What Happened in February 1951

Historical Events

  • 1st -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • 1st 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
  • 1st 1st telecast of atomic explosion
  • 1st Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed
  • 1st UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
  • 1st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 2nd -35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
  • 2nd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 3rd "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV
  • 3rd Dick Button wins US skating title for 6th time
  • 3rd Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle

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3rd Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • 4th US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer
  • 4th US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 6th "Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84

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6th Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 6th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security
  • 9th St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45
  • 10th "John & Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaks at #21

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

11th Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election in the Gold Coast (Ghana)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah

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14th Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 16th NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
  • 16th SF City Hall dome fire
  • 18th 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes
  • 18th Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • 18th Netherlands Radio School forms
  • 21st SC House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated
  • 22nd 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "All About Eve" Best Film
  • 24th "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 24th Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER
  • 24th Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of Great Britain
  • 24th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA
  • 25th "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 perf
  • 25th 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
  • 25th Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • 26th Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
  • 27th 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms
  • 28th French government of Pleven dissolves
  • 28th Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

28th 8th Golden Globes: Sunset Boulevard, Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Andrew Smith, British MP
  • 2nd Alphonso Johnson, jazz bassist
  • 2nd Kim Zimmer, actress (Guiding Light, Doctors, One Life to Live), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 3rd Felipe Munoz, Mexico, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 3rd Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • 4th Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
  • 4th Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician
  • 4th Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • 5th Elizabeth Swados, composer/playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 6th Maria Christina, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III
  • 6th Marco Antônio, Brazilian footballer
  • 6th Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell ], County Donegal Ireland, Irish singer
  • 6th Jacques Villeret, French film actor (d. 2005)
  • 7th Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • 7th Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • 8th Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • 8th Z'EV, American text/sound artist (born Stefan Weisser)
  • 9th Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, saxophonist (Kool & Gang-Celebration)
  • 9th Jay Inslee, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • 9th Penny Peyser, Irvington NY, actress (Rich Man Poor Man, Knots Landing)
  • 10th Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer), born in Glendale, California
  • 10th Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
  • 10th Bob [Robert] Iger, American entertainment executive (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City

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10th Bob Iger, American businessman (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City, New York

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger
  • 12th Gil "The Bird" Moore, rocker (Triumph)
  • 12th Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • 13th David Naughton, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 13th Greg Fulginiti, American mastering engineer
  • 14th Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
  • 14th Michael Doucet, singer/musician (Beausoleil)
  • 14th JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater
  • 15th Jane Seymour, [Joyce Frankenberg], England, actress (Dr Quinn)
  • 15th Melissa Manchester, vocalist (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 16th William Katt, American actor (Greatest American Hero, Carrie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 18th Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
  • 19th Stephen Nichols, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 19th Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
  • 20th Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • 20th Edward Albert, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free), born in Los Angeles, California

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20th Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 20th Kathy Baillie, country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 20th Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 20th Randy California, [Wolfe], Cal, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You)
  • 21st John Parker, cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s)
  • 21st Michael Cotten, rock synthesizer (Tubes)
  • 21st Vince Welnick, rock keyboardist (Tubes)
  • 22nd Harley O Staggers Jr, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • 22nd Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 23rd Ed "Too Tall" Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 23rd Nicholas Kenyon, controller (BBC Radio 3)
  • 23rd Patricia Richardson, American actress (Double Trouble, Home Improvement), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 24th Derek Randall, cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
  • 24th Helen Shaver, Ontario Canada, actress (WIOU, Praise of Older Women)
  • 24th Debra Jo Rupp, American actress
  • 25th Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • 25th James Brown, American sportscaster
  • 25th César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • 27th Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91)
  • 27th Steve Harley, rocker (Come Up & See Me)
  • 28th Gustavo Thoeni, Italy, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 28th Karsan Ghavri, cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
  • 28th Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings

  • 10th Shah of Persia marries 19 year old Soraja Esfandiara Bakhtiari

HeartWedding of Interest

27th Activist W.E.B. Du Bois (83) weds award-winning author Shirley Graham (54) in Queens, New York

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois

Famous Deaths

  • 9th Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 10th Joseph Bovet, composer, dies at 71
  • 12th Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
  • 13th Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877)
  • 16th Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State), dies at 65
  • 17th Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, composer, dies at 94
  • 18th Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85

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19th Andre Gide, French writer (Nobel 1947), dies of pneumonia at 81

Writer André Gide
André Gide
  • 20th Howard Brockway, composer, dies at 80
  • 21st Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Gay Death), dies at 63
  • 27th Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, dies at 91
  • 28th Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, dies at 50