Historical Events in January 1951

  • Jan 1 Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 2 Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 3 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents
  • Jan 3 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • Jan 4 Korean War: Chinese forces recapture Seoul
  • Jan 5 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 6 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • Jan 6 Ganghwa massacre: Hundreds of South Korean communist sympathisers are slaughtered
  • Jan 8 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda
  • Jan 9 "Life After Tomorrow", 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds
  • Jan 10 1st jet passenger trip made
  • Jan 10 UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jan 13 German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • Jan 15 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • Jan 15 Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
  • Jan 15 Ilse Koch, also known as "The Bitch of Buchenwald", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court
  • Jan 16 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
  • Jan 16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Texas, to 134th St, New York City)
  • Jan 17 China refuses ceases-fire in Korea
  • Jan 18 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
  • Jan 18 Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 18 Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea erupts, killing 2,942 people
  • Jan 21 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 22 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
  • Jan 22 Fidel Castro is ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter
  • Jan 23 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg win
  • Jan 24 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27 "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 27 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 28 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • Jan 29 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Jan 29 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • Jan 30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • Jan 31 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • Jan 31 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)