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 televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • 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 the pennant
  • Aug 12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 14 "A Place in the Sun", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1952)

  • 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 and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and 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 (Academy Awards 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