On This Day

What Happened in July 1951

Historical Events

Sports History

Jul 1 Cleveland Indians veteran hurler Bob Feller pitches his 3rd career no-hitter beating Detroit Tigers, 2-1

Sports History

Jul 2 Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt; after 1953 season sells franchise to Clarence Miles, team moves to Baltimore (Orioles)

  • Jul 2 "Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio
  • Jul 2 Worcestershire cricket wicket-keeper Hugo Yarnold makes a record 6 stumpings in an innings in a 1st-class match vs Scotland at Dundee
  • Jul 2 Island advisor of Curacao installed
  • Jul 2 Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system

PGA Championship

Jul 3 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakmont GC: Sam Snead beats Walter Burkemo, 7 & 6 for his 3rd PGA C'ship title

Historic Invention

Jul 5 Dr William Shockley invents the junction transistor (Murray Hill, NJ)

  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Dick Savitt wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ken McGregor of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Jul 6 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Englishman Max Faulkner wins by 2 strokes from Antonio Cerdá of Argentina
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Doris Hart outclasses fellow American Shirley Fry 6-1, 6-0 for her only Wimbledon singles title

Historic Event

Jul 9 US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of war with Germany

  • Jul 10 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 10 Armistice talks to end Korean conflict began at Kaesong
  • Jul 12 Mob tries to keep black family from moving into all-white Cicero, Illinois
  • Jul 12 NY Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds throws no-hitter in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 win
  • Jul 14 "Courtin' Time" closes at National Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Jul 14 "Make a Wish" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • Jul 14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)
  • Jul 14 In his last race, 1948 Triple Crown champion Citation wins the Hollywood Gold Cup by 4 lengths, to become American racing's first millionaire horse.
  • Jul 16 King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates
  • Jul 16 Len Hutton scores his 100th 100, Yorkshire v Surrey at The Oval

Historic Publication

Jul 16 Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company

  • Jul 17 Leopold III, King of the Belgians, abdicates in favour of his son Boudouin I
  • Jul 17 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered
  • Jul 18 Uruguay accepts its constitution

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 18 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

  • Jul 19 "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances
  • Jul 20 King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Historic Event

Jul 21 Dalai Lama returns to Tibet

  • Jul 22 General Francisco Craveiro Lopes appointed President of Portugal
  • Jul 26 Netherlands ends state of war with Germany

Musical Finale

Jul 28 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate", an adaptation of Shakespeare's " The Taming of the Shrew", closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances

Film Release

Jul 28 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released

  • Jul 29 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland

Sports History

Jul 30 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players

  • Jul 31 Japan Airlines is established

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Daryl Anderson, American actor (Animal-Lou Grant), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 1 Fred Schneider, American vocalist and guitarist (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 1 Trevor Eve, English actor (Shadow Chasers), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • Jul 1 Anne Feeney, American political activist and singer, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 1 Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Jul 2 Joe Puerta, American rock bassist (Ambrosia; The Range), born in Lomita, California [1]
  • Jul 2 Slick Watts, NBA player (Seattle SuperSonic), born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • Jul 2 Michele Santoro, Italian TV journalist
  • Jul 2 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jul 3 Mike Corby, British guitarist and keyboardist (The Babys- "Every Time I Think Of You"), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England

Jean-Claude Duvalier

Jul 3 Jean-Claude Duvalier "Baby Doc", Haitian dictator and deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86) infamous for his brutality, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 2014)

Richard Hadlee

Jul 3 Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (NZ 86 Tests, 3,124 runs, 431 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury

  • Jul 4 Ralph Johnson, American rock drummer (Earth Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, American Democratic politician and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (1995-2003), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Jul 4 John Alexander, Australian tennis player, politician (Australian Open doubles 1975, 82), born in Sydney, NSW
  • Jul 5 Geert Jan Hessing, Dutch rock drummer (Catapult)
  • Jul 5 Rich "Goose" Gossage, American Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jul 5 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, born in Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Jul 5 Johnny Rodgers, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1972, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Grey Cup C'ship 1974, Montreal Alouettes), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Geoffrey Rush

Jul 6 Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor (Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech), born in Toowoomba, Queensland

  • Jul 7 Roz Ryan, actress (Amelia-Amen, Occupied), born in Detroit, Michigan

Anjelica Huston

Jul 8 Anjelica Huston, American actress (Prizzi's Honor, The Addams Family), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jul 8 Greg T. Walker, American rock bassist (Blackfoot)
  • Jul 8 Ned Sublette, American composer and musician, born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Jul 9 Chris Cooper, American actor (Thousand Pieces of Gold, Matewan), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 9 Eugeniusz Knapik, Polish pianist and classical music composer (Islands; Up Into The Silence), born in Ruda Śląska, Poland
  • Jul 10 Phyllis Smith, American actress (Phyllis Vance-The Office), born in The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 10 Cheryl Wheeler, American singer and songwriter, born in Timonium, Maryland
  • Jul 11 Lawrence J Delucas, PhD/astronaut (STS 50), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jul 11 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • Jul 12 Cheryl Ladd, American actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts), born in Huron, South Dakota
  • Jul 12 Jamey Sheridan, American actor (Another World), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 12 Brian Grazer, American film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 12 Sylvia Sass, Hungarian soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jul 13 Didi Conn [Bernstein], American actress (Denise-Benson, Grease), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 13 Rob Bishop, American politician
  • Jul 14 Esther Dyson, computer publisher (Release 1.0), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jul 14 Judi Brown, American 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984), born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Jul 14 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (d. 2003)
  • Jul 15 Jesse Ventura [James Janos], American professional wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 16 Esther Friesner, American sci-fi author (Witchwood Cradle), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 16 Lorraine Chase, English actress and model (Lame Ducks, Love & Bullets), born in Deptford, England
  • Jul 16 Jean-Luc Mongrain, French Canadian journalist, born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 17 Lucie Arnaz, American actress (Here's Lucy - "Kim": The Jazz Singer), and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Jul 18 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian social-democratic politician (50th Prime Minister of Belgium), born in Morlanwelz, Belgium
  • Jul 18 Margo Martindale, American actress (The Americans), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Jul 19 Abel Ferrara, American filmmaker (King of New York), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 19 Jayson Stark, American sportswriter (The Athletic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 20 Jeff Rawle, English actor
  • Jul 21 Diana Dennis, body builder (Women Physique World), born in Portland, Oregon

Robin Williams

Jul 21 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

  • Jul 22 Tisa Farrow, actress (Zombie, Fingers, Grim Reaper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 22 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 22 Richard Bennett, American session and touring guitarist (Neil Diamond; Mark Knopfler), and record producer (Steve Earle; Emmylou Harris; Marty Stuart), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 23 Edie McClurg, American actress (Cinderella-1985, Hogan Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 23 Terry Davis, American actress (Stacey Winthrop-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 24 Chris Smith, New Zealand politician (Labour), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 24 Lynda Carter, American actress (Wonder Woman, Sky High) and Miss USA (1973), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jul 25 Vanessa [Connie Witteman], Dutch model and singer, born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • Jul 25 Verdine White, American soul-funk, and R&B bassist songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Mighty, Mighty"; "That's The Way Of The World"), and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 26 Bobby Wadkins, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2006), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jul 26 William S. McArthur Jr., American astronaut (STS 58, 74, sk: 92), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • Jul 27 Janet Eilber, American actress (Hard to Hold, Romantic Comedy), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 27 Tris Imboden, American rock and jazz session and touring drummer (Chicago, 1990-2018; Kenny Loggins, 1979-85; Neil Diamond; Al Jarreau), born in Orange County, California
  • Jul 28 Doug Collins, American basketball shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1976–79; Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia) and broadcaster (CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, ABC/ESPN), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • Jul 28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords - "Sahara"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 28 Anthony A. Williams, American politician, Mayor of the District of Columbia (1999-2007), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Jul 28 Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect (Milwaukee Art Museum), born in Valencia, Spain
  • Jul 28 T. M. Stevens, American rock, pop, and R&B session and touring bass guitarist (Shocka Zooloo; The Pretenders, 1986-87), born in New York City
  • Jul 28 Ray Kennedy, English soccer midfielder, forward (17 caps; Arsenal, Liverpool), born in Seaton Delaval, England (d. 2021)
  • Jul 29 Dean Pitchford, American songwriter ("Fame"; "Let's Hear It For The Boy"), and screenwriter (Footloose), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jul 29 Deborah Pryor, California, actress (The Godson)/(Rep-R-Ohio)
  • Jul 29 Dan Driessen, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Jul 31 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Barellan, NSW

  • Jul 31 Gerald Anthony, American actor (Marco Dane-General Hospital, One Life to Live), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 31 Carlo Karges, German guitarist and songwriter (Nena - "99 Luftballons"0, born in Hamburg, germany (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings

Ray Charles

Jul 31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Ernst Ferdinand Sauerbruch, German Nazi surgeon, dies at 75
  • Jul 6 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), dies at 56
  • Jul 9 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 9 Egbert Van Alstyne, American popular music songwriter and ragtime pianist ("In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree"; "For Your Boy and My Boy"), dies after a stroke at 73 [1]

Arnold Schoenberg

Jul 13 Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-American composer (Verklärte Nacht - Transfigured Night; 2nd Quartet), and painter associated with the expressionist movement, dies at 76

  • Jul 14 Sammy Jones, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; NSW, Queensland, Auckland), dies at 89
  • Jul 19 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), dies at 77
  • Jul 20 Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Jordan's King (1946-51), killed in Jerusalem
  • Jul 20 Mustafa Shuqri Ashu, tailor/murderer of king Abdullah, shot to death
  • Jul 20 Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, dies at 69

Philippe Pétain

Jul 23 Philippe Pétain, French marshal and Chief of the French State (1940-44), dies at 95

  • Jul 23 Robert Flaherty, American filmmaker and the father of documentary film (Nanook of North), dies at 67
  • Jul 31 J of Oudshoorn [John K Feylbrief], writer (Maze of Sentences), dies