- 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
- 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
- Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
- Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea erupts, killing 2,942 people
- NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
- NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
Day of the Week: Thursday