NEWS AT HOME IN 1952
Life expectancy: 68.8 years
Average yearly income: $3,890
Federal hourly minimum wage: $.75
NEWS ABROAD IN 1952
From December 5 to December 9, 1952, a thick fog settled on London. This fog mixed with trapped black smoke created a deadly layer of smog. Although there was no great panic at the time, the smog proved deadly. In the five days it hovered over London, the smog killed 4,000 people. In the following weeks, another 8,000 people died from exposure to the Great Smog of 1952.
COMMERCE OF 1952
The typical U.S. grocery store now carries about 4,000 different items, up from about 870 in 1928.By the mid-1960s the grocery will be a supermarket carrying some 8,000 items.
The DeHavilland Comet, a commercial jet aircraft, made its debut. Twenty-one of this first model were built. Seven of them crashed due to a kind of metal fatigue that the designers had not considered.
ENTERTAINMENT IN 1952
Ernest Hemingway, a heavyweight in American literature, publishes The Old Man in the Sea.
Norman Vincent Peale, publishes his most popular book, The Power of Positive Thinking; and it sells more than 20 million copies in 41 languages.
Over 2,000 new TV Stations opened across the US. TV has become so popular that between 1948-1952 film profits dropped by $500 million.
Guiding Light, currently the longest running drama in broadcasting history, premiered on TV after being a staple on radio since 1937.
TV first acknowledges pregnancy on I Love Lucy.
The Honeymooners debuts on CBS.
Television’s first magazine-format program, the Today show, debuts on NBC.
ACADEMY AWARDS OF 1952
- PICTURE: The Greatest Show on Earth, Cecil B. DeMille, Producer
- ACTOR: Gary Cooper, High Noon
- ACTRESS: Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba
- SONG: High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin') from High Noon; Music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Ned Washington
MOST POPULAR FILMS OF 1952
1. Singin' in the Rain. A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly; With: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
2. Room for One More
Norman Taurog; With: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle
3. High Noon
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.
Dir: Fred Zinnemann; With: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell
Kanji Watanabe is a long time bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing.
Dir: Akira Kurosawa; With: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Drama
5. Blackbeard, the Pirate
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
Dir: Raoul Walsh: With: Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix
6. The Quiet Man
A retired American Boxer returns to the Irish village where he was born and finds love.
Dir: John Ford; With: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald
7. The Greatest Show on Earth
The film tells about the dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.
Dir: Cecil B. DeMille; With james Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton
8. Monkey Business
Baraaby Fulton is a research chemist working on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. He tries a sample dose on himself.
Dir: Howard Hawks; With: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe
A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Dir: Charles Chaplin; With Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce
10. Viva Zapata!
The film is the story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th Century.
Dir: Elia Kazan; With Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn
TOP TV SHOWS OF 1952
(October, 1952 to APRIL, 19530)
TOP 10 SONGS OF 1952
(Songs listed are from rock and roll and related genres. These songs are ranked based on their intitial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of rock and related genres. Songs are listed strictly in the year that they were originally released in.)
HIT PARADE SONGS OF 1952
(Songs are the overall best sellers for the calendar year as tabulated by Cash Box magazine.)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OF 1952
1952 MLB AWARDS AND HONORS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
THE SPORTING NEWS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Robin Roberts, Philadelphia Phillies
THE SPORTING NEWS MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Eddie Stanky, St. Louis Cardinals
1952 MLB STATISTICAL LEADERS
1952 MBL WORLD SERIES
The 1952 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees beating the Brooklyn Dodgers in seven games. The Yankees won their fourth straight, manager Casey Stengel became the second manager in Major League history with four (4) consecutive championships. Joe McCarthy was the first from 1936- 1939. It was the fifteenth championship in the Yankees' history, and the third defeat of the Dodgers in six years.
In Game 7, the Yankees' second basemanBilly Martin made a game-saving catch. Also, the home run hit by Mickey Mantle during the eighth inning of Game 6 was significant because it was the first of his record eighteen (18) career World Series home runs.
IMPORTANT FOOTBALL OF 1952
1952 CHICAGO PREP BOWL: Mount Carmel 27, Austin 19
1952 NFL STATISTICAL LEADERS
1952 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Detroit Lions won their first NFL championship in 17 years, defeating the Browns 17-7 in the title game, December 28.
1952 NFL PROBOWL
OTHER 1952 NFL NEWS
Ted Collins sold the New York Yanks' franchise back to the NFL. A new franchise was awarded to a group in Dallas after it purchased the assets of the Yanks. The new Texans went 1-11, with the owners turning the franchise back to the league in midseason. For the last five games of the season, the commissioner's office operated the Texans as a road team, using Hershey, Pennsylvania, as a home base. At the end of the season the franchise was canceled, the last time an NFL team failed.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF 1952
NBA CHAMPIONSHIP: Minneapolis Lakers over the New York Knicks, 4 - 1.
New York had learned from past experience that it would not be easy to beat Minneapolis without the homecourt advantage. But with the 2-3-2 format in place, New York figured it could win if it could somehow take one of the first two games in Minneapolis. The Knicks got their win in Game 1, 96-88, and seemed poised to take control.
But George Mikan, who had played in New York many times while in college, and the Lakers had other ideas. The Lakers took all three in New York, two in convincing fashion, to put to rest the homecourt advantage--at least for this series.
1952 NBA ALL STAR GAME
OTHER 1952 NBA NEWS
Neil Johnston, a 6-8 hook-shooting center, won the first of his three straight league scoring titles, while last year's champion, Paul Arizin, spent the first of two years in the military.
Boston was coming of age with the exciting backcourt of Bob Cousy and sweet-shooting Bill Sharman, but they couldn't get by the Knicks, who had a host of good players that played together to overcome their height deficiencies.
ADDITIONAL SPORTS' NEWS OF 1952
1952 AUTO RACING
1952 BOXING: Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
1952 WORLD FIGURE SKATING
1952 MEN'S GOLF
1952 WOMEN'S GOLF: US Women's Open, Louise Suggs
1952 TRIPLE CROWN THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING
1952 ICE HOCKEY
1952 MEN'S OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
1952 WOMEN'S OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
1952 MEN'S GRAND SLAM TENNIS
1952 WOMEN'S GRAND SLAM TENNIS
* Maureen Connolly becomes the youngest woman to win the U.S. Open in tennis.