What Happened in February 1951

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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


Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10 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
  • Feb 12 Gil "The Bird" Moore, rocker (Triumph)
  • Feb 12 Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • Feb 13 David Naughton, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 13 Greg Fulginiti, American mastering engineer
  • Feb 14 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
  • Feb 14 Michael Doucet, singer/musician (Beausoleil)
  • Feb 14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater
  • Feb 15 Jane Seymour, [Joyce Frankenberg], England, actress (Dr Quinn)
  • Feb 15 Melissa Manchester, vocalist (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 16 William Katt, American actor (Greatest American Hero, Carrie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 18 Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
  • Feb 19 Stephen Nichols, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
  • Feb 20 Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 20 Edward Albert, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 27 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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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