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

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11th Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on 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

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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, Glendale California, author (Prize Pulitzer)
  • 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
  • 10th Bob Iger, American businessman (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City, New York
  • 12th Gil "The Bird" Moore, rocker (Triumph)
  • 12th Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • 13th David Naughton, Hartford Ct, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations)
  • 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, Cincinnati OH, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives)
  • 19th Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
  • 20th Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • 20th Edward Albert, LA Ca, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free)

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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, Morristown NJ, country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart)
  • 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 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 22nd Harley O Staggers Jr, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • 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

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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