Ike grew up on Abilene, KS. His presidential library and boyhood home are located there. All Kansas public school students are required to visit at least once. The branding of “I Like Ike” onto all children over the age of 7 was repealed when Nixon resigned. “Dwight David Eisenhower was born the year the US census pronounced the frontier closed and died the year man walked on the moon.”
Have I mentioned that this song is chronological? Oops.
Also in 1952, America experienced the worst of its Polio epidemics. This peak led to increased investment in vaccine research. Jonas Salk developed the first vaccine for poliomyelitis by using monkey kidney tissue (because monkey spinal cords didn’t yield well enough) and inactivating the virus by making it swim in formaldehyde.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (her full name because Windsor is the HOUSE and not to be sullied by being referred to as a common SURNAME), accessioned to the throne on February 6, 1952. Yes, the non-parenthetical verb in that last sentence is correct. Yes, I had to look it up to make sure I was right.