August 1951 in History

Events in History

Ben-Gurion Wins Election

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 Uprising by Moluccan soldiers from Indonesia at Ambonezen Camp, Netherlands
  • Aug 6 The National Museum of Racing opens in Congress Park at Saratoga Springs, N.Y
  • Aug 6 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • 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 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • Aug 17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 26 Dutch professor Jacob Jongbloed demonstrates an artificial heart in Paris
  • Aug 30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • Aug 31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • Aug 2 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Riksdag), born in Nyköping, Sweden
  • Aug 3 Hans Schlegel, German astronaut (STS 55), born in Überlingen, Germany
  • Aug 4 Lane Evans, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-2007), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2014)

Mohamed Morsi (1951-2019)

Aug 8 Egyptian politician, President of Egypt (2012-13) and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, born in El Adwah, Egypt

  • Aug 8 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)

Juan Manuel Santos (72 years old)

Aug 10 Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2010-18) and Nobel laureate (2016), born in Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aug 11 Donald DeCicco, Brockton Mass, fictional ID of Beldar in Coneheads
  • Aug 12 Charles E Brady Jr, Pinehurst NC, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 78)
  • Aug 12 Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist (who became subject of intertest during 1988 presidential election), born in Chesterfield, South Carolina
  • Aug 15 Daba Diawara, Malian politician, born in Bamako, Mali
  • Aug 16 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • Aug 20 Greg Bear, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity), born in San Diego, California (d. 2022)
  • Aug 20 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 21 Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, born in Antofagasta, Chile
  • Aug 21 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 22 Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician, born in Chokpur, Taplejung District, Nepal
  • Aug 23 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • Aug 23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 24 Orson Scott Card, American sci-fi author (Hugo; Nebula; Ender's War), born in Richland, Washington
  • Aug 24 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Aug 26 Robert Torricelli, American politician (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1983-97, Senator-New Jersey 1997-2003), born in Paterson, New Jersey

Deaths in History

William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)

Aug 14 American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

  • Aug 16 Du Yuesheng, Chinese mob boss, dies at 62