What Happened in January 1951

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 2 Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 3 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents
  • Jan 3 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • Jan 4 Chinese forces capture Seoul (Korean War)
  • Jan 5 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 6 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • Jan 6 Ganghwa massacre: Hundreds of South Korean communist sympathisers are slaughtered
  • Jan 8 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda
  • Jan 9 "Life After Tomorrow", 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds
  • Jan 10 1st jet passenger trip made
  • Jan 10 UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jan 13 German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • Jan 15 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • Jan 15 Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
  • Jan 15 Ilse Koch, also known as "The Witch of Buchenwald", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court
  • Jan 16 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
  • Jan 16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC)
  • Jan 17 China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • Jan 18 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
  • Jan 18 Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 21 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 22 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
  • Jan 22 Fidel Castro is ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter
  • Jan 23 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg win
  • Jan 24 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27 "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 27 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • Jan 29 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Jan 29 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • Jan 30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • Jan 31 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • Jan 31 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Frans Kellendonk, author (Ruin, The Good for Nothing)
  • Jan 1 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • Jan 1 Nana Patekar, Indian film and stage actor
  • Jan 1 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver
  • Jan 2 Nadia Cassini, [Gianna Lou Muller], Woodstock NY, model (Oui)
  • Jan 2 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • Jan 3 Frank Chikane, sec-gen of South African Council of Churches
  • Jan 3 Gary Nairn, Australian politician
  • Jan 4 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jan 4 Peter Haycock, rock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 5 Steve Arnold, English footballer
  • Jan 6 Kim Wilson, rocker (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • Jan 6 Don Gullett, American baseball player
  • Jan 7 Talgat Amangeldyyevich Musabayev, Russian mjr/cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27)
  • Jan 7 Mike Ward, Democratic Congressman for Kentucky & radio talk show host
  • Jan 8 John McTiernan, actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 8 Paul Dresher, composer
  • Jan 8 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician
  • Jan 9 Crystal Gayle, Ky, country singer (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue)
  • Jan 10 Kathleen Bradley, model (Price is Right), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jan 11 Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 12 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 12 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 12 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • Jan 12 Kirstie Alley, Wichita Ks, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)
  • Jan 12 Larry Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • Jan 12 Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality
  • Jan 12 Ann Althouse, American law professor
  • Jan 14 Gil Pak Jong, Korea PR, judo (Olympic-1976)
  • Jan 14 William Risrook, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 15 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat)

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • Jan 15 Martha Davis, California, vocalist/guitar (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame)
  • Jan 16 Richard Thompson, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • Jan 17 Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Jan 18 Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • Jan 18 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (d. 1982)
  • Jan 20 Magomed Omarovich Tolboyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 20 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States, born in NYC, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • Jan 21 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 23 Michael Matz, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Jan 24 Yakov Smirnoff, Russia, comedian (It's a wonderful country)
  • Jan 25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Andy Hummell, rock bassist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 26 David Briggs, rock guitarist (Little River Band-Help is on it's Way)
  • Jan 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Jan 26 Walt Willey, Ottawa Ill, actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children)
  • Jan 27 Brian Downey, rock drummer (Thin Lizzy-Boys are Back in Town)
  • Jan 27 Scott Lane, American actor (Gary-McKeever & the Colonel), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Seth Justman, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 Gordon Prentice, British MP
  • Jan 28 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Jan 28 William Nelson Jr, US bassist (Connections & Disconnections)
  • Jan 28 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • Jan 29 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Stokes, footballer
  • Jan 30 Charles S Dutton, Balt Md, actor (Alien 3, Crocodile Dundee 2, Roc)
  • Jan 30 Clifford Leon Anderson, rocker (Cure)
  • Jan 30 Marv Ross, rocker (Quarterflash)
  • Jan 30 Phil Collins, England, singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)
  • Jan 30 Trevor Laughlin, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1978-79)
  • Jan 31 Harry Casey, [KC], rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Jan 31 Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
  • Jan 31 Presiley Baxendale, British QC
  • Jan 31 Dave Benton, Aruban-born singer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 8 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 1st divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • Jan 3 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 5 Andrei P Platonov, Russian author (Prok, Kotlovan), dies at 51
  • Jan 7 Johanna C H "Nelly" Bodenheim, painter (Luilekkerland), dies at 76
  • Jan 7 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • Jan 10 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 10 Harry Sinclair Lewis, US writer (Nobel 1930), dies at 65
  • Jan 10 Sinclair Lewis, writer, dies at 65
  • Jan 10 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 18 Robert Mark, US chairman (Caste World Congress), dies at 41
  • Jan 19 Constantin Nottara, composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 22 Eastwood Lane, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Karl Nessler, inventor of the perm (b. 1872)
  • Jan 28 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, president of Finland (b.1867)
  • Jan 29 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • Jan 29 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
  • Jan 30 Ferdinand Porsche, German car inventor (Porsche), dies at 75