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1952 was the 81st year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.


The Magic City sign, demolished in 1952




Virgil Trucks pitched two no-hitters in 1952





  • Sculptor John Rhoden won the Prix de Rome
  • Catcher Sam Hairston was named to the Western League All-Star Team
  • Marine sergeant Harold Wilson was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.



See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1952


  • The "Hank Penny Show" hosted by bandleader Hank Penny
  • The Kings of Harmony recorded with Phyllis Branch for Tuxedo Records.
  • The Birmingham Bop became popular in local dance clubs.
  • "My Bucket's Been Fixed" / "The Little Things That You Do." and "Maybe Baby You'll Be True" / "Rifle, Belt and Bayonet." singles by Hardrock Gunter released on Bullet Records.




1952, a leap year, saw the premiere of NBC's "The Today Show" and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The winter olympics were held in Oslo, Norway and the summer games in Helsinki, Finland. All U.S. steel mills were nationalized by President Truman in advance of a steelworkers strike. The first B-52 Stratofortress took to the skies. The Mau Mau uprising rocked Kenya. The U.S. detonated its first hydrogen bomb at the Marshall Islands. Eisenhower was elected President of the United States. The Detroit Lions beat the Cleveland Browns for the NFL championship and the WWE was created by Vince McMahon.

Notable births in 1952 included Senator Bill Frist, author Douglas Adams, announcer Bob Costas, coach Bill Belichick, singers David Byrne and George Strait, actors Mr T, Christopher Reeve, John Goodman, Paul Reubens, Isabella Rossellini and Liam Neeson and Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. Deaths in 1952 included King George VI of the United Kingdom, Eva Perón, and Franklin Roosevelt's Scottish terrier, Fala.

Top grossing films of 1952 included This is Cinerama, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Singin' in the Rain. Herman Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for The Caine Mutiny. Other notable book releases included The Diary of Anne Frank and Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Empire. The top pop songs were "Delicado" by Percy Faith and his Orchestra, "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn, and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jimmy Boyd.

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