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The year 1952 was a year
of many firsts and advances in technology such as the first VHS video tape.
Puerto Rico became the first US Commonwealth and the first 3-D movies were
shown to the public. The Old Man and the Sea, a novella by Ernest Hemingway is
published. The year 1952 brought many new things in to American society.
Annual Academy Awards
Bandstand debuts in January on ABC network stations. Dick Clark, hosted
the show for more than 25 years.
Today Show premiers January 14 on NBC television stations with Dave
Garroway as host of the 2-hour morning news and interview show. They work at
a street-level studio with a window facing New York’s Rockefeller
Center street traffic. The show even has a chimp, J. Fred Muggs to encourage
children to watch.
- After being released from
jail in February, Malcolm
X joins U.S. Black Muslim leader Elijah Mohammed. he had been in
jail for six years.
Elizabeth accepted the throne of England on June 2, 1953, her coronation
day. To many she was the greatest Queen of England. Elizabeth was married to
Prince Philip, who rode beside her, dressed in a naval uniform.
McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act passed despite President
Truman's veto, and became a law June 27. It removed the ban on Asian and
African immigrants to the United States and allows spouses and children to
enter as non quota immigrants.
United States leaves New York on July 3. Her first transatlantic
voyage sets a new record. She can 1,750 passengers, and makes the
voyage of 2,949 nautical miles in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes, averaging
35.59 knots per hour (more than 40 mph).
Noon premiers on July 24, it is praised highly by the critics as one of
the greatest western movies ever made.
Rico becomes the first US Commonwealth when they accept a new
constitution on July 25. The Puerto Ricans obtains all rights of US
citizenship except paying taxes and voting in federal elections.
Sedgman wins in men’s singles at Wimbledon
in June and Forest Hills
in August now known as the US Open, Maureen
Connolly in women’s singles.
- On August 1 The first Holiday
Inn opens on U.S. Highway 70 in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a new kind of
motel with a swimming pool, air conditioning and a television set in every
room, ice, baby cribs, and children under 12 stay free with their parents.
It also has free kennels and dog food for family pets.
Olympic Games at Helsinki in
August draws 5,867 contestants from 69 countries. Bob Mathias, wins the
decathlon and US athletes wins the most medals.
- Richard Nixon makes his
Speech on September 23. 56 million people watch it.
- In a subway series
the New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 2 at the World
Series on October 7, 1952.
- The first 3-D
movies are presented to the public.
- Juvenile Charlotte’s
Web by E.
B. White is published.
- More than 50,000 people
are infected with polio. U.S. microbiologist Jonas
Edward Salk tests a vaccine against polio.
- Two American inventors,
John Multin and Wayne Johnson, showed the first VHS videotape in Hollywood,
California, bringing in a new and exciting period for the worldwide
entertainment industry. VHS soon became the standard for video recording.
Sugar Frosted Flakes, is 29% sugar, were introduced by Kellogg Co.
- "A Mask for Janus,"
a poem written by 25 year old American poet W.
S. Merwin, was published in Yale and took the country by storm.
not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan
Thomas, who was losing his eyesight has inspired him to pen, "Rage,
rage against the dying of the light."
- U.S. meteorologists set
up the first weather station in the Arctic, at Ice
Best Picture: The
Greatest Show on Earth
Best Actress: Shirley
Booth in Come Back Little Sheba
Best Actor: Gary
Cooper in High Noon
Best Drama: Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC)
Best Comedy: I Love Lucy (CBS)
1957 1958 1959