What Happened in August 1951

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 1 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Aug 3 William H Jackson ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Aug 5 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
  • Aug 6 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • Aug 6 The National Museum of Racing opens in Congress Park at Saratoga Springs, N.Y
  • Aug 7 Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
  • Aug 7 US Viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)
  • Aug 9 Dutch Korea volunteers win US Collective Unit Citation
  • Aug 11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • Aug 11 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • Aug 11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win the pennant
  • Aug 12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 14 "A Place in the Sun", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1952)

  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
  • Aug 19 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 24 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 26 Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
  • 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)
  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak
  • Aug 30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • Aug 31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • Aug 1 Robin Heifetz, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 1 Tim Bachman, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aug 2 Andrew Gold, American rocker (Lonely Boy), born in Burbank, California (d. 2011)
  • Aug 2 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • Aug 2 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Riksdag), born in Nyköping, Sweden
  • Aug 3 Johnny Graham, American guitarist and singer (Earth Wind & Fire), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestMarcel Dionne

Aug 3 Marcel Dionne, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Drummondville, Quebec

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Aug 4 Lane Evans, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • Aug 5 John Jarratt, Australian actor
  • Aug 6 Catherine Hicks, American actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 6 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • Aug 7 Gary Hall, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72)
  • Aug 8 Martin Brest, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 8 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • Aug 8 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • Aug 8 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Maria Combs, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 10 Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2010-present) and Nobel laureate (2016), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Aug 11 Donald DeCicco, Brockton Mass, fictional ID of Beldar in Coneheads
  • Aug 11 Vincent Bilodeau, Quebec actor and comedian
  • Aug 12 Charles E Brady Jr, Pinehurst NC, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 78)
  • Aug 12 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 12 Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist
  • Aug 13 Dan Fogelberg, Peoria Ill, rocker (Same Auld Lang Syne)
  • Aug 13 Gwen Cheeseman, field hockey goalie (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 13 Jeff Altman, American comedian and actor (Nurses, Pink Lady, Soul Man), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Aug 14 Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy)
  • Aug 14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 15 Bobby Caldwell, American rocker, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 15 John Childs, cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988)
  • Aug 15 Daba Diawara, Malian politician
  • Aug 15 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
  • Aug 16 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • Aug 17 Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Aug 17 Robert Joy, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 18 Greg Pruitt, NFL running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 19 John Deacon, British pop-rock guitarist (Queen), born in Leicester, England
  • Aug 19 Lillian Müller Norwegian model, actress and playmate of year (Aug, 1975), born in Grimstad, Norway
  • Aug 19 Randi Oakes, Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs)
  • Aug 19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer
  • Aug 20 Greg[ory Dale] Bear, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity)
  • Aug 20 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 21 Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsled (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany
  • Aug 21 Harry Smith, TV co-anchor (CBS Morning Show), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Aug 21 Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, born in Antofagasta, Chile
  • Aug 21 Char Margolis, American psychic medium and Dutch TV star, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 21 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 22 Teresa Davis, American Soul singer (The Emotions)
  • Aug 22 Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician, born in Chokpur, Taplejung District, Nepal
  • Aug 22 Gordon Liu [Chia-Hui Liu or Jin-Hsi Shin], Chinese actor (Kill Bill, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin), born in Guangdong, China
  • Aug 23 Barbra Mizrahie, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 23 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Aug 23 Mark Hudson, American comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 23 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • Aug 24 Orson Scott Card, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Ender's War)
  • Aug 24 Oscar Hijuelos, American author, (d. 2013)
  • Aug 24 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Aug 25 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • Aug 25 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Aug 26 Robert G Torricelli, (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1983- )
  • Aug 27 Don [Sheldon George] Pooley Jr, PGA golfer (1980 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 28 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Aug 28 Wayne Osmond, American singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Aug 28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese songwriter and record producer (Moonriders), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 30 Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer and actress (Flight of the Doves), born in Islington, London, England
  • Aug 30 Timothy Bottoms, American actor (Paper Chase, East of Eden), born in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Actor Max Von Sydow (22) weds actress Christina Olin


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket keeper (Test for England 1910), dies
  • Aug 11 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, dies at 52

Person of interestWilliam Randolph Hearst

Aug 14 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • Aug 15 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • Aug 16 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 21 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45
  • Aug 22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • Aug 28 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), dies from an adverse reaction to prescription drugs at 32