July 1951 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 2 Island advisor of Curacao installed
  • Jul 2 Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system

InventionHistoric Invention

Jul 5 Dr William Shockley invents the junction transistor (Murray Hill, NJ)

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of war with Germany

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jul 10 Armistice talks to end Korean conflict began at Kaesong
  • Jul 12 Mob tries to keep black family from moving into all-white Cicero, Illinois
  • Jul 14 George Washington Carver monument unveiled
  • Jul 16 King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates
  • Jul 16 Len Hutton scores his 100th 100, Yorkshire v Surrey at The Oval
  • Jul 17 Leopold III, King of the Belgians, abdicates in favour of his son Boudouin I
  • Jul 17 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered
  • Jul 18 Uruguay accepts its constitution
  • Jul 20 King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Dalai Lama returns to Tibet

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • Jul 22 General Francisco Craveiro Lopes appointed President of Portugal
  • Jul 26 Netherlands ends state of war with Germany
  • Jul 31 Japan Airlines is established

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Michele Santoro, Italian TV journalist
  • Jul 2 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Person of interestJean-Claude Duvalier

Jul 3 Jean-Claude Duvalier "Baby Doc", Deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86), born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 2014)

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • Jul 4 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, American Democratic politician and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (1995-2003), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Jul 11 Lawrence J Delucas, PhD/astronaut (STS 50), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jul 13 Rob Bishop, American politician
  • Jul 14 Esther Dyson, computer publisher (Release 1.0), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jul 16 Esther Friesner, American sci-fi author (Witchwood Cradle), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 16 Jean-Luc Mongrain, French-Canadian journalist, born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 18 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian social-democratic politician (50th Prime Minister of Belgium), born in Morlanwelz, Belgium
  • Jul 21 Diana Dennis, body builder (Women Physique World), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 24 Chris Smith, New Zealand politician (Labour), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 26 William S. McArthur Jr., American astronaut (STS 58, 74, sk: 92), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • Jul 28 Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 28 Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 3 Author Maya Angelou (23) weds Thomas J. Angelos

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Ernst Ferdinand Sauerbruch, German Nazi surgeon, dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Jordan's King (1946-51), killed in Jerusalem
  • Jul 20 Mustafa Shuqri Ashu, tailor/murderer of king Abdullah, shot to death
  • Jul 20 Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, dies at 69

Person of interestPhilippe Pétain

Jul 23 Philippe Pétain, French marshal and Chief of the French State (1940-44), dies at 95

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • Jul 31 J of Oudshoorn, [John K Feylbrief], writer (Maze of Sentences), dies