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  Timeline: 1952  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1952 Milan-San Remo Loretto Petrucci (Ita) 282 km
April 6, 1952 Tour of Flanders Roger Decock (Bel) 258 km
April 13, 1952 Paris-Roubaix Rik van Steenbergen (Bel) 245 km
May 11, 1952 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ferdi Kubler (Sui) 229 km
May 17-June 8, 1952 Giro d'Italia Fausto Coppi (Ita) 20 Stages, 3,964 km
June 25-July 19, 1952 Tour de France Fausto Coppi (Ita) 23 Stages, 4,827 km
Not Held Vuelta a Espana x x
August 24, 1952 World Championships Heinz Muller (Ger) Luxembourg, Lux 280 km
October 26, 1952 Giro di Lombardia Giuseppe Minardi (Ita) Milan-Milan, 226 km

•  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.



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