On This Day

What Happened on December 1, 1951

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
  • Legendary Australian cricket fast bowler Ray Lindwall takes his 100th Test wicket when he bowls West Indian spinner Sonny Ramadhin in the 2nd Test in Sydney; Australia wins by 7 wickets

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexander Panayotov Aleksandrov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-5)
  • Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Treat Williams, Rowayton CT, actor (Flashpoint, Hair)

Famous Deaths

  • Felix Petyrek, composer, dies at 59