- Real World: February 6. Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England. The first mechanical heart is implanted in a human.
- Real World: April 28. The U.S. occupation of Japan officially ends with the Treaty of San Francisco.
- Real World: November 1. First hydrogen bomb detonated by the U.S. at Bikini atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
- Real World: December 1. The first successful sex-change operation is announced by the New York Daily News.
- Real World: December 4. The Great Smog of 1952 occurs in London. By the end, 12,000 people have died as a result; efforts to create clean-air laws follow in the next several years.
New Fictional Works
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov, The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.
Against All Flags, At Sword's Point, The Boys from Brooklyn, The Crimson Pirate, Invasion USA, Ivanhoe, The Prisoner of Zenda, Radar Men from the Moon (serial), Red Planet Mars, Son of Ali Baba, The Story of Robin Hood, Unnatural, Zombies of the Stratosphere (serial).
Notable Television Series
- Beginning: The Adventures of Superman.
- Continuing: Captain Video and His Video Rangers (Season 4), Space Patrol (Season 3), Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (Season 3).
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