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1952 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1952:

  • World Changing Event: The first patent for bar code was issued to inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver.
  • The Bigger World Changing Event: The United States successfully carried out its first-ever hydrogen bomb explosion test, code-named Ivy Mike, on November 1, 1952, on Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Influential Songs include:Your Cheatin’ Heartby Hank Williams andHeart and Soulby The Four Aces andHigh Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)by Frankie Laine
  • The Movies to Watch includeThe Greatest Show in Earth, Hans Christian Andersen, The Quiet Man, High Noon, Moulin Rouge, The Big SkyandSingin’ in the Rain
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Gary Cooper
  • Notable books include:Charlotte’s Webby E.B. White,The Old Man and the Seaby Ernest Hemingway andThe Power of Positive Thinkingby Norman Vincent Peale
  • Price of Jaguar XK 120 hardtop in 1952: $5,065.00
  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 65.8 years, Females: 71.6 years
  • The Funny Comedy Duo were: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
    The Funniest TV Duo: Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca
    The Funny Guy was: Milton Berle
    The Funny TV Lady: Lucille Ball
  • The Logo: Adidas purchased its famous 3-stripe logo from Karhu Sports in 1952, for two bottles of whiskey, and less than $2,000.
Top Ten Baby Names of 1952:
Linda, Mary, Patricia, Deborah, Susan, James, Robert, John, Michael, DavidThe Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Martine Carol, Dorothy Dandridge, Doris Day, Diana Dors, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Eartha Kitt, Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana TurnerSex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Montgomery Clift

“The Quotes:”
“Lucy, I’m home!”
– Ricky Ricardo, played by Dezi Arnez

“They’re gr-r-r-eat! ”
Tony The Tiger, voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft

Finger-lickin’ good!
– Kentucky Fried Chicken

Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year:
Queen Elizabeth IIMiss America:
Colleen Hutchins (Salt Lake City, UT)Miss USA:
Jackie Loughery (New York)The Scandal:
Area 51, if it existed at 37°14’20 N 115°48’58 W (37.239, -115.816), in southern Nevada, would have been started this year.

Pop Culture Facts:
BoardgameScrabblewas created in 1938 but did not become popular until 1952 when the president of Macy’s played it while on vacation. Surprised to find Macy’s did not carry it, he placed a large order and within two years four million games were sold.

French writer, Alfred Sauvy, invented the term “Third World” to describe the vast stretches of Africa, Asia, and Latin America whose citizens lived in dire poverty.

The “London Fog” was yellow smog so thick you couldn’t see the ground. These “pea-soupers” often carried toxic chemicals and killed 4,000 people in five days. Due to the Clean Air Act, the last London Fog was in 1962.

Wernher von Braun wrote a book calledProject Marswhich imagined that human colonists on Mars would be led by a person called “Elon”

TheImmigration and Nationality Act of 1952allows the President to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens” who “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States

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Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver received the first patents for optical bar codes on October 7.

The British Hypnotism Act of 1952prevents the broadcasting of hypnosis procedures due to the risk that people watching the broadcast are hypnotized and cannot be brought back.

‘Invasion of Washington’ was a 1952 Washington, DC mass UFO incident that several institutions and many people witnessed. It was dismissed by the Air Force as a combination of weather phenomena and the night sky, a claim which was disputed by all many people.

Les Paul started selling his classic electric guitar.

The 20th Century Fox media empire, now owned by Disney, is the namesake of William Fox ((born as Vilmos Fried, January 1, 1879 – May 8, 1952)) who was born as Vilmos Fried, lost control of the company in 1930, went bankrupt after the stock market crash went to jail for perjury, and died more or less unnoticed.

Season Two ofI Love Lucyincluded the most popular and remembered skit from the show – Lucy selling (and drinking) Vitameatavegamin. It had the ingredients you might expect – vitamins, meat, veggies, and minerals. It also had a high (23%) alcohol content.

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1952 was the year that Tony the Tiger started telling people that Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes were “Gr-r-reat!” Thurl Ravenscroft is best known for supplying the voice of Tony. Thurl was also the guy who sangYou’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, in the originalHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasTV special(1966), although many people mistakenly think it was narrator Boris Karloff.

The saying “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” was first said by philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist George Santayana (December 16, 1863– September 26, 1952). He was mentioned in Billy Joel’s songWe Didn’t Start the Fire, whichreferred to Santayana’s death.

Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel. He declined, saying that as a scientist trained to deal with objective facts, he lacked the aptitude and experience to deal with people.

The B-52 bomber, prototyped in 1952, is planned to remain in service until at least 2040.

The first rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball of 1952 at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, was also the first rock and roll concert to be shut down by the local authorities.

Avolcano emerged in a cornfield in 1943, namedParicutín,inMichoacán, Mexico. By the time it went dormant in 1952,three people had lost their lives and hundreds relocated, while two towns were buried by lava and three others heavily affected. The volcano is still quiet today and is now a tourist attraction.

George Stephen designed and sold the first Weber Grill in 1952.

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Albert Gunton was a London city double-decker bus driver who found himself driving his route crossing Tower Bridge when the bridge began to rise to allow a ship to pass. He accelerated and jumped the gap, and was awarded £10 for his bravery. Sadly, no smartphones existed at the time to record the event.

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American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, premiered on a Philadelphia TV Station on October 7, 1952, with DJ Bob Horn serving as host.

Aman wrote toThe Philadelphia Inquirerto tell them that they had spelled his name wrong in a recent column; it was “Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff,” not “Wolfeschlegelsteinhasenbergerdorff.”

On May 2, the first commercial passenger jet flew from London to Johannesburg, inaugurating the age of jet travel. The trip carried 32 passengers and stopped 5 times en route.

Kent sold cigarettes with an asbestos filter claiming it was healthier than regular smoking. #itwasnt

Over 200 passengers were trapped for days on a train at Donner Pass above Lake Tahoe in a massive blizzard in the California Sierra when their train hit a snowbank. Two rescuers died trying to reach them. All passengers survived.

The United Kingdom successfully conducted a nuclear test to become the world’s third nuclear power on October 3, 1952.

The US Supreme Court handed down a decision in 1915 which established that free speech did not extend to motion pictures because they were not a form of art but just a business. It was overturned in 1952

1st appearances & 1952’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Mr. Potato Head (Mr. PH was the first toy advertised on American TV), Slinky Dog, PEZ candy dispensers*
*originally released in Europe starting in 1927 and the only ‘real’ human heads (For Regular Public Consumption) were Paul Revere, Daniel Boone, Santa Clause, and Betsy RossNobel Prize Winners:
Physics–Felix Bloch,Edward Mills Purcell
Chemistry–Archer John Porter Martin,Richard Laurence Millington Synge
Medicine–Selman Abraham Waksman
Literature–François Mauriac
Peace–Albert SchweitzerBest Film Oscar Winner:
An American in Paris (presented in 1952)Broadway Show:
The Seven Year Itch(Play) Opened on November 20, 1952, and Closed: August 13, 1955Popular and Notable Books From 1952:
The Caine Mutinyby Herman Wouk
The Catcher in the Ryeby J.D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Webby E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treaderby C.S. Lewis
East of Edenby John Steinbeck
Giantby Edna Ferber
The Gown of Gloryby Agnes Sligh Turnbull
The Houses in Betweenby Howard Spring
Invisible Manby Ralph Ellison
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raftby Thor Heyerdahl
My Cousin Rachelby Daphne du Maurier
The Old Man and the Seaby Ernest Hemingway
The Power of Positive Thinkingby Norman Vincent Peale
The Saracen Bladeby Frank Yerby
The Silver Chaliceby Thomas B. Costain
Steamboat Gothicby Frances Parkinson Keyes1952 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
3. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
4. Dragnet (NBC)
5. Texaco Star Theatre (NBC)
6. The Buick Circus Hour (NBC)
7. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
8. Gangbusters (NBC)
9. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
10. Fireside Theatre (NBC)

1952 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 29, 1951 – March 14, 1952:
Cry – Johnny Ray

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March 15 – May 16:
Wheel of Fortune – Kay Starr

May 17 – June 20:
Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson

June 21 – July 4:
Here in My Heart – Al Martino

July 5 – July 11:
Delicado – Percy Faith & his Orchestra

July 12 – September 12:
Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart – Vera Lynn

September 13 – October 17:
You Belong to Me – Jo Stafford

October 18 – November 21:
I Went To Your Wedding – Patti Page

November 22 – November 28:
It’s In The Book – Johnny Standley

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November 29 – December 26:
Why Don’t You Believe Me – Joni James

December 27, 1952 – January 9, 1953:
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd

Sports:
World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Detroit Lions
NBA Champions: Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Julius Boros
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions: Georgia Tech & Michigan State
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kansas
Kentucky Derby: Hill Gail

FAQs

What was special about the Year 1952? ›

MAJOR EVENTS:

U.S. begins construction of first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus. U.S. detonates world's first hydrogen bomb. Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Richard Nixon defends himself against charges of maintaining a secret slush fund in his "Checkers" speech, broadcast on national television.

What things were invented in 1952? ›

The airbag, which is essential today for car safety purposes, was invented in 1952. Polio was to be combatted with the help of vaccination, which was used for the first time in 1952. Roll-on deodorants are an invention that can be traced back to 1952. Hovercraft did not exist before 1952.

What was invented in 1962? ›

Telstar was launched as the first working communications satellite. The light-emitting diode (LED) invented Nick Holonyak while working for General Electric. Glenn Bell's first Taco Bell opened in Downey, California. The first computer video game , Spacewar, was invented.

What movies came out 1952? ›

Feature Film, Released between 1952-01-01 and 1952-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Monkey Business (1952) Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi. ...
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952) ...
  • High Noon (1952) ...
  • Clash by Night (1952) ...
  • The Quiet Man (1952) ...
  • Ikiru (1952) ...
  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) ...
  • Angels One Five (1952)

What happened in the US in 1952? ›

1952 United States presidential election: Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democratic Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson (correctly predicted by the UNIVAC computer). The Constitution Party nominates candidates. The U.S. National Security Agency is founded.

What new technology came out in the 1950s? ›

Featured inventions include: the transistor radio, Sputnik, the flight data recorder, the Breath-a-Lyzer, and the hovercraft.

What invention became very popular in the 1950s? ›

In the postwar America of the 1950s, many changes for consumers were afoot. New on the scene in this decade: credit cards, power steering, diet soft drinks, music synthesizers, and transistor radios. The baby boom generation made hula hoops a craze, and the Barbie doll began her decades-long, ageless run.

What big event happened in 1962? ›

World Events

Cuban Missile Crisis: USSR to build missile bases in Cuba; Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade after Russia backs down (Aug. -Nov.). Pope John XXIII opens Second Vatican Council (Oct. 11).

What was trending in 1962? ›

What happened in 1962 Major News Stories include Telstar first live trans-Atlantic television signal, First Beatles single "Love Me Do" released, Oral Polio Vaccine used to combat Polio, Marilyn Monroe is found dead, Cuban Missile Crisis takes world to brink of war, John H.

What was the number 1 movie in 1952? ›

The Greatest Show on Earth

What's the highest grossing movie in 1952? ›

The Greatest Show on Earth

What was the number one movie in 1953? ›

Peter Pan

What was the fashion in 1952? ›

Vintage 1952 Fashions Dresses, Suits, Skirts, Shirts, Coats, Slacks and Blouses. Barber pole stripes with new wing collar, Gibson girl sleeves. Flared cuffs, links. Colors come in white and red, white and green or white and purple.

Was there a war in 1952? ›

On 25 October armistice negotiations were resumed at the new site of Panmunjom. Second Korean Winter, 28 November 1951 - 30 April 1952.
...
Korean War Campaigns.
UN Defensive27 June-15 September 1950
Korea, Summer-Fall 19521 May-30 November 1952
Third Korean Winter1 December 1952-30 April 1953
Korea, Summer 19531 May-27 July 1953
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Who ran for president in 1952? ›

1952 United States presidential election
NomineeDwight D. EisenhowerAdlai Stevenson II
PartyRepublicanDemocratic
Home stateNew YorkIllinois
Running mateRichard NixonJohn Sparkman
Electoral vote44289
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What foods were invented in the 1950s? ›

The demand for convenience was strong in the 1950's and this drove the creation of many food innovations.
  • 1950. Minute Rice. ...
  • 1951. Ore Ida Foods (frozen potato products) ...
  • 1952. Kraft Cheese Wiz. ...
  • 1953. Eggo Frozen Waffles. ...
  • 1954. General Mills Trix. ...
  • 1955. Kellogg's Special K cereal. ...
  • 1956. Imperial Margarine.
  • 1957.
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What was cool in the 1950s? ›

Ten Trends from the Fabulous Fifties
  • Soda Fountains. If you wanted a cold, refreshing drink or ice cream back in the 50s, soda fountains were the new answer. ...
  • Poodle Skirts. ...
  • Sock Hops. ...
  • The Conical Bra. ...
  • Sideburns. ...
  • Drive-In Theaters. ...
  • Coonskin Caps. ...
  • Hula Hoop.

What was the most important new idea from the 1950s? ›

Many people have looked back at the 50s as a golden era, a time period in which the quality of life drastically improved.
  • The Barcode. ...
  • The Hovercraft or Air-Cushion Vehicle. ...
  • The Passenger Jet. ...
  • Fortran: The Computer Programming Language. ...
  • Solar Cell. ...
  • The Microchip. ...
  • The Modem. ...
  • The Credit Card.
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What was the most important technology in the 1950s? ›

Top Inventions of the 1950s
  • 1951. Super glue was invented. ...
  • 1952. Mr. ...
  • 1953. Radial tires were invented. ...
  • 1954. “The pill” oral contraceptive was invented. ...
  • 1956. The first computer hard disk was used. ...
  • 1958. The computer modem was invented. ...
  • 1959. Wilson Greatbatch invented the internal pacemaker.
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What was happening in science in the 1950s? ›

Scientific advances were made in a range of disciplines, from geology to genetics. New products were developed, from photocopy machines to oral contraceptive birth control pills, long-playing records (LPs) to Liquid Paper. The earliest video game was even invented in 1958!

What was entertainment like in the 1950s? ›

Television and drive in movies became popular in the 1950s. Shows like "I love Lucy," "Mickey Mouse Club," and "The Twilight Zone" were among the most watched television shows. Popular sports were football and baseball, which could be played and watched on TV. Other activities were Frisbee and hula hooping.

How much was a pint of milk in 1962? ›

How much did things cost in 1962?
1962 priceInflation adjusted
20 cigarettes4s 6d£3.70
Pint of milk8½d58p
19" Ekco black & white TV (Currys)67 guineas£1,100
Bush TR104 personal transistor radio£15 4s 6d£250
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What was the top song in 1962? ›

Stranger on the Shore

What year was the Cuban crisis? ›

What happened September 1962 Cold war? ›

The Cuban missile crisis was a major confrontation in 1962 that brought the United States and the Soviet Union close to war over the presence of Soviet nuclear-armed ballistic missiles in Cuba.

What was founded on March 21 1962? ›

On March 21, 1962, Glen Bell opened the very first Taco Bell restaurant. Celebrate our 50 Years of Firsts and scroll down our timeline to discover where the first Taco Bell was founded!

What was the best selling car in 1962? ›

1962: Lincoln Continental

A giant on the road and in U.S. history, the Lincoln Continental was a cushy ride and sold well despite a hefty price for the time.

How much did a new car cost in 1962? ›

$22,744.00

What was happening in March 1962? ›

Heavy winds and rain coincided with a perigean spring tide, when a new Moon occurred when the Moon was making its closest approach to the Earth. The combined tugging of Moon and Sun made the tides higher than normal. Forty people were killed and $500,000,000 of damage was incurred.

What happened in the U.S. in 1952? ›

1952 United States presidential election: Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democratic Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson (correctly predicted by the UNIVAC computer). The Constitution Party nominates candidates. The U.S. National Security Agency is founded.

Was there a war in 1952? ›

On 25 October armistice negotiations were resumed at the new site of Panmunjom. Second Korean Winter, 28 November 1951 - 30 April 1952.
...
Korean War Campaigns.
UN Defensive27 June-15 September 1950
Korea, Summer-Fall 19521 May-30 November 1952
Third Korean Winter1 December 1952-30 April 1953
Korea, Summer 19531 May-27 July 1953
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Was there a leap year in 1952? ›

1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1952nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 952nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 52nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1950s decade.

How old is someone who was born in 1952? ›

So, if you were born in 1952, your current age is 70 years.

What was the fashion in 1952? ›

Vintage 1952 Fashions Dresses, Suits, Skirts, Shirts, Coats, Slacks and Blouses. Barber pole stripes with new wing collar, Gibson girl sleeves. Flared cuffs, links. Colors come in white and red, white and green or white and purple.

Who ran for president in 1952? ›

1952 United States presidential election
NomineeDwight D. EisenhowerAdlai Stevenson II
PartyRepublicanDemocratic
Home stateNew YorkIllinois
Running mateRichard NixonJohn Sparkman
Electoral vote44289
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Who was president of the United States in 1952? ›

Eisenhower. Bringing to the Presidency his prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower obtained a truce in Korea and worked incessantly during his two terms (1953-1961) to ease the tensions of the Cold War.

What was the Red Scare? ›

A Red Scare is the promotion of a widespread fear of a potential rise of communism, anarchism or other leftist ideologies by a society or state.

What happened in 1952 during the Korean war? ›

April 11, 1952: Truman relieves Eisenhower of command so he can run for President. June 1952: Washington authorizes bombing Korean power plants on the Yalu river. July 11, 1952: US air attack on Pyongyang.

Who Started Cold War? ›

As World War II transformed both the United States and the USSR, turning the nations into formidable world powers, competition between the two increased. Following the defeat of the Axis powers, an ideological and political rivalry between the United States and the USSR gave way to the start of the Cold War.

What years have the same calendar as 1952? ›

1952 is a leap year, so 1952 + 28 = 1980 will be the same year for the year 1952. Thus, the calendar of 1952 is similar to 1980. Hence, 1980 is the correct answer.

Is 2022 a leap year? ›

Why 2022 isn't a leap year. The last leap year was 2020. So 2024 will be our next leap year, a 366-day-long year, with an extra day added to our calendar (February 29). We'll call that extra day a leap day.

What happens if you are born on a leap year? ›

Someone born on Leap Day typically celebrates birthdays on Feb. 28 or March 1 and uses one of those dates for identification and important documents. A common year has 365 days on the calendar while a leap year boasts that extra day.

How old are you if born in 1942? ›

So, if you were born in 1942, your current age is 80 years.

How old would I be if I was born in 54? ›

So, if you were born in 1954, your current age is 68 years.

How old would I be if I was born in 1950? ›

So, if you were born in 1950, your current age is 72 years.

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