What Happened in December 1951

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Dec 1 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • Dec 1 Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
  • Dec 2 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • Dec 2 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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Dec 2 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Dec 2 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham

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Dec 4 Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 4 Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people
  • Dec 4 Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government.
  • Dec 8 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • Dec 8 AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
  • Dec 9 West German voters approve merger of 3 states to form Baden-Wurttemberg

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Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Dec 16 NBC premiere of "Dragnet" in black and white
  • Dec 17 Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
  • Dec 19 Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands
  • Dec 20 Walter Zinn's Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the first nuclear reactor to produce electric power, goes live at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Dec 22 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • Dec 23 Last Belgian communities get electricity
  • Dec 23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 24 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
  • Dec 24 United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN
  • Dec 25 1st Christmas Day in Test Crickets, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • Dec 25 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Dec 27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal
  • Dec 31 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electricity announced

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Alexander Panayotov Aleksandrov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-5)
  • Dec 1 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Treat Williams, Rowayton CT, actor (Flashpoint, Hair)
  • Dec 2 Adrian Devine, American baseball pitcher
  • Dec 3 Danger Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Dec 3 James Turner Brewer, Maywood Ill, basketball player (Oly-silver-1972)
  • Dec 3 Mike Stock, rocker (Stock, Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • Dec 3 Rick Mears, Indy-car racer (over 25 wins)
  • Dec 3 Riki Chosyu, [Mitsuo Yoshida], wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan)
  • Dec 3 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 John and Greg Rice, American twin actors
  • Dec 3 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • Dec 4 Gary Rossington, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)
  • Dec 4 Patricia Wettig, actress (Nancy Weston-30 Something), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 5 Morgan Brittany, [Suzanne Cupito], LA Cal, actress (Katherine-Dallas)
  • Dec 5 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 5 Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian artist
  • Dec 6 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager
  • Dec 7 Henk Temming, Dutch vocalist/keyboardist (Good Cause)
  • Dec 8 Bill Bryson, American author
  • Dec 8 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • Dec 10 Johnny Rodriquez, US, actor (Nashville Girl, La Bamba Party)
  • Dec 10 Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer
  • Dec 11 Robert Cochran, Claremont Vt, skier (Olympics-1972)
  • Dec 12 Caren Kaye, actress (My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 12 Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa Ks, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82)
  • Dec 13 Robert Lindsay, Ilketson England, actor (Strike it Rich, King Lear)
  • Dec 14 Jan Timman, Dutch chess player
  • Dec 15 Joe Jordan, Scottish soccer star
  • Dec 15 Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
  • Dec 16 Robben Ford, American guitarist
  • Dec 17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)
  • Dec 17 Wanda Hutchison, rocker
  • Dec 18 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • Dec 18 Candice Rialson, actress (Chatterbox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Dec 19 Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
  • Dec 20 Gilbert Montagné, French musician
  • Dec 20 Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter
  • Dec 22 Charles de Lint, Neth, sci-fi author (Moonhear, Mulengro, Yarrow)
  • Dec 22 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and wealthy landowner, born in Omagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • Dec 22 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 23 Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha Na Na)
  • Dec 24 Johnny Contardo, rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)
  • Dec 24 John D'Acquisto, baseball player
  • Dec 25 Ria Thielsch, Dutch singer (Luv)
  • Dec 26 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • Dec 27 William Waldorf 4th viscount Astor/English large landowner
  • Dec 27 Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico
  • Dec 28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • Dec 28 Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.
  • Dec 29 Laurel Masse, Holland Mich, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Operator)
  • Dec 29 Yvonne Elliman, US actress/singer (I Don't Know How to Love Him)
  • Dec 29 Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 30 Nancy LaMott, American singer, born in Midland, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Dec 30 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • Dec 31 Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Dec 31 Michael Allen Bantom, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 31 Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 13 British PM Margaret Thatcher (26) weds businessman Denis Thatcher (36) at Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Felix Petyrek, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 4 Pedro Salinas, Spanish writer (Generation of 1927), dies at 61
  • Dec 5 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, of baseball's black sox scandal, dies
  • Dec 5 Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer (b. 1871)
  • Dec 6 J Edward Bromberg, dies at 47
  • Dec 6 Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)
  • Dec 10 Algernon Blackwood, English writer (b. 1869)
  • Dec 12 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • Dec 13 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • Dec 15 Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
  • Dec 19 Barton Yarbrough, actor (Dragnet), dies at 51
  • Dec 22 Powell Weaver, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 23 Alfreds Kalnins, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Benito Lynch, Irish/Argentine writer (Palo Verde), dies at 66
  • Dec 25 Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • Dec 30 Jozef E Stokvis, Dutch MP (SDAP), dies at 76
  • Dec 31 Maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat, dies at 75
  • Dec 31 Philipp A Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher/physicist, dies at 76