The year 1951 held many events that were to shape the future. Fast forward to the 21st century, these events of 1951 still hold a special place in the hearts of many. By this time, the war was over and it was time to rebuild.
On the summer of 1951 June 14th, J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly under Remington Rand unveiled the ‘UNIVAC I’ digital computer. The two visionary engineers added to Charles Babbage’s basic principles that computers of today use. UNIVAC, which stands for the Universal Automatic Computer, became the most revolutionary computer of the time, which could do a thousand calculations per second and used five thousand vacuum tubes.
On July 8, Paris celebrated its existence spanning 2,000 years. Historians trace the founding date to be 250 B. C. thanks to a Gallic tribe called the Parisii who settled on an island on the Seine River that runs through the heart of Paris. The French capital has grown rapidly in its more than two millennia of existence. Paris is now a world leader in fashion, art, science and architecture.
By 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson went into the annals of history as being the best pound-for-pound middleweight boxer of all time. Sugar Ray beat Randy Turpin to win back the middleweight belt in front of over 60,000 fans at the Polo Grounds, New York City on September 12. Sugar Ray retired from boxing with 110 knockouts under his belt in 1965 and 1967; indicted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The annals of history are the place where the thin line between legends and myths seem to be in constant competition. Time holds the answers to all that happens under the sun. We can learn a lot from the past, which holds the mistakes and lessons of our ancestors.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 24th edition of the Oscar ceremony
An American in Paris
Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1951?
Which were the most popular books released in 1951 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1951
- Léon Jouhaux
- Pär Lagerkvist
- John Cockcroft
- Ernest Walton
- Edwin McMillan
- Glenn T. Seaborg
Physiology or Medicine
- Max Theiler
Which were the top hits of 1951?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- Four Aces - Tell Me Why
- Eddie Fisher - Any Time
- Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads - The Little White Cloud That Cried
- Arthur Godfrey - Dance Me Loose
- Helen O'Connell - Slow Poke
- Paul Weston & His Orchestra - Charmaine
- Johnnie Ray & Four Lads - Cry
- Tony Bennett - Because of You
- Les Paul & Mary Ford - How High The Moon
- Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys - Slow Poke
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1951
- Total population: 2.6 billion (2,584,034,261 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 775.2 million, that is 30.0% of the total population of 1951 lives in cities
- Average density: 17.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 1951?
- 01 Jan 1951 Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on United Nations-lines.
- 03 Jan 1951 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians exposed as British / US agents
- 04 Jan 1951 During Korean conflict, North Korean forces capture Seoul.
- 06 Jan 1951 Pardon Our French closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances
- 08 Jan 1951 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda.
- 09 Jan 1951 Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an X rating, premieres
- 10 Jan 1951 United Nations headquarters opens in Manhattan, New York, USA.
- 12 Jan 1951 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in ten rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
- 13 Jan 1951 German General F Christian freed early from Dutch prison.
- 14 Jan 1951 NFL Pro Bowl: first since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27.
- 15 Jan 1951 Ilse Koch, ''The Witch of Buchenwald'', wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
- 16 Jan 1951 Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi, Vietnam.
- 17 Jan 1951 China refuses cease-fire in Korea.
- 18 Jan 1951 1st use of lie detector in the Netherlands
- 20 Jan 1951 Avalanches in the Alps kill 240 and bury 45,000 for a time in Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
- 22 Jan 1951 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom.
- 23 Jan 1951 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg
- 24 Jan 1951 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns.
- 25 Jan 1951 Dutch author Anne de Vries releases the first volume of her novel ''Journey Through the Night'' (''Reis door de nacht'') set during World War II.
- 26 Jan 1951 Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 27 Jan 1951 Peter Pan closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
- 28 Jan 1951 La Vie Commence Demain, which depicted artificial insemination and is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
- 30 Jan 1951 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio.
- 01 Feb 1951 1st telecast of atomic explosion
- 02 Feb 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
- 03 Feb 1951 Victor Borge Show, debuts on NBC TV
- 04 Feb 1951 US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer.
- 06 Feb 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security
- 10 Feb 1951 John & Marsha by Stan Freberg peaks at #21
- 11 Feb 1951 Kwame Nkrumah wins first parliamentary election in Gold Coast (Ghana).
- 12 Feb 1951 Muhammad Reza Shah marries Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari.
- 13 Feb 1951 Korean War: Battle of Chipyong-ni, which represented the ''high-water mark'' of the Chinese incursion into South Korea, commences.
- 14 Feb 1951 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta and takes middleweight title.
- 15 Feb 1951 Start of the 1951 New Zealand waterfront dispute, which lasts for 151 days.
- 16 Feb 1951 San Francisco City Hall dome fire
- 18 Feb 1951 Netherlands Radio School forms
- 19 Feb 1951 Jean Lee becomes the last woman hanged in Australia, when Lee and her 2 pimps are hanged for the murder and torture of a 73-year-old bookmaker.
- 24 Feb 1951 Bless You All closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
- 25 Feb 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament.
- 26 Feb 1951 22nd amendment to Constitution is ratified
- 27 Feb 1951 22nd amendment ratified, limiting President to 2 terms
- 28 Feb 1951 US Senate committee reports of at least two major US crime syndicates.
- 03 Mar 1951 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 points.
- 06 Mar 1951 Belgium extends conscription to 24 months.
- 08 Mar 1951 International Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel).
- 09 Mar 1951 United Artists releases sci-fi film ''The Man from Planet X''.
- 10 Mar 1951 FBI director J Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner.
- 12 Mar 1951 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler loses fight (9-7) to stay in office.
- 13 Mar 1951 Israel demands 6.2 billion Deutsche marks compensation from Germany.
- 14 Mar 1951 During Korean War, US / UN forces recapture Seoul
- 15 Mar 1951 Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
- 17 Mar 1951 Government of Drees takes power
- 20 Mar 1951 Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java.
- 21 Mar 1951 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
- 23 Mar 1951 Wages in France increase 11 percent.
- 25 Mar 1951 5th Tony Awards: Guys and Dolls and Rose Tattoo win.
- 26 Mar 1951 USAF flag approved
- 29 Mar 1951 King & I opens at St. James Theater NYC for 1246 performances
- 31 Mar 1951 US tanks cross 38 degrees of latitude in Korea.
- 01 Apr 1951 Female suffrage begins in Greece.
- 05 Apr 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg sentenced to death for espionage in the USA.
- 07 Apr 1951 15th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280.
- 11 Apr 1951 American President Harry Truman fires General Douglas McArthur.
- 12 Apr 1951 Israeli Knesset officially designates April 13 as Holocaust Day.
- 15 Apr 1951 Michael Gorsira is first person in charge of Cura?ao.
- 16 Apr 1951 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
- 18 Apr 1951 Make a Wish opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
- 19 Apr 1951 Tree Grows in Brooklyn opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
- 20 Apr 1951 Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
- 21 Apr 1951 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat the New York Knicks, 4 games to 3
- 22 Apr 1951 Ticker-tape parade for General Douglas MacArthur in New York City, New York, USA.
- 24 Apr 1951 In Yokohama, Japan a fire on a train kills more than 100.
- 26 Apr 1951 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
- 27 Apr 1951 Mohammed Mossadeq chosen premier of Persia.
- 28 Apr 1951 Robert Menzies' Liberal Party government in Australia is re-elected for a second term.
- 29 Apr 1951 Tibetan delegates to the Central People's Government arrive in Beijing and draft a Seventeen Point Agreement for Chinese sovereignty and Tibetan autonomy.
- 01 May 1951 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
- 03 May 1951 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
- 05 May 1951 Out of This World closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
- 06 May 1951 Pittsburgh Pirates' player Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0.
- 07 May 1951 Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town)
- 08 May 1951 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak.
- 09 May 1951 Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River.
- 10 May 1951 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
- 11 May 1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory.
- 12 May 1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
- 13 May 1951 The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
- 14 May 1951 Flahooley opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
- 15 May 1951 The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czes?aw Mi?osz, asks the French government for political asylum.
- 16 May 1951 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
- 18 May 1951 UN moves HQ to New York City
- 19 May 1951 77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4.
- 21 May 1951 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 known as the New York School.
- 23 May 1951 Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China.
- 24 May 1951 Willie Mays begins playing for New York Giants
- 25 May 1951 New York Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)
- 27 May 1951 Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens
- 28 May 1951 Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
- 30 May 1951 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
- 31 May 1951 Netherlands and South Africa sign cultural accord.
- 01 Jun 1951 International Cheese treaty signed
- 04 Jun 1951 Mississippi Valley State University founded
- 09 Jun 1951 Doodles Weaver Show, debuts on NBC-TV
- 11 Jun 1951 New York Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found
- 13 Jun 1951 UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea
- 14 Jun 1951 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau
- 15 Jun 1951 1st coml electronic computer dedicated Philadelphia
- 16 Jun 1951 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills Country Club - Michigan
- 17 Jun 1951 Flahooley closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
- 18 Jun 1951 De Gaulle wins French parliamentary election
- 20 Jun 1951 Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double and single vs. Red Sox
- 21 Jun 1951 17 opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
- 22 Jun 1951 Gene Rayburn and Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
- 23 Jun 1951 Most expensive US hailstorm (US$1.5 million crop damage and US$14 million property - Kansas).
- 24 Jun 1951 Persian army takes over nationalized oil installations
- 25 Jun 1951 First color TV broadcast-CBS' Arthur Godfrey from New York City to four cities.
- 30 Jun 1951 Victor Borge Show, last airs on NBC-TV
- 01 Jul 1951 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
- 02 Jul 1951 Bill Veeck buys St. Louis Browns from Bill and Charlie DeWitt
- 03 Jul 1951 33rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
- 05 Jul 1951 Dr William Shockley invents junction transistor (Murray Hill NJ)
- 06 Jul 1951 65th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (64 64 64)
- 07 Jul 1951 58th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (61 60)
- 08 Jul 1951 Yankee Joe DiMaggio and mgr Casey Stengel feud
- 09 Jul 1951 US President Harry Truman asks US Congress to formally end state of war with Germany.
- 10 Jul 1951 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
- 12 Jul 1951 Mob tries to keep black family from moving into all-white Cicero, Illinois
- 14 Jul 1951 Make a Wish closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 performances
- 16 Jul 1951 1st Dutchman to win Tour de France (Wim Van Est)
- 17 Jul 1951 King Leopold II of Belgium gives up throne to son Boudouin I
- 18 Jul 1951 Uruguay accepts its constitution.
- 19 Jul 1951 2 in the Aisle opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances
- 20 Jul 1951 King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem.
- 21 Jul 1951 Dalai Lama returns to Tibet
- 22 Jul 1951 Gen Francisco Craveiro Lopes appointed President of Portugal
- 26 Jul 1951 Netherlands ends state of war with Germany
- 28 Jul 1951 Kiss Me, Kate closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances
- 30 Jul 1951 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players
- 31 Jul 1951 Japan Airlines is established.
- 03 Aug 1951 William H Jackson, ends term as Deputy Director of CIA
- 05 Aug 1951 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
- 06 Aug 1951 Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria.
- 07 Aug 1951 US viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)
- 09 Aug 1951 Dutch Korea volunteers win US Collective Unit Citation
- 11 Aug 1951 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois
- 12 Aug 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
- 13 Aug 1951 Great-Britain and Iraq sign new oil contract
- 17 Aug 1951 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
- 22 Aug 1951 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany, before audience of 75,052.
- 25 Aug 1951 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
- 26 Aug 1951 Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
- 28 Aug 1951 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
- 30 Aug 1951 US and Philippines sign mutual defense pact
- 01 Sep 1951 Prime Minister Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad
- 02 Sep 1951 Australia, New Zealand and US sign ANZUS-pact
- 03 Sep 1951 TV soap opera Search for Tomorrow debuts on CBS
- 04 Sep 1951 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by President Truman
- 05 Sep 1951 65th US Womens Tennis: Mo Connolly beats Shirley J Fry (63 16 64)
- 08 Sep 1951 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex
- 09 Sep 1951 1st broadcast of Love of Life on CBS-TV
- 10 Sep 1951 British begins economic boycott of Iran
- 11 Sep 1951 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours and 19 minutes
- 13 Sep 1951 St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9 / 12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
- 15 Sep 1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
- 16 Sep 1951 NL ump Frank Dascoli clears the Dogers bench ejecting 15 players
- 17 Sep 1951 Borscht Capades opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances
- 18 Sep 1951 Tennessee Williams's adaptation of ''A Streetcar Named Desire'' premieres, becoming a critical and box-office smash.
- 19 Sep 1951 1st broadcast of Search for Tomorrow on CBS-TV
- 20 Sep 1951 NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball
- 21 Sep 1951 Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec
- 24 Sep 1951 Industrial estate at Harlow New Town UK opens
- 26 Sep 1951 Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
- 27 Sep 1951 Persian troops occupies oil refinery at Abadan
- 28 Sep 1951 Franchot Tone wed Barbara Payton
- 29 Sep 1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m and 10 mile
- 01 Oct 1951 1st Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1
- 02 Oct 1951 1st Netherlands TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)
- 03 Oct 1951 Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
- 04 Oct 1951 In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
- 06 Oct 1951 Stalin proclaims Russia has atom bomb
- 07 Oct 1951 David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government.
- 08 Oct 1951 Music in the Air opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances
- 09 Oct 1951 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
- 14 Oct 1951 Organization of Central American States forms
- 15 Oct 1951 I Love Lucy debuts on CBS TV
- 16 Oct 1951 The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi.
- 17 Oct 1951 Egyptian army fires on British troops
- 19 Oct 1951 President Harry S Truman formally ends state of war with Germany.
- 20 Oct 1951 The ''Johnny Bright Incident'' occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma
- 21 Oct 1951 A storm in southern Italy kills over 100.
- 22 Oct 1951 Earthquake hits Formosa, 100 killed
- 24 Oct 1951 United Nations publishes its first postage stamps.
- 25 Oct 1951 Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom.
- 26 Oct 1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m and 15 miles
- 27 Oct 1951 Farouk of Egypt declares himself king of Sudan, with no support.
- 31 Oct 1951 Second Chamber accept plan-Schuman
- 01 Nov 1951 Top Banana opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances
- 04 Nov 1951 New York Giants and New York Yankees score back-to-back touchdowns on kickoff returns.
- 07 Nov 1951 Constitution of Jordan passes.
- 08 Nov 1951 New York Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards
- 10 Nov 1951 Direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
- 12 Nov 1951 Paint Your Wagon opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances
- 15 Nov 1951 New York Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
- 18 Nov 1951 See it Now premieres on TV
- 19 Nov 1951 Roy Campanella named National League Most Valuable Player on his 30th birthday.
- 20 Nov 1951 Snowdonia becomes a National Park
- 24 Nov 1951 17 closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
- 25 Nov 1951 Commemoration of Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft forbidden
- 27 Nov 1951 Cease-fire and demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon Korea
- 28 Nov 1951 Military coup under Col Adib el-Shishakli in Syria
- 29 Nov 1951 Winston Churchill re-elected British Premier
- 01 Dec 1951 Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
- 02 Dec 1951 Borscht Capades closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
- 03 Dec 1951 The Lebanese University is founded in Lebanon.
- 04 Dec 1951 Superheated gases roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), killing 500.
- 05 Dec 1951 Dragnet premieres
- 06 Dec 1951 A state of emergency is declared in Egypt due to increasing riots.
- 08 Dec 1951 Tree Grows in Brooklyn closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
- 13 Dec 1951 Future British Prime Minister Margaret Roberts Thatcher marries Denis Thatcher.
- 16 Dec 1951 Salar Jung Museum is opened to the public by Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.
- 17 Dec 1951 Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants.
- 20 Dec 1951 The EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity. The electricity powered four light bulbs.
- 22 Dec 1951 The Selangor Labour Party is founded in Selangor, Malaya.
- 23 Dec 1951 Last Belgian communities get electricity.
- 24 Dec 1951 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
- 27 Dec 1951 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2).
- 29 Dec 1951 Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal
- 31 Dec 1951 The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $13.3 billion USD in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.