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Major Events of 1952

1952 (Roman Numerals: MCMLII) was the 52nd year of the 20th century. 1952 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1952.
News Events of 1952

First British atom bomb test.

Atomic Bomb

US military occupation of Japan ends.

US test first Hydrogen bomb.

Agatha Christie's play, The Mousetrap, opens in London, England. It will eventually become the longest continuously running play in history.

Thomas J. Watson, Jr. becomes President of IBM.

British monarch, King George VI dies.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes British Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II

First use of a mechanical heart in a human heart transplant operation.

First successful sexual reassignment operation on a transsexual.

First successful surgical separation of Siamese twins.

Volga-Don Canal opens, allowing navigation between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.

B-52 Stratofortress flies for the first time.


Fulgencio Batista leaders a successful coup in Cuba and appoints himself President.

European Coal and Steel Community (forerunner of the European Union) established.

B-52 Stratofortress flies for the first time.


Sports in 1952
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1952 Summer Olympics (Games of the XV Olympiad): Helsinki, Finland

    • 1952 Winter Olympics (V Olympic Winter Games): Oslo, Norway

  • Baseball:

    1952 World Series

    • Winning Team: New York Yankees

    • Losing Team: Brooklyn Dodgers

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