The Year is 1952 ...

Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower (KS) and Richard M. Nixon (CA) beat Democrats Adlai E. Stevenson (IL) and John J. Sparkman (AL) for President and Vice President. Republicans win control of White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives for the first time since 1928.

"You Never Had It So Good" is a popular slogan praising Democratic leadership through the depression and war to a growing post-war economy.

Richard Nixon (republican senator of California) gives "Checkers Speech" on national television. Nixon gives the speech after he is asked to leave the ticket as he is accused of having created a secret fund of supporting businessmen. Checkers is the name of the dog he claims is the only gift he accepted from a Texas businessman. The speech captures the hearts of then nation.

President Truman controls steel mills shut down by strikes.

U.S., Great Britain, and France sign peace treaty with West Germany.

GI Bill extended to Korean War veterans.

Supreme Court rejects appeal of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

U.S. performs first successful hydrogen bomb test at Eniwetok Atoll.

Construction on first atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, begins.

Fighting Illini Football beats Stanford in the Rose Bowl, 40-7.

A basketball game between the Arlington Cardinals and Hinsdale Red Devils is held on Friday, February 15, and marks the formal opening of today's Grace Gym.

The new gym at Arlington High School, referred to as "the new auditorium," later to be named Grace Gym in 1967, is dedicated on May 18, 1952.

The Greatest Show on Earth
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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