On This Day

Historical Events in February 1951

  • Feb 1 -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • Feb 1 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
  • Feb 1 1st telecast of an atomic explosion
  • Feb 1 Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed
  • Feb 1 UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
  • Feb 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 2 -35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
  • Feb 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Television Debut

Feb 3 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV

  • Feb 3 Dick Button wins US skating title for 6th time
  • Feb 3 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle

Theater Premiere

Feb 3 Tennessee Williams' play "The Rose Tattoo" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 4 US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer
  • Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Feb 6 "Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84

Radio History

Feb 6 Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago

  • Feb 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security

Sports History

Feb 9 St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45

  • Feb 10 "John and Marsha" by Stan Freberg, a parody of daytime soap operas which had only two voices repeating each other's names, peaks at #21 in the USA

Election of Interest

Feb 11 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election in the Gold Coast (Ghana)

Sports History

Feb 14 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

  • Feb 16 NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
  • Feb 16 San Francisco City Hall dome fire

Sports History

Feb 17 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores his 100th career NHL goal and adds an assist in a 2-1 Red Wings' victory away to the Montreal Canadiens

  • Feb 18 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes
  • Feb 18 Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • Feb 18 Netherlands Radio School forms
  • Feb 21 South Carolina House of Representatives urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated by Major League Baseball
  • Feb 22 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "All About Eve" Best Film
  • Feb 24 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • Feb 24 Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER
  • Feb 24 Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of Great Britain
  • Feb 24 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button of USA
  • Feb 25 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden, NYC, after 278 performances
  • Feb 25 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
  • Feb 26 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia begins
  • Feb 27 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms
  • Feb 28 French government of Pleven dissolves
  • Feb 28 Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates

Golden Globes

Feb 28 8th Golden Globes: "Sunset Boulevard", Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win