PLEASE NOTE: Included is a segment by Southpaw Ben. I am including it here because my intent to to provide a secondary means of access to the History Segment. However, I do not want to give the impression that his work is my own. If he would like for me to remove his part, I'll be glad to do so. No bad feelings.
Here are some one liners...
The Reunification of Germany... DENIED! -- Stalin favors the reunification of Germany, butterflies, and pretty girls. As negotiations fail, the borders are closed. Only West Berlin is left open.
The State of Nuclear Weapons -- Southpaw Ben goes through the problem of nuclear proliferation. I offer my own comments about the difference in power of an fission bomb vs. a fusion bomb.
Notable Births -- See below.
This Year in Film -- See below.
This Year in Music -- See below.
In Other News -- See below.
he Reunification of Germany... DENIED!Since the closing days of World War 2, Germany has been occupied by the Allied forces, but each Ally has its own assigned region. The region of Soviet occupation is officially called (in English) "The German Democratic Republic" or DDR for short because actually using the word "Democratic" is just too much BS even for the communists. (I wish that was a joke.) This year Stalin proposes to unify Germany once more. He promises freedom of speech, freedom of religion, bread and circuses. Hooray! Everything a nation could want except self-defense, and a mutual defense treaty with NATO. Travel between the DDR and the West is fairly easy in certain places. At this point about 8 million German refugees have crossed into the West. They don't believe Stalin. (Imagine that.) As negotiations break down the German borders are sealed by the Soviets. Entry into West Berlin is still open, so an additional 16,000 Germans flee there in August alone. Next year over 200,000 will make their way West. Berlin is a shining jewel of capitalism in the midst of communist oppression... oh... I mean a workman's paradise. The contrast will become so stark that the DDR leadership will insist on a wall of separation... a high wall... the Berlin Wall. Construction will begin in 1961.   
The State of Nuclear Weapons1952 was a big year for the proliferation of nuclear arms. To start of the trio of major advances in nuclear arms was the maiden voyage of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. While it wouldn't be operational until 1955, this was new jet-powered major step to better allowing the US to be able expand it's operational range of delivering nuclear weapons. The B-52 was a replacement for the B-36 Peacemaker, which used a piston-engine that drives propellers, though it was later retrofitted with an added pair of jet-engines. The B-52 is still in use today due to it's good performance at high subsonic speeds, and it's low operational costs. The next major advancement of nuclear weapons in 1952 was the October 3rd testing of the United Kingdoms first nuclear weapon in Australia during Operation Hurricane. The test was successful and had a 25 kiloton yield, which was only slightly more powerful than the US's "Fat Man" bomb. The final major advance in nuclear armament in 1952 was the first ever successful test of a hydrogen bomb by the US on October 31st during Operation Ivy, code named "Mike", this test resulted in a yield of 10.4 megatons, which is almost 500 times as powerful as the "Fat Man" bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
- Vladimir Putin: KGB agent, FSB Director, Prime Minister and President of Russia. 
- John Kasich: Governor (R) of Ohio, and presidential candidate. 
- David Petraeus: 4-Star General and CIA Director. 
- Maureen Dowd: New York Times columnist. 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- Billy West: The voice of "Fry" on Futurama. 
- -- Jonathan Frakes: Star Trek: 2nd Generation's Commander William T. Riker. 
- -- Michael Dorn: Star Trek: 2nd Generation's Mr. Worf. (Klingon Starfleet officer) 
- -- Dan Aykroyd: Saturday Night Live comedian, The Blues Brothers, Coneheads, and Ghostbusters. 
- -- John Goodman and Roseanne Barr: The TV sitcom couple on Roseanne. 
This Year in Film
- The Greatest Show on Earth: Circus drama and Academy Award winner. 
- Singin' in the Rain: Musical comedy, directed, choreographed, and acted by Gene Kelly. 
- Hans Christian Andersen: Starring Danny Kaye in various fairy tales. 
This Year in Music
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: Jimmy Boyd. (He's 12-years-old!) 
In Other News
- Project Blue Book begins: It is a statistical survey of UFO sightings, but without computers, it is really a filing cabinet and people making notes. 
- The Mau Mau Uprising begins: Also known as the Kenya Emergency, this uprising was against the British rule of Kenya.