Events of the year 1952

Major Events of 1952

Czechoslovakia's Slansk executed for high treason
King George VI dies; Elizabeth crowned Queen
Mau Mau begin terrorist actions against British in Kenya
King Farouk abdicates
High Court declares Truman seizure of steel illegal
New immigration quotas
Revolt in Bolivia
Polio vaccine invented



NBA: Minneapolis Lakers vs. New York Knicks Series: 4-3
NCAA Football: Michigan State Record: 9-0-0
Heisman Trophy: Billy Vessels, oklahoma, HB points: 525
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Skins vs. Montreal Canadiens Series: 4-0
US Open Golf: Julius Boros Score: 281 Course: Northwood Club Location: Dallas, TX
World Series: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Series: 4-3

Academy Awards

Best Picture: "The Greatest Show on Earth"
Best Director: John Ford ... "The Quiet Man"
Best Actor: Gary Cooper ... "High Noon"
Best Actress: Shirley Booth ... "Come Back, Little Sheba"
Nobel Prizes


The prize was awarded jointly to: MARTIN, ARCHER JOHN PORTER, Great Britain, National Institute for Medical Research, London, b. 1910; and SYNGE, RICHARD LAURENCE MILLINGTON, Great Britain, Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn (Scotland), b. 1914, d. 1994: "for their invention of partition chromatography"


MAURIAC, FRANcOIS, France, b. 1885, d. 1970: "for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life"


SCHWEITZER, ALBERT, France, b. 1875, d. 1965: Missionary surgeon, Founder LambarŽnŽ Hospital in RŽpublique du Gabon.

Physiology or Medicine

WAKSMAN, SELMAN ABRAHAM, U.S.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, b. 1888, (in Priluka, Ukraine, Russia), d. 1973: "for his discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis"


The prize was awarded jointly to: BLOCH, FELIX, U.S.A., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, b. 1905 (in Zurich, Switzerland), d. 1983; and PURCELL, EDWARD MILLS, U.S.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, b. 1912, d. 1997: "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith"

Top Movies of 1952

1. The Greatest Show on Earth
2. Quo Vadis
3. Ivanhoe
4. The Snows of Kilimanjaro
5. Sailor Beware
6. The African Queen
7. Jumping Jacks
8. High Noon
9. Son of Paleface
10. Singin' in the Rain

Most Popular Books


1." The Silver Chalice"...Thomas B. Costain. Doubleday
2."The Caine Mutiny"... Herman Wouk, Doubleday
3."East of Eden"... John Steinbeck. Viking Press
4."My Cousin Rachel"...Daphne du Maurier. Doubleday
5."Steamboat Gothic"...Frances Parkinson Keyes. Messner
6."Giant"...Edna Ferber. Doubleday
7."The Old Man and the Sea"...Ernest Hemingway. Scribner
8."The Gown of Glory"... Agnes Sligh Turnbull. Houghton Mifflin
9."The Saracen Blade"...Frank Yerby. Dial Press
10."The Houses in Between"...Howard Spring. Harper


1."The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version"... Nelson
2."A Man Called Peter"...Catherine Marshall. McGraw-Hill
3."U.S.A. Confidential"... Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer. Crown
4."The Sea Around Us"...Rachel L. Carson. Oxford University Press
5."Tallulah, by Tallulah Bankhead. Harper
6."The Power of Positive Thinking"...Norman Vincent Peale. Prentice-Hall
7."This I Believe"... ed. by Edward P. Morgan; foreword by Edward R. Murrow. Simon & Schuster
8."This Is Ike"...ed. by Wilson Hicks. Holt
9."Witness"...Whittaker Chambers. Random House
10. "Mr. President"...William Hillman. Farrar, Straus & Young

Most Popular Television Shows

1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
3. Arthur Godfrey and His Freinds (CBS)
4. Dragnet (NBC)
5. Texaco Star Theater (NBC)
6. The Buick Circus Hour (NBC)
7. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
8. Gangbusters (NBC)
9. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
10. Fireside Theatre (NBC)