January 1951 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
  • Jan 2 Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 3 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents
  • Jan 4 Chinese forces capture Seoul (Korean War)
  • Jan 6 Ganghwa massacre: Hundreds of South Korean communist sympathisers are slaughtered
  • Jan 8 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda
  • Jan 9 "Life After Tomorrow", 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres
  • Jan 10 1st jet passenger trip made
  • Jan 10 UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY
  • Jan 13 German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison
  • Jan 15 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • Jan 15 Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
  • Jan 15 Ilse Koch, also known as "The Witch of Buchenwald", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court
  • Jan 16 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
  • Jan 16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC)
  • Jan 17 China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • Jan 18 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
  • Jan 18 Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
  • Jan 22 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
  • Jan 22 Fidel Castro is ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter
  • Jan 24 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
  • Jan 27 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 29 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • Jan 30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Frans Kellendonk, author (Ruin, The Good for Nothing)
  • Jan 1 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • Jan 2 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • Jan 3 Frank Chikane, sec-gen of South African Council of Churches
  • Jan 3 Gary Nairn, Australian politician
  • Jan 7 Talgat Amangeldyyevich Musabayev, Russian mjr/cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27)
  • Jan 7 Mike Ward, Democratic Congressman for Kentucky & radio talk show host
  • Jan 8 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician
  • Jan 12 Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality
  • Jan 12 Ann Althouse, American law professor
  • Jan 18 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (d. 1982)
  • Jan 20 Magomed Omarovich Tolboyev, Russian cosmonaut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States, born in NYC, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • Jan 21 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 28 Gordon Prentice, British MP
  • Jan 28 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Jan 28 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • Jan 31 Presiley Baxendale, British QC

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • Jan 5 Andrei P Platonov, Russian author (Prok, Kotlovan), dies at 51
  • Jan 7 Johanna C H "Nelly" Bodenheim, painter (Luilekkerland), dies at 76
  • Jan 7 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • Jan 10 Harry Sinclair Lewis, US writer (Nobel 1930), dies at 65
  • Jan 10 Sinclair Lewis, writer, dies at 65
  • Jan 10 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 18 Robert Mark, US chairman (Caste World Congress), dies at 41
  • Jan 22 Karl Nessler, inventor of the perm (b. 1872)
  • Jan 28 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, president of Finland (b.1867)
  • Jan 29 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • Jan 30 Ferdinand Porsche, German car inventor (Porsche), dies at 75