70 Years Ago This Season July 3 – The ocean liner SS United States makes her maiden crossing of the Atlantic. _______ On July 5, "Delicado" by Percy Faith and His Orchestra tops the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart. _______ July 7 – Turkey's first television station was opened ITU TV. _______ On July 12, "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn tops the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart. _______ July 13 – East Germany announces the formation of its National People's Army. July 14 – In Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts Linus van Pelt makes his debut, though he only appears on screen on 19 September. [Shouldn't that be "on panel"?] July 19 – August 3 – The 1952 Summer Olympics are held in Helsinki, Finland. July 21 – The 7.3 Mw Kern County earthquake strikes California's southern Central Valley with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 12 and injuring hundreds. July 23 – General Mohammed Naguib leads The Free Officers (formed by Gamal Abdel Nasser – the real power behind the coup) in the overthrow of King Farouk of Egypt. _______ On July 24, High Noon, starring Gary Cooper, premieres in New York. _______ July 25 – Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States. July 26 Argentine First Lady Eva Perón dies of cancer at age 33 and goes on to achieve saintly status in Argentina. Farouk of Egypt abdicates to Fuad II _______ On July 31, Ivanhoe, starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, and George Sanders, premieres in New York. _______ Also in July, "Rock Me All Night Long" by The Ravens (#4 R&B) is released. _______ August 1 – First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based on the radio station of the same name. August 5 – The Treaty of Taipei between Japan and the Republic of China goes into effect, to officially end the Second Sino-Japanese War. August 11 – The Jordanian Parliament forces King Talal of Jordan to abdicate due to mental illness; he is succeeded by his son King Hussein. August 12 – Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 Soviet Jewish poets are executed. August 13 – Japan joins the IMF. August 14 – West Germany joins the IMF and the World Bank. August 16 – Lynmouth, North Devon, England is devastated by floods; 34 die. _______ On August 21, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald, premieres in New York. _______ August 22 – The most damaging shock of the 1952 Kern County earthquake sequence strikes with a moment magnitude of 5.8, and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). This event damages several hundred buildings in Bakersfield, California, with total additional losses of $10 million, with two associated deaths and some injuries. August 23 – Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to score a number 1 hit on the American country charts, with the song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". August 26 – A British passenger jet makes a return crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the same day. August 27 – Reparation negotiations between West Germany and Israel end in Luxembourg: Germany will pay 3 billion Deutsche Marks. August 29 – David Tudor gives the premiere of John Cage's 4′33″, during which the performer does not play, in Woodstock, New York. August 30 – The last Finnish war reparations are sent to the Soviet Union. _______ Also in August, "Juke" by Little Walter & His Night Cats (#1 R&B) is released. _______ September – Bill Haley and His Saddlemen change their image to become Bill Haley & His Comets. September 2 – Dr. C. Walton Lillehei and Dr. F. John Lewis perform the first open-heart surgery, at the University of Minnesota. September 6 – Television debuts in Canada with the initiation of CBFT in Montreal, Quebec. _______ On September 6, "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" by Hank Williams charts (#20 US; #1 Country). _______ September 8 – CBLT in Toronto, Ontario begins broadcasting as Canada's second TV station. September 10 – The European Parliamentary Assembly (from March 1962, the European Parliament) opens. _______ On September 13, "You Belong to Me" by Jo Stafford tops the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart. _______ September 18 – The Soviet Union vetoes Japan's application for membership in the United Nations. September 19 While Charlie Chaplin is at sea on his way to the United Kingdom, the United States Attorney-General, James P. McGranery, announces plans to review his right to return to the US. In Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts Linus van Pelt is first seen by readers, after being mentioned two months earlier. _______ Also on September 19, George Reeves's Man of Steel flies into American households: _______ September 20 – The first commercial Ultra High Frequency (UHF) television station in the world, KPTV (now a Fox company affiliate), begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27. September 30 The Revised Standard Version of the Bible is published. The Cinerama multiple-projection widescreen system, invented by Fred Waller, makes its début in New York with the film This Is Cinerama. _______ Timeline entries are quoted from the Wiki pages for the year, as well as the year in film, music, television, and comics. Sections separated from timeline entries are mine. _______ Ziggy Stardust is another album on the list that I may or may not be getting to in an untimely manner. Not terribly distinctive. He's got a distinctive voice, at least. I assume that the synthiness of it was a novelty at the time...that aged quickly. Not one of his hotter ones, but it's still Al Green.