Today in History for April 1951

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 28 of 28

3rd - Christopher Fry's "Sleep of Prisoners" premieres in Oxford
4th - Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
5th - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
7th - 15th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280
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
11th - US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur
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
17th - NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
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 perfs
19th - 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 19th - Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
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

Birthdays 1 - 62 of 62

1st - John Philip Abizaid, U.S. Army General, former CENTCOM commander
2nd - Ayako Okamoto, Hiroshima Japan, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee)
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], lesbian/folk rocker (At 17), 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)
Actor Steven SeagalActor Steven Seagal (10th) 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, rocker
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, Wales, actor (Bury Me in Niagara, High Hopes)
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, Sheffield England, rock vocalist (Squeeze/Ace-How Long)
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
26th - Lynne Jones, MP
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

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Industrialist Henry J. KaiserIndustrialist Henry J. Kaiser (10th) 10th - Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (68) weds nurse Alyce Chester
18th - Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 22 of 22

1st - Clement D'Hooghe, 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

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