What Happened in January 1951

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 2 Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 3 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents
  • Jan 3 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • Jan 4 Korean War: Chinese forces recapture Seoul
  • Jan 6 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals, 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes; also the longest game in NBA history
  • Jan 6 Ganghwa massacre: Hundreds of South Korean communist sympathisers are slaughtered
  • Jan 8 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda
  • Jan 9 "Life After Tomorrow", 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds
  • Jan 10 1st jet passenger trip made
  • Jan 10 UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 10 Maurice Richard scores his 16th career hat trick in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-0 win over NY Rangers to bring his career total to 274 goals; passes Howie Morenz as NHL's #2 all-time leading goal scorer

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jan 13 German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 14 1st NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: American Conference beats National Conference, 28-27; MVP: Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, QB

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Jan 15 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • Jan 15 Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
  • Jan 15 Ilse Koch, also known as "The Bitch of Buchenwald", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court
  • Jan 16 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
  • Jan 16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Texas, to 134th St, New York City)
  • Jan 17 China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • Jan 18 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
  • Jan 18 Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 18 Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea erupts, killing 2,942 people
  • Jan 22 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
  • Jan 22 Fidel Castro is ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter
  • Jan 23 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg win
  • Jan 24 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27 "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 27 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 "La Vie Commence Demain" the 1st X-rated movie, depicting artificial insemination, opens in London
  • Jan 29 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Jan 29 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • Jan 30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long 6-1, 7-5 for her 6th and last Australian singles crown
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships: American Dick Savitt wins his only Australian title; beats Ken McGregor of Australia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Frans Kellendonk, author (Ruin, The Good for Nothing)
  • Jan 1 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • Jan 1 Nana Patekar, Indian Bollywood actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker (Parinda, Angaar), born in Murud-Janjira, Bombay State
  • Jan 1 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver
  • Jan 2 Nadia Cassini, [Gianna Lou Muller], Woodstock NY, model (Oui)
  • Jan 2 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • Jan 3 Frank Chikane, Secretary-General of South African Council of Churches
  • Jan 3 Gary Nairn, Australian politician
  • Jan 4 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 4 Peter Haycock, rock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 5 Steve Arnold, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • Jan 6 Kim Wilson, American musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 6 Don Gullett, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Kentucky
  • Jan 7 Talgat Musabayev, Kazakh test pilot & cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27), born in Kargaly, Kazakhstan
  • Jan 7 Mike Ward, American politician, born in White Plains, New York
  • Jan 8 John McTiernan, American actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 8 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician, born in Laborie, Saint Lucia
  • Jan 9 Crystal Gayle, American country singer (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • Jan 10 Kathleen Bradley, American model (Price is Right), born in Girard, Ohio
  • Jan 11 Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 12 Bill Madlock, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 12 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 12 Drew Pearson, American NFL wide receiver, born in South River, New Jersey
  • Jan 12 Kirstie Alley, American actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Jan 12 Larry Hoppens, American musician (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 12 Rush Limbaugh, American right wing radio personality, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Jan 12 Ann Althouse, American law professor, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jan 14 Gil Pak Jong, North Korean judoka (Olympic-1976)
  • Jan 14 William Risrook, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)

Person of interestCharo

Jan 15 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat), born in Murcia, Spain

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • Jan 16 Richard Thompson, American rocker (B. T. Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • Jan 17 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Jan 18 Bob Latchford, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1982)
  • Jan 18 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 19 Martha Davis, American rock singer-songwriter (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jan 20 Magomed Omarovich Tolboyev, Russian cosmonaut & test-pilot, born in Sogratl', Russia
  • Jan 20 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor & composer, born in Budapest, Hungary

Person of interestEric Holder

Jan 21 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • Jan 22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 23 Michael R. Matz, American horse trainer & equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Person of interestChesley Sullenberger

Jan 23 Chesley Sullenberger III, American pilot (successfully executed emergency landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River), born in Denison, Texas

  • Jan 24 Yakov Smirnoff, Russian comedian (It's a wonderful country)
  • Jan 25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Andy Hummell, rock bassist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 26 David Briggs, rock guitarist (Little River Band-Help is on it's Way)
  • Jan 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jan 26 Walt Willey, actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • Jan 27 Brian Downey, Irish rock drummer (Thin Lizzy-Boys are Back in Town), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 27 Scott Lane, American actor (Gary-McKeever & the Colonel), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Seth Justman, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 Gordon Prentice, British MP
  • Jan 28 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Jan 28 William Nelson Jr, US bassist (Connections & Disconnections)
  • Jan 28 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • Jan 29 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Stokes, English football player, born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (d 1995)
  • Jan 30 Charles S. Dutton, American actor (Alien 3, Crocodile Dundee 2, Roc), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 30 Andy Anderson, English drummer (Cure), born in Essex, England
  • Jan 30 Phil Collins, English drummer & singer (Genesis-Against All Odds), born in Chiswick, England
  • Jan 30 Trevor Laughlin, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1978-79), born in Nyah West, Australia
  • Jan 31 Harry Wayne Casey [K.C.], American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It), born in Opa-locka, Florida
  • Jan 31 Phil Manzanera, English musician & record producer (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Presiley Baxendale, British QC, born in London, England
  • Jan 31 Dave Benton, Aruban-born musician, born in Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Jan 31 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 8 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 1st divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • Jan 3 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 5 Andrei P Platonov, Russian author (Prok, Kotlovan), dies at 51
  • Jan 7 Johanna C H "Nelly" Bodenheim, painter (Luilekkerland), dies at 76
  • Jan 7 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • Jan 8 Samuel D Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 10 [Harry] Sinclair Lewis, American writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1930), dies from advanced alcoholism at 65
  • Jan 10 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (known as the founding father of modern physics research in Japan), dies at 60
  • Jan 18 Robert Mark, US chairman (Caste World Congress), dies at 41
  • Jan 18 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Jan 19 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 22 Eastwood Lane, American composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Karl Nessler, inventor of the perm (b. 1872)
  • Jan 28 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finnish general and 6th President of Finland (1944-46), dies at 83
  • Jan 29 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • Jan 29 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, dies at 70
  • Jan 30 Ferdinand Porsche, German automotive engineer (Volkswagen Beetle, Mercedes-Benz SS) and founder of the Porsche car company, dies at 75