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1952 Trivia

<< - 1951
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
Detroit Lions
NBA Champions:
Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf:
Julius Boros
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions:
Georgia Tech & Michigan State
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kansas
Kentucky Derby:
Hill Gail
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Lana Turner
"The Quote"

"Lucy, I'm home!"
- Ricky Ricardo, played by Dezi Arnez

"They’re gr-r-r-eat! "
Tony The Tiger, voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft

Finger-lickin’ good!
- Kentucky Fried Chicken

Time Magazine's Woman of the Year:
Queen Elizabeth II
Miss America:
Colleen Hutchins (Salt Lake City, UT)
Miss USA:
Jackie Loughery (New York)
The Scandal:

Area 51, if it existed at 37°14'20?N 115°48'58?W? (37.239, -115.816), in southern Nevada, would have been started this year.

Nerd News:

French writer, Alfred Sauvy, invented the term "Third World" to describe the vast stretches of Africa, Asia, and Latin America whose citizens lived in dire poverty.

Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver recieved the first patents for optical bar codes on October 7.

Les Paul started selling his classic electric guitar.

Season Two of 'I Love Lucy' included the most popular and remembered skit from the show - Lucy selling (and drinking) Vitameatavegamin. It had the ingredients you might expect - viatimns, meat, veggies and minerals. It also had a high (23%) alcohol content.

1952 was the year that Tony the Tiger started telling people that Kellogg's Frosted Flakes were "Gr-r-reat!" Thurl Ravenscroft is best know for supplying the voice of Tony. Thurl was the guy who sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," in the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas TV special(1966), although many people mistakenly think it was narrator Boris Karloff.

George Stephen designed and sold the first Weber Grill in 1952.

American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, premiered on a Philadelphia TV Station on October 7, 1952 with DJ Bob Horn serving as host.

On May 2, the first commercial passenger jet flew from London to Johanesburg, inaugurating the age of jet travel. The trip carried 32 passengers and stopped 5 times en route.

1st appearances & 1952's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Mr. Potato Head (Mr PH was the first toy advertised on American TV) , Slinky Dog, PEZ candy dispensers*
The Habit:
Watching I Love Lucy on CBS
1952 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
3. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
4. Dragnet (NBC)
5. Texaco Star theatre (NBC)
6. The Buick Circus Hour (NBC)
7. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
8. Gangbusters (NBC)
9. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
10. Fireside Theatre (NBC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1952 include:
Al Martino, B.B. King, The Clovers, The Dominoes, Don Cornell, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher, Eddy Howard, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Georgia Gibbs, Hugo Winterhalter, Jimmy Boyd, Jo Stafford, Joe Turner, Johnny Standley, Johnny Ace, Joni James, Kay Starr, Les Paul, Liberace, Mills Brothers, Patti Page, Pee Wee King, Peggy Lee, Percy Faith, Ray Anthony, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Vera Lynn, Dinah Washington

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1952:
December 29, 1951 - March 14, 1952: Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - Cry

March 15, 1952 - May 16, 1952: Kay Starr - Wheel Of Fortune

May 17, 1952 - June 20, 1952: Leroy Anderson - Blue Tango

June 21, 1952 - July 4, 1952: Al Martino - Here In My Heart

July 5, 1952 - July 11, 1952: Percy Faith - Delicado

July 12, 1952 - September 12, 1952: Vera Lynn - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart

September 13, 1952 - October 17, 1952: Jo Stafford - You Belong To Me

October 18, 1952 - November 21, 1952: Patti Page - I Went To Your Wedding

November 22, 1952 - November 28, 1952: Johnny Standley - It's In The Book (parts 1 & 2)

November 29, 1952 - December 26, 1952: Joni James - Why Don't You Believe Me

December 27, 1952 - January 9, 1953: Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus