1952 Fun Facts, Trivia and History
Top Ten Baby Names of 1952:
Linda, Mary, Patricia, Deborah, Susan, James, Robert, John, Michael, David
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Martine Carol, Dorothy Dandridge, Doris Day, Diana Dors, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Eartha Kitt, Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner
Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
“Lucy, I’m home!”
– Ricky Ricardo, played by Dezi Arnez
“They’re gr-r-r-eat! ”
Tony The Tiger, voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft
– Kentucky Fried Chicken
Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year:
Queen Elizabeth II
Colleen Hutchins (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jackie Loughery (New York)
Area 51, if it existed at 37°14’20 N 115°48’58 W (37.239, -115.816), in southern Nevada, would have been started this year.
French writer, Alfred Sauvy, invented the term “Third World” to describe the vast stretches of Africa, Asia, and Latin America whose citizens lived in dire poverty.
Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver recieved the first patents for optical bar codes on October 7.
Les Paul started selling his classic electric guitar.
Season Two of ‘I Love Lucy’ included the most popular and remembered skit from the show – Lucy selling (and drinking) Vitameatavegamin. It had the ingredients you might expect – viatimns, meat, veggies and minerals. It also had a high (23%) alcohol content.
1952 was the year that Tony the Tiger started telling people that Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes were “Gr-r-reat!” Thurl Ravenscroft is best know for supplying the voice of Tony. Thurl was the guy who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” in the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas TV special(1966), although many people mistakenly think it was narrator Boris Karloff.
George Stephen designed and sold the first Weber Grill in 1952.
American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, premiered on a Philadelphia TV Station on October 7, 1952 with DJ Bob Horn serving as host.
On May 2, the first commercial passenger jet flew from London to Johanesburg, inaugurating the age of jet travel. The trip carried 32 passengers and stopped 5 times en route.
1st appearances & 1952’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Mr. Potato Head (Mr PH was the first toy advertised on American TV) , Slinky Dog, PEZ candy dispensers*
*originally released in Europe starting in 1927 and the only ‘real’ human heads (For Regular Public Consumption) were Paul Revere, Daniel Boone, Santa Clause and Betsy Ross
Best Film Oscar Winner:
An American in Paris (presented in 1952)
1952 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
3. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
4. Dragnet (NBC)
5. Texaco Star theatre (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)
1952 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 29, 1951 – March 14, 1952:
Cry – Johnny Ray
March 15 – May 16:
Wheel of Fortune – Kay Starr
May 17 – June 20:
Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson
June 21 – July 4:
Here in My Heart – Al Martino
July 5 – July 11:
Delicado – Percy Faith & his Orchestra
July 12 – September 12:
Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart – Vera Lynn
September 13 – October 17:
You Belong to Me – Jo Stafford
October 18 – November 21:
I Went To Your Wedding – Patti Page
November 22 – November 28:
It’s In The Book – Johnny Standley
November 29 – December 26:
Why Don’t You Believe Me – Joni James
December 27, 1952 – January 9, 1953:
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd
World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Detroit Lions
NBA Champions: Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Julius Boros
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions: Georgia Tech & Michigan State
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kansas
Kentucky Derby: Hill Gail