What Happened in August 1951

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 1 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Aug 3 William H Jackson ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Aug 5 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
  • Aug 6 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • Aug 7 Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
  • Aug 7 US Viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)
  • Aug 9 Dutch Korea volunteers win US Collective Unit Citation
  • Aug 11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • Aug 11 1st color broadcast baseball game (Braves vs Dodgers) telecast (WCBS-NYC)
  • Aug 11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win pennant
  • Aug 12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
  • Aug 19 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 24 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 26 Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
  • Aug 26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Best Picture 1952)
  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak
  • Aug 30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • Aug 31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • Aug 1 Robin Heifetz, composer
  • Aug 2 Andrew Gold, rocker (Lonely Boy), born in Burbank, California
  • Aug 2 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet)
  • Aug 2 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician
  • Aug 3 Jon Graham, rock guitarist/vocalist (Earth Wind & Fire-Celebrate)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Marcel Dionne, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Drummondville, Quebec

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Aug 4 Lane Evans, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • Aug 5 John Jarratt, Australian actor
  • Aug 6 Catherine Hicks, American actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play), born in New York City
  • Aug 6 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • Aug 7 Gary Hall, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72)
  • Aug 8 Martin Brest, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 8 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • Aug 8 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • Aug 8 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Maria Combs, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 11 Donald DeCicco, Brockton Mass, fictional ID of Beldar in Coneheads
  • Aug 11 Vincent Bilodeau, Quebec actor and comedian
  • Aug 12 Charles E Brady Jr, Pinehurst NC, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 78)
  • Aug 12 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Aug 12 Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist
  • Aug 13 Dan Fogelberg, Peoria Ill, rocker (Same Auld Lang Syne)
  • Aug 13 Gwen Cheeseman, Harrisburg Pa, field hockey goalie (Oly-bronze-1984)
  • Aug 13 Jeff Altman, comedian/actor (Nurses, Pink Lady, Soul Man)
  • Aug 14 Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy)
  • Aug 14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 15 Bobby Caldwell, American rocker, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 15 John Childs, cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988)
  • Aug 15 Daba Diawara, Malian politician
  • Aug 15 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
  • Aug 16 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • Aug 16 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • Aug 17 Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Aug 17 Robert Joy, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 18 Greg Pruitt, NFL running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII)
  • Aug 19 John Deacon, British pop guitarist (Queen-Somebody to Love)
  • Aug 19 Lillian Muller, Grimstad Norway, playmate of year (Aug, 1975)
  • Aug 19 Randi Oakes, Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs)
  • Aug 19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer
  • Aug 20 Greg[ory Dale] Bear, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity)
  • Aug 20 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Aug 21 Bernhard Germeshausen, German DR, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Aug 21 Harry Smith, Hammond Ind, TV co-anchor (CBS Morning Show)
  • Aug 21 Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist
  • Aug 21 Char Margolis, American psychic medium and Dutch TV star, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 21 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright.
  • Aug 22 Teresa Davis, American Soul singer (The Emotions)
  • Aug 22 Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • Aug 23 Barbra Mizrahie, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 23 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Aug 23 Mark Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 23 Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (d. 2004)
  • Aug 24 Jimmy Farrar, rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 24 Orson Scott Card, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Ender's War)
  • Aug 24 Oscar Hijuelos, American author, (d. 2013)
  • Aug 25 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • Aug 26 Robert G Torricelli, (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1983- )
  • Aug 27 Don [Sheldon George] Pooley Jr, PGA golfer (1980 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 28 Dave Hlubek, rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet)
  • Aug 28 Wayne Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
  • Aug 28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese composer
  • Aug 30 Dana, singer/actress (Flight of the Doves)
  • Aug 30 Timothy Bottoms, actor (Paper Chase, East of Eden), born in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Actor Max Von Sydow (22) weds actress Christina Olin


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket keeper (Test for England 1910), dies
  • Aug 11 Ebbe Hamerik, composer, dies at 52

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • Aug 15 Artur Schnabel, Austria/US pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • Aug 16 Louis Jouvet, actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies at 63
  • Aug 21 (Leonard) Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45
  • Aug 22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • Aug 28 Robert Walker, actor/writer (Bataan, Madame Curie), dies at 32