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

1951 in Sport

  • Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball
  • Dec 23 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game

Did You Know?

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

On August 11, 1951


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