Historical Events in April 1951

  • Apr 3 Christopher Fry's "Sleep of Prisoners" premieres in Oxford

Historic Event

Apr 4 Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Argentine President Juan & Eva Perón in Buenos Aires

Film Premiere

Apr 5 "A Place in the Sun", film adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in France

Historic Event

Apr 5 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

  • Apr 7 105th Grand National: John Bullock wins aboard 40/1 shot Nickel Coin; of 36 runners, only 3 complete the course

US Masters Golf

Apr 7 15th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan wins the first of his 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Skee Riegel

  • Apr 7 American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament
  • Apr 7 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Historic Event

Apr 11 US President Harry Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of command in Korea

  • Apr 12 Israeli Knesset officially designates April 13 as Holocaust Day
  • Apr 15 Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
  • Apr 16 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • Apr 16 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75

Sports History

Apr 17 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

  • Apr 18 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 102 performances
  • Apr 18 Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms
  • Apr 18 France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community
  • Apr 19 "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • Apr 19 General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
  • Apr 20 4th Cannes Film Festival: "Miss Julie" directed by Alf Sjoberg and "Miracle in Milan" directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 20 Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
  • Apr 21 NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 79-75 to take series 4 games to 3; first Finals appearance for both teams
  • Apr 21 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 for a 4-1 series victory
  • Apr 22 Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC
  • Apr 26 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands opens Brielsche Mausoleum

Election of Interest

Apr 28 Mohammad Mosaddegh elected Prime Minister of Iran by the Parliament of Iran (Majlis)

  • Apr 29 China seizes the assets of the Asiatic Petroleum Company, a joint venture between the Shell and Royal Dutch oil companies in retaliation for the Hong Kong Government's requisitioning of the tanker Yung Hao