August 18th, 1952, was a Monday. It was day 231 of 1952. The decade was the Fifties.
70 years, 7 months and 11 days have passed since August 18th, 1952.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on August 18th, 1952 was "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn.
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is August 18th, 1952, and it's a Monday. 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 "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Gene Autry Show", "Racket Squad" and "I Love Lucy". 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 Toy Guns, Spinning Tops, Tiny Tears (doll) and Mr. Potato Head.
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 18th, 1952.
Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear 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.
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.
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.
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.
During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear 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.
During this period of time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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%.
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.
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Television shows that people were watching in August, 1952.
My Little Margie
Comedy series about 21-year-old Margie Albright and her widowed father Charles Farrell.
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1952.
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1952.
Mr. Potato Head
Feed the Elephant
Butch the Pup Toy
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
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 August 18th, 1958, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 18th.
Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on August 18th, 1952.
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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