February 1951 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • Feb 1 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
  • Feb 1 1st telecast of atomic explosion
  • Feb 1 Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed
  • Feb 1 UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
  • Feb 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 2 -35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
  • Feb 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 3 Dick Button wins US skating title for 6th time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 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 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security
  • Feb 10 "John & Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaks at #21

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Feb 16 NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
  • Feb 16 SF City Hall dome fire
  • Feb 18 Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • Feb 18 Netherlands Radio School forms
  • Feb 21 SC House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated
  • Feb 24 Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER
  • Feb 24 Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of Great Britain
  • Feb 24 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 25 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
  • Feb 26 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 27 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms
  • Feb 28 French government of Pleven dissolves
  • Feb 28 Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Andrew Smith, British MP
  • Feb 6 Maria Christina, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III
  • Feb 8 Z'EV, American text/sound artist (born Stefan Weisser)
  • Feb 9 Jay Inslee, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • Feb 10 Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer), born in Glendale, California
  • Feb 10 Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
  • Feb 10 Bob [Robert] Iger, American entertainment executive (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10 Bob Iger, American businessman (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City, New York

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger
  • Feb 12 Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • Feb 13 Greg Fulginiti, American mastering engineer
  • Feb 18 Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
  • Feb 19 Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Gordon Brown, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10), born in Giffnock, Scotland

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • Feb 22 Harley O Staggers Jr, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • Feb 23 Nicholas Kenyon, controller (BBC Radio 3)
  • Feb 27 Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91)

Weddings in History

  • Feb 10 Shah of Persia marries 19 year old Soraja Esfandiara Bakhtiari

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 27 Activist W.E.B. Du Bois (83) weds award-winning author Shirley Graham (54) in Queens, New York

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois

Deaths in History

  • Feb 12 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
  • Feb 13 Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877)
  • Feb 16 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State), dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 19 Andre Gide, French writer (Nobel 1947), dies of pneumonia at 81

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • Feb 27 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, dies at 91
  • Feb 28 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, dies at 50