On This Day

December 1951 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
  • Dec 4 Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people
  • Dec 4 Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government
  • Dec 8 AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
  • Dec 9 West German voters approve merger of 3 states to form Baden-Wurttemberg
  • Dec 17 Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
  • Dec 19 Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands
  • Dec 20 Walter Zinn's Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the first nuclear reactor to produce electric power, goes live at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Dec 21 Pioneering telenovela "Sua Vida Me Pertence" premieres in Brazil
  • Dec 23 Last Belgian communities get electricity
  • Dec 24 United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN
  • Dec 31 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electricity announced

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Alexander Panayotov Aleksandrov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-5)
  • Dec 5 Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian artist, born in Antwerp
  • Dec 8 Bill Bryson, American British author (Notes From a Small Island), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 12 Steven Alan Hawley, American NASA astronaut (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82), born in Ottawa, Kansas
  • Dec 18 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • Dec 19 Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
  • Dec 20 Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Charles de Lint, Canadian sci-fi author (Moonhear, Mulengro, Yarrow), born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • Dec 22 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and wealthy landowner, born in Omagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • Dec 26 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • Dec 27 William Waldorf 4th viscount Astor/English large landowner
  • Dec 27 Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico
  • Dec 28 Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 13 British PM Margaret Thatcher (26) weds businessman Denis Thatcher (36) at Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Pedro Salinas, Spanish writer (Generation of 1927), dies at 61
  • Dec 5 Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer (b. 1871)
  • Dec 6 Harold Ross, American magazine editor and co-founded The New Yorker, dies at 59
  • Dec 10 Algernon Blackwood, English novelist (The Willows), dies at 82
  • Dec 15 Eric Drummond, British 1st Secretary-General of the League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
  • Dec 23 Benito Lynch, Irish-Argentine writer (Palo Verde), dies at 66
  • Dec 25 Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • Dec 31 Maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat, dies at 75
  • Dec 31 Philipp Abraham Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher and physicist, dies at 76