Historical Events in December 1951

  • Dec 1 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Dec 1 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • Dec 1 Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
  • Dec 2 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • Dec 2 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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Dec 2 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Dec 2 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham

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Dec 4 Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 4 Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people
  • Dec 4 Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government.
  • Dec 8 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • Dec 8 AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
  • Dec 9 West German voters approve merger of 3 states to form Baden-Wurttemberg

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Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Dec 16 NBC premiere of "Dragnet" in black and white
  • Dec 17 Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
  • Dec 19 Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands
  • Dec 20 Walter Zinn's Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the first nuclear reactor to produce electric power, goes live at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Dec 22 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • Dec 23 Last Belgian communities get electricity
  • Dec 23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 24 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
  • Dec 24 United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN
  • Dec 25 1st Christmas Day in Test Crickets, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • Dec 25 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Dec 27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal
  • Dec 31 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electricity announced