On This Day

1951 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 238

  • May 3 The Festival of Britain opens
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town)
  • May 8 Dacron men's suits introduced
  • May 8 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 9 Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River
  • May 10 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • May 11 American engineer Jay Forrester applies for patent for computer core memory
  • May 12 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
  • May 15 AT&T becomes the 1st US corporation to have a million stockholders after young car salesman Brady Denton purchases 7 shares worth $1,078
  • May 15 Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum
  • May 16 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines
  • May 18 US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea
  • May 21 The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition - a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
  • May 23 Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" premieres in London
  • May 23 Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet signed in Beijing, formally establishes Chinese sovereignty over Tibet
  • May 24 Racial segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants ruled illegal

  • May 24 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 26 Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • May 28 Bernardus J Alfrink appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Utrecht and Titular Archbishop of Tyana
  • May 29 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair
  • May 31 Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord
  • Jun 1 1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada)
  • Jun 1 International Cheese treaty signed

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Jun 2 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Jun 11 Mozambique becomes an oversea province of Portugal
  • Jun 11 NY Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found
  • Jun 13 UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea
  • Jun 14 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 18 Charles de Gaulle wins French parliamentary election

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 18 In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences
  • Jun 23 Treacherous British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean flee to USSR
  • Jun 23 Most expensive US hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage & $14M property-Kansas)
  • Jun 24 Persian army takes over nationalized oil installations
  • Jun 30 NAACP begins attack on school segregation & discrimination
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 George Washington Carver monument unveiled [1]

Agricultural Scientist and Inventor George Washington Carver
Agricultural Scientist and Inventor
George Washington Carver
  • 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
  • Jul 21 Dalai Lama returns to Tibet
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 1 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Aug 3 William H Jackson ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Aug 5 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
  • Aug 6 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
  • Aug 6 The National Museum of Racing opens in Congress Park at Saratoga Springs, N.Y
  • 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 11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • Aug 13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • Aug 17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 26 Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
  • Aug 30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • Aug 31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf
  • 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 4 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference
  • Sep 8 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries in San Francisco
  • Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex
  • Sep 10 British begin economic boycott of Iran
  • Sep 14 Giant's Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats
  • Sep 15 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
  • Sep 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum
  • Sep 17 Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years
  • Sep 19 Italian civil servants strike for pay increase
  • Sep 20 1st North Pole jet crossing
  • 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 29 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m & 10 mile
  • Sep 29 S B Nicholson discovers 12th satellite of Jupiter
  • Oct 1 1st treaty signed by woman ambassador-Eugenie Anderson (US ambassador to Denmark)
  • Oct 1 24th Infantry Regiment, last all-black US military unit, deactivated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Joseph Stalin proclaims the Soviet Union has the atomic bomb

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 First synthesis of an oral contraceptive (norethindrone) made by Luis E. Miramontes under direction of Carl Djerassi and George Rosenkranz at Mexican drug company Syntex

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi
  • Oct 16 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated by Said Akbar in Rawalpindi
  • Oct 17 Egyptian army fires on British troops
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 19 US President Harry Truman formally ends state of war with Germany
  • Oct 20 The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Oct 22 Earthquake hits Formosa, 100 killed
  • Oct 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 226

  • Jun 14 Paul Boateng, British Labour politician 9British High Commissioner to South Africa), born in Hackney, England
  • Jun 16 Michel Viso, French cosmonaut
  • Jun 19 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, born in Maadi, Cairo
  • Jun 20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • Jun 27 Sidney M. Gutierrez, Mjr USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 40, 59), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jun 27 Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland (1997-2011), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 29 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jun 30 Stephen S. Oswald, American NASA astronaut (STS 42, 56, 67), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 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", Haitian dictator and deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86) infamous for his brutality, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 2014)

Dictator and President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
Dictator and 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, American politician, Mayor of the District of Columbia (1999-2007), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Jul 28 Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect (Milwaukee Art Museum), born in Valencia, Spain
  • 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, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • Aug 8 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • Aug 8 Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politician, President of Egypt (2012-13), leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, born in El Adwah, Egypt (d. 2019)
  • Aug 10 Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2010-present) 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
  • 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
  • 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 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 23 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • 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 G Torricelli, (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1983- )
  • Sep 1 Timothy Zahn, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Cobra Strike)
  • Sep 2 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • Sep 3 Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan politician, President of Sri Lanka (2015-), born in Yagoda, Sri Lanka
  • Sep 4 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, born in Scornicești, Romania
  • Sep 4 Marita Ulvskog, Swedish politician, born in Luleå, Sweden
  • Sep 6 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), born in London (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Randy Odle, American astronaut, born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • Sep 9 Alexander Downer, Australian politician
  • Sep 10 Albert R Wynn, American politician (Rep-D-Maryland 1993-2008), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician, born in Redhill, Surrey
  • Sep 12 Berty Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland (1997-2008), born in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 12 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1998)
  • Sep 14 Eugene H. Trinh, Vietnamese-American astronaut (STS 50), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Sep 18 Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, Republican politician and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 20 Javier Marías, Spanish translator and novelist (Corazón tan blanco), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 21 Bob Franks, (Rep-R-NJ)
  • Sep 21 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • Sep 23 Ron Klink, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Sep 24 Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar and ambassador
  • Sep 27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • Sep 27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • Sep 28 Wei Chen, Canadian journalist

Person of interestMichelle Bachelet

Sep 29 Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006-10, 2014-present), born in Santiago, Chile

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Sep 29 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Sep 30 Nicholas Yermakov, American sci-fi author (Epiphany, Jehad, Clique)
  • Sep 30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Oct 3 Kathryn [Kathy] Sullivan, American geologist and astronaut (1st American woman to walk in space), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Oct 3 Bernard Cooper, American novelist and short story writer, born in Hollywood, California
  • Oct 4 Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • Oct 8 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Oct 10 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian soldier and politician (National Alliance Party of Fiji)
  • Oct 12 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 15 Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan (2016-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • Oct 16 Alan Wheat, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983- )
  • Oct 18 Terry McMillan, American author
  • Oct 19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • Oct 20 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • Oct 20 Leif Pagrotsky, Swedish politician
  • Oct 23 Fatmir Sejdiu, President of Kosovo
  • Oct 27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican-British cosmologist, born in Mexico
  • Oct 27 Nancy Jacobs, American politician (R), Senator Maryland (1999-2015), born in Charleston, West Virginia

Person of interestEdward Lee Howard

Oct 27 Edward Lee Howard, American CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, born in Alamogordo, New Mexico (d. 2002)

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Oct 28 Ron & Don Galyon, American siamese twins (Jerry Springer Show), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen-R Idaho)
  • Oct 30 Frank Pallone, American politician (Rep-D-New Jersey), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Nov 2 Thomas Mallon, American novelist and critic (Henry and Clara), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Nov 3 Ed Murawinski, American cartoonist, New York Daily News
  • Nov 4 Traian Băsescu, 4th President of Romania (2004-14), born in Basarabi, Romania
  • Nov 5 Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist
  • Nov 5 Tony Evers, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin (2019-), born in Plymouth, Wisconsin
  • Nov 6 Peter Althin, Swedish politician and attorney, born in Lund, Skåne, Sweden
  • Nov 8 Alfredo Astiz, Argentine general and intelligence officer
  • Nov 9 Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist and founder (Vakvereniging Medical Astrology), born in Amsterdam (d. 1993)
  • Nov 9 Bill Mantlo, American comic book writer (Micronauts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 11 Kim Peek, American megasavant (inspired Rain Man film character), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History