On This Day

What Happened in September 1951

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Sep 1 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • Sep 2 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact
  • Sep 3 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • Sep 4 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Sep 4 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Frank Sedgman of Australia beats American Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maureen Connolly wins her 1st of 9 Grand Slam singles titles; beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
  • Sep 8 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries in San Francisco

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Sep 9 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 10 British begin economic boycott of Iran
  • Sep 11 Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes

  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0

  • Sep 14 Giant's Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats
  • Sep 15 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances
  • Sep 15 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
  • Sep 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Sep 16 US Open Women's Golf, Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Sep 16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • Sep 17 "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • Sep 17 Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 18 "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is released

  • Sep 19 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 19 Italian civil servants strike for pay increase
  • Sep 20 1st North Pole jet crossing
  • Sep 20 MLB owners elect National League President Ford Frick as 3rd Baseball Commissioner for a 7-year term at a then massive $65,000 per annum
  • Sep 20 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
  • Sep 21 Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec
  • Sep 24 Industrial estate opens at Harlow New Town, England
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 26 Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
  • Sep 27 Persian troops occupy oil refinery at Abadan
  • Sep 28 Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18
  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • Sep 29 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)
  • Sep 29 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m & 10 mile
  • Sep 29 S B Nicholson discovers 12th satellite of Jupiter

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Timothy Zahn, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Cobra Strike)
  • Sep 1 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1998)
  • Sep 2 Mark Harmon, American actor (St Elsewhere, NCIS), born in Burbank, California
  • Sep 2 Michael Gray, American actor (Shazam!, Brian Keith Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 2 Mike Kaminski, English musician (ELO), born in Harrogate
  • Sep 2 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • Sep 3 Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan politician, President of Sri Lanka (2015-), born in Yagoda, Sri Lanka
  • Sep 4 Judith Ivey, American actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Sep 4 Martin Chambers, English rock drummer (Pretenders), born in Hereford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 4 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, born in Scornicești, Romania
  • Sep 4 Marita Ulvskog, Swedish politician, born in Luleå, Sweden

Person of interestMichael Keaton

Sep 5 Michael Keaton, American actor (Gung Ho, Batman, Beetlejuice), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 5 Paul Breitner, German footballer, born in Kolbermoor, Germany
  • Sep 5 Patti McGuire, American model and television producer, born in Dexter, Missouri
  • Sep 5 Jamie Oldaker, American musician (461 Oceans Boulevard), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 6 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), born in London (d. 1996)

Person of interestChrissie Hynde

Sep 7 Chrissie Hynde, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), born in Akron, Ohio

Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde
  • Sep 7 Mark McCumber, American golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; Tour C'ship 1994), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 7 Morris Albert [Maurício Alberto Kaisermann], Brazilian singer (Feelings), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sep 7 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 8 Randy Odle, American astronaut, born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • Sep 8 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Nikos Karvelas, Greek composer and songwriter, born in Piraeus, Attica, Greece
  • Sep 9 Corry Konings, Dutch singer (Crying Is Too Late For You) and actress, born in Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
  • Sep 9 Robert Desiderio, actor (Det Kennedy-Heart of the City), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 9 Tom Wopat, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard; One Life to Live) and singer (Consider It Swung), born in Lodi, Wisconsin,
  • Sep 9 Alexander Downer, Australian politician
  • Sep 10 Albert R Wynn, American politician (Rep-D-Maryland 1993-2008), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), born in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire (d. 2016)
  • Sep 10 Gary Danielson, American NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions 1976-84; Cleveland Browns 1985, 87-88) and college commentator (CBS, ABC), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician, born in Redhill, Surrey
  • Sep 12 Berty Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland (1997-2008), born in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 12 Joe Pantoliano, American actor (Finelli Boys, Fugitive), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 12 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1998)
  • Sep 13 Jean Smart, American actress (Charlene-Designing Women), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 14 Eugene H. Trinh, Vietnamese-American astronaut (STS 50), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Sep 15 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • Sep 15 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 17 Cassandra Peterson [Elvira], American actress (Echo Park, Elvira), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Sep 18 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Sep 18 Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, Republican politician and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 18 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver, born in Arisdorf, Switzerland
  • Sep 19 Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer, born in Hull, Quebec, Canada

Person of interestGuy Lafleur

Sep 20 Guy Lafleur, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers), born in Thurso, Quebec

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • Sep 20 Joanna Cameron, American actress (I Love My Wife, Isis), born in Aspen, Colorado
  • Sep 20 Javier Marías, Spanish translator and novelist (Corazón tan blanco), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 21 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • Sep 21 Bob Franks, (Rep-R-NJ)
  • Sep 21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 21 Henk Hofstede, Dutch singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist (Nits), born in Amsterdam, Holland
  • Sep 21 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • Sep 21 John "Willie" Wilcox Born, American drummer (Utopia)
  • Sep 23 Ron Klink, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Sep 24 Terry Metcalf, American NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 24 Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar and ambassador
  • Sep 25 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Sep 25 Burleigh Drummond, American rocker (Ambrosia), born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Person of interestMark Hamill

Sep 25 Mark Hamill, American actor (Luke Skywalker-Star Wars), born in Oakland, California

  • Sep 26 Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Sep 26 Tony Sales, American rock bassist (Todd Rundgren; Iggy Pop; Tin Machine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • Sep 27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • Sep 27 Michel Rivard, Québécois singer and composer (Beau Dommage), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 28 Christian Marlowe, actor (Bram-Highcliffe Manor), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 28 Dave Rajsich, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Sep 28 Silvia Dionisio, actress (Riavanti Marsh!, Amici Miei), born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 28 Wei Chen, Canadian journalist
  • Sep 29 David Murray, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper)

Person of interestMichelle Bachelet

Sep 29 Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006-10, 2014-present), born in Santiago, Chile

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Sep 29 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Sep 29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • Sep 29 Mike Enriquez, Philippine broadcaster
  • Sep 30 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • Sep 30 Nicholas Yermakov, American sci-fi author (Epiphany, Jehad, Clique)
  • Sep 30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • Sep 28 Actor Franchot Tone weds actress Barbara Payton

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 20 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Wols [Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze], German cartoonist and painter, dies at 38
  • Sep 3 Robert Hernried, Austrian born American composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Sep 6 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, dies at 84
  • Sep 6 Joe Falcaro, American bowler (National Match Game champion 1929-33), dies at 55
  • Sep 7 María Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), dies of heart seizure at 39
  • Sep 7 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, dies at 80
  • Sep 8 Jürgen Stroop, SS General during World War II and commander of Nazi forces during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, executed by hanging for crimes against humanity at 56
  • Sep 9 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic, dies at 56
  • Sep 9 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Fritz Busch, German conductor, dies at 61
  • Sep 15 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 17 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, dies (somewhere between 50 and 57 - birth year documentation uncertain)
  • Sep 17 Gelett Burgess, American humorist and author (The Purple Cow), dies at 85
  • Sep 24 Georges Rency, Belgian poet and literature, dies at 75
  • Sep 26 Hans Cloos, German geologist and pioneer in the study of granite tectonics (the deformation of crystalline rocks), dies at 65
  • Sep 29 Bradley Barker, American silent actor and film director, dies at 68
  • Sep 29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), dies at 86