1952 in the United Kingdom
Events from the year
1952 in the United Kingdom
5 January - Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in the United States for an official visit and talks with President Harry S. Truman.
1 February - The first TV Detector van is commissioned in Britain, as the beginning of a clampdown on the estimated 150,000 British households which have unlicenced televisions.
6 February - King George VI dies of cancer aged 56. He is succeeded by his 25-year-old daughter, The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, who ascends to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II. The new Queen was on a Royal visit to Kenya at the time of her father's death.
8 February - Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at St James's Palace.
14 February– 25 February - Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo and win one gold medal.
15 February - Funeral of King George VI takes place.
21 February - Compulsory identity cards, issued during World War II, abandoned.
2 May - The De Havilland Comet becomes the world's first jet airliner, with a maiden flight from London to Johannesburg.
19 July– 3 August - Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and win 1 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze medals.
16 August - 34 people killed in a flood in Lynmouth, Devon.
6 September - 1952 Farnborough Airshow DH.110 crash: 31 people killed in an air crash at the Farnborough Airshow. 3 October
5 October - Post-War tea rationing ends.
8 October - A rail crash in North London claims the lives of 108 people.
14 November - music magazine publishes the first NME UK Singles Chart.
25 November - Agatha Christie's play starts its run at the The Mousetrap New Ambassadors Theatre in London, where it is still showing.
4 December - Great Smog of 1952: fog speads across London.
9 December - The Great Smog in London finishes after five days of chaos which are believed to have caused around 4,000 deaths.
10 December - Archer John Porter Martin and Richard Laurence Millington Synge win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for their invention of partition chromatography". 25 December - The Queen makes her first Christmas speech to the Commonwealth. Undated Publications Births
10 January - George Turpin, English boxer
1 February - Andrew Smith, politician
25 February - Joey Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer (died 2000)
11 March - Douglas Adams, author (died 2001)
22 March - Des Browne, politician
28 March - Tony Brise, racing driver (died 1975)
11 April - Peter Windsor, sports reporter
3 May - Allan Wells, Scottish athlete
7 June - Liam Neeson, Northern Irish actor
17 June - Estelle Morris, politician
21 August - Joe Strummer, musician ( The Clash) (died 2002)
30 September - Jack Wild, actor (died 2006)
3 December - Mel Smith, comic actor and director 20 December - Jenny Agutter, actress Deaths
6 February - King George VI (born 1895)
4 March - Charles Scott Sherrington, physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1857)
15 March - Nevil Sidgwick, chemist (born 1873)
21 April - Sir Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer (born 1889)
6 September - Gertrude Lawrence, actress (born 1898)
29 September - John Cobb, racecar and motorboat driver (born 1899)
30 September - Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor, businessman and politician (born 1879)
23 October - Windham Wyndham-Quin, 5th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, politician (born 1857)
28 October - William Morris Hughes, Welsh-descended Prime Minister of Australia (born 1862) 15 December - Sir William Goscombe John, sculptor (born 1860) References