On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1951

Famous Weddings

Burgess Meredith

Jan 8 American actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds Swedish-American ballerina Kaja Sundsten

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Feb 10 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (31) marries actress Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (19)

W.E.B. Du Bois

Feb 27 Activist W.E.B. Du Bois (83) weds award-winning author Shirley Graham (54) in Queens, New York

Doris Day

Apr 3 Actress and singer Doris Day (29) marries producer Martin Melcher (35) in Burbank, California

Henry J. Kaiser

Apr 10 Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (68) weds nurse Alyce Chester

Charles M. Schulz

Apr 18 Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson; divorce in 1972

Myrna Loy

Jun 2 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (45) weds UNESCO delegate Howland H. Sargeant

Wedding of Interest

Jun 4 American actress Janet Leigh (23) weds American actor Tony Curtis (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut; divorce in 1962

Ray Charles

Jul 31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia

Max Von Sydow

Aug 1 Actor Max Von Sydow (22) weds actress Christina Olin

Peter Sellers

Sep 15 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

  • Sep 28 Actor Franchot Tone weds actress Barbara Payton

Wedding of Interest

Nov 7 American entertainer Frank Sinatra (34) marries 2nd wife American film star Ava Gardner (26); divorce in 1957

Louis Jordan

Nov 14 American swing musician Louis Jordan (43) weds dancer Vicky Hayes

Margaret Thatcher

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

Mickey Mantle

Dec 23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma


Famous Divorces

Elizabeth Taylor

Jan 29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 1st divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr.

Jackie Coogan

Sep 20 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage

Frank Sinatra

Oct 29 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage