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May 20th, 1952.

May 20th, 1952, was a Tuesday. It was day 141 of 1952. The decade was the 1950s.

69 years, 6 months and 13 days have passed since May 20th, 1952.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Top song: May 20th, 1952

The best-selling single on May 20th, 1952 was "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr.

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Take me back to May 20th, 1952!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 20th, 1952 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1952 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In music, the song "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr is the best-selling record at the moment. Harry S. Truman is currently the President of the United States and Winston Churchill is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Lone Ranger", "You Bet Your Life", "The Jack Benny Program" and "The Roy Rogers Show". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry" and "Crusader Rabbit". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, Pitchin' Pal, Feed the Elephant and Mr. Potato Head.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 20th, 1952.

  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids were a popular college prank during this period of time. The prank involved large groups of male students "raiding" the living quarters of their female counterparts. Panties were then stolen as as proof that the raid had been successful. These "raids" became popular during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.

  • 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 as the 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.

    During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts". These skirts consisted of a solid color 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 period of time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks Ass", which is what many people liked to call the style.

  • Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their socks. This was because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers wanted to prevent the floors from being scuffed.

  • 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.

    During the 1950s, 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.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. 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 during this period of time 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 69 years, 6 months and 13 days have passed since May 20th, 1952.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 21 of 1952.
  • Leap Year: 1952 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on May 20th, 1952, will be 69 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1952 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 20th, 1952.

  • April 26th, 1952: Soccer: Manchester United win the First Division title after beating Arsenal 6-1.
  • April 26th, 1952: 175 men are killed after a US aircraft carrier collides with the USS Hobson in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • April 30th, 1952: Mr. Potato Head becomes the first toy to be advertised on television.
  • This date: May 20th, 1952
  • June 6th, 1952: The film "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, is released in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • June 8th, 1952: American actress Judy Garland marries her tour manager and producer, Sidney Luft.
  • June 13th, 1952: Soviet fighter planes shoot down a Swedish military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.
  • June 15th, 1952: "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank is published in English.
  • June 16th, 1952: The first episode of "My Little Margie" is aired.
  • June 18th, 1952: The Republic of Egypt is declared following the toppling of King Farouk.
  • June 19th, 1952: The American panel game show "I've Got a Secret" premiers on CBS.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 20th, 1952, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 20th, 1952 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from May, 1952.

The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Sky King
Sky King
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.

Racket Squad
Racket Squad
Crime drama starring Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

Beulah
Beulah
Comedy series starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah Brown.

The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.

The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.

The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.

Space Patrol
Space Patrol
Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

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.

Kids' TV shows on May 20th, 1952.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1952.

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1952.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1952.

Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head

Feed the Elephant
Feed the Elephant

Pitchin' Pal
Pitchin' Pal

Colorforms
Colorforms

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 this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 20th, 1958 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 20th.

Cher

Singer.
Born on May 20th, 1946
She turned 6 on this day in 1952.

Busta Rhymes

Rapper.
Born on May 20th, 1972
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Iker Casillas

Spanish soccer player.
Born on May 20th, 1981
He was born exactly 29 years after this date.

Petr Cech

Czech soccer player.
Born on May 20th, 1982
He was born exactly 30 years after this date.

US President.

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on May 20th, 1952.

UK Prime Minister.

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1952.

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 20th, 1952 was most likely conceived around August 28th, 1951.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 20th, 1952 is close to February 10th, 1953.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 20th, 1952.

  • A total of 25,398 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,628 weeks have passed.
  • 2,194,390,800 seconds have passed since the May 20th, 1952.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,560,122,600 times.
  • Since May 20th, 1952, the earth has travelled approximately 1,132,305,652,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 365,731,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 188,717,609 steps. That's about 83,874 miles!
  • Since this date, 26,332,690 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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