Historical Events in August 1951

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 1 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Aug 3 William H Jackson ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Aug 5 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
  • Aug 6 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • Aug 7 Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
  • Aug 7 US Viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)
  • Aug 9 Dutch Korea volunteers win US Collective Unit Citation
  • Aug 11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • Aug 11 1st color broadcast baseball game (Braves vs Dodgers) telecast (WCBS-NYC)
  • Aug 11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win pennant
  • Aug 12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
  • Aug 19 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 24 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 26 Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
  • Aug 26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Best Picture 1952)
  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak
  • Aug 30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • Aug 31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf