Today in History for February 1952

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 27 of 27

1st - General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia
1st - SN Behrman's "Jane," premieres in NYC
2nd - B. B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit
4th - 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)
6th - Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne
8th - "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day," debuts on NBC TV
8th - Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom
13th - Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win
14th - 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
15th - King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky MarcianoHeavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano 16th - Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33
16th - Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
18th - 4th Emmy Awards: Red Skelton, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca win
19th - French offensive at Hanoi
20th - "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in NYC
20th - 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
21st - Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
21st - Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead 24th - Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
25th - 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
26th - Neth-Indonesian Unity conference
26th - PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
29th - Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
29th - Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER
29th - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
29th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 29th - The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 59 of 59

1st - Rick James, [James Johnson], rock/soul/funk vocalist (Super Freak)
2nd - Simon MacCorkindale, Cambridge Engl, actor (Jaws 3, MacBeth) [or 2/12]
2nd - Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
3rd - Fred Lynn, Chicago, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore)
3rd - Jack Fields, (Rep-R-TX, 1981- )
4th - Jerry Shirley, rock drummer (Humble Pie-Hot N Nasty, Eat It)
4th - Lisa Eichhorn, Reading Pa, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks)
4th - Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
5th - Daniel Balavoine, French singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
6th - Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Oly-96)
6th - Ricardo Lavolpe, Argentine football coach
7th - Vasco Rossi, Italian singer
8th - Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
8th - Nancy Lord, Libertarian VP candidate (1992)
9th - Danny White, quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
9th - Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
10th - Mike Varty, NFLer
10th - Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
12th - Salvador Pineda, Mexico City, doctor
12th - Michael McDonald, St Louis, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers)
13th - David Puilum Choi, Hong Kong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
13th - Ed Gagliardi, NYC, rock bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice)
13th - Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
14th - Nancy Keenan, current NARAL president
16th - James Ingram, Akron, Ohio, American vocalist (Just Once)
16th - Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
17th - Guillermo Vilas, tennis player (1977 US Open)
17th - Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
17th - Karin Janz, East German gymnast
18th - Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], Virginia, vocalist (Angel of the Morning)
18th - Veronica "Randy" Crawford, US vocalist (One Day I'll Fly Away)
19th - Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexico, PHD/astronaut (STS 23)
19th - Amy Tan, American novelist
20th - Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20
21st - Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
22nd - James Philip Bagian, Philadelphia, MDPE/astronaut (STS 29, STS 40)
22nd - Wayne John Levi, Little Falls NY, PGA golfer (1983 Buick Open)
22nd - Bill Frist, American politician
23rd - Brad Whitford, Mass, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Jamie Got a Gun)
24th - Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner
24th - Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Oly-silv-1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
25th - James A Barcia, (Rep-D-Michigan)
25th - Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
25th - Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
25th - Inger Segelström, Swedish politician
27th - Dwight Elmo Jones, Houston Texas, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972)
27th - Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause)
27th - Kevin Raleigh, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band)
27th - Stathis Psaltis, Greek actor
28th - Cristina Raines, [Tina Herazo], Manila Phil, actress (Sentinel)
28th - Eddie Manion, saxophonist
28th - Jennie Lynn, San Diego California, actress (Love & Marriage)
28th - Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
28th - William Finn, American composer
29th - Bart Stupak, (Rep-D-Michigan)
29th - Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
29th - Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
29th - Tim[othy] Powers, Buffalo, New York, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare)
29th - Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

14th - Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller
Actress Elizabeth TaylorActress Elizabeth Taylor (21st) 21st - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to actor Michael Wilding (39)

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

Actress Gene TierneyActress Gene Tierney (28th) 28th - Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 13 of 13

2nd - Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
2nd - Johann Babtist Thaller, composer, dies at 79
5th - Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
6th - George VI, King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56
9th - Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
10th - Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1880)
13th - Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
13th - Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
14th - Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
16th - Knut [Pedersen] Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Wanders, Nobel 1920), dies
19th - Knut Hamsun, writer, dies at 92
19th - Lawrence Grant, actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
27th - Theodorus Pangalos, Greek general/dictator 1926, dies at 74

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