Life & Times 1952


Average annual income$3,515
New House$16,800
New Car$1,850
Minimum Wage$.75
Gallon of Gas$.20
Gallon of Milk$.96
Dozen Eggs$.72
Loaf of Bread$.16
Postage Stamp (ground)$.03


The US begins bombing of North Korean power plants
China accuses the US of using germ warfare
General Dwight David Eisenhower is elected president
A coup in Cuba places Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar in power
United States tests the first hydrogen bomb
First jet passenger service is initiated by Britain using the De Havilland Comet
First polio immunization developed by Jonas Salk
First Mad magazine
Malcolm Little changes his name to Malcolm X and becomes a Muslim
The first Holiday Inn opens in Memphis, Tennessee
Most deadly tornado in Arkansas history strikes, 111 killed and 772 injured across the state
Mabelvale students begin classes in facilities on Mabelvale West Road
Pez mints, Mr. Potato Head, Matchbox cars


Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Foundation and Empire - Isaac Asimov
The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Giant - Edna Ferber
Bridge on the River Kwai - Pierre Boule
The Hidden Flower - Pearl S. Buck
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale
The Silver Chalice - Thomas B. Costain
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett


The Greatest Show on Earth (Best Picture)
High Noon (Best actor, Gary Cooper)
Come Back, Little Sheba (Best actress, Shirley Booth)
Singin' in the Rain
The Quiet Man
Moulin Rouge
The Pride of St. Louis
The Bad and the Beautiful
Viva Zapata


1 Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson
2 Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
3 Cry - Johnnie Ray
4 You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
5 Auf Wiedersen, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
6 I Went to Your Wedding - Patti Page
7 Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney
8 Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
9 Here in My Heart - Al Martino
10 Delicado - Percy Faith
11 Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
12 Any Time - Eddie Fisher
13 Tell Me Why - Four Aces
14 Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse
15 Jambalaya - Jo Stafford
16 Botch-A-Me - Rosemary Clooney
17 A Guy is a Guy - Doris Day
18 The Little White Cloud That Cried - Johnnie Ray
19 High Noon - Frankie Laine
20 I'm Yours - Eddie Fisher