1952 Events & Facts

What Happened in 1952?


  • Dwight Eisenhower elected President over Adlai Stevenson by wide margin; Republicans gain control of White House and both houses of Congress
  • Korean conflict continues as truce attempts fail
  • Princess Elizabeth of Britain coronated queen upon the death of her father, King George VI
  • 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
  • Violent protests erupt in Egypt
  • Britain develops atomic bomb


  • Green-tinted chlorophyll becomes a popular aulitive to a variety of food and medicinal products as a breath aid (a benefit soon to be disputed by many doctors and scientists)
  • The first Chevrolet Corvette prototype was completed


  • First contraceptive pill developed
  • Dr. Jonas Salk develops polio vaccine


  • World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-3
  • Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland
  • John Cobb sets a water speed record of 206.89 m.p.h. on Loch Ness, Scotland; is killed in process


  • Movies: Limelight, High Noon, The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Songs: It Takes Two to Tango, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Wheel of Fortune
  • TV Shows: Our Miss Brooks, Jackie Gleason Show, I Love Lucy, Dina Shore, Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
  • Books: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway; East of Eden, John Steinbeck; The Grass Harp, Truman Capote; The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
  • Revised Standard Version of the Bible published


  • 1952 presidential campaigns are the first to be broadcast on television
  • Microwave ovens made available for domestic use; first models are the size of refrigerators and cost over $1,200
  • Average Cost of new house $9.050
  • The popular Mr. Potato Head toy is first sold



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