What Happened in June 1951

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada)
  • Jun 1 International Cheese treaty signed

Catholic Encyclical

Jun 2 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 3 50th French Championships Men's Tennis: Jaroslav Drobný representing Egypt beats Eric Sturgess 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 3 50th French Championships Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for her only French singles title

  • Jun 4 Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4
  • Jun 6 1st Berlin International Film Festival opens
  • Jun 9 "Doodles Weaver Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Jun 11 Mozambique becomes an oversea province of Portugal
  • Jun 11 NY Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found
  • Jun 13 UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea
  • Jun 14 "Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Jun 14 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau

Sports History

Jun 15 Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

  • Jun 16 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29

US Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Ben Hogan wins his second consecutive US Open title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Clayton Heafner.

  • Jun 17 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances

Election of Interest

Jun 18 Charles de Gaulle wins French parliamentary election

  • Jun 18 In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences
  • Jun 20 Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox
  • Jun 21 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

Sports History

Jun 21 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Whitemarsh Valley CC: Patty Berg defeats Pat O'Sullivan, 2-up in the final

  • Jun 22 Gene Rayburn & Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
  • Jun 23 Most expensive US hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage & $14M property-Kansas)
  • Jun 23 Treacherous British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean flee to USSR
  • Jun 24 Persian army takes over nationalized oil installations

Television Debut

Jun 25 1st color TV broadcast, CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities

  • Jun 28 "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV

Television Finale

Jun 30 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Jun 30 NAACP begins attack on school segregation & discrimination

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Dave Flett, Scottish rock guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band; Thin Lizzy), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Jun 2 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist who designed the rainbow flag, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • Jun 2 Larry Clark Robinson, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Norris-77, 80)
  • Jun 2 Steve Brookins, American rocker (.38 Special)
  • Jun 3 David Ogilvie, Australian cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1977-78)
  • Jun 3 Jill Biden, American first lady and educator, born in Hammonton, New Jersey
  • Jun 4 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 4 David Yip, British-Chinese actor (The Chinese Detective), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 4 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer (Elfquest), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 4 Yvonne van Rooy, Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jun 5 Ellen Foley, American pop singer (with Meatloaf - "Paradise By The Dashboard Light"), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Suze OrmanSuze Orman (71 years old)

Jun 5 American financial advisor, author and TV personality and author (The Suze Orman Show), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jun 6 Dwight Twilley, American power pop singer-songwriter ("I'm On Fire"; "Girls"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jun 6 Noritake Takahara, Japanese auto racer (Japanese Formula 2000 1974, 76), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 7 Anne Twomey, American actress (Secret, Deadly Friend, Imagemaker), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 8 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins], Welsh rocker ("Total Eclipse Of The Heart"), born in Skewen, Neath, Wales
  • Jun 8 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2020) [1]
  • Jun 9 Benny Neyman, Dutch singer (I Don't Know How)
  • Jun 9 Dave Parker 'the Cobra', American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978), born in Grenada, Mississippi
  • Jun 9 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 9 Terry Uttley, British rock bassist (Smokie - "Living Next Door to Alice"), born in Birkenshaw, England
  • Jun 10 Burglinde Pollak, East German pentathlete (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Werder, East Germany
  • Jun 10 Dan Fouts, American Pro Football HOF quarterback (First-team All-Pro 1979, 82; Pro Bowl 1979–83, 85; San Diego Chargers) and broadcaster (CBS television, Westwood One radio), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 11 Collis King, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • Jun 11 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 11 Mark D. Siljander, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1981-87), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 11 Mithra Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer (brother of Sidath 2 Tests for SL v NZ 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jun 11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jun 12 Alan Dysert, American actor (Sean Cudahy-All My Children), born in Vermilion County, Illinois
  • Jun 12 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2007)
  • Jun 12 Brad Delp, American rock singer (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"; RTZ), born in Peabody, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • Jun 12 Bun E. Carlos [Brad Carlson], American rock drummer (Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me; Dream Police), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Jun 13 Howard Leese, American guitarist, record producer, and musical director (Heart), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jun 13 Jonathan Hogan, actor (House on Carroll St), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 13 Liz Phillips, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Mike WeaverMike Weaver (71 years old)

Jun 13 American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

  • Jun 13 Richard Thomas, American actor (John Boy - The Waltons, Last Summer, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Stellan Skarsgård, Swedish actor (Breaking the Waves), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jun 14 Paul Boateng, British Labour politician 9British High Commissioner to South Africa), born in Hackney, England
  • Jun 15 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jun 15 Joe Pizzulo, American session and touring vocalist (Alice Cooper; Sérgio Mendes - "Never Gonna Let You Go"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jun 15 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 15 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 16 John Salthouse, English actor (Abigail's Party), born in London

Roberto DuránRoberto Durán (71 years old)

Jun 16 Panamanian boxer (4-weight world champion), born in El Chorrillo, Panama

  • Jun 16 Sonia Braga, Brazilian actress (Dona Flor & Her 2 Husbands), born in Maringa, Brazil
  • Jun 17 Joe Piscopo, American comedian (SNL, Miller Lite commercials), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 18 Henny Huisman, Dutch TV host (Playback Show)
  • Jun 19 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, born in Maadi, Cairo
  • Jun 19 Daria Nicolodi, Italian actress (Terror, Shock), born in Florence, Italy
  • Jun 19 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • Jun 20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • Jun 20 Peter Gordon, American composer (Love of Life Orchestra), born in New York City
  • Jun 20 Tress MacNeille, American voice actress
  • Jun 21 Nils Lofgren, American guitarist, singer-songwriter, accordionist (Neil Young; Grin; E Street Band, since 1984), and tap dancer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 23 Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
  • Jun 24 David Rodigan, British radio DJ, born in Hanover, Germany
  • Jun 24 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 24 Ken Reitz, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1980; Gold Glove Award 1975; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • Jun 24 Raelene Boyle, Australian sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jun 25 Lee Wilkof, American actor (WEB, Delta House, Elliot-Newhart), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 26 Gary Gilmour, Australian cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 54 wickets, HS 101; NSWCA), born in Waratah, Australia (d. 2014)
  • Jun 26 Pamela Bellwood [King], American actress (Ellen-W.E.B., Claudia-Dynasty), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 26 Rindy Ross, American rock vocalist and saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jun 26 Tony Currenti, Italian-Australian drummer (AC/DC), born in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Catania, Italy
  • Jun 27 Gilson Lavis, British session and touring rock drummer (Squeeze; Jools Holland), born in Bedford, England
  • Jun 27 Julia Duffy [Julia Margaret Hinds], American actress (Newhart, Baby Talk), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 27 Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland (1997-2011), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 27 Sidney M. Gutierrez, Mjr USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 40, 59), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jun 27 Ulf Andersson, Swedish International Chess Grandmaster (1972), born in Västerås, Sweden
  • Jun 28 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), born in Connersville, Indiana, USA), (d. 2011)
  • Jun 28 Mick Cronin, Australian rugby league centre (33 Tests; NSW 25 games; Parramatta RLFC 216 games), and coach (Parramatta RLFC 1990-93), born in Kiama, Australia
  • Jun 28 Tomás Boy, Mexican football midfielder and manager (52 caps; Tigres UANL 413 games), born in Ciudad de México, Mexico (d. 2022)
  • Jun 29 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jun 30 Andre Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)
  • Jun 30 Stanley Clarke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion bassist (Return To Forever - "No Mystery"; solo - "School Days"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 30 Stephen S. Oswald, American NASA astronaut (STS 42, 56, 67), born in Seattle, Washington

Famous Weddings

Myrna Loy

Jun 2 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (45) weds UNESCO delegate Howland H. Sargeant

Wedding of Interest

Jun 4 American actress Janet Leigh (23) weds American actor Tony Curtis (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut; divorce in 1962


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian, dies at 85
  • Jun 2 Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher, dies at 83
  • Jun 2 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), dies at 71
  • Jun 4 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • Jun 6 Lionel Hallam, English cricket batsman and captain (9 Tests, 4 x 50; Hampshire CCC) and politician (Member House of Lords, Lord Temporal 1928–51), dies at 61
  • Jun 6 Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894)
  • Jun 7 Bobel, Braune, Naumann, Ohlendorf, Pohl, Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, Nazi war criminals, hanged
  • Jun 8 Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • Jun 11 Montagu Odd, cricket bat-maker (W. G. Grace), dies
  • Jun 13 Ben Chifley, Australian politician and the 16th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1945-49), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Jun 14 Hendrik Baels, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 17 Vin Coutie, Australian rules footballer, dies at 69
  • Jun 19 Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884)
  • Jun 21 Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born astronomer, dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Armin Knab, German composer (Wunderhorn), dies at 70