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Notable Historical Events - 1951

1951FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner

1951NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

1951Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

1951NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards

1951Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

195115th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280

19516th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

1951Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister

1951Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

195171st US Men's Tennis: F A Sedgman beats Elias V Seixas Jr (6-4 6-1 6-1)

1951David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government

1951Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins 1st of his 3 NL MVP

1951Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

1951Frank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You"

1951After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run

1951Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title

1951Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

1951Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo," premieres in NYC

1951Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC

1951Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago

1951"I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

1951Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday

1951Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes

195133rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont CC Oakmont Pa

1951Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC

1951Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published

1951Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb

195151st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Mich

1951Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

1951Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement

1951US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

1951NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

1951Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

1951Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

1951US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of war with Germany

1951Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)

1951Dr William Shockley invents junction transistor (Murray Hill NJ)

1951Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances

1951Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released

1951Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins NL MVP

1951Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players

1951Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open

1951David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election

1951Stalin proclaims USSR has atom bomb

1951US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur

1951 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines 
Jan 2
Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC 
Jan 3
9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents 
Jan 3
Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950) 
Jan 4
During Korean conflict, Chinese forces capture Seoul 
Jan 5
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open 
Jan 6
"Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 perfs 
Jan 6
Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes 
Jan 8
Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda 
Jan 9
Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres 
Jan 9
Washington Capitals NBA club folds 
Jan 10
1st jet passenger trip made 
Jan 10
UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY 
Jan 12
Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jan 13
German general F Christian freed early from Dutch prison 
Jan 14
NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27 
Jan 15
"Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000 
Jan 15
Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest 
Jan 16
Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi 
Jan 16
World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC) 
Jan 17
China refuses ceases-fire in Korea 
Jan 18
1st use of lie detector in Netherlands 
Jan 18
Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR" 
Jan 18
NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass 
Jan 18
NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts 
Jan 21
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open 
Jan 22
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom 
Jan 22
Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League game after beaning batter 
Jan 23
3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young & Gertrude Berg win 
Jan 24
Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns 
Jan 25
UN begins counter offensive in Korea 
Jan 26
Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
Jan 27
"Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances 
Jan 27
US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site 
Jan 28
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Jan 28
"La Vie Commence Demain," which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London 
Jan 29
"Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances 
Jan 29
Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million 
Jan 30
Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio 
Feb 1
-50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record) 
Feb 1
1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated 
Feb 1
1st telecast of atomic explosion 
Feb 1
Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed 
Feb 1
UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea 
Feb 1
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 2
-35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994) 
Feb 2
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 3
"Victor Borge Show," debuts on NBC TV 
Feb 3
Dick Button wins US skating title for 6th time 
Feb 3
Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle 
Feb 3
Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo," premieres in NYC 
Feb 4
US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer 
Feb 4
US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button 
Feb 6
"Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84 
Feb 6
Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago 
Feb 6
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security 
Feb 9
St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45 
Feb 10
"John & Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaks at #21 
Feb 11
Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana) 
Feb 14
Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title 
Feb 16
NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing 
Feb 16
SF City Hall dome fire 
Feb 18
3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes 
Feb 18
Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy 
Feb 18
Netherlands Radio School forms 
Feb 21
SC House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated 
Feb 24
"Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 perfs 
Feb 24
Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER 
Feb 24
Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of GRB 
Feb 24
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA 
Feb 25
"Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 perf 
Feb 25
1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina) 
Feb 25
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament 
Feb 26
Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia 
Feb 27
22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms 
Feb 28
French government of Pleven dissolves 
Feb 28
Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates 
Mar 2
1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston 
Mar 3
Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts 
Mar 6
Belgium extends conscription to 24 months 
Mar 7
Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title 
Mar 7
Lillian Hellman's "Autumn Garden" premieres in NYC 
Mar 8
Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel) 
Mar 9
Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb 
Mar 10
"Where's Charley?" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 56 perfs 
Mar 10
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner 
Mar 12
Baseball Commish Happy Chandler loses fight (9-7) to stay in office 
Mar 12
Communist troops driven out of Seoul 
Mar 13
2nd Dutch government of Drees forms 
Mar 13
Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany 
Mar 14
During Korean War, US/UN forces recapture Seoul 
Mar 14
Earthquake at Euskirchen, Germany 
Mar 15
Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company 
Mar 17
Government of Drees takes power 
Mar 17
Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ Christchurch 
Mar 18
Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship 
Mar 19
Herman Wouk's "Caine Mutiny" published 
Mar 20
Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java 
Mar 20
Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded. 
Mar 21
2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea 
Mar 21
Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage 
Mar 23
Wages in France increase 11% 
Mar 25
5th Tony Awards: Guys & Dolls & Rose Tattoo win 
Mar 25
E Purcell & EM Ewen detect 21-cm radiation at Harvard physics lab 
Mar 26
Patty Berg wins LPGA Sandhills Women's Golf Open 
Mar 26
USAF flag approved 
Mar 27
13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58 
Mar 27
Frank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You" 
Mar 29
"King & I" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1246 performances 
Mar 29
23rd Academy Awards - "All About Eve", Judy Holliday & J Ferrer win 
Mar 29
Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of spying 
Mar 31
US tanks exceed 38° of latitude in Korea 
Apr 3
Christopher Fry's "Sleep of Prisoners" premieres in Oxford 
Apr 4
Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires 
Apr 5
Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death 
Apr 7
15th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 7
American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament 
Apr 7
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
Apr 11
US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur 
Apr 12
Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day 
Apr 15
Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao 
Apr 16
British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75 
Apr 17
NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4 
Apr 18
"Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances 
Apr 18
Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms 
Apr 18
France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community 
Apr 19
"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 perfs 
Apr 19
55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45 
Apr 19
Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career 
Apr 20
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
Apr 20
Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators 
Apr 21
5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3 
Apr 21
Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1 
Apr 22
Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC 
Apr 23
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open 
Apr 24
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open 
Apr 26
Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum 
Apr 27
Mohammed Mossadeq chosen premier of Persia 
May 1
600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany 
May 1
Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir 
May 1
Mickey Mantle's 1st HR 
May 1
Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox 
May 3
Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning 
May 3
NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th) 
May 3
Royal Festival Hall opens in London 
May 3
The Festival of Britain opens. 
May 5
"Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 perfs 
May 5
77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6 
May 6
Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0 
May 7
Intl Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics 
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
Jay Forrester patents computer core memory 
May 12
1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll 
May 14
Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances 
May 14
Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC 
May 15
AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders 
May 15
The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum. 
May 16
The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines. 
May 18
UN moves HQ to NYC 
May 18
US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea 
May 19
77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4 
May 19
UN begins counter offensive 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 24
Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal 
May 24
US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests) 
May 25
NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5) 
May 26
Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London 
May 27
Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing 
May 27
Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens 
May 28
After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run 
May 28
Bernardus J Alfrink appointed bishop's asst of Utrecht 
May 28
Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV 
May 29
1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair 
May 30
Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h) 
May 31
Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord 
Jun 1
1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada) 
Jun 1
International Cheese treaty signed 
Jun 2
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones 
Jun 4
Mississippi Valley State University founded 
Jun 4
Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4 
Jun 9
"Doodles Weaver Show" debuts on NBC-TV 
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
"Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater NYC for 37 performances 
Jun 14
1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau 
Jun 15
1st coml electronic computer dedicated Phila 
Jun 15
Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory 
Jun 16
51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Mich 
Jun 16
83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29 
Jun 17
"Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances 
Jun 18
De Gaulle wins French parliamentary election 
Jun 18
In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences. 
Jun 20
Cleve Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox 
Jun 21
"17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances 
Jun 21
Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open 
Jun 22
Gene Rayburn & Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio 
Jun 23
Treacherous British diplomats Guy Burgess & 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 25
1st color TV broadcast-CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities 
Jun 28
"Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV 
Jun 30
"Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV 
Jun 30
NAACP begins attack on school segregation & discrimination 
Jul 1
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open 
Jul 1
Cleve Indian Bob Feller, 3rd no-hitter beats Det Tigers, 2-1 
Jul 2
Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt 
Jul 2
"Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio 
Jul 2
Hugo Yarnold stumps 6 at Dundee, Worcester v Scotland 
Jul 2
Island advisor of Curacao installed 
Jul 2
Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system 
Jul 3
33rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont CC Oakmont Pa 
Jul 5
Dodgers sweep the Giants & lead by 7½ games (Giants will win pennant) 
Jul 5
Dr William Shockley invents junction transistor (Murray Hill NJ) 
Jul 6
65th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-4 6-4 6-4) 
Jul 7
58th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (6-1 6-0) 
Jul 8
Yankee Joe DiMaggio & mgr Casey Stengel feud 
Jul 9
US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of war with Germany 
Jul 10
18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit 
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 Ill 
Jul 12
NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleve Indians, 8-0 
Jul 14
"Courtin' Time" closes at National Theater NYC after 37 performances 
Jul 14
"Make a Wish" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 perfs 
Jul 14
1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race) 
Jul 14
Citation becomes 1st horse to win $1,000,000 in races 
Jul 14
George Washington Carver monument unveiled 
Jul 16
1st Dutchman to win Tour de France (Wim Van Est) 
Jul 16
King Leopold III, of Belgium, abdicates 
Jul 16
Len Hutton scores his 100th 100, Yorks v Surrey at The Oval 
Jul 16
Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published 
Jul 17
King Leopold III of Belgium 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 18
Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion 
Jul 19
"2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 perfs 
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 28
"Kiss Me, Kate" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 perfs 
Jul 28
Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released 
Jul 30
Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players 
Jul 31
Japan Airlines is established. 
Aug 1
David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election 
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 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 11
1st color baseball game (Braves vs Dodgers) telecast (WCBS-NYC) 
Aug 11
NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa 
Aug 11
NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win pennant 
Aug 12
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship 
Aug 13
Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract 
Aug 17
18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180) 
Aug 17
Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica 
Aug 18
Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth 
Aug 19
Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit 
Aug 22
Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052 
Aug 24
Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on 
Aug 25
Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game 
Aug 26
Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart 
Aug 28
Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000 
Aug 28
Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak 
Aug 30
US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact 
Aug 31
1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf 
Sep 1
PM Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad 
Sep 1
US, Australia & New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty 
Sep 2
Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact 
Sep 3
TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS 
Sep 4
1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman 
Sep 4
71st US Men's Tennis: F A Sedgman beats Elias V Seixas Jr (6-4 6-1 6-1) 
Sep 4
NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network 
Sep 4
US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference 
Sep 5
65th US Women's Tennis: Mo Connolly beats Shirley J Fry (6-3 1-6 6-4) 
Sep 5
71st US Men's Tennis: Frank A Sedgman beats Elias Seixas Jr (6-4 6-1 6-1) 
Sep 8
Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries (SF) 
Sep 8
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex 
Sep 9
1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV 
Sep 9
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open 
Sep 10
British begin economic boycott of Iran 
Sep 11
Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice 
Sep 11
Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes 
Sep 13
St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0 
Sep 14
Giant's Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats 
Sep 15
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 perfs 
Sep 15
Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8) 
Sep 15
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum 
Sep 16
6th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls 
Sep 16
NL umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dogers bench ejecting 15 players 
Sep 17
"Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances 
Sep 17
Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years 
Sep 19
1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV 
Sep 19
Italian civil servants strike for pay increase 
Sep 20
1st North Pole jet crossing 
Sep 20
NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball 
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 occupies oil refinery at Abadan 
Sep 28
Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18 
Sep 28
Franchot Tone wed Barbara Payton 
Sep 28
Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL-record 554 yards 
Sep 29
1st color telecast of football game on network, Phila (CBS) 
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 Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1 
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 
Oct 2
1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel) 
Oct 2
Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs 
Oct 3
Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers 
Oct 4
In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn 
Oct 6
Stalin proclaims USSR has atom bomb 
Oct 7
David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government 
Oct 8
"Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances 
Oct 8
Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League 
Oct 9
5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto 
Oct 9
Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1 
Oct 10
Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game 
Oct 14
Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams 
Oct 14
Organization of Central American States forms 
Oct 15
"I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS TV 
Oct 15
Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty 
Oct 15
Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive 
Oct 15
"I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS 
Oct 16
The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi. 
Oct 17
Egyptian army fires on British troops 
Oct 18
USSR performs nuclear test 
Oct 19
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Texas Women's Golf Open 
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 
Oct 24
Jan de Hartog's "Four Poster" premieres in NYC 
Oct 24
United Nations publishes its first postage stamps 
Oct 25
Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom 
Oct 26
Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m & 15 miles 
Oct 26
Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden 
Oct 26
Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister 
Oct 28
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 30
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 31
French Second Chamber accepts the Schuman Plan 
Nov 1
Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances 
Nov 1
First atomic explosion witnessed by troops, New Mexico 
Nov 1
Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins 1st of his 3 NL MVP 
Nov 1
Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins NL MVP 
Nov 1
Jet magazine founded by John H Johnson 
Nov 1
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 4
9th Ryder Cup: US wins 9½-2½ at Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, North Carolina, US) 
Nov 4
NY Giants & NY Yanks score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns 
Nov 4
Vijay Merchant scores 154 v England in his last Test Cricket innings 
Nov 5
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 7
Constitution of Jordan passes 
Nov 8
NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards 
Nov 10
1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance 
Nov 12
"Paint Your Wagon" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances 
Nov 13
Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio & Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan) 
Nov 15
Cricket 1st-class debut of Hanif Mohammad, Pak XI v MCC, Lahore 
Nov 15
NY Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year 
Nov 18
"See it Now" premieres on TV 
Nov 18
British troops occupy Ismailiya, Egypt 
Nov 18
Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft 
Nov 19
Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday 
Nov 19
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 20
Snowdonia becomes a British National Park 
Nov 24
"17" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances 
Nov 24
"Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 perfs 
Nov 24
39th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 21-14 
Nov 24
British auto manufacturers Austin and Morris Motors merge 
Nov 25
17 die in a train crash in Woodstock, Alabama 
Nov 25
Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears 
Nov 25
Commemoration of Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft forbidden 
Nov 27
1st rocket to intercept an airplane, White Sands, NM 
Nov 27
Cease-fire & demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon, Korea 
Nov 28
John Van Druten's "I am a Camera" premieres in NYC 
Nov 28
Military coup under Col Adib el-Shishakli in Syria 
Nov 29
1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat, Nevada 
Dec 1
17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB) 
Dec 1
Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London 
Dec 1
Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds 
Dec 2
"Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances 
Dec 2
Phila sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing 
Dec 2
Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise 
Dec 4
Aaron Copland's/Robbins' "Pied Piper" premieres in NYC 
Dec 4
Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), kills 500 
Dec 4
Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government. 
Dec 5
"Dragnet" premieres 
Dec 8
"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 perfs 
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
Voters approve merger of 3 states to form Baden-Wurttemberg, W Germany 
Dec 11
Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement 
Dec 12
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement 
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
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement 
Dec 22
Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide 
Dec 23
Last Belgian communities get electricity 
Dec 23
1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game 
Dec 24
1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor) 
Dec 24
United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN 
Dec 25
1st Christmas Day in Test Crickets, Aust v WI at Adelaide 
Dec 25
West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket 
Dec 27
40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2) 
Dec 29
Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal 
Dec 31
1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced 
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