Historical Events in September 1951

Historic Event

Sep 1 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad

  • Sep 1 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • Sep 2 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact
  • Sep 3 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • Sep 4 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network

Conference of Interest

Sep 4 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Frank Sedgman of Australia beats American Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maureen Connolly wins her 1st of 9 Grand Slam singles titles; beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

  • Sep 8 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries in San Francisco

Catholic Encyclical

Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex

  • Sep 9 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 10 British begin economic boycott of Iran

Sports History

Sep 11 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes.

Music Premiere

Sep 11 Igor Stravinsky's opera "The Rake's Progress", with libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, premieres at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy

  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
  • Sep 14 Giant's Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats
  • Sep 15 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances
  • Sep 15 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
  • Sep 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum
  • Sep 16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players

US Women's Golf Open

Sep 16 US Open Women's Golf, Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs

  • Sep 17 Musical revue "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 90 performances
  • Sep 17 Romanian bishop A. Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years

Film Release

Sep 18 "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is released

  • Sep 18 "The Day the Earth Stood Still", science fiction film directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, opens
  • Sep 19 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 19 Italian civil servants strike for pay increase
  • Sep 20 1st North Pole jet crossing
  • Sep 20 MLB owners elect National League President Ford Frick as 3rd Baseball Commissioner for a 7-year term at a then massive $65,000 per annum
  • Sep 20 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
  • Sep 21 Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec
  • Sep 24 Industrial estate opens at Harlow New Town, England
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 26 Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
  • Sep 27 Persian troops occupy oil refinery at Abadan
  • Sep 28 New York's Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951, an 8-0 home victory over Boston Red Sox; Yankees clinch pennant #18
  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • Sep 29 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)
  • Sep 29 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m & 10 mile
  • Sep 29 Seth Barnes Nicholson discovers Ananke, 12th satellite of Jupiter at Mount Wilson Observatory