What Happened in October 1951

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1
  • Oct 1 1st treaty signed by woman ambassador-Eugenie Anderson (US ambassador to Denmark)
  • Oct 1 24th Infantry Regiment, last all-black US military unit, deactivated
  • Oct 2 1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)
  • Oct 2 Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs
  • Oct 3 Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
  • Oct 4 In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn

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Oct 6 Stalin proclaims USSR has atomic bomb

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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Oct 7 David Ben-Gurion forms 3rd Israeli government

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Oct 8 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Oct 8 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Oct 9 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
  • Oct 9 Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1
  • Oct 10 Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game
  • Oct 14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • Oct 14 Organization of Central American States forms
  • Oct 15 Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty
  • Oct 15 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesizes the first oral contraceptive

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Oct 15 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • Oct 16 The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi.
  • Oct 17 Egyptian army fires on British troops
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 19 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Texas Women's Golf Open
  • Oct 19 US President Harry Truman formally ends state of war with Germany
  • Oct 20 The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Oct 22 Earthquake hits Formosa, 100 killed
  • Oct 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Jan de Hartog's "Four Poster" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 24 United Nations publishes its first postage stamps
  • Oct 25 Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
  • Oct 26 Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m & 15 miles

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Oct 26 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 26 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 86

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 28 2nd Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by six points
  • Oct 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 31 French Second Chamber accepts the Schuman Plan

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Brian Greenway, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 2 Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone Power/actress (Justine), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 2 Sting, [Gordon Sumner], rock vocalist (Police-Roxanne)/actor (Dune)
  • Oct 3 Dave Winfield, baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays, Twins)
  • Oct 3 Jack Grondin, rock drummer (.38 Special)
  • Oct 3 Kathryn Sullivan, Paterson NJ, geologist and astronaut (1st American woman to walk in space), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Oct 3 Bernard Cooper, American writer
  • Oct 3 Keb' Mo', American singer
  • Oct 4 Alan Rosenberg, actor (Civil Wars, LA Law, Cybill)
  • Oct 4 Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • Oct 5 Karen Allen, Illinois, actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers)
  • Oct 5 Leah Poulis Mueller, Berwyn Ill, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980)

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Oct 5 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Oct 6 Kevin Cronin, Champaign Ill, rock vocalist (REO Speedwagon)
  • Oct 7 Carmen R "Tata" Vega, US soul singer (Color Purple soundtrack)
  • Oct 7 John Cougar Mellencamp, Seymour Indiana, rocker (Jack & Diane)
  • Oct 7 David J. Halberstam, American radio executive
  • Oct 8 Jack O'Connell, American politician
  • Oct 9 Richard Chaves, actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct 9 Robert Wuhl, Union NJ, actor (Bull Durham, Good Morning Vietnam)
  • Oct 10 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian statesman
  • Oct 11 Wesley Magoogan, rocker
  • Oct 12 Bernie Ruoff, West Germany, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton)
  • Oct 12 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California)
  • Oct 12 Sally Little, Cape Town South Africa, LPGA golfer (1982 Dinah Shore)
  • Oct 13 John Ford Coley, rocker (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
  • Oct 13 Olympia-Ann Sylvers, rocker
  • Oct 14 Marcia Barrett, St Catherine's Jamaica, rock vocalist (Boney M)
  • Oct 15 Frank Dimino, rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.

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Oct 15 Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player (Wimbledon Finals 1979), born in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • Oct 16 Alan Wheat, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983- )
  • Oct 16 Daniel Gerroll, actor (Big Business), born in London, England
  • Oct 18 Pam Dawber, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 18 Terry McMillan, American author
  • Oct 19 Annie Golden, actress (Forever Lulu, Hair), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • Oct 20 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • Oct 20 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • Oct 20 Leif Pagrotsky, Swedish politician
  • Oct 20 Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (Leicester City) and player, born in Rome
  • Oct 23 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 23 Charly García, Argentine singer
  • Oct 23 Fatmir Sejdiu, President of Kosovo
  • Oct 24 Todd Crespi, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Magician)
  • Oct 25 Ransom Wilson, Tuscaloosa Alabama, flutist (Soliste NY)
  • Oct 25 Richard Lloyd, American guitarist (Television)
  • Oct 26 Bootsy Collins, rocker (Parliaments-We Got the Funk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 26 Maggie Roche, rocker (Roches)
  • Oct 26 William "Bootsy" Collins, US bassist (Psychotic bump school)
  • Oct 27 Jayne Kennedy-Overton, actress (Penitentary), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 27 K K Downing, rock guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
  • Oct 27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
  • Oct 27 Nancy Jacobs, American politician (R), Senator Maryland (1999-2015), born in Charleston, West Virginia

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Oct 27 Edward Lee Howard, American CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, born in Alamogordo, New Mexico (d. 2002)

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Oct 28 Ron & Don Gaylon, midwest US, siamese twins (Jerry Springer Show)
  • Oct 29 Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen-R Idaho)
  • Oct 29 Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra)
  • Oct 29 Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville)
  • Oct 30 Frank Pallone Jr, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • Oct 30 Harry Hamlin, actor (Michael Kuzak-LA Law), born in Pasadena, California
  • Oct 31 Nick Saban, American college football coach

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 29 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
  • Oct 6 Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
  • Oct 6 Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German-born physician and biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1884)
  • Oct 6 Will Keith Kellogg, American food manufacturer (b. 1860)
  • Oct 7 Anton F Philips, CEO (Philips), dies at 77
  • Oct 12 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet, dies in captivity at 62
  • Oct 13 W G (Billy) Quaife, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 228 runs), dies
  • Oct 16 Liaquat Ali Khan, PM of Pakistan (1947-51), assassinated by Said Akbar
  • Oct 29 De Raymond, French High Director of Cambodia, murdered
  • Oct 29 Robert G Aitken, US astronomer (New General Catalogue), dies at 86