On This Day

Historical Events in August 1951

Election of Interest

Aug 1 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election

  • Aug 3 William H Jackson ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Aug 5 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
  • Aug 6 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • Aug 6 The National Museum of Racing opens in Congress Park at Saratoga Springs, N.Y
  • Aug 7 Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
  • Aug 7 US Viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)
  • Aug 9 Dutch Korea volunteers win US Collective Unit Citation
  • Aug 11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • Aug 11 First televised baseball game in colour on WCBS in New York City; Boston Braves beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-1
  • Aug 11 New York Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL), 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose 4-0 to Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds, NYC to go 13½ games behind Brooklyn Dodgers; go on to win NL pennant with 98-59-0 record
  • Aug 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract

Film Premiere

Aug 14 "A Place in the Sun", film adptation of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters premieres in Los Angeles, California; wins 6 Academy Awards, including Best Director, 1952

  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth

Sports History

Aug 19 Bill Veeck (St. Louis Browns) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit; he walked on four pitches.

Venice Film Festival

Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 24 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on strategy options
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 26 Dutch professor Jacob Jongbloed demonstrates an artificial heart in Paris

Film Premiere

Aug 26 Film "An American In Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture, 1952)

  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game winning streak
  • Aug 30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • Aug 31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf