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May 21st, 1952.

May 21st, 1952, was a Wednesday. It was day 142 of 1952. The decade was the 1950s.

69 years, 2 months and 3 days have passed since May 21st, 1952.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

Born on May 21st, 1952.

People who were born on this exact date.

Top song: May 21st, 1952

The best-selling single on May 21st, 1952 was "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr.

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Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 21st, 1952 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Beulah", "The Jack Benny Program" and "Sky King".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry" and "Crusader Rabbit". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Butch the Pup Toy 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 21st, 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, 2 months and 3 days have passed since May 21st, 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 21st, 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 21st, 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 21st, 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 21st, 1952, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1952 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 21st, 1952 falls under the Deer.
  • 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.

  • The Roy Rogers Show - American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.
  • I Love Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Sky King - Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.
  • Racket Squad - Crime drama starring Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock.
  • The Jack Benny Program - 25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show - TV series that broadcast on CBS.
  • You Bet Your Life - Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
  • Beulah - Comedy series starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah Brown.
  • The Colgate Comedy Hour - Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.
  • The Cisco Kid - American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.
  • The Gene Autry Show - Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.
  • Space Patrol - Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Lone Ranger - American Western drama TV series.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on May 21st, 1952.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1952.

  • Crusader Rabbit
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1952.

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

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Butch the Pup Toy

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 21st, 1958 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 21st.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Serial killer. Deceased
Born on May 21st, 1960
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Chris Benoit

Wrestler. Deceased
Born on May 21st, 1967
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

The Notorious B.I.G

Rapper. Deceased
Born on May 21st, 1972
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Noel Fielding

English comedian.
Born on May 21st, 1973
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

Tom Daley

English diver.
Born on May 21st, 1994
He was born exactly 42 years after this date.

US President.

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on May 21st, 1952.

UK Prime Minister.

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 21st, 1952.

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 21st, 1952.

  • A total of 25,266 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,609 weeks have passed.
  • 2,182,982,400 seconds have passed since the May 21st, 1952.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,546,812,800 times.
  • Since May 21st, 1952, the earth has travelled approximately 1,126,418,918,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 363,830,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 187,736,486 steps. That's about 83,438 miles!
  • Since this date, 26,195,789 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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