What Happened on December 23, 1951

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Release

"The African Queen", directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)

  • 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • Last Belgian communities get electricity

Famous Birthdays

  • Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha Na Na)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Famous Deaths

  • Alfreds Kalnins, composer, dies at 72
  • Benito Lynch, Irish-Argentine writer (Palo Verde), dies at 66