January 3, 1952

January 3, 1952, was a Thursday. It was 72 years, 4 months, and 16 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.


Born on January 3, 1952

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: January 3, 1952

The best-selling single on January 3, 1952 was "Cry" by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads.

Play the top singles from 1952
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1952. Take a trip back to the days of Kay Starr, Jo Stafford, Patti Page and Joni James.


This date occurred 26,436 days ago. Approximately 881 months have passed. It was the 3rd day of 1952, in week 01. The decade was the fifties. People who were born on January 3, 1952, are now 72 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. 1952 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. The Earth has experienced 294 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to January 3, 1952

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is January 3, 1952, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. People are starting to return back to work and school after the Christmas holidays.

In music, the song "Cry" by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads is the best-selling record at the moment. Harry S. Truman is the President of the United States, and Winston Churchill is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Space Patrol", "Racket Squad", "Sky King", and "I Love Lucy".

In fashion, women are sporting the popular "The New Look" by Christian Dior. This formal style includes rounded shoulders, a full-skirted silhouette and a tight waist. Meanwhile, men are beginning to follow a new "Teddy Boy" trend that involves greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. In Asia, the Korean War is raging on between South Korea and North Korea. Because it's 1952, radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from singers such as Leroy Anderson, Kay Starr, Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads, Jo Stafford, Vera Lynn, Al Martino, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Fisher and Patti Page.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Hank Williams would be still alive. Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", and "Crusader Rabbit". Children are playing with toys such as Tonka trucks, BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, Butch the Pup Toy, and Pitchin' Pal.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 3, 1952.

  • Movies from 1952.

    Movies from 1952

    The most popular movies of 1952 included the likes of The Greatest Show on Earth, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hans Christian Andersen, Ivanhoe, Sailor Beware, Moulin Rouge, Jumping Jacks and The Quiet Man.
  • 1952 in music.

    1952 in music

    The radio stations in 1952 were dominated by artists such as Leroy Anderson, Kay Starr, Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads, Jo Stafford, Vera Lynn, Al Martino, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Fisher and Patti Page.
  • Elizabeth II.

    Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II was named Time Person of the Year in 1952. This followed her succession to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952.
  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing

    Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
  • The Korean War.

    The Korean War

    During this time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.
  • Greasers.


    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming

    The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

    More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high

    Cases of Polio were particularly high, and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 3, 1952.

  • December 16, 1951: More than 80 people lose their lives after a "massive icy blast" hits the United States.
  • December 18, 1951: Communist forces in Korea hand over a list of 11,559 prisoner names to the United Nations.
  • December 23, 1951: NFL: The Los Angeles Rams win the 1951 NFL Championship Game by defeating the Cleveland Browns 24-17.
  • December 26, 1951: The adventure film "The African Queen" is released.
  • December 30, 1951: The first episode of The Roy Rogers Show is aired.
  • This date: January 3, 1952
  • January 11, 1952: The musical comedy film "An American in Paris" is released in movie theaters.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 3, 1952, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1952 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 3, 1952 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1952

Television shows that people were watching in January 1952:

TV shows from January 1952.

The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sky King
Sky King
Racket Squad
Racket Squad
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Space Patrol
Space Patrol

Cars in 1952

1952 saw the introduction of cars such as the Datsun DC-3, the Lincoln Capri, the Hudson Wasp, the Škoda 1200, the Ford F-Series (second generation), and the Wolseley 4/44.

Cars in 1952.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1952

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys in 1952

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Feed the Elephant
Feed the Elephant
Pitchin' Pal
Pitchin' Pal
Butch the Pup Toy
Butch the Pup Toy
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)
Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops
Toy Guns
Toy Guns
Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on January 3, 1952?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1952.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 3, 1958, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 3.

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

Author Deceased
Born on January 3, 1892
He turned 60 on this day in 1952.

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Actor Deceased
Born on January 3, 1930
He turned 22 on this day in 1952.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Born on January 3, 1956
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Formula One driver
Born on January 3, 1969
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans

Soccer player
Born on January 3, 1988
He was born exactly 36 years after this date.



South Korean singer
Born on January 3, 1995
She was born exactly 43 years after this date.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh

Born on January 3, 1996
She was born exactly 44 years after this date.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Environmental activist
Born on January 3, 2003
She was born exactly 51 years after this date.


US President

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on January 3, 1952.


UK Prime Minister

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 3, 1952 was most likely conceived around April 12, 1951.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 3, 1952 is close to September 25, 1952.

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Stats for January 3, 1952


Here are some interesting statistics about January 3, 1952:

  • 26,436 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,776 weeks have passed.
  • 2,284,066,800 seconds have passed since January 3, 1952.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,664,744,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,178,578,468,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 380,677,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 196,429,745 steps. That's roughly 87,302 miles.
  • 27,408,802 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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