What Happened in April 1951

Historical Events

  • 3rd Christopher Fry's "Sleep of Prisoners" premieres in Oxford

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4th Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón

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5th Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

Sport awardGolf Major

7th 15th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • 7th American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament
  • 7th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 7th 105th Grand National: John Bullock aboard Nickel Coin wins

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11th US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 12th Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
  • 15th Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
  • 16th British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75

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17th NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 18th "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • 18th Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms
  • 18th France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community
  • 19th "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • 19th 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45

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19th Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 20th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 20th Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
  • 20th 4th Cannes Film Festival: "Miss Julie" directed by Alf Sjoberg and "Miracle in Milan" directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 21st 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 21st Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • 22nd Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC
  • 23rd Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open
  • 24th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open
  • 26th Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
  • 27th Mohammed Mossadeq chosen as premier of Persia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st John Philip Abizaid, U.S. Army General, former CENTCOM commander
  • 2nd Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 2nd Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
  • 3rd Gwen Welles, US actress (Desert Hearts, Nashville)
  • 3rd Mel Schacher, MI, bassist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)
  • 4th Steve Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 4th Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  • 5th Everett Morton, rocker (English Beat)
  • 5th Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 5th Dean Kamen, American inventor
  • 6th Ralph Cooper, Australia, drummer (Air Supply-All Out of Love)
  • 6th Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born baseball player
  • 7th Janis Ian [Janis Eddy Fink], American singer-songwriter and folk musician (At Seventeen, Society's Child), born in NYC, New York
  • 7th John Dittrich, Union NJ, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 10th Mark Roth, bowler (4-time PBA Player of Year)

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10th Steven Seagal, actor (Above the Law, Hard to Kill), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 10th David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist
  • 11th Robbie House, rocker (Snuff)
  • 11th Doris McGowen Beck Angleton, American socialite (d. 1997)
  • 11th Paul Fox, English guitarist (The Ruts) (d. 2007)
  • 11th James Patrick Kelly, American author
  • 12th Jackson Spires, rock drummer (Blackfoot)
  • 13th Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austria, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 13th Jack Quinn, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 13th Max Weinberg, rock drummer (E Street Band, Conan O'Brien Show)
  • 13th Peabo Bryson, Greenville SC, R&B vocalist (I'm So into You)
  • 13th Peter Davison, actor (Dr Who, Sink or Swim, Fiddlers Three)
  • 13th Joachim Streich, East German footballer
  • 14th Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician
  • 14th Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist
  • 15th Hansel, Cuba, spanish personality
  • 15th Heloise II, columnist (Heloise's Helpful Hints)
  • 15th John L Phillips, Ft Belvoir Va, PhD/astronaut
  • 15th Marsha S Ivins, astronaut (STS 32, 46, 62, 81), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 16th John Bentley, English rocker (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 16th Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, French photographer
  • 16th Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer
  • 16th Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer
  • 16th Mordechai Ben David, Jewish singer
  • 17th Olivia Hussey, Buenos Aires, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile)
  • 18th Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • 18th Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician
  • 19th Barry Brown, American actor and writer (d. 1978)
  • 19th Jóannes Eidesgaard, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
  • 20th Geraint Wyn Davies, Welsh-Canadian actor (Nick Knight-Forever Knight, Bury Me in Niagara, High Hopes), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 20th Luther Vandross, rock vocalist (Dance with my Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 21st Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
  • 21st Nicoel Barclay, rocker
  • 21st Tony Danza, (Tony Banta-Taxi, Tony Micelli-Who's the Boss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 21st Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • 21st Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire)
  • 22nd Paul Carrack, rock vocalist (Squeeze/Ace-How Long), born in Sheffield, England
  • 22nd Ana María Shua, Argentine poet
  • 23rd Loek M L H A Hermans, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 24th Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator
  • 25th Ian McCartney, Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom, British MP (1987-2010)
  • 25th Linda Stone, pharmacist
  • 27th Ace Frehley, heavy metal rocker (Kiss-Beth, Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 27th Boris Kinberg, rock percussionist (Mink Deville)
  • 29th Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)
  • 30th Panuta Rosani, Poland, discus (Olympic 1976) drug disqualified

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

3rd Actress and singer Doris Day (29) marries producer Martin Melcher (35) in Burbank

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

HeartWedding of Interest

10th Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (68) weds nurse Alyce Chester

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser

HeartWedding of Interest

18th Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • 2nd Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 3rd Johannes C Kielstra, Dut economist/gov (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
  • 4th Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 4th George Albert Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) (b. 1870)
  • 5th Edward Rigby, dies at 72
  • 6th Halfdan Cleve, composer, dies at 71
  • 9th Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Hadji Aga), dies at 48
  • 9th Vilhelm F K Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology, dies at 89
  • 12th Harold Vincent Milligan, composer, dies at 62
  • 16th Emile Erens, Dutch hagiographer (Pastor of Ars), dies at 85
  • 18th António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
  • 20th Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1873)
  • 22nd Stanley Ridges, actor (possessed, Sgt York, Mr Ace), dies at 59
  • 22nd Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (b. 1870)
  • 23rd Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1865)
  • 25th Jerzy Fitelberg, composer, dies at 47
  • 26th John Alden Carpenter, US composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 26th Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist (b. 1868)
  • 27th Philip Albert Myburgh Hands, cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 29th Jules Verstraete, [Julien G de Graef], actor (Boefje), dies at 67
  • 29th Ludwig J J Wittgenstein, Austria/English philosopher, dies at 62