1952 in history

1952 events chronologically

Jan 14 NBC's long-running morning news program Today debuts, with host Dave Garroway
Jan 26 Black Saturday in Egypt: rioters burn Cairo's central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses
Feb 6 Elizabeth II becomes queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya
Feb 8 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom
Feb 15 King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
Feb 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
Feb 21 The Bengali Language Movement protests occur at the University of Dhaka in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

Top 7 most famous people born in 1952

Feb 2 Park Geun-hye the eleventh and current President of South Korea. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea and is serving the 18th presidential term. She also is the first woman head of state in the modern history of Northeast Asia. Prior to her presidency, she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party between 2004 and 2006 and between 2011 and 2012. Park was also a member of the Korean National Assembly and served four complete consecutive parliamentary terms as a constituency representative between 1998 and 2012; she started her fifth term as a proportional representative in June 2012. Her father was Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979. She is generally considered to be one of the most influential politicians in South Korea since the presidencies of the two Kims: Kim Young-sam and Kim Dae-jung
Mar 11 Douglas Adams an English writer, humorist, and dramatist.
Jun 7 Orhan Pamuk a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has sold over eleven million books in sixty languages, making him the country's best-selling writer
Jun 9 Yousaf Raza Gillani a Pakistani politician who served as the 16th Prime minister of Pakistan from 25 March 2008 until his retroactive disqualification and ouster by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 26 April 2012. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the central executive committee of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Sep 25 Christopher Reeve an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture portrayal of the comic book superhero Superman
Oct 7 Vladimir Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During his last term as Prime Minister, he was also the Chairman of United Russia, the ruling party
Nov 7 David Petraeus a retired American military officer and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus was a highly decorated four-star general, serving over 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan from July 4, 2010, to July 18, 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq

Top 7 most famous people died in 1952

Feb 6 George VI King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth
Feb 19 Knut Hamsun a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to the subject, perspective and environment. He published more than 20 novels, a collection of poetry, some short stories and plays, a travelogue, and some essays
Mar 9 Alexandra Kollontai a Russian Communist revolutionary, first as a member of the Mensheviks, then from 1914 on as a Bolshevik. In 1923, Kollontai was appointed Soviet Ambassador to Norway, one of the first women to hold such a post
May 6 Maria Montessori an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in some public and private schools throughout the world
Jun 1 John Dewey an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the founders of functional psychology. A well-known public intellectual, he was also a major voice of progressive education and liberalism. Although Dewey is known best for his publications about education, he also wrote about many other topics, including epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, art, logic, social theory, and ethics
Jun 17 Jack Parsons (rocket engineer) an American rocket engineer, chemical engineer, inventor, and Thelemite occultist. Parsons was associated with the California Institute of Technology , and was one of the principal founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. He pioneered the advancement of both liquid and solid-fuel rockets, including through inventing the first castable, composite solid rocket propellant
Jul 26 Eva Perón the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is usually referred to as Eva Perón , or by the affectionate Spanish language diminutive Evita