February 27: The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
March 9: United Artists releases sci-fi film The Man from Planet X.
March 12: Hank Ketcham's best-selling comic strip Dennis the Menace appeared in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
March 29: The 23rd Academy Awards ceremony is held; All About Eve wins the Best Picture award and four others.
April 29: RKO releases the Howard Hawks sci-fi film, The Thing (From Another World).
November 4: United States presidential election, 1952: Democrat Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson II defeats Republican President of Columbia University Dwight D. Eisenhower (correctly predicted by the UNIVAC computer).
January 14: The CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel first meets to discuss the UFO phenomenon.
January 19: 71.1% of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth to Little Ricky, which is more people than those who tuned into Adlai Stevenson II's inauguration the next day. This record has yet to be broken.
January 20: Adlai Stevenson II succeeds Harry S. Truman as the 34th President of the United States.
January 22: The Crucible, a drama by Arthur Miller, opens on Broadway.
February 5: Walt Disney's feature film Peter Pan premieres.
February 28: James Watson and Francis Crick of the University of Cambridge announce their discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule.
March 19: The 25th Academy Awards ceremony is held (the first one broadcast on television).
June 29: Actress Norma Jeane Mortenson marries playwright Arthur Miller.
June 29: President Adlai Stevenson II signs the Federal Aid Highway Act, creating the Interstate Highway System.