What Happened in April 1951

Historical Events

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

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Apr 4 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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Apr 5 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

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Apr 11 US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur

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

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

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

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Apr 19 Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Apr 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 20 Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
  • Apr 20 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
  • Apr 21 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 21 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 22 Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC
  • Apr 23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open
  • Apr 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open
  • Apr 26 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Mossadeq chosen as premier of Persia

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 3 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

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

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz

Famous Deaths

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