1952 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

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:
Montgomery Clift

“The Quotes:”
“Lucy, I’m home!”
– Ricky Ricardo, played by Dezi Arnez

“They’re gr-r-r-eat! ”
Tony The Tiger, voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft

Finger-lickin’ good!
– Kentucky Fried Chicken

Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year:
Queen Elizabeth II

Miss America:
Colleen Hutchins (Salt Lake City, UT)

Miss USA:
Jackie Loughery (New York)

The Scandal:
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.

Pop Culture History:
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.

The United Kingdom successfully conducted a nuclear test to become the world’s third nuclear power on October 3, 1952

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)

Broadway Show – The Seven Year Itch (Play) Opened on November 20, 1952 and Closed: August 13, 1955

Popular and Notable Books From 1952:
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Giant by Edna Ferber
The Gown of Glory by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
The Houses in Between by Howard Spring
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by Thor Heyerdahl
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
The Saracen Blade by Frank Yerby
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain
Steamboat Gothic by Frances Parkinson Keyes

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

Sports:
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

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