January 9 - United Nations headquarters officially opens (New York City).
January 15 - Ilse Koch, The "Witch of Buchenwald", wife of the commandant of the
Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment in a court in West
January 17 - Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
January 27 - Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb
dropped on Frenchman Flats, northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.
February 12 - Marriage of Muhammad Reza Shah to Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari.
February 27 - The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting
Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
March 6 - The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.
March 7 - Korean War: Operation Ripper - In Korea, United Nations troops led by General
Matthew Ridgeway begin an assault against the Chinese "volunteers".
March 12 - The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears in newspapers across the U.S. for
the first time.
March 14 - Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.
March 29 - Red Scare: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit
espionage. On April 5 they are sentenced to receive the death penalty.
March 30 - Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States
April 1 - Australia, New Zealand, United States security treaty signed in San Francisco.
April 18 - Treaty of Paris (1951) adopted, establishing European Coal and Steel
June 14 - UNIVAC I is dedicated by U.S. Census Bureau.
June 15 - July 1- In New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and British
Columbia, thousands of acres of forests were destroyed in fires.
July 5 - William Shockley invents the junction transistor.
July 10 - Korean War: At Kaesong, armistice negotiations begin.
July 14 - In Joplin, Missouri, George Washington Carver National Monument becomes
the first United States National Monument in honor of an African American.
July 20 - King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated while attending Friday prayers in
September 1 - The United States, Australia and New Zealand all sign a mutual defense
pact, called the ANZUS Treaty (for "Australia, New Zealand, United States").
September 8 - Treaty of San Francisco: In San Francisco, California, 48 nations
sign Sign a peace treaty with Japan in formal recognition of the end of the Pacific War.
September 10 - Great Britain begins an economic boycott of Iran.
October 16 - Liaquat Ali Khan, first Prime Minister of Pakistan assassinated in Rawalpindi.
October 18 - Yitzhak Bezner, Israeli official, meets leading Japanese industrialists
as part of a mission to establish Israeli-Japanese economic ties.
November 10 - Direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
November 24 - The Broadway play Gigi opens staring little known actress Audrey Hepburn
playing the lead character (the play ran for six months and led to Hepburn's film debut
in Roman Holiday).
December 24 - Libya becomes independent from Italy.
A fourth, and final, forest fire starts in the Tillamook Burn; but unlike earlier fires this
one only burns 32,700 acres, and within area already affected by the earlier fires.
IBM United Kingdom formed.Year in topic
1951 in film
An American in Paris.
The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.
A Streetcar Named Desire.
Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne.
1951 in literature
The Catcher in the Rye.
1951 in music
The release of "Rocket 88", a song by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats. Some music
historians consider this record to be the first rock and roll recording.
1951 in television
January 3 - Dragnet airs on television for the first time (NBC).
May 28 - The U. S. Supreme Court upholds the FCC's approval of the CBS color
June 25 CBS presents its first commercial color telecast with Arthur Godfrey,
Ed Sullivan, and Faye Emerson.
June - RCA demonstrates its new electronic color system.
August 11 - The first baseball games televised in color, a double-header between the
Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves.
September 4 - The first coast-to-coast TV broadcast in the United States, featuring
September 22 - The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college
football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC.
October 3 - The first live coast-to-coast network telecast of a World Series game
in the United States.
October 15 - I Love Lucy debuts on CBS.
December 24 - The first televised opera written for television, Amahl and the
Night Visitor, airs on NBC.
Ernie Kovacs' Time for Ernie and Ernie in Kovacsland television shows premiere. Kovacs
pushes the limits of television technology with his use of camera tricks and special effects.Births
January 6 - Kim Wilson
, rock musician.
January 12 - Kirstie Alley
January 12 - Rush Limbaugh
, radio personality.
January 30 - Phil Collins
February 6 - Princess Daphné
February 15 - Melissa Manchester
February 15 - Jane Seymour
February 17 - Jacobus Wouter van den Houten
February 20 - Gordon Brown
, British politician.
February 23 - Linda van Houten
February 25 - Don Quarrie
, Jamaican sprinter.
March 4 - Kenny Dalglish
, footballer and football manager.
March 4 - Chris Rea
, British singer and musician.
March 17 - Kurt Russell
March 24 - Tommy Hilfiger
, fashion designer.
April 6 - Bert Blyleven
, baseball pitcher.
April 7 - Janis Ian
, singer and songwriter.
April 10 - Steven Seagal
April 11 - Doris McGowen Beck Angleton
, Houston, Texas socialite (d. 1997).
April 13 - Peabo Bryson
, pop singer.
April 13 - Peter Davison
, actor and the fifth Doctor Who.
April 13 - Max Weinberg
April 18 - Lodewijk Gerardus (Leo) van den Houten
April 29 - Dale Earnhardt
, stock car racer (NASCAR) (d. 2001).
May 12 - Rebecca Boone Alston
May 15 - Jonathan Richman
May 23 - Anatoly Karpov
, chess world champion.
May 26 - Sally Ride
May 30 - Stephen Tobolowsky
June 2 - Larry Robinson
, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman.
June 3 - Sietje Elisabeth (Sietje) van den Houten
June 14 - Paul Boateng
, British politician, first black Cabinet minister.
June 17 - Mary McAleese
, eighth President of Ireland.
June 20 - Tress MacNeille
, voice actress (The Simpsons, Animaniacs, Rugrats).
June 28 - Lloyd Maines, country music musician and record producer.
July 3 - Richard Hadlee
, New Zealand cricketer.
July 5 - Rich "Goose" Gossage
, baseball pitcher.
July 8 - Anjelica Huston
July 13 - Hendrina Hanzen
July 24 - Chris Smith
, British politician, first "out" gay MP.
August 3 - Marcel Dionne
, Hockey Hall of Famer.
August 20 - Greg Bear
, science fiction author.
August 23 - Akhmad Kadyrov
, President of Chechnya.
August 24 - Orson Scott Card
, science fiction author.
August 26 - Man van den Houten
September 7 - Julie Kavner
, voice actress (The Simpsons).
September 12 - Joe Pantoliano
, actor (The Matrix, The Sopranos).
September 22 - David Coverdale
September 26 - Geertruida Breen
September 29 - Maureen Caird
, Australian hurdler.
October 3 - Dave Winfield
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
October 6 - Manfred Winkelhock
, auto racing driver.
October 9 - Willem Kasper van Driel
November 12 - Elisabeth (Els) Guijt
November 15 - Alamgir Hashmi
, poet, scholar, professor.
November 19 - Lord Falconer
, British lawyer and politician.
November 30 - Christian Bernard
, F.R.C., Rosicrucian, Imperator of AMORC.
December 17 - Ken Hitchcock
, NHL coach.Deaths
January 10 - Sinclair Lewis
February 9 - Eddy Duchin
February 12 - Izak Verton
February 13 - Lloyd C. Douglas
February 18 - Lyman Gilmore
, Choctaw Native American airplane pioneer.
February 19 - André Gide
March 6 - Ivor Novello
, actor, musician, composer.
March 10 - Shidehara Kijuro
, Japanese prime minister.
March 25 - Eddie Collins
, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1887).
March 25 - Oscar Micheaux
, pioneer African-American, filmmaker/author.
April 4 - Al Christie
, early Hollywood director/producer.
April 6 - Robert Broom
April 22 - Horace Donisthorpe
April 23 - Charles G. Dawes
, former U.S. vice-president.
May 7 - Warner Baxter
June 13 - Ben Chifley
, Australian Prime Minister.
July 9 - Harry Heilmann
, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1894).
July 13 - Arnold Schoenberg
, Austrian composer.
July 20 - King Abdullah
, King of Jordan.
July 23 - Robert J. Flaherty
July 29 - Hozumi Shigeto
, Japanese author.
August 10 - Jacomijna van den Houten
August 14 - William Randolph Hearst
, publisher and newspaper baron.
August 15 - Artur Schnabel
August 21 - Constant Lambert
October 16 - Liaquat Ali Khan
, first Prime Minister of Pakistan.
October 29 - Dimmen Hoek
November 9 - Sigmund Romberg
, composer.To my Homepage