What Happened in October 1951

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st treaty signed by woman ambassador-Eugenie Anderson (US ambassador to Denmark)
  • Oct 1 24th Infantry Regiment, last all-black US military unit, deactivated
  • Oct 2 1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)
  • Oct 3 Shot Heard 'Round the World': Bobby Thomson hits 3-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers, bottom 9th inning, 1 out, to give New York Giants dramatic 5-4 playoff win and NL pennant
  • Oct 3 CBS-TV airs the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight; Australian light-heavyweight Dave Sands outpoints Carl 'Bobo' Olson in 10 rounds at Chicago Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Joseph Stalin proclaims the Soviet Union has the atomic bomb

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 David Ben-Gurion forms 3rd Israeli government

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Oct 8 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Oct 8 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Oct 9 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
  • Oct 9 Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1
  • Oct 10 Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game
  • Oct 14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • Oct 14 Organization of Central American States forms
  • Oct 15 Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty
  • Oct 15 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesizes the first oral contraceptive

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Oct 15 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Oct 16 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated by Said Akbar in Rawalpindi
  • Oct 17 Egyptian army fires on British troops
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 19 US President Harry Truman formally ends state of war with Germany
  • Oct 20 The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Oct 22 Earthquake hits Formosa, 100 killed
  • Oct 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 24 Jan de Hartog's "Four Poster" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 24 United Nations publishes its first postage stamps
  • Oct 25 Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
  • Oct 26 Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m & 15 miles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 26 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 76

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 28 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins FIA World Championship of Drivers by taking out the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes in an Alpha Romeo; wins by 6 points from Alberto Ascari of Italy
  • Oct 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 31 French Second Chamber accepts the Schuman Plan

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Brian Greenway, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 2 Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone Power and actress (Justine), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestSting

Oct 2 Sting [Gordon Sumner], British actor, songwriter and singer (The Police), born in Wallsend, Northumberland

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • Oct 3 Dave Winfield, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (12-time All Star), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 3 Jack Grondin, rock drummer (.38 Special)
  • Oct 3 Kathryn Sullivan, Paterson NJ, geologist and astronaut (1st American woman to walk in space), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Oct 3 Bernard Cooper, American writer
  • Oct 3 Keb' Mo'[Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles
  • Oct 4 Alan Rosenberg, actor (Civil Wars, LA Law, Cybill)
  • Oct 4 Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • Oct 5 Karen Allen, American actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers), born in Carrollton, Illinois
  • Oct 5 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois

Person of interestBob Geldof

Oct 5 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Oct 6 Kevin Cronin, Champaign Ill, rock vocalist (REO Speedwagon)
  • Oct 7 Carmen R "Tata" Vega, US soul singer (Color Purple soundtrack)
  • Oct 7 John Cougar Mellencamp, American musician, actor (Jack & Diane), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • Oct 7 David J. Halberstam, American radio executive
  • Oct 8 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Oct 9 Richard Chaves, American actor (Cease Fire, Predator), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct 9 Robert Wuhl, American actor (Bull Durham, Good Morning Vietnam), born in Union, New Jersey
  • Oct 10 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian soldier and politician (National Alliance Party of Fiji)
  • Oct 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, born in Hluboka, Czech Republic (d. 2008)
  • Oct 12 Bernie Ruoff, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton), born in West Germany
  • Oct 12 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 12 Sally Little, South African/American golfer (PGA 1980, du Maurier 1988), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Oct 14 Marcia Barrett, Jamaican-British rock vocalist (Boney M), born in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
  • Oct 15 Frank Dimino, American rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestRoscoe Tanner

Oct 15 Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • Oct 15 Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan (2016-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • Oct 15 Peter Richardson, British actor, writer and director (The Comic Strip Presents, The Pope Must Die), born in Devon, England
  • Oct 16 Alan Wheat, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983- )
  • Oct 16 Daniel Gerroll, actor (Big Business), born in London, England
  • Oct 18 Pam Dawber, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 18 Terry McMillan, American author
  • Oct 19 Annie Golden, actress (Forever Lulu, Hair), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • Oct 20 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • Oct 20 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • Oct 20 Leif Pagrotsky, Swedish politician
  • Oct 20 Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (Leicester City) and player, born in Rome
  • Oct 23 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 23 Charly García, Argentine singer
  • Oct 23 Fatmir Sejdiu, President of Kosovo
  • Oct 24 Todd Crespi, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Magician)
  • Oct 25 Ransom Wilson, Tuscaloosa Alabama, flutist (Soliste NY)
  • Oct 25 Richard Lloyd, American guitarist (Television)
  • Oct 26 [William] Bootsy Collins, guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 26 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Oct 27 Jayne Kennedy-Overton, actress (Penitentary), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 27 K. K. Downing, English rock guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
  • Oct 27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
  • Oct 27 Nancy Jacobs, American politician (R), Senator Maryland (1999-2015), born in Charleston, West Virginia

Person of interestEdward Lee Howard

Oct 27 Edward Lee Howard, American CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, born in Alamogordo, New Mexico (d. 2002)

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Oct 28 Ron & Don Galyon, American siamese twins (Jerry Springer Show), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen-R Idaho)
  • Oct 29 Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra)
  • Oct 29 Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville)
  • Oct 30 Frank Pallone Jr, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • Oct 30 Harry Hamlin, actor (Michael Kuzak-LA Law), born in Pasadena, California
  • Oct 31 Nick Saban, American college football coach, born in Fairmont, West Virginia

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 29 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
  • Oct 4 Henrietta Lacks [Loretta Pleasant], African-American tobacco farmer whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, extensively used in medical research since the 1950s (1st immortalised cell line),dies of cervical cancer at 31
  • Oct 6 Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
  • Oct 6 Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German-born physician and biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1884)
  • Oct 6 Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), dies at 91
  • Oct 6 Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist and biochemist (Nobel 1922), dies at 67
  • Oct 7 Anton Philips, Co-Founder of Royal Philips Electronics N.V., dies at 77
  • Oct 12 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congolese religious leader and founder of Kimbanguism, dies in captivity at 62
  • Oct 12 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), dies at 70
  • Oct 13 W G (Billy) Quaife, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 228 runs), dies
  • Oct 16 Liaquat Ali Khan, 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan (1947-51), assassinated by Said Akbar at 56
  • Oct 25 Amélie of Orléans, Queen of Portugal, wife of Carlos I, dies at 86
  • Oct 29 De Raymond, French High Director of Cambodia, murdered
  • Oct 29 Robert G Aitken, US astronomer (New General Catalogue), dies at 86