The 1952 Winter Olympics took place in Oslo, Norway, from 14 to
25 February. All of the venues for the games were located in Oslo’s
metropolitan area with the exception of the alpine skiing events, which
were held at Norefjell, 113 km (70 mi) away. A new hotel was built for
the press and dignitaries, along with three dormitories to house
athletes and coaches, creating the first modern Olympic Village. The
games attracted 694 athletes representing 30 countries, who
participated in 6 sports and 22 events. There was one demonstration
sport, bandy, in which three Scandinavian countries competed. Women were
allowed to compete in cross-country skiing for the first time. Portugal
and New Zealand competed at their first Winter Olympics, and Japan and
Germany competed for the first time since World War II. Norway won the
overall medal count with sixteen medals, seven of which were gold.
Hjalmar Andersen from Norway was the most decorated athlete with three
gold medals for speed skating. The games closed with the presentation of
a flag (pictured) by the city of Oslo to the International Olympic
Committee. The “Oslo Flag” has been displayed in the host city during
each subsequent winter games.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Napoleonic Wars: When squadrons of British and French ships of
the line engaged in the Battle of San Domingo in the Caribbean Sea, the
French ships Impérial and Diomède ran aground to avoid capture, but
were caught and destroyed anyway.
Otto became the first modern King of Greece.
Over 65,000 workers in Seattle, Washington, US, began a five-
day general strike to gain higher wages after two years of World War I
In testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Lockheed
president Carl Kotchian admitted that the company had paid out
approximately US$3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime
Minister Kakuei Tanaka.
Mary Gaudron was appointed as the first female Justice of the
High Court of Australia.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A substance that induces lactation.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
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