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Ab urbe condita 2705
Armenian calendar 1401
Bahá'í calendar 108 – 109
Buddhist calendar 2496
Coptic calendar 1668 – 1669
Ethiopian calendar 1944 – 1945
Hebrew calendar 5712 5713
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2007 – 2008
 - Shaka Samvat 1874 – 1875
 - Kali Yuga 5053 – 5054
Holocene calendar 11952
Iranian calendar 1330 – 1331
Islamic calendar 1371 – 1372
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 27年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2612
Julian calendar 1997
Korean calendar 4285
Thai solar calendar 2495
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  • January 8West Germany has 8 million refugees inside its borders.
  • January 14Today premieres on NBC, eventually becoming one of the longest-running television series in America.
  • January 24 - Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canada-born Governor General of Canada.


The 3 Queens in mourning- Elizabeth II, her grandmother, Queen Mary and her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at the funeral of George VI.

  • February 2 – A tropical storm forms just north of Cuba moving northeast. The storm makes landfall in southern Florida the next day. It is the earliest reported landfall from a tropical storm, and the earliest formation of a tropical storm on record in the Atlantic basin.
  • February 6
    • 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.
    • In the United States, a mechanical heart is used for the first time in a human patient.
  • February 7Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom (and her five other Commonwealth realms) at St. James's Palace, London, England.
  • February 14February 25 – The Winter Olympics held in Oslo, Norway.
  • February 15 – The funeral of George VI takes place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  • February 18Greece and Turkey join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • February 20
    • Emmett Ashford becomes the first African American umpire in organized baseball, by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
    • Winston Churchill scraps UK compulsory national Identity Cards.
  • February 21 – In Dhaka, East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) police open fire on a procession of students, killing 4 people and starting a country-wide protest which leads to the recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages of Pakistan. The day is later declared "International Mother Language Day" by UNESCO.
  • February 25 - Parícutin active volcano in Michoacán, west central Mexico ceases its discontinuous eruption after spewing forth a gigaton of lava and burying San Juan Parangaricutiro.
  • February 26United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that the United Kingdom has an atomic bomb.


  • March 1 – Founding of the British Phycological Society.
  • March 10 – General Fulgencio Batista re-takes power in Cuba.
  • March 1516 – 73 inches (1,870 mm) of rain falls in Cilaos, Réunion, the most rainfall ever in one day.
  • March 20 – The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
  • March 21
    • The last two executions in The Netherlands take place.
    • Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is elected Prime Minister of the Gold Coast.
    • Tornadoes ravage the lower Mississippi River Valley, leaving 208 dead, through March 22.
  • March 22Wernher von Braun publishes the first in his series of articles titled Man Will Conquer Space Soon!, including ideas for manned flights to Mars and the Moon.
  • March 27Konrad Adenauer survives an assassination attempt.
  • March 29U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces that he will not seek reelection.


  • April 4
    • In the Hague Tribunal, Israel demands reparations worth $3 billion from Germany.
    • West Ice accidents: During a severe storm in the West Ice, east of Greenland, 78 seal hunters on 5 Norwegian seal hunting vessels perish without a trace.
  • April 7 - The American Research Bureau reports that the I Love Lucy episode, "The Marriage License" was the first TV show in history to be seen in around 10,000,000 homes the evening the episode aired.
  • April 8Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer: The U.S. Supreme Court limits the power of the President to seize private business, after President Harry S. Truman nationalizes all steel mills in the United States, just before the 1952 steel strike begins.
  • April 9Hugo Ballivián's government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, which starts a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalization of tin mines.
  • April 11Battle of Nanri Island: The Republic of China seizes the island from the Peoples' Republic of China.
  • April 15 – The United States B-52 Stratofortress flies for the first time.
  • April 18
    • Bolivia National Revolution: A universal vote enables indigenous peoples and women to vote, nationalizes mines and enacts agrarian reform.
    • West Germany and Japan form diplomatic relations.
  • April 26 - The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp collides with the destroyer USS Hobson while on sea exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, killing 175 men.
  • April 28 – The Treaty of San Francisco goes into effect, formally ending the war between Japan and the Allies, and simultaneously ending the occupation of the four main Japanese islands.
  • April 29Lever 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.


  • May 1East Germany threatens to form its own army.
  • May 2 – The first passenger jet flight route between London and Johannesburg.
  • May 3U.S. lieutenant colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict land a plane at the geographic North Pole.
  • May 6Farouk of Egypt has himself announced as a descendant of prophet Muhammad.
  • May 13Pandit Nehru forms his first government in India.
  • May 15Diplomatic relations are established between the governments of Israel and Japan at the level of legations.
  • May 18Ann Davison becomes the first woman to single-handedly sail the Atlantic Ocean.


  • June 1
    • The Roman Catholic Church bans the books of André Gide.
    • Navigation opens on the Volga-Don Canal, connecting the Caspian Sea basin with that of the Black Sea.
  • June 14
    • The keel is laid for the U.S. nuclear submarine USS Nautilus.
    • Myxomatosis introduced to Europe on the French estate of Dr. Paul Armand Delille.
  • June 15The Diary of a Young Girl is published.
  • June 19 – The Special Forces (United States Army) are created
  • June 21 – The Philippine School of Commerce, through a government act, is converted to the Philippine College of Commerce (later the Polytechnic University of the Philippines).
  • June 26 – The Pan-Malayan Labour Party is founded in Malaya, as a union of statewise labour parties.
  • June 29Finnish contestant Armi Kuusela wins the title of Miss Universe.


France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands form the European Coal and Steel community, the foundation organization which would become the European Union.

  • July 3 – The ocean liner SS United States makes her maiden crossing of the Atlantic.
  • July 13East Germany announces the formation of its National People's Army.
  • July 1926 – Washington D.C. is "buzzed" by several alleged UFOs tracked on multiple radars. Jets scramble on several occasions and the objects take evasive action, only to return after the jets leave the area.[1]
  • July 19August 3 – The 1952 Summer Olympics are held in Helsinki, Finland.
  • July 21 – A magnitude 7.5 earthquake (Richter scale) strikes Tehachapi, California, destroying unreinforced brick buildings.
  • July 23
    • The European Coal and Steel Community is established.
    • 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 25Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
  • July 26- Eva Peron the so-called "Spiritual Leader" of Argentina dies at 33 years of age at exactly 8:25 in the evening.




  • October 8
    • Negotiations for a ceasefire in Korea are postponed.
    • A three-train crash at Harrow railway station in England kills 112 people.
  • October 12 – The Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority is founded in New York City at Panhellenic Tower.
  • October 14 – The United Nations begins work in the new United Nations building in New York City, designed by Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer.
  • October 16Limelight 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.
  • October 17Indonesian troops led by General Nasution surround the presidential palace, seeking the dismissal of the People's Representative Council; Sukarno avoids confrontation.
  • October 19
    • Alain Bombard begins to sail from the Canary Islands to Barbados in 65 days; he reaches them December 23.
    • John Bamford, aged 15, rescues victims of a house fire and becomes the youngest person to have been awarded the George Cross.
  • October 20Martial law is declared in Kenya due to the Mau Mau uprising.


  • November 1Nuclear testing: Operation Ivy: The United States successfully detonates the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Mike", at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, with a yield of 10.4 megatons.
  • November 4
    • Kamchatka earthquake: An 8.25 Richter scale (9.0 moment magnitude scale) earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula of the Soviet Union, equal only to the 2011 Japanese earthquake.[2]
    • United States presidential election, 1952: Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democrat Adlai Stevenson (correctly predicted by the UNIVAC computer).
    • The U.S. National Security Agency is founded.
    • The Pace-Finletter MOU 1952: Memorandum of understanding is signed between "...Air Force Secretary Finletter and Army Secretary Pace that established a fixed wing weight limit [for the Army] of five thousand pounds empty, but weight restrictions on helicopters were eliminated..."(Pushing the Envelope, p. 196)
  • November 18Jomo Kenyatta is arrested in Kenya for an alleged connection to the Mau Mau uprising.
  • November 20
    • Slánský trials: A series of Stalinist and largely anti-Semitic show trials are held in Czechoslovakia.
    • A fireball crashes in a backyard in Havelock North, New Zealand.
    • The first official passenger flight over the North Pole is made from Los Angeles to Copenhagen.
  • November 21 – A show trial in Czechoslovakia sentences 11 ex-communist officials (all of them Jews) to death.
  • November 25Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London; as of 2007, it continues next door at the St. Martin's Theatre, and remains the longest continuously running production of a play in history.
  • November 29Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a political campaign promise, by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.


  • December 1
    • Adolfo Ruiz Cortines takes office as President of Mexico.
    • The New York Daily News carries a front page story announcing that Christine Jorgensen, a transsexual woman in Denmark, has become the recipient of the first successful sexual reassignment operation.
  • December 4Great Smog of 1952: A "killer fog" descends on London (in the process coining the word "Smog", for "smoke" and "fog").
  • December 14 – The first successful surgical separation of Siamese twins is conducted in Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • December 20 – The crash of a U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster at Moses Lake, WA kills 86 servicemen.
  • December 25 – One West German soldier is killed in a shooting incident in West Berlin.
  • December 26Joseph Ivor Linton, the first Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary in Japan, presents his credentials to the Japanese Emperor.

Date unknown[]

  • Nearly 58,000 cases of polio are reported in the U.S.; 3,145 die and 21,269 are left with mild to disabling paralysis.[3]
  • The Nordic Council agrees to the unrestricted transport of people, goods and services throughout the Nordic Countries.
  • The National Prohibition Foundation is incorporated in Indiana.
  • Saynatsalo Town Hall in Finland, designed by Alvar Aalto, is completed.
  • The influential multistorey residential building, Unité d'Habitation in Marseille, France, designed by Le Corbusier, is completed.
  • The American Embassy School of New Delhi is founded.
  • The Swedish paratrooper training school Fallskärmsjägarna(FJS) is created.
  • Twelve-year-old Jimmy Boyd's record of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is released, selling 3 million records
  • Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the professional wrestling promotion that would later evolve into the modern day WWE is founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt
  • During the Mau Mau Uprising, the poisonous latex of the African milk bush was used kill cattle in an incident of Biological warfare.[4]



  • January 1Jury Zacharanka, Belarusian politician abducted and probably killed in 1999
  • January 2
    • Makoto Nakajima, Japanese bureaucrat, Commissoner of the Japan Patent Office
    • Ng Man Tat, Hong Kong actor
  • January 3Jim Ross, American wrestling announcer
  • January 7Sammo Hung, Hong Kong martial arts superstar, producer and director
  • January 12
    • Charles Faulkner, American life coach, motivational speaker, trader and author
    • Walter Mosley, American author
  • January 14Maureen Dowd, American journalist
  • January 15Boris Blank, Swiss musician
  • January 15 - Skay Beilinson, Argentinian guitar player of Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota
  • January 16 – H.R.H. Prince Ahmed Fuad Farouk (Fuad II), the last King of Egypt & Sudan, Nubia, Kordofan and Darfur
  • January 17Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician, composer, producer, and actor (Yellow Magic Orchestra)
  • January 21
    • Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
    • Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • January 22Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • January 24Raymond Domenech, French football player and manager
  • January 25
    • Edward Fialkowski, Polish political activist
    • Sara Mandiano, French singer and songwriter
  • January 28Tomokazu Miura, Japanese actor
  • January 29 - Klaus-Peter Hanisch, German footballer (d. 2009)
  • February 1Stan Kasten, American baseball executive, currently President of the Washington Nationals
  • February 3Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (d. 1998)
  • February 7Tony Liu, Chinese actor
  • February 8
    • Nora Miao, Hong Kong actress
    • Daisuke Gori, Japanese voice actor (d. 2010)
  • February 12Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (d. 2010)
  • February 14Nancy Keenan, American president of NARAL
  • February 19Amy Tan, American novelist
  • February 22William Frist, U.S. Senator and heart surgeon
  • February 24Maxine Chernoff, American poet, novelist, editor
  • February 25Joey Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • February 29
    • Gary The Retard, American member of The Wack Pack (The Howard Stern Show)
    • Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television's first female African-American primetime weather anchor


  • March 1Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • March 2Laraine Newman, American comedian (Saturday Night Live)
  • March 4
    • Scott Hicks, Australian film director
    • Ronn Moss, American actor
    • Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • March 7Viv Richards, West Indian cricketer
  • March 11Douglas Adams, English author (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) (d. 2001)
  • March 13
    • Wolfgang Rihm, German composer
    • Agnes Rapai, Hungarian writer
  • March 22Bob Costas, American sports announcer
  • March 23Kim Stanley Robinson, American author
  • March 25
    • Jung Chang, Chinese-born author and historian
    • Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician and politician
  • March 27Maria Schneider, French actress (d. 2011)
  • March 29Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban boxer
  • March 30Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • March 31Vanessa del Rio, American actress
  • April 1Bernard Stiegler, French philosopher
  • April 4
    • Rosemarie Ackermann, German athlete
    • Gary Moore, Irish musician (d. 2011)
  • April 5Mitch Pileggi, American actor
  • April 6Marilu Henner, American actress and author
  • April 7Nichita Danilov, Romanian writer
  • April 11Peter Windsor, British sports reporter
  • April 12Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist (d. 2004)
  • April 14Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish sportsman
  • April 15Glenn Shadix, American actor (d. 2010)
  • April 17Željko Ražnatović, Serbian mobster and paramilitary leader (d. 2000)
  • April 19Alexis Arguello, Nicaraguan boxer and politician (d. 2009)
  • April 22Marilyn Chambers, American porn actress (Behind the Green Door) (d. 2009)
  • April 25Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist
  • April 26Spice Williams-Crosby, American actress and stunt performer
  • April 27George Gervin, American basketball player
  • April 28Mary McDonnell, American actress


  • May 2
    • Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster
    • Isla St Clair, Scottish singer
  • May 3
    • Allan Wells, Scottish athlete
    • Leonid Khachiyan, Russian-born mathematician
  • May 4Michael Barrymore, British comedian and TV presenter
  • May 6
    • Gregg Henry, American actor and musician
    • Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • May 8 - Ronnie Dapo, American child actor
  • May 10Manuel Mora Morales, Spanish director and writer
  • May 11
    • Renaud, French composer
    • Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
    • Mike Lupica, American sports journalist
    • Frances Fisher, British-born American actress
  • May 14David Byrne, Scottish-born rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Talking Heads)
  • May 18
    • George Strait, American country musician
    • Diane Duane, American writer
  • May 19Bert van Marwijk, Dutch football manager
  • May 20Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • May 21Mr. T, American actor (The A-Team)
  • May 24Sybil Danning, Austrian actress
  • May 26David Meece, American Christian musician
  • May 28Victoria Cunningham, American actress and Playboy Playmate
  • June 4Scott Wesley Brown, American Christian musician
  • June 7
    • Hubert Auriol, French racing driver
    • Orhan Pamuk, Turkish writer, Nobel Prize winner
    • Liam Neeson, Northern Irish actor
  • June 9Yukihiro Takahashi, Japanese musician and singer (Yellow Magic Orchestra)
  • June 16
    • Georgios Papandreou, Greek politician
    • Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • June 17
    • Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive
    • Sarbjit Singh Chadha, Indian enka singer
  • June 18
    • Carol Kane, American actress (Taxi)
    • Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress
  • June 20
    • John Goodman, American actor
    • Kōichi Mashimo, Japanese anime director
    • Vikram Seth, Indian novelist
  • June 21
    • Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, Pakistani businessman, academician
    • Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricket captain
  • June 22
    • Alastair Stewart, British newsreader
    • Graham Greene, Canadian (First Nations) actor
  • June 24Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
  • June 25Tim Finn, New Zealand singer-songwriter
  • June 27
    • Douglas Unger, American novelist
    • Madan Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese politician (d. 1993)
  • June 28Pietro Mennea, Italian athlete
  • June 29Joe Johnson, English snooker player


  • July 1Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
  • July 4Alvaro Uribe, President of Colombia
  • July 8Ahmed Nazif, Prime Minister of Egypt
  • July 9John Tesh, American composer, musician, and television host (Entertainment Tonight)
  • July 12
    • Philip Taylor Kramer, American rock musician (Iron Butterfly) (d. 1995)
    • Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer
    • Liz Mitchell, Jamaican-born singer of Boney M.
  • July 14
    • Robert Casale, American keyboardist (Devo)
    • Franklin Graham, American evangelist
  • July 15Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • July 16Stewart Copeland, American rock musician (The Police)
  • July 17 - David Hasselhoff, American actor
  • July 19Allen Collins, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1990)
  • July 20Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • July 24Gus Van Sant, American film director
  • July 25Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portuguese Architect
  • July 27Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator
  • July 31
    • Chris Ahrens, American ice hockey player
    • João Barreiros, Portuguese author
  • August 1Zoran Djindjic, Serbian politician (d. 2003)
  • August 3Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine footballer
  • August 4Moya Brennan, Irish singer
  • August 5Louis Walsh, Irish music producer and reality TV show judge
  • August 6Wojciech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper
  • August 7Alexei Sayle, English comedian
  • August 8
    • Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author
    • Robin Quivers, African-American radio personality (The Howard Stern Show)
  • August 9Vicki Morgan, American model (d. 1983)
  • August 10Daniel Hugh Kelly, American actor
  • August 11Bob Mothersbaugh, American composer and guitarist (Devo)
  • August 13Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2002)
  • August 16Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
  • August 17Guillermo Vilas, Argentine tennis player
  • August 18Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (d. 2009)
  • August 19Jonathan Frakes, American actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • August 21Joe Strummer, British rock musician (The Clash) (d. 2002)
  • August 24Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaican-born musician and poet
  • August 26Bryon Baltimore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • August 27Paul Reubens, American actor, writer and comedian (Pee-Wee Herman)
  • August 28Wendelin Wiedeking, German businessman
  • August 29Jimmy Connors, American tennis player


  • September 8Patrick Prosser, Scottish computer scientist
  • September 9Angela Cartwright, British-American child actress, photographer and painter
  • September 12
    • Sergei Karaganov, Russian political scientist
    • Neil Peart, Canadian rock drummer (Rush)
  • September 16
    • Fatos Nano, Albanian prime minister
    • Mickey Rourke, American actor
  • September 18Dee Dee Ramone, American rock bassist (Ramones) (d. 2002)
  • September 21Anneliese Michel, German catholic woman who was believed to be possessed by demons (d. 1976)
  • September 22Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Congressman from Virginia
  • September 23
    • Jim Morrison, American baseball player
    • Peter Schrank, Political cartoonist
  • September 24
    • Mark Sandman, American rock musician and artist (Morphine) (d. 1999)
    • Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy
  • September 25
    • Christopher Reeve, American actor and activist (Superman) (d. 2004)
    • Jimmy Garvin, American professional wrestler
  • September 26Predrag Miletić, Serbian actor
  • September 27
    • Didier Dubois, French mathematician
    • Katie Fforde, née Gordon-Cumming, British writer
  • September 29Max Sandlin, American politician
  • September 30Jack Wild, English actor (H.R. Pufnstuf) (d. 2006)
  • October 5
    • Duncan Regehr, Canadian actor
    • Clive Barker, British author
    • Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan
  • October 7
    • Vladimir Putin, Russian president
    • Mary Badham, American actress
  • October 13John Lone, Hong Kong actor
  • October 14Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet gymnast (d. 2011)
  • October 16Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
  • October 22Jeff Goldblum, American actor
  • October 24 - David Weber, American science fiction and fantasy author
  • October 26Andrew Motion, English poet
  • October 27Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish singer
  • October 28Annie Potts, American actress


  • November 3
    • Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedienne
    • David Ho, Taiwanese-American AIDS researcher
  • November 5
    • Bill Walton, American basketball player and commentator
    • Oleg Blokhin, Ukrainian football player and manager
  • November 6Michael Cunningham, American writer
  • November 7David Petraeus, American general
  • November 8
    • Jan Raas, Dutch professional cyclist
    • Alfre Woodard, African-American actress
  • November 13Art Malik, Pakistani-born British actor
  • November 15Randy Savage, American professional wrestler (d. 2011)
  • November 16
    • Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese game designer
    • Roger Bisby, English journalist
  • November 17Ties Kruize, Dutch field hockey player
  • November 25Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer and politician
  • November 27 - Buddy Rose, American professional wrestler (d. 2009)
  • November 28S. Epatha Merkerson, African-American actress (Law and Order)
  • November 30Keith Giffen, American comic book writer and artist
  • December 9Michael Dorn, African-American actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • December 12
    • Harbance Singh (Herb) Dhaliwal, Canadian politician
    • Sarah Douglas, English actress
  • December 13Greg Greenway, American Singer-Songwriter
  • December 15
    • Julie Taymor, American film, theater, and opera director and costume designer
    • Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
  • December 16Joel Garner, West Indian cricketer
  • December 20Jenny Agutter, English actress
  • December 27Jay Hill, Canadian politician
  • December 28
    • Arun Jaitley, Indian politician
    • Hemant Shesh, Indian Hindi Writer
  • December 30June Anderson, American soprano

Date unknown[]

  • Idriss Deby Itno, President of Chad



King George VI

  • January 5Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • January 11Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French general, posthumous Marshal of France (b. 1889)
  • January 18Curly Howard, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges) (b. 1903)
  • January 25Polly Moran, American actress (b. 1883)
  • January 27Fannie Ward, American actress (b. 1872)
  • February 2Charles de Rochefort, French actor (b. 1879)
  • February 3Harold L. Ickes, United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1874)
  • February 6 – King George VI of the United Kingdom (b. 1895)
  • February 7Philip G. Epstein, American screenwriter (b. 1909)
  • February 19Knut Hamsun, Norwegian author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
  • March 1Gregory La Cava, American film director (b. 1892)
  • March 5Charles Scott Sherrington, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1857)
  • March 7Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (b. 1893)
  • March 9Alexandra Kollontai, Russian revolutionary (b. 1872)
  • March 12Hugh Herbert, American actor and comedian (b. 1887)
  • March 22
    • Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
    • Don Stephen Senanayake, Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) Prime Minister (b. 1884)
  • March 26J.P. McGowan, Australian actor and director (b. 1880)
  • March 28 – Sir Fraser Russell, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (b. 1876)
  • March 31
    • Wallace H. White, Jr., U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1877)
    • Walter Schellenberg, German Nazi intelligence official (b. 1910)
    • Roland West, American film director (b. 1885)
  • April 1Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian novelist and dramatist (b. 1878)
  • April 3Miina Sillanpää, Finnish politician (b. 1866)
  • April 5Charles Collett, British chief mechanical engineer (Great Western Railway) (b. 1871)
  • April 8Tadeusz Estreicher, cryogenics pioneer (b. 1871)
  • April 21
    • Leslie Banks, English actor (b. 1890)
    • Sir Stafford Cripps, British Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1889)
  • April 23Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (b. 1887)
  • May 6Maria Montessori, Italian educator (cerebral hemorrhage) (b. 1870)
  • May 8William Fox, Austro-Hungarian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • May 9Canada Lee, American actor (b. 1907)
  • May 15Albert Bassermann, German actor (b. 1867)
  • May 21John Garfield, American actor (b. 1913)
  • June 1
    • John Dewey, American philosopher (b. 1859)
    • Malcolm St. Clair, American filmmaker (b. 1897)
  • June 2 - Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect (b. 1880)
  • June 13Emma Eames, American soprano (b. 1865)
  • June 17Krystyna Skarbek, Polish-born British agent in World War II (b. 1915)
  • June 19Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)
  • June 27Elmo Lincoln, American actor (b. 1889)


Eva Peron

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Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsFelix Bloch, Edward Mills Purcell
  • ChemistryArcher John Porter Martin, Richard Laurence Millington Synge
  • MedicineSelman Abraham Waksman
  • LiteratureFrançois Mauriac
  • PeaceAlbert Schweitzer


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People of the year 1952 at Familypedia

65 people were born in 1952

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Douglas Noel Adams (1952-2001)Christopher Douglas Adams (1927-1985)Janet Donovan (1927-2016)
Fuyumi Akizuki (1952-2019)
James Norwich Arbuthnot (1952)John Sinclair-Wemyss Arbuthnot (1912-1992)(Margaret) Jean Duff (1919)
Susan Arcenaux (1952-1999)Abraham Arcenaux (1924-1994)Michelle Bensaïd (1920-1960)
Lynne Margaret Ardin (1952-1954)Charles Lear Ardin (-1995)Shirley Marion Godkin (1927)
Mike Bertram (1952-2015)Sterlie R. Bertram (1931-1986)Phyllis A. Bertram
Leslie Lionel Boddy (1952-2014)Victor Howard Boddy (1922-1968)Doris Joan Catherine Whittle (1926-1999)
Violante Brandolini d'Adda (1951-)Guido Brandolini d'Adda (1921-1966)Marisa Berio (1921-2002)
Arístides Osiris Cabrera (1952-2018)
Delfo Cabrera (1952)Delfo Cabrera (1919-1981)Rosa Lento (1919)
Juan Carlos Cabrera (1952)Justo Emilio Cabrera (1914-2001)María Alicia Faustina Fernández (1919-2002)
James Jonah Cummings (1952)George Cummings (1930-2002)Sarah Adlington (1933-1999)
Jose Degeling (1952-)Peter Degeling (bef1952-)Maria Zwarthoed (bef1952-)
Susan Jane Dillingham (1952-2002)John Raymond Dillingham (1923-1991)Harriet Hall Collins (1921-1967)
Bradley Durham (1952)Harold Durham (1921-2004)Stephanie Anschütz (1917-1999)
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14 children were born to the 22 women born in 1952

243 people died in 1952

 FatherMotherAge at death
Dagbert Moroni Adair (1888-1952)Moroni Adair (1855-1916)Emeline Whipple (1858-1924)
Edna Earl Adams (1878-1952)Martin Franklin Adams (c1851-bef1884)Sarah Jane May (1848-c1909)
Lulu Adams (1899-1952)Sherman Adams (1867-1943)Mary I. Whitney (1870-1939)
Kevin Ainslie (1880-1952)
Arthur John Albury (1875-1952)John William Albury (1849-1889)Mercy Cause (1852-1912)77
Dora Gertrude Alce (1878-1952)John Alce (1835-1922)Mary Ann Watkins (1837-1912)
John Gladding Aldrich (1864-1952)Elisha Smith Aldrich (1836-1905)Anna Elizabeth Gladding (1837-1897)
Peter Alfonesca (1880-1952)
Henry Applegate (1889-1952)George Applegate (1860-1942)Alicia O'Malley (1866-1950)
Charlotte Sarah Arnold (c1873-1952)Frederick Arnold (c1851-1925)Charlotte Isabella Janes (c1850-1934)
Arthur Harry Ashcroft (1870-1952)Edward Ashcroft (1828-1896)Elizabeth Deborah Taber (1835-1919)
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952)William Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor (1848-1919)Mary Dahlgren Paul (1858-1894)
Leonard Auerbach (1897-1952)
Victor Avramescu (1888-1952)
Alice Baade (1877-1952)Hans Baane (1840-1900)Alexandra Isenhour (1850-1931)
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9902 people lived in 1952

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
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Events of the year 1952 at Familypedia

76 people were married in 1952.

 Joined with
Marius Alexandru (1928-2003)Mariana Coșoreanu (1931-2010)
George Everett Andrus (1886-1955)LaVerna Terry (1895-1934)+ Lurie Bertoch (1900-1993) + Edna Crowther (1893-1978)
Andrew Robert Coghill Arbuthnot (1926-2010)Audrey Eileen Johnson (c1926)
Emily Bromage Blunt (1888-1974)Arthur Carmichael
Patrick Reginald Boyle, 13th Earl of Cork (1910-1995)Dorothy Kate Ramsden (-1978)+Mary Gabrielle Ginnett (-1999)
Mary Margaret BrumfieldKenneth Buckley
Virginia Elaine Buskirk (1918-2006)Robert Alexander Warren (1917-1995)+Robert Horace Keister (1918-1962)+Warren Raymond Towzey (1919-1992)+George Lewis Matuszak (1910-1995)
Ruth Ann Casto (1937)Ronald Ray Cyrus (1935-2006)
Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark (1929-2012)Barbara Mallery (1930-) + Loretta Martin (c1930-) + Kari Wigton (c1930-)
Robert Lawrence Clifton-Brown (1929-)Florence Elizabeth Lindsay Vestey (1926-2006)
Joan Henrietta Collins (1933)Maxwell Reed (1919-1974) + Anthony Newley (1931-1999) + Ronald Stanley Kass (1935-1986) + Peter Holm (1947) + Percy Gibson
Roy Asberry Cooper II (1927-2014)Beverly Batchelor (1929-2013)
Mariana Coșoreanu (1931-2010)Marius Alexandru (1928-2003)
Ronald Ray Cyrus (1935-2006)Ruth Ann Casto (1937)
Mihály Daniel de Vargyas (1928)Ilona Gaál (1920) + Natalia Scheel (1930)
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There were 0 military battles in 1952.

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