On This Day

What Happened on October 3, 1951

Historical Events

  • CBS-TV airs the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight; Australian light-heavyweight Dave Sands outpoints American Carl 'Bobo' Olson in 10 rounds at Chicago Stadium
  • 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 at the Polo Grounds

Famous Birthdays

  • Bernard Cooper, American novelist and short story writer, born in Hollywood, California

Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (12 x MLB All Star, 7 x Gold Glove; 6 x Silver Slugger; SD Padres; NY Yankees), born in St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Jack Grondin, American rock drummer (.38 Special, 1974-91)
  • Jack Harris, British rock vocalist (The Alan Parsons Project), born in, Shoreditch, Hackney, London
  • Kathryn [Kathy] Sullivan, American geologist and astronaut (1st American woman to walk in space), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Keb' Mo' [Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nick Glennie-Smith, British session keyboard player (Roger Daltry; Roger Waters), film score composer (Ella Enchanted; Secretariat), and conductor, born in London, England
1951 Highlights

About October 3, 1951

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 70 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Libra