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August 5th, 1952.

August 5th, 1952, was a Tuesday. It was day 218 of 1952. The decade was the Fifties.

70 years and 12 days have passed since August 5th, 1952.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 5th, 1952.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: August 5th, 1952

The best-selling single on August 5th, 1952 was "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn.

Play the top singles from the year 1952.
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Take me back to August 5th, 1952!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 5th, 1952, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In music, the song "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn 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 "Space Patrol", "The Gene Autry Show", "Racket Squad" and "My Little Margie". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry" and "Crusader Rabbit". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Dimestore soldiers, BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, Butch the Pup Toy and Colorforms.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 5th, 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 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 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.

    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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 70 years and 12 days have passed since August 5th, 1952.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 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: A person born on August 5th, 1952 will be 70 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1952 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around August 5th, 1952.

  • July 11th, 1952: General Dwight D. Eisenhower is nominated as the Republican candidate for the 1952 US presidential election.
  • July 23rd, 1952: Egyptian ruler King Farouk is overthrown in a coup d'etat by the Free Officers Movement.
  • July 26th, 1952: The First Lady of Argentina, Eva Perón, passes away from cervical cancer at the age of 33.
  • This date: August 5th, 1952
  • August 15th, 1952: 34 people are killed after a flood hits the English village of Lynmouth in north Devon.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 5th, 1952, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • 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: August 5th, 1952 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 5th, 1952.

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Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1952.

TV shows from August, 1952.

My Little Margie
My Little Margie
Comedy series about 21-year-old Margie Albright and her widowed father Charles Farrell.

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.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on August 5th, 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

Toys

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 you should check out August 5th, 1958 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 5th.

Neil Armstrong

American astronaut. Deceased
Born on August 5th, 1930
He turned 22 on this day in 1952.

MCA

Beastie Boys member. Deceased
Born on August 5th, 1964
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Colin McRae

Scottish rally driver. Deceased
Born on August 5th, 1968
He was born exactly 16 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on August 5th, 1952.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 5th, 1952.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 5th, 1952 was most likely conceived around November 13th, 1951.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 5th, 1952 is close to April 28th, 1953.

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Stats for August 5th, 1952

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 5th, 1952.

  • A total of 25,579 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,654 weeks have passed.
  • 2,210,025,600 seconds have passed since the August 5th, 1952.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,578,363,200 times.
  • Since August 5th, 1952, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,140,373,209,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 368,337,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 190,062,202 steps. That's about 84,472 miles!
  • Since this date, 26,520,307 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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