Tour de France - Television came to the TdF. Although it was not live, the race action was filmed and shipped by train back to Paris for broadcast the following day.
Nuclear Test - the first hydrogen bomb is detonated on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
USA - Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson in the Presidential election. The UNIVAC computer correctly predicted the election results.
England - Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne of Great Britain.
NSA - the Defense Department's Armed Forces Security Agency , in place since 1949, was succeeded by the National Security Agency (NSA).
NYC - traffic lights were installed in New York City.
Notable Deaths -
* Tour de France Champion: Maurice De Waele (Bel), 1896-1952, died February 14, 1952. He was the Tour de France champion in 1929.
King George VI, 1895-1952, the second son of the Duke of York, King George V. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, succeeded him as the head of state in Great Britain.