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Remembering 1952

The TV revolution gains strength in 1952, but the major advances are in International Relations.

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1952 RadioTime has a way of continually moving towards the future, and from the perspective of people living in the United States in 1952, that future seemed very bright indeed. Perhaps, the future seemed so incredibly bright because so many of saw it coming on television. Two out of three home had telephones in 1952, but somehow, the fact that there was a TV set in one out of three homes seemed more significant. In the last decade, the mass medium of Radio helped to unite us as a Nation to defeat the forces of tyranny. On April 7, for the first time more than 10 million homes had have their TVs tuned to watch the same thing, the 26th episode of the first season of I Love Lucy entitled "The Marriage License".

1952 Mr Potato Head

Viewers in 1952 also got to see the first toy advertised on TV, the Mr. Potato Head. One of the first advertising campaigns directly targeting kids launched with TV commercials on April 30. The original concept of Mr. Potato Head was a set of plastic body parts that kids could stick on a real potato to help build enthusiasm for eating vegetables. Hasbro did not include a plastic potato with the parts until 1964.

1952 Mechanical Heart

Beyond toys and TV, technology made some serious advances in both peace and war throughout 1952. One of the most exciting advances in medicine came in February when an artificial mechanical heart is used for the first time on a human patient. In September, Drs. C. Walton Lillehei and F. John Lewis at the University of Minnesota performed the first successful open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect using hypothermia.

Passenger jet service between London and Johannesburg began in May, and a passenger jet flies from London to New York and returned on the same day for the first time in August. Crossing the pond, the "old fashioned way" remained in style as the SS United States made her maiden voyage, crossing in three days, ten hours, and forty minutes with an average speed of 35.59 knots.

The first B-52 Stratofortress took its maiden flight over Boeing Field on April 15 and the keel for the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is laid down on June 14.

Great Britain announced that they developed an atomic bomb and the device was test detonated in the Montebello Islands off Western Australia during Operation Hurricane. Development of the hydrogen bomb by American scientist was accelerated after the Soviets detonated an atomic device in 1949. On November 1, the first hydrogen bomb was detonated during Operation Ivy at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Proving Grounds with a 10.4 megaton yield, 500 times as powerful as the "Fat Man" bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

1952 Stratofortress

The war in Korea was an important issue in the 1952 Presidential election, considering that the conflict has been a virtual stalemate since the summer of 1951. The Communist North with their Chinese supporters had a numerical superiority, but they were taking more casualties due to inferior equipment and logistics. At the end of November, President-elect Eisenhower traveled to Korea in answer to a campaign promise to see what could be done to bring the war to an end (once in office, he threatened to use atomic force is an armistice is not reached).

On a friendlier note, 1952 was also an Olympic year. The Winter Games were held in Oslo in February, and Germany and Japan made their return to Winter competition, although not without controversy. Anti-German sentiment still ran high in Norway after having been occupied by Nazi forces during the War, but the team was eventually welcomed. No athletes from East Germany participated because there was no unified German team. The Soviet Union was recognized by the IOC and had intended to send an ice hockey team, but failed to join the International Ice Hockey Federation in time. 

Early UK Nuclear Bomb

The Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland, would see the Olympic debut of teams from the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Israel, and Thailand. The Games were held from July 19 to August 3 and more Olympic and World Records would be broken than at any Games until the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

  • Tensions between East and West remained high, on January 8 there were 8 million refugees within the borders of West Germany. Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces on February 26 that the United Kingdom had the atomic bomb, Britain officially became the third member of the "Atomic Club" on October 3 when a 25 kiloton device detonated in Western Australia during "Operation Hurricane". U.S. scientists conducted "Operation Ivy" at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, detonating "Mike" on November 1, the first hydrogen bomb with a yield of 10.4 megatons.
  • SS United States 1952The War in Korea had been at a stalemate since the summer of 1951 despite continued heavy bombing of the North, negotiations for an armistice were underway but little progress was made.
  • American doctors used an artificial heart on a human patient for the first time on February 6. Collier's Weekly began a series of articles and features on March 22 under the heading "Man Will Conquer Space Soon!", the series was based on the vision of Dr. Wernher von Braun and his essay "Crossing the Last Frontier" led the feature.
  • The first flight of the B-52 Stratofortress took place from Boeing Field on April 15.
  • 1952 Olympic Winter GamesOn June 14, the keel for the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, was laid in Groton, Connecticut.
  • The liner SS United States made her first Atlantic Crossing, set a new speed record, on July 3. Dr. C. Walton Lillehei and Dr. F. John Lewis at the University of Minnesota Medical School performed the first successful open heart surgery on September
  • The first African American student was admitted to the University of Tennessee on January 12. Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl was translated in English on June 15.
  • According to the American Research Bureau, the I Love Lucy episode airing April 7, titled "The Marriage License", was the first television program to be watched in more than 10,000,000 homes.
  • The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie opens on London's West End on November 25, and had its 25,000th performance in 2012, the "initial run" continues today.
  • George VI of Great Britain died on February 6 after a long illness.  Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, is visiting Kenya with her husband and is declared Elizabeth II of England. Her coronation will be held on June 2, 1953.
  • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Oslo, Norway, from February 14-25. The Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland, from July 19 to August 3 was notable for having the highest number of World Records broken at single games until the Beijing Games in 2008.
  • Miss Universe 1952The Games were not Finland's only victory that summer, on June 29, Armi Kuusela of Finland was crowned the first Miss Universe, although she surrendered her crown on May 4, 1953, to marry Filipino businessman Virgilio Hilario whom she met while visiting the Philippines to help crown Miss Philippines 1953.
  • President Harry S. Truman announced on March 29 that he would not seek reelection. On November 4, Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson to become the 34th President of the United States. On November 29, the President-elect fulfilled a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to investigate what could be done to bring the conflict to an end.
  • Harley-Davidson introduces the KR 750 Flat Track Racing Motorcycle which dominated the sport for several years.
  • Bright Star, aka "The Irene Dunne-Fred MacMurray Show" launched in syndication by ZIV. NBC debuts Great Plays in June as an extension of the popular "NBC University" Series. The Big Show, Mr. District Attorney, Big Town, The Green Hornet, Mark Trail, and the radio version of The Guiding Light were off the air.

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    total playtime 24 hours, 27 min
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      56 shows - total playtime 24 hours 27 minutes
      1. aa520630 Kingfish Adopts A Great Dane From A Lodge Brother.mp3
      2. Action 80 520326 Project Swordfish-1st Atomic Sub.mp3
      3. Arthur Godfrey 520909 First Joke Is About A Clean Shirt.mp3
      4. Bergen McCarthy 521005 W 15th Radio Aniv. W R Clooney.mp3
      5. Bergen McCarthy 521100 Charlie Weds Marilyn Monroe.mp3
      6. Bing Crosby 520507 Bankhead.mp3
      7. Bing Crosby 520604 Judy Garland.mp3
      8. Bob Hope 520603 537 Jack Kirkwood Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
      9. Bob Hope 520610 538 Roy Rogers Dale Evans.mp3
      10. BV 520303 50 The Big KO.mp3
      11. C 4 Fbi 520611 E 08 American Kremlin.mp3
      12. Cisco Kid 521125 037 Murder At Cactus Vista.mp3
      13. Dragnet 520214 e140 Big Phone Call.mp3
      14. Escape 521102 155 Running Man.mp3
      15. Escape 521221 162 Man Who Liked Dickens.mp3
      16. FMM 520520 0699 At the Carnival.mp3
      17. GG 520130 430 Gildy Protects Hooker From Mona.mp3
      18. Grand Ole Opry 520322.mp3
      19. Green Hornet 521126 Gas House Ending.mp3
      20. Guest Star 520810 0281 Pledge.mp3
      21. Guns 521129 ep032 Kitty.mp3
      22. Harry Lime 520725 052 Greek Meets Greek.mp3
      23. Hollywood Star Playhouse 520907 29 The Tenth Planet.mp3
      24. I Confess 521017 Narcotics Case.mp3
      25. Inner Sanctum 521005 Death Pays Freight.mp3
      26. Jack Benny 520527 2337 Jack Plans Trip To London.mp3
      27. Lets Pretend 520816 The White Cat.mp3
      28. LR 521027 2311 The Cave.mp3
      29. Luigi 520226 168 Civil Defense Job.mp3
      30. Man Called X 520527 86 Operation Cabal.mp3
      31. Mystery Theater 520409 28 Tcot Wistful Widow.mp3
      32. NBC Short Story 520104 26 The Rocket.mp3
      33. News 520110 Truman Press Conference.mp3
      34. News 520404 NBC I Remember Kaltenborn.mp3
      35. News 520630 CBS Edward Murrow Truman Wage Price Control Bill.mp3
      36. News 520707 KGHL or KBMY 1952 Republican Convention.mp3
      37. News 520707 Republican Convention MacArthur Speech.mp3
      38. News 521223 NBC Cavalcade America 767 Christmas in America.mp3
      39. News 521224 NBC Bob Hope Frank Sinatra Christmas.mp3
      40. News 52xxxx AFRS Frankenstein Castle Hoax.mp3
      41. News 52xxxx Election Song I Like Ike Eisenhower.mp3
      42. Our Miss Brooks 520127 155 New School Bus (JC).mp3
      43. Our Miss Brooks 520309 161 Minerva's Kittens (JC).mp3
      44. Phil Harris 501224 160 Annual Christmas Show.mp3
      45. Proudly We Hail 520106 e170 A Matter Of Time.mp3
      46. Red Skelton Show 520123 347 To Park Or Not To Park.mp3
      47. Richard Diamond 520125 122 Al Brenner's Case.mp3
      48. Six Shooter 520413 Hollywood Star Playhouse.mp3
      49. Sp 521115 007 Queen Of Space.mp3
      50. Susp 520421 470 Diary Of Captain Scott.mp3
      51. Susp 521222 492 Arctic Rescue.mp3
      52. Tales Of Texas Rangers 520914 95 Drivein.mp3
      53. This Is Oshea 521001 Hong Kong.mp3
      54. Whistler 520629 526 Night Flight.mp3
      55. You Bet Your Life 520116 Spoon.mp3
      56. YTJD 520702 130 Amelia Harwell.mp3
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    56 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 27 min
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      56 shows - total playtime 24 hours 27 minutes
      1. aa520630 Kingfish Adopts A Great Dane From A Lodge Brother.mp3
      2. Action 80 520326 Project Swordfish-1st Atomic Sub.mp3
      3. Arthur Godfrey 520909 First Joke Is About A Clean Shirt.mp3
      4. Bergen McCarthy 521005 W 15th Radio Aniv. W R Clooney.mp3
      5. Bergen McCarthy 521100 Charlie Weds Marilyn Monroe.mp3
      6. Bing Crosby 520507 Bankhead.mp3
      7. Bing Crosby 520604 Judy Garland.mp3
      8. Bob Hope 520603 537 Jack Kirkwood Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
      9. Bob Hope 520610 538 Roy Rogers Dale Evans.mp3
      10. BV 520303 50 The Big KO.mp3
      11. C 4 Fbi 520611 E 08 American Kremlin.mp3
      12. Cisco Kid 521125 037 Murder At Cactus Vista.mp3
      13. Dragnet 520214 e140 Big Phone Call.mp3
      14. Escape 521102 155 Running Man.mp3
      15. Escape 521221 162 Man Who Liked Dickens.mp3
      16. FMM 520520 0699 At the Carnival.mp3
      17. GG 520130 430 Gildy Protects Hooker From Mona.mp3
      18. Grand Ole Opry 520322.mp3
      19. Green Hornet 521126 Gas House Ending.mp3
      20. Guest Star 520810 0281 Pledge.mp3
      21. Guns 521129 ep032 Kitty.mp3
      22. Harry Lime 520725 052 Greek Meets Greek.mp3
      23. Hollywood Star Playhouse 520907 29 The Tenth Planet.mp3
      24. I Confess 521017 Narcotics Case.mp3
      25. Inner Sanctum 521005 Death Pays Freight.mp3
      26. Jack Benny 520527 2337 Jack Plans Trip To London.mp3
      27. Lets Pretend 520816 The White Cat.mp3
      28. LR 521027 2311 The Cave.mp3
      29. Luigi 520226 168 Civil Defense Job.mp3
      30. Man Called X 520527 86 Operation Cabal.mp3
      31. Mystery Theater 520409 28 Tcot Wistful Widow.mp3
      32. NBC Short Story 520104 26 The Rocket.mp3
      33. News 520110 Truman Press Conference.mp3
      34. News 520404 NBC I Remember Kaltenborn.mp3
      35. News 520630 CBS Edward Murrow Truman Wage Price Control Bill.mp3
      36. News 520707 KGHL or KBMY 1952 Republican Convention.mp3
      37. News 520707 Republican Convention MacArthur Speech.mp3
      38. News 521223 NBC Cavalcade America 767 Christmas in America.mp3
      39. News 521224 NBC Bob Hope Frank Sinatra Christmas.mp3
      40. News 52xxxx AFRS Frankenstein Castle Hoax.mp3
      41. News 52xxxx Election Song I Like Ike Eisenhower.mp3
      42. Our Miss Brooks 520127 155 New School Bus (JC).mp3
      43. Our Miss Brooks 520309 161 Minerva's Kittens (JC).mp3
      44. Phil Harris 501224 160 Annual Christmas Show.mp3
      45. Proudly We Hail 520106 e170 A Matter Of Time.mp3
      46. Red Skelton Show 520123 347 To Park Or Not To Park.mp3
      47. Richard Diamond 520125 122 Al Brenner's Case.mp3
      48. Six Shooter 520413 Hollywood Star Playhouse.mp3
      49. Sp 521115 007 Queen Of Space.mp3
      50. Susp 520421 470 Diary Of Captain Scott.mp3
      51. Susp 521222 492 Arctic Rescue.mp3
      52. Tales Of Texas Rangers 520914 95 Drivein.mp3
      53. This Is Oshea 521001 Hong Kong.mp3
      54. Whistler 520629 526 Night Flight.mp3
      55. You Bet Your Life 520116 Spoon.mp3
      56. YTJD 520702 130 Amelia Harwell.mp3
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    56 recordings on 26 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 27 min

    1952 Disc A001

    1. News 52xxxx AFRS Frankenstein Castle Hoax
    2. News 52xxxx Election Song I Like Ike Eisenhower
    3. Phil Harris 501224 160 Annual Christmas Show
    4. NBC Short Story 520104 26 The Rocket

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    1952 Disc A002

    1. Proudly We Hail 520106 e170 A Matter Of Time
    2. News 520110 Truman Press Conference

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    1952 Disc A003

    1. You Bet Your Life 520116 Spoon
    2. Red Skelton Show 520123 347 To Park Or Not To Park

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    1952 Disc A004

    1. Richard Diamond 520125 122 Al Brenner's Case
    2. Our Miss Brooks 520127 155 New School Bus (JC)

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    1952 Disc A005

    1. GG 520130 430 Gildy Protects Hooker From Mona
    2. Dragnet 520214 e140 Big Phone Call

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    1952 Disc A006

    1. Luigi 520226 168 Civil Defense Job
    2. BV 520303 50 The Big KO

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    1952 Disc A007

    1. Our Miss Brooks 520309 161 Minerva's Kittens (JC)
    2. Grand Ole Opry 520322

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    1952 Disc A008

    1. Action 80 520326 Project Swordfish-1st Atomic Sub
    2. News 520404 NBC I Remember Kaltenborn

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    1952 Disc A009

    1. Mystery Theater 520409 28 Tcot Wistful Widow
    2. Six Shooter 520413 Hollywood Star Playhouse

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    1952 Disc A010

    1. Susp 520421 470 Diary Of Captain Scott
    2. Bing Crosby 520507 Bankhead

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    1952 Disc A011

    1. FMM 520520 0699 At the Carnival
    2. Jack Benny 520527 2337 Jack Plans Trip To London

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    1952 Disc A012

    1. Man Called X 520527 86 Operation Cabal
    2. Bob Hope 520603 537 Jack Kirkwood Marilyn Maxwell

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    1952 Disc A013

    1. Bing Crosby 520604 Judy Garland
    2. Bob Hope 520610 538 Roy Rogers Dale Evans

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    1952 Disc A014

    1. C 4 Fbi 520611 E 08 American Kremlin
    2. Whistler 520629 526 Night Flight

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    1952 Disc A015

    1. aa520630 Kingfish Adopts A Great Dane From A Lodge Brother
    2. News 520630 CBS Edward Murrow Truman Wage Price Control Bill
    3. YTJD 520702 130 Amelia Harwell
    4. News 520707 KGHL or KBMY 1952 Republican Convention

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    1952 Disc A016

    1. News 520707 Republican Convention MacArthur Speech
    2. Harry Lime 520725 052 Greek Meets Greek

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    1952 Disc A017

    1. Guest Star 520810 0281 Pledge
    2. Lets Pretend 520816 The White Cat
    3. Hollywood Star Playhouse 520907 29 The Tenth Planet

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    1952 Disc A018

    1. Arthur Godfrey 520909 First Joke Is About A Clean Shirt
    2. Tales Of Texas Rangers 520914 95 Drivein

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    1952 Disc A019

    1. This Is Oshea 521001 Hong Kong
    2. Bergen McCarthy 521005 W 15th Radio Aniv. W R Clooney

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    1952 Disc A020

    1. Inner Sanctum 521005 Death Pays Freight
    2. I Confess 521017 Narcotics Case

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    1952 Disc A021

    1. LR 521027 2311 The Cave
    2. Bergen McCarthy 521100 Charlie Weds Marilyn Monroe

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    1952 Disc A022

    1. Escape 521102 155 Running Man
    2. Sp 521115 007 Queen Of Space

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    1952 Disc A023

    1. Cisco Kid 521125 037 Murder At Cactus Vista
    2. Green Hornet 521126 Gas House Ending

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    1952 Disc A024

    1. Guns 521129 ep032 Kitty
    2. Escape 521221 162 Man Who Liked Dickens

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    1952 Disc A025

    1. Susp 521222 492 Arctic Rescue
    2. News 521223 NBC Cavalcade America 767 Christmas in America

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    1952 Disc A026

    1. News 521224 NBC Bob Hope Frank Sinatra Christmas

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