Girish Mahajan

1952 in Wales

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1952 in Wales
Decades:  1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1952 to Wales and its people.

Contents

Incumbents

  • Prince of Wales – vacant
  • Princess of Wales – vacant
  • Archbishop of Wales – John Morgan, Bishop of Llandaff
  • Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales – Cynan
  • Events

  • 10 January - An Aer Lingus Douglas DC-3 aircraft on a London–Dublin flight crashes in Wales due to vertical draft in the mountains of Snowdonia, killing twenty passengers and the three crew.
  • 5 July - Six miners are killed in a mining accident at Point of Ayr colliery in north Wales.
  • 15 August - Wenvoe transmitting station begins broadcasting 405-line VHF BBC Television to south Wales and the west of England on Band I channel 5 (66.75 MHz).
  • 3 September - Mahmood Hussein Mattan is the last person to be executed at Cardiff Prison.
  • 19 October - A small Welsh republican group, Y Gweriniaethwyr, make an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the water pipeline leading from the Claerwen dam in mid Wales to Birmingham.
  • 23 October - Opening of Claerwen reservoir, the first engagement carried out in Wales by Elizabeth II since her accession as Queen of the United Kingdom. She first sets foot in Wales as monarch at Llandrindod railway station.
  • Lake Bala bursts its banks and floods many parts of the Vale of Edeirnion.
  • Following the retirement of Hugh O'Neill, David Grenfell becomes Father of the House.
  • Pennar Davies becomes Principal of Swansea Memorial College.
  • Arts and literature

  • English actors Richard Bebb and Gwen Watford marry.
  • Awards

  • National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Aberystwyth)
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - John Evans
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - withheld
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal - Owen Elias Roberts
  • New books

  • Islwyn Ffowc Elis - Cyn Oeri'r Gwaed
  • Jack Jones - Lily of the Valley
  • T. J. Morgan - Y Treigladau a’u Cystrawen
  • John Dyfnallt Owen - Rhamant a Rhyddid
  • R. Williams Parry - Cerddi'r Gaeaf
  • Bertrand Russell - The Impact of Science on Society
  • Richard Vaughan - Moulded in Earth
  • Raymond Williams - Drama from Ibsen to Eliot
  • Fine arts

  • Gwendoline Davies bequeaths a large part of her art collection to the National Museum of Wales, including Renoir's La Parisienne.
  • Music

  • David Wynne - Symphony no. 1
  • Recordings

  • Dylan Thomas records a collection of five of his poems, including Fern Hill and Do not go gentle into that good night, along with the short prose A Child's Christmas in Wales for Caedmon Audio in New York.
  • Film

  • Richard Burton stars in My Cousin Rachel.
  • Broadcasting

  • 12 March - Tommy Cooper's TV series, It's Magic, begins its run.
  • 15 August - The Wenvoe television transmitter enters service.
  • 26 August - Hit radio series Welsh Rarebit transfers to television.
  • Sport

  • Rugby union - Wales win their fifth Grand Slam.
  • Summer Olympics - Harry Llewellyn wins a gold medal in the team showjumping competition, riding Foxhunter.
  • Births

  • 9 January – Mike Watkins, Wales international rugby captain
  • 24 January – Tony Villars, footballer
  • 22 March – David Jones, politician
  • 3 April - Philip Jenkins, academic and former Mastermind champion
  • 16 April – Bob Humphrys, sports broadcaster (d. 2008)
  • 21 April - Cheryl Gillan, politician
  • 5 May – Andrew Davies AM, politician
  • 12 June – Jed Williams, jazz journalist
  • 7 September – Irene James AM, politician
  • 18 October – Hilary Bevan Jones, television producer
  • 17 November – David Emanuel, fashion designer
  • 20 November – Karen Sinclair, politician
  • date unknown
  • Menna Elfyn, poet
  • Robert Minhinnick, poet
  • Deaths

  • 3 March – John Emlyn Emlyn-Jones, shipowner and politician, 63
  • 25 April (in Broadstairs) – Sir John Milsom Rees, surgeon, 86
  • 25 August – James Kitchener Davies, poet, dramatist and nationalist, 50
  • 23 October – Windham Wyndham-Quin, 5th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, politician, 95
  • 28 October (in Sydney) – Billy Hughes, London-born Prime Minister of Australia, 90
  • 11 November – Sir William Llewelyn Davies, national librarian, 65
  • 28 November – Ernie George, Wales international rugby player, c.81
  • 2 December – Tom Jackson, Wales international rugby player, 82
  • 15 December (in London) – Sir William Goscombe John, sculptor, 92
  • 26 December (in London) – Lyn Harding, actor, 85
  • 31 December – John Cledwyn Davies, politician, 83
  • References

    1952 in Wales Wikipedia


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