What Happened in 1951

Significant Events

  • May 15 AT&T becomes the 1st US corporation to have a million stockholders after young car salesman Brady Denton purchases 7 shares worth $1,078
  • Sep 1 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • Oct 6 Joseph Stalin proclaims the Soviet Union has the atomic bomb
  • Oct 15 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesizes the first oral contraceptive
  • Nov 29 1st underground atomic explosion at Frenchman Flat in Nevada
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1951 in Film & TV

  • Jan 28 "La Vie Commence Demain" the 1st X-rated movie, depicting artificial insemination, opens in London
  • May 28 Radio programme "Crazy People" (later titled The Goon Show) premieres on the BBC, created by Spike Milligan
  • Jun 28 "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
  • Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion
  • Aug 26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)

1951 in Sport

  • Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball
  • Dec 23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game

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1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)

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