Here’s what happened in 1952…
· George VI of England dies; his daughter becomes Elizabeth II (Feb. 6).
· Britain announces its development of atomic weapons (Oct.).
· World Series
· President: Harry S. Truman
· Vice President: Alben W. Barkley
· U.S. Population: 157,552,740
· Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
· Television's first magazine-format program, the Today Show, debuts on NBC with Dave Garroway hosting.
· The Jackie Gleason Show ( The Honeymooners) debuts on CBS, beginning a two-decade run.
· The first plastic artificial heart valve is developed at Georgetown Medical Center.
· First jetliner service inaugurated by BOAC between London and Johannesburg, South Africa (May 2).
· Capt. Vincent H. McGovern and 1st Lt. Harold W. Moore make first transatlantic helicopter flight (July 15–31).
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