What Happened in September 1951

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 PM Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad
  • Sep 1 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • Sep 2 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact
  • Sep 3 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • Sep 4 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Sep 4 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 71st U.S. Men's National Championship: Frank Sedgman beats Vic Seixas (6-4, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 5 65th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Shirley Fry Irvin (6-3, 1-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 8 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries (SF)
  • Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex
  • Sep 9 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 9 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
  • Sep 10 British begin economic boycott of Iran
  • Sep 11 Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes

  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
  • Sep 14 Giant's Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats
  • Sep 15 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances
  • Sep 15 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
  • Sep 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 16 6th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Sep 16 NL umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dogers bench ejecting 15 players
  • Sep 17 "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • Sep 17 Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years
  • Sep 19 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 19 Italian civil servants strike for pay increase
  • Sep 20 1st North Pole jet crossing
  • Sep 20 NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball
  • Sep 20 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
  • Sep 21 Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec
  • Sep 24 Industrial estate opens at Harlow New Town, England
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 26 Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
  • Sep 27 Persian troops occupy oil refinery at Abadan
  • Sep 28 Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18
  • Sep 28 Actor Franchot Tone weds actress Barbara Payton
  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • Sep 29 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)
  • Sep 29 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m & 10 mile
  • Sep 29 S B Nicholson discovers 12th satellite of Jupiter

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Timothy Zahn, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Cobra Strike)
  • Sep 1 David Bairstow, England cricketer (d. 1998)
  • Sep 2 Mark Harmon, American actor (St Elsewhere, NCIS), born in Burbank, California
  • Sep 2 Michael Gray, actor (Ronnie-Brian Keith Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 2 Mike Kaminski, English musician (ELO), born in Harrogate
  • Sep 2 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • Sep 4 Judith Ivey, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Sep 4 Martin Chambers, rock drummer (Pretenders)
  • Sep 4 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, born in Scornicești, Romania
  • Sep 4 Marita Ulvskog, Swedish politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 5 Michael Keaton, actor (Gung Ho, Batman, Beetlejuice), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 5 Paul Breitner, German footballer
  • Sep 5 Patti McGuire, American model and television producer
  • Sep 6 Barry Troyna, teacher/educational sociologist
  • Sep 7 Chrissie Hynde, rocker (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Mark R McCumber, PGA golfer (1979 Doral-Eastern), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 7 William Katt, US, actor (Butch & Sundance Kid, Carrie)
  • Sep 7 Morris Albert, Brazilian singer
  • Sep 7 Mark Isham, American composer
  • Sep 8 Mark McCumber, America professional golfer, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 8 Randy T Odle, Port Arthur Texas, astronaut
  • Sep 8 Timothy Gullikson, Wisc, tennis player/coach (Pete Sampras)
  • Sep 8 Tom Gullikson, Wisc, tennis player (US mixed Doubles 1984)
  • Sep 8 Nikos Karvelas, Greek composer
  • Sep 9 Corry Konings, Dutch singer
  • Sep 9 Robert Desiderio, actor (Det Kennedy-Heart of the City), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 9 Tom Wopat, Lodi, Wisconsin, American actor and singer (The Dukes of Hazzard, One Life to Live)
  • Sep 9 Alexander Downer, Australian politician
  • Sep 10 Albert R Wynn, (Rep-D-Maryland)
  • Sep 10 Peter Tolson, English rocker (Pretty Things), born in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire (d. 2016)
  • Sep 11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician
  • Sep 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (d. 2008)
  • Sep 12 Berty Ahern, Drumcondra, Dublin, PM of Ireland (1997-2008)
  • Sep 12 Joe Pantoliano, actor (Finelli Boys, Fugitive), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 12 Gerald Stano, American serial killer
  • Sep 13 Jean Smart, American actress (Charlene-Designing Women), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 14 Eugene H Trinh, Saigon Vietnam, PhD/astronaut (STS 50)
  • Sep 15 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • Sep 17 Cassandra Peterson, [Elvira], American actress (Echo Park, Elvira), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Sep 18 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Sep 18 [Benjamin] Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon and political candidate (R), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 18 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver
  • Sep 19 Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 20 Guy Lafleur, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers), born in Thurso, Quebec

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • Sep 20 JoAnna Cameron, Colo, actress (I Love My Wife, Isis)
  • Sep 20 Javier Marías, Spanish author, translator and academic
  • Sep 21 Bob Franks, (Rep-R-NJ)
  • Sep 21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 21 Henk Hofstede, Dutch singer/guitarist/keyboardist (Nits)
  • Sep 21 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • Sep 22 David Coverdale, English singer
  • Sep 23 Ron Klink, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Sep 24 Terry Metcalf, NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 24 Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar
  • Sep 25 Bob McAdoo, NBA forward/center (Buffalo Braves, LA Lakers)
  • Sep 25 Burleigh Drummond, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • Sep 25 Mark Hamill, actor (Luke Skywalker-Star Wars), born in Oakland, California
  • Sep 25 Pedro Almodovar, Spanish filmmaker (Women the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador), born in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
  • Sep 26 Tom Quirke, journalist
  • Sep 26 Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician
  • Sep 27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • Sep 27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • Sep 27 Michel Rivard, Québécois singer and composer (Beau Dommage)
  • Sep 28 Christian Marlowe, actor (Bram-Highcliffe Manor), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 28 Dave Rajsich, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Sep 28 Silvia Dionisio, actress (Riavanti Marsh!, Amici Miei), born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 28 Wei Chen, Canadian journalist
  • Sep 29 David Murray, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 29 Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006-10,2014-), born in Santiago

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Sep 29 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Sep 29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • Sep 29 Mike Enriquez, Philippine broadcaster
  • Sep 30 Catie Ball, US, 100 m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • Sep 30 Nicholas Yermakov, US, sci-fi author (Epiphany, Jehad, Clique)
  • Sep 30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 20 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Wolfgang Schulze, [Wols], German drawer/painter, dies at 38
  • Sep 3 Arnold Warren, cricketer (only Test for England), dies
  • Sep 3 Robert Franz Richard Hernried, composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 6 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat (b. 1867)
  • Sep 7 Maria Montez, actress (Arabian Nights, Sudan), dies at 31
  • Sep 8 Jurgen Stroop, Nazi commander of Warsaw Ghetto, executed
  • Sep 8 Maria Montez, actress (Arabian Nights), dies of heart seizure at 33
  • Sep 9 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic, dies at 56
  • Sep 9 Gibson Gowland, actor (Greed), dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Giuseppe Mule, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Fritz Busch, German conductor (b. 1890)
  • Sep 15 Jacinto Guerrero, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 17 Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)
  • Sep 18 John Douglas Cockcroft, physicist, dies
  • Sep 24 Georges Rency, Belgian poet/literature, dies at 75
  • Sep 26 Hans Cloos, German geologist (b. 1885)
  • Sep 29 Bradley Barker, American silent actor and film director, dies at 68
  • Sep 29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)