Historical Events in 1951

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12th 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 13th German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison
  • Jan 14th NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • Jan 15th "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • Jan 15th Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
  • Jan 15th Ilse Koch, also known as "The Witch of Buchenwald", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court
  • Jan 16th Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
  • Jan 16th World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC)
  • Jan 17th China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • Jan 18th 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
  • Jan 18th Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
  • Jan 18th NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18th NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18th 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 21st Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 22nd Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
  • Jan 22nd Fidel Castro is ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter
  • Jan 23rd 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young & Gertrude Berg win
  • Jan 24th Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
  • Jan 26th Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27th "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 27th US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28th "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • Jan 29th "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Jan 29th Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • Jan 30th Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • Jan 31st 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • Jan 31st 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 1st -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • Feb 1st 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
  • Feb 1st 1st telecast of atomic explosion
  • Feb 1st Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed
  • Feb 1st UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
  • Feb 1st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 2nd -35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
  • Feb 2nd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 3rd "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 3rd Dick Button wins US skating title for 6th time
  • Feb 3rd Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle

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

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

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

  • Mar 2nd 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
  • Mar 3rd Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • Mar 6th Belgium extends conscription to 24 months

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Mar 6th The trial of Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel Rosenberg begins

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Mar 7th Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Mar 7th Lillian Hellman's "Autumn Garden" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 8th Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)

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Mar 9th Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb

Physicist Edward Teller
Edward Teller
  • Mar 10th "Where's Charley?" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 56 performances

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Mar 10th FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Mar 12th Baseball Commish Happy Chandler loses fight (9-7) to stay in office
  • Mar 12th Communist troops driven out of Seoul
  • Mar 13th 2nd Dutch government of Drees forms
  • Mar 13th Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
  • Mar 14th During Korean War, US/UN forces recapture Seoul
  • Mar 14th Earthquake at Euskirchen, Germany
  • Mar 15th Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
  • Mar 17th Government of Drees takes power
  • Mar 17th Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch
  • Mar 18th Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 19th Herman Wouk's "Caine Mutiny" published
  • Mar 20th Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java
  • Mar 20th Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.
  • Mar 21st 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea

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Mar 21st Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Mar 23rd Wages in France increase 11%
  • Mar 25th 5th Tony Awards: Guys & Dolls & Rose Tattoo win
  • Mar 25th E Purcell & EM Ewen detect 21-cm radiation at Harvard physics lab
  • Mar 26th Patty Berg wins LPGA Sandhills Women's Golf Open

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Mar 26th United States Air Force flag officially adopted by President Harry S. Truman

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Mar 27th 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 27th Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Mar 29th "King & I" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1246 performances
  • Mar 29th 23rd Academy Awards: "All About Eve", Judy Holliday & J Ferrer win
  • Mar 29th Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage and sentenced to death
  • Mar 31st US tanks exceed 38° of latitude in Korea
  • Apr 3rd Christopher Fry's "Sleep of Prisoners" premieres in Oxford

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Apr 4th Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 7th 15th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 7th American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament
  • Apr 7th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 7th 105th Grand National: John Bullock aboard Nickel Coin wins
  • Apr 11th US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur
  • Apr 12th Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
  • Apr 15th Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
  • Apr 16th British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75

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Apr 17th NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 18th "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • Apr 18th Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms
  • Apr 18th France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community
  • Apr 19th "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • Apr 19th 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45

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Apr 19th Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Apr 20th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 20th Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
  • Apr 20th 4th Cannes Film Festival: "Miss Julie" directed by Alf Sjoberg and "Miracle in Milan" directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 21st 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 21st Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 22nd Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC
  • Apr 23rd Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open
  • Apr 24th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open
  • Apr 26th Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
  • Apr 27th Mohammed Mossadeq chosen as premier of Persia
  • May 1st 600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany
  • May 1st Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
  • May 1st Mickey Mantle's 1st HR
  • May 1st Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox
  • May 3rd Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • May 3rd NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
  • May 3rd Royal Festival Hall opens in London
  • May 3rd The Festival of Britain opens.
  • May 5th "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • May 5th 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • May 6th Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • May 7th International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • May 7th Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town)
  • May 8th Dacron men's suits introduced
  • May 8th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 9th Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River
  • May 10th Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • May 11th Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
  • May 12th 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
  • May 14th Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • May 14th Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
  • May 15th AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders
  • May 15th The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • May 16th The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • May 18th US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea
  • May 19th 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4
  • May 21st The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition - a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
  • May 23rd Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" premieres in London
  • May 23rd Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet signed in Beijing, formally establishes Chinese sovereignty over Tibet
  • May 24th Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal
  • May 24th US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)

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May 25th NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 26th Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London

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May 27th Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • May 27th Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens
  • May 28th After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run
  • May 28th Bernardus J Alfrink appointed bishop's asst of Utrecht
  • May 28th Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
  • May 29th 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair
  • May 30th Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h)
  • May 31st Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord
  • Jun 1st 1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada)
  • Jun 1st International Cheese treaty signed
  • Jun 2nd Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones
  • Jun 3rd 50th Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Eric Sturgess (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Jun 3rd 50th Women's French Championships: Shirley Fry beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jun 4th Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4
  • Jun 6th 1st Berlin International Film Festival opens
  • Jun 9th "Doodles Weaver Show" debuts on NBC-TV