Lismore: A Look Back at 1952
The 60th anniversary of Lismore takes us back to the year 1952. We already know that designer Miroslav Havel was busy crafting his iconic crystal pattern, but what else was going on that year?
England’s King George VI dies February 1952. Daughter Elizabeth ascends the throne as Queen Elizabeth II.
Citizens of the United States elect former General Dwight D. Eisenhower in November as the 34th President.
The VI Winter Olympic Games in Oslo Norway begin February 14 with 30 nations participating. Opening ceremonies for the XV Olympiad are held in Helsinki, July 19, with first-time appearances by Israel and the USSR.
The literary world welcomed 1952 #1 Best-Sellers "The Caine Mutiny" by Herman Wouk in January, "The Silver Chalice" by Thomas B. Costain in September, and "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck in November.
Audiences flock to the silver screen to see 1952 Academy Award winners "The Greatest Show on Earth," "High Noon," and "Come Back Little Sheba." On the small screen, families crowded around the television to laugh along with the Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theatre, I Love Lucy and The Red Skelton Show.
The introduction of Lismore in 1952 was a famous first. Other notable firsts that year include the world’s first passenger jet produced in the UK, the first Hydrogen bomb detonated in the US, the first polio vaccine created by Dr. Jonas Salk and Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head, the first toy advertised to children on television.
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