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What Happened in 1951

Historical 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

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 Film "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)
  • Sep 3 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 9 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 18 "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is released
  • 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

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?

First televised baseball game in colour on WCBS in New York City; Boston Braves beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-1

On August 11, 1951

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