beating Adlai Stevenson (D)
November 6 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's cantata "About our Fatherland," premieres
November 10 Trygve Halvdan Lie resigns as 1st secretary-genraal of UN
November 12 Philadelphia A's pitcher Bobby Shantz wins AL MVP
November 13 False fingernails 1st sold
November 13 KLBK TV channel 13 in Lubbock, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 14 Greek general Papagos wins elections
November 16 Papagos' Greek Concentratie wins Greeks parliamentary election
November 19 North American F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record, 1124 KPH
November 19 Spain joins UNESCO
November 20 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
November 20 George Axelrods "7 Year Itch," premieres in New York City
November 20 Prague show trial against 14 communists (9 Jewish) begin
November 21 1st U.S. postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced
November 21 Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year
November 22 A's Harry Byrd selected AL Rookie of Year
November 24 Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" opens in London (still running)
November 25 Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap," premieres in London
November 25 George Meany appointed as chairman of AFL
November 25 Only win ever for NFL's Dallas Texans (11-1) beats Bears 27-23
November 26 1st modern 3-D movie "Bwana Devil," premieres in Hollywood
November 27 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 29 40th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 21-11
November 29 President-elect Eisenhower visits Korea to assess war
November 30 Jackie Robinson charges New York Yankees with racism
December 2 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
December 2 1st human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colorado)
December 3 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
December 3 Marcos Perez Jimenez elected president of Venezuela
December 4 Killer fogs begin in London England, "Smog" becomes a word
December 4 Walter P Reuther chosen chairman of CIO
December 5 Worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
December 6 Czechoslovakian government tells Israeli ambassador, he's persona non grata
December 7 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
December 8 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
December 8 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
December 8 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected President of Israel
December 10 Izhak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
December 10 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 10 Yitchak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
December 14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 14 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut vs. Pakistan, Calcutta
December 14 Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die
December 15 Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
December 15 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias
December 15 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 90 performances
December 18 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president
December 19 Queen Juliana unveals statue "Docker"
December 20 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 21 Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
December 21 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 22 French government of Pinay, resigns
December 22 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, Pennsylvania (IND) begins broadcasting
December 28 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
December 29 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale in Elmsford, New York
December 30 Tuskegee Inst reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US