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Gregorian calendar 1951

Ab urbe condita 2704
Armenian calendar 1400
Bahá'í calendar 107 – 108
Buddhist calendar 2495
Coptic calendar 1667 – 1668
Ethiopian calendar 1943 – 1944
Hebrew calendar 5711 5712
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2006 – 2007
 - Shaka Samvat 1873 – 1874
 - Kali Yuga 5052 – 5053
Holocene calendar 11951
Iranian calendar 1329 – 1330
Islamic calendar 1370 – 1371
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 26年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2611
Julian calendar 1996
Korean calendar 4284
Thai solar calendar 2494
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Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.


January 9: United Nations headquarters opens.


  • January 1 – First week as No. 1 single on Billboard and Cashbox charts of Patti Page hit song "Tennessee Waltz".
  • January 9 – The Government of the United Kingdom announces abandonment of the Tanganyika groundnut scheme for the cultivation of peanuts in the Tanganyika Territory with the writing off of £36.5M debt.[1]
  • January 15Ilse Koch, The "Witch of Buchenwald", wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment in a court in West Germany.
  • January 18Korean War: Third Battle of Seoul: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul for the second time.
  • January 20Avalanches in the Alps kill 240 and bury 45,000 for a time in Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
  • January 25Dutch author Anne de Vries releases the first volume of her novel Journey Through the Night (Reis door de nacht) set during World War II.
  • January 27Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a 1-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat, northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.


  • February – Convention People's Party wins national elections in Gold Coast (British colony).
  • February 1 – The United Nations General Assembly declares that China is an aggressor in the Korean War in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 498.
  • February 4February 8 – Surgeons remove an ovarian cyst from Gertrude Levandowski in a 96-hour long operation in Chicago. She loses almost half of her weight and emerges weighing 140 kg.[2]
  • February 6 – A Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, killing 85 people and injuring over 500, in one of the worst rail disasters in American history.
  • February 12Muhammad Reza Shah marries Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari.
  • February 15 – Start of the 1951 New Zealand waterfront dispute, which lasts for 151 days.
  • February 19 – 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.
  • February 27 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.


March 29: The Rosenbergs.

  • March 2 – The first NBA All-Star game was played in the Boston Garden.
  • March 6 – The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.
  • March 9 – United Artists releases sci-fi film The Man from Planet X.
  • March 12 – Hank Ketcham's best-selling comic strip Dennis the Menace, appeared in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
  • March 14
    • Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul during Operation Ripper.
    • West Germany joins UNESCO.
  • March 29
    • Second Red Scare: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. On April 5 they are sentenced to receive the death penalty.
    • Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I opens on Broadway and runs for 3 years. It's the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical specifically written for an actress (Gertrude Lawrence). Lawrence is stricken with cancer during the run of the show and dies halfway through its run a year later. The show makes a star of Yul Brynner.
    • The 23rd Academy Awards ceremony is held; All About Eve wins Best Picture and 4 others.
  • March 31Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.

March 31: UNIVAC I.


  • April 1Female suffrage begins in Greece.
  • April 11
    • U.S. President Harry S Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of his Far Eastern commands.
    • After its removal from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950, the Stone of Scone resurfaces on the altar of Arbroath Abbey.
  • April 18 – The Treaty of Paris (1951) is adopted, establishing the European Coal and Steel Community.
  • April 21 – The National Olympic Committee of the Soviet Union is formed. The USSR first participates in the Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland, in 1952.
  • April 24 – In Yokohama, Japan a fire on a train kills more than 100.
  • April 28Robert Menzies' Liberal Party government in Australia is re-elected for a second term.
  • April 29RKO releases the Howard Hawks sci-fi film, "The Thing (From Another World)".


  • May 1 – The Opera house of Geneva, Switzerland is almost destroyed in a fire.
  • May 3
    • King George VI opens London's Royal Festival Hall as a patron.
    • The Festival of Britain opens.
    • The U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begins its closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry S Truman.
  • May 9Operation Greenhouse: The first thermonuclear weapon is tested on Enewetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands, by the United States.
  • May 14 – The first volunteer-run passenger trains run on Talyllyn Railway, Wales.
  • May 15 – A military coup occurs in Bolivia.
  • May 21 – The Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition, a gathering of a number of notable artists, marks the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
  • May 23 – The Tibetan government signs the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China.
  • May 25 – The first atomic bomb "boosted" by the inclusion of thermonuclear materials, is tested in the "Item" test on Enewetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands by the U.S.



  • July 1
    • Colombo Plan operations commence.
    • Judy Garland opens the first of 14 concerts in Dublin, Ireland at the Theatre Royal.
  • July 5William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain announce the invention of the junction transistor.
  • July 10 – Korean War: Armistice negotiations begin at Kaesong.
  • July 13
    • The Great Flood of 1951 reaches its highest point in Northeast Kansas, culminating in the greatest flood damage to date in the Midwestern United States.
    • MGM's Technicolor film version of Show Boat, starring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Howard Keel, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The musical brings overnight fame to bass-baritone William Warfield (who sings Ol' Man River in the film).
  • July 14 – In Joplin, Missouri, the George Washington Carver National Monument becomes the first United States National Monument to honor an African American.
  • July 16 – King Léopold III of Belgium abdicates in favour of his son Baudouin.
  • July 17 – King Baudouin takes the oath as king of Belgium.
  • July 20 – King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem.
  • July 26Walt Disney's 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, United Kingdom.
  • July 30David Lean's Oliver Twist is finally shown in the United States, after 10 minutes of supposedly anti-Semitic references and closeups of Alec Guinness as Fagin are cut. It will not be shown uncut in the U.S. until 1970.


  • August – Paramount Pictures releases George Pal science fiction film When Worlds Collide.
  • August 11René Pleven becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • August 12The Catcher in the Rye is first published by J.D. Salinger.


  • September 1 – The United States, Australia and New Zealand all sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty.
  • September 3 – The American soap opera Search for Tomorrow debuts on CBS. After over 30 years, the show switches to NBC on March 26, 1982. Search for Tomorrow airs its final episode on December 26, 1986.
  • September 8
    • Treaty of San Francisco: In San Francisco, California, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan to formally end the Pacific War.
    • Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, which allows United States Armed Forces being stationed in Japan after the occupation of Japan, is signed by Japan and the United States.
  • September 9 – Chinese communist forces move into Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
  • September 10 – The United Kingdom begins an economic boycott of Iran.
  • September 18 – Tennessee Williams's adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire premieres, becoming a critical and box-office smash.
  • September 20NATO accepts Greece and Turkey as members.
  • September 24MGM releases "Show Boat" musical movie.
  • September 26September 28 – A blue sun is seen over Europe: the effect is due to ash coming from the Canadian forest fires 4 months previously.
  • September 28 – 20th Century Fox releases the Robert Wise science fiction film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still".


  • October 3"Shot Heard 'Round the World": One of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history occurs when the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning off of Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the National League pennant after being down 14 games.
  • October 4
    • MGM's Technicolor musical film, An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, premieres in New York. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli. It would go on to win 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
    • Shoppers World (one the first shopping malls in the U.S.) opens in Framingham, Massachusetts.
  • October 6Malayan Emergency: Communist insurgents kill British commander Sir Henry Gurney.
  • October 14Organization of Central American States (ODECA) (Organización de Estados Centroamericanos) formed.
  • October 15
    • Norethindrone, the progestin used in the oral contraceptive is synthesized by Luis E. Miramontes.
    • I Love Lucy makes its television debut on CBS.
  • October 16
    • Judy Garland begins her legendary concerts in New York's Palace Theatre.
    • Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan of Pakistan is assassinated.
  • October 17CBS' Eye logo premieres on TV.
  • October 20 – The Johnny Bright Incident occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • October 21 – A storm in southern Italy kills over 100.
  • October 24 – U.S. President Harry Truman declares an official end to war with Germany.
  • October 26Winston Churchill is re-elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a general election which sees the defeat of Clement Attlee's Labour government after six years in power.[4]
  • October 27Farouk of Egypt declares himself king of Sudan, with no support.
  • October 31Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, opens in England.


  • November 1 – The first military exercises for nuclear war, with infantry troops included, are held in the Nevada desert.
  • November 10Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
  • November 11
    • Juan Peron is re-elected president of Argentina.
    • Monogram Pictures releases sci-fi film Flight to Mars.
  • November 12 – The National Ballet of Canada performs for the first time in Eaton Auditorium.
  • November 20 – The Po River floods in northern Italy.
  • November 24 – The Broadway play Gigi opens, starring little known actress Audrey Hepburn as the lead character.
  • November 28Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, premieres in the United States under the title of Charles Dickens's original novel, A Christmas Carol.


  • December 3 – The Lebanese University is founded in Lebanon.
  • December 5 – Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe.
  • December 6 – A state of emergency is declared in Egypt due to increasing riots.
  • December 13 – A water storage tank collapses in Tucumcari, New Mexico, resulting in 4 deaths, and 200 buildings destroyed.
  • December 16Salar Jung Museum is opened to the public by Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • December 20
    • EBR-1, the world's first (experimental) nuclear power plant, opens.
    • A chartered C46 Curtis Commando crash lands in Cobourg, Ontario Canada; all on board survived.
    • WMO becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
  • December 22 – The Selangor Labour Party is founded in Selangor, Malaya.
  • December 23John Huston's drama film, The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in Hollywood.
  • December 24
    • Libya becomes independent from Italy.
    • Gian-Carlo Menotti's 45-minute opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, premieres live on NBC, becoming the first opera written especially for television.
  • December 31 – The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $13.3 billion USD in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.[5]



  • January 1Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • January 2Valdir Peres, Brazilian footballer
  • January 5Steve Arnold, English footballer
  • January 6Kim Wilson, American singer and harmonica player
  • January 8
    • Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
    • John McTiernan, American director, producer, and writer
  • January 12
    • Kirstie Alley, American actress
    • Rush Limbaugh, American conservative radio personality
  • January 20Ian Hill, English rock bassist (Judas Priest)
  • January 25Steve Prefontaine, American runner (d. 1975)
  • January 30Phil Collins, English rock musician and producer
  • January 31Harry Wayne Casey, American musician, songwriter, and producer
  • January 13Phil Manzanera, British rock musician
  • February 1Albert Salvadó, Andorran writer
  • February 3
    • Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
    • Felipe Munoz, Mexican swimmer
    • Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso
  • February 13David Naughton, American actor
  • February 14Kevin Keegan, English footballer and football manager
  • February 15
    • Melissa Manchester, American pop singer
    • Jane Seymour, English actress
  • February 16
    • Mike Flanagan, baseball pitcher
    • William Katt, American actor
  • February 19Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Islamic Sufi scholar and leader
  • February 20
    • Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    • Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)
  • February 23Patricia Richardson, American actress
  • February 24Debra Jo Rupp, American actress
  • February 25Don Quarrie, Jamaican sprinter
  • February 27Steve Harley, British rock musician


  • March 1
    • Sergei Kourdakov, former KGB agent
    • Mike Read, British television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • March 3Heizō Takenaka, Japanese economist
  • March 4
    • Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
    • Kenny Dalglish, Scottish footballer and football manager
    • Mike Quarry, American light heavyweight boxer (d. 2006)
    • Chris Rea, British singer and musician
    • Linda Yamamoto, Japanese pop star
  • March 6Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
  • March 8Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina
  • March 12Susan Musgrave Canadian poet and children's writer
  • March 13
    • Charo, Spanish-American singer and actress
    • Fred Berry, American actor (d. 2003)
  • March 14Jerry Greenfield, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
  • March 17Kurt Russell, American actor
  • March 18Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
  • March 24Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer
  • March 26Carl Wieman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • April 5
    • Joe Bowen, Canadian hockey broadcaster
    • Dean Kamen, American inventor and entrepreneur
    • Frank Moulaert, Flemish scholar
    • Guy Vanderhaeghe, Canadian author
  • April 6Bert Blyleven, Dutch Major League Baseball player
  • April 7Janis Ian, American singer and songwriter
  • April 8Geir Haarde, Prime Minister of Iceland (2006–2009)
  • April 10David Helvarg, American journalist and activist
  • April 11Doris McGowen Beck Angleton, American socialite and murder victim (d. 1997)
  • April 12Tom Noonan, American actor
  • April 13
    • Peabo Bryson, American singer
    • Peter Davison, British actor
    • Max Weinberg, American drummer
  • April 14Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist
  • April 16
    • Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer
    • Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, French photographer
    • Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer
    • Mordechai Ben David, American singer
  • April 17
    • Olivia Hussey, Argentine-born actress (Romeo and Juliet)
    • Horst Hrubesch, German football player
  • April 19Jóannes Eidesgaard, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
  • April 20
    • Luther Vandross, American R&B/soul musician (d. 2005)
    • Louise Jameson, British actress
  • April 21Tony Danza, American actor and comedian
  • April 23Allison Krause, Kent State University shooting victim (d. 1970).
  • April 27Ace Frehley, original guitarist of KISS
  • April 29Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)


  • May 4Jackie Jackson, American singer
  • May 6Samuel Doe, former President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • May 9
    • Christopher Dewdney, Canadian poet
    • Joy Harjo, Native American poet
  • May 13
    • Sharon Sayles Belton, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Jumbo Tsuruta, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 2000)
  • May 14Robert Zemeckis, American film director
  • May 15
    • Yoshifumi Hibako, Japanese general
    • Jonathan Richman, American musician
    • Frank Wilczek, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • May 19
    • Joey Ramone, American rock musician (Ramones) (d. 2001)
    • Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
    • Al Franken, United States Senator from Minnesota
  • May 23Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player
  • May 26
    • Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician
    • Sally Ride, American astronaut (d. 2012)
  • May 30Stephen Tobolowsky, American actor
  • June 2Larry Robinson, Canadian hockey player
  • June 5Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality
  • June 8Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer
  • June 12
    • Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (d. 2007)
    • Brad Delp, American rock vocalist (Boston) (d. 2007)
  • June 13
    • Stellan Skarsgård, Swedish actor
    • Richard Thomas, American actor (The Waltons)
  • June 14Paul Boateng, British politician
  • June 15Álvaro Colom Caballeros, Current President of Guatemala
  • June 16Roberto Duran, Panamanian boxer
  • June 20
    • Tress MacNeille, American voice actress
    • Paul Muldoon, Irish poet
  • June 21Nils Lofgren, American musician
  • June 24David Rodigan, British radio DJ/actor
  • June 27
    • Julia Duffy, American actress
    • Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland
  • June 28
    • Lalla Ward, British actress
    • Lloyd Maines, American musician and record producer
  • June 29Keno Don Rosa, American comic book author
  • June 30Stanley Clarke, American bassist


  • July 1
    • Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer
    • Anne Feeney, American folk singer
  • July 2Elisabeth Brooks, Canadian actress (The Howling) (d. 1997)
  • July 3Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer
  • July 5Rich "Goose" Gossage, American baseball player
  • July 6Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor
  • July 8Anjelica Huston, American actress
  • July 9Chris Cooper, American actor
  • July 10Cheryl Wheeler, American singer and songwriter
  • July 12Cheryl Ladd, American actress and singer (Charlie's Angels)
  • July 14Erich Hallhuber, German actor (d. 2003)
  • July 16Jean-Luc Mongrain, Canadian news anchor and journalist
  • July 18Elio Di Rupo, Belgian politician
  • July 21Robin Williams, American actor (Mork and Mindy)
  • July 23
    • Edie McClurg, American actress
    • Michael McConnohie, American actor
  • July 24
    • Lynda Carter, American actress and singer (Wonder Woman)
    • Chris Smith, British politician
  • July 25Yuriy Kovalchuk, Russian oligarch
  • July 28
    • Garrett Hongo, American poet
    • Doug Collins, American basketball player, coach and analyst
  • July 31
    • Vjekoslav Šutej, Croatian orchestral conductor
    • Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player
  • August 2Andrew Gold, American singer, musician, and songwriter (d. 2011)
  • August 3Jay North, American actor
  • August 3Marcel Dionne, Canadian hockey player
  • August 6
    • Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
    • Catherine Hicks, American actress
  • August 8
    • Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
    • Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
    • Louis van Gaal, Dutch football player and manager
  • August 12Willie Horton, American criminal
  • August 13Dan Fogelberg, American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Longer) (d. 2007)
  • August 14Carl Lumbly, American actor
  • August 15Jim Allen, West Indian cricketer
  • August 16Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • August 19John Deacon, English rock bassist (Queen)
  • August 20Greg Bear, American author
  • August 21Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist
  • August 22Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • August 23
    • Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya
    • Queen Noor of Jordan
    • Mark Hudson, American musician
  • August 24Orson Scott Card, American writer
  • August 25Rob Halford, English rock singer (Judas Priest)
  • August 26Edward Witten, American mathematician and Fields medalist
  • August 27Mack Brown, University of Texas football coach
  • August 28Wayne Osmond, American pop singer


  • September 2
    • Mark Harmon, American actor (NCIS)
    • Jim DeMint, American politician
  • September 5Michael Keaton, American actor
  • September 7
    • Chrissie Hynde, American rock singer (The Pretenders)
    • Bert Jones, American football player
  • September 12
    • Joe Pantoliano, American actor
    • Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland
  • September 13Linda Wong, American porn star (d. 1987)
  • September 17Cassandra Peterson, American actress (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark)
  • September 18
    • Dee Dee Ramone, American musician (d. 2002)
    • Darryl Stingley, American football player for the NFL New England Patriots (d. 2007)
  • September 21Aslan Maskhadov, President of Chechnya
  • September 22
    • David Coverdale, English singer
    • Dean Goss, American game show announcer and disc jockey
  • September 25
    • Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish filmmaker
    • Mark Hamill, American actor (Star Wars)
  • September 26Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician
  • September 27Paul Craig, English professor of law
  • September 29
    • Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile
    • Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
    • Mike Enriquez, Filipino radio and television newscaster
    • Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • September 30Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
  • October 2Sting, British rock musician (The Police)
  • October 3
    • Bernard Cooper, American writer
    • Dave Winfield, baseball player
    • Keb Mo', American musician
  • October 4Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • October 5Bob Geldof, Irish musician (The Boomtown Rats)
  • October 6Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver
  • October 7John Mellencamp, American musician and songwriter
  • October 10Epeli Ganilau, Fijian soldier and statesman
  • October 11
    • Jean-Jacques Goldman, French singer and songwriter
    • Jon Miller, American sports announcer
  • October 15Rafael Vaganian, Armenian chess grandmaster
  • October 18
    • Mike Antonovich, American ice hockey player and executive
    • Terry McMillan, American author
  • October 22William David Sanders, American victim of the Columbine High School massacre
  • October 23Charly Garcia, Argentine musician and songwriter
  • October 24Meredith Hunter, American murder victim
  • October 25Richard Lloyd, American rock guitarist (Television)
  • October 26
    • Bootsy Collins, American musician, singer, and songwriter (P-Funk)
    • Willie P. Bennett, Canadian songwriter and singer (d. 2008)
  • October 27Éric Morena, French singer
  • October 30Harry Hamlin, American actor (L.A. Law)


  • November 2Thomas Mallon, American author and critic
  • November 3Ed Murawinski, American cartoonist (New York Daily News)
  • November 4Traian Basescu, President of Romania
  • November 9Lou Ferrigno, American actor and bodybuilder (The Incredible Hulk)
  • November 11Marc Summers, American television host
  • November 15Alamgir Hashmi, English poet
  • November 16
    • Paula Vogel, American playwright
    • Miguel Sandoval, American actor
  • November 18Justin Raimondo, American author
  • November 19Lord Falconer of Thoroton, British politician
  • November 24Chet Edwards, American politician
  • November 26Cicciolina, Italian actress and politician
  • November 27Teri DeSario, American singer-songwriter
  • November 29
    • Kathryn Bigelow, American film director
    • Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Roger and Zapp) (d. 1999)
  • November 30Christian Bernard, French-born mystic
  • December 1
    • Sherry Aldridge, American singer (The Aldridge Sisters)
    • Obba Babatundé, American actor
    • Jaco Pastorius, American bassist
    • Treat Williams, American actor
  • December 2Adrian Devine, American baseball pitcher
  • December 3
    • Natalis Chan, Hong Kong actor and producer
    • Riki Chōshū, Korean professional wrestler
  • December 4
    • Chang Fei, Taiwanese TV personality
    • Patricia Wettig, American actress
  • December 6Tomson Highway, Canadian writer
  • December 8
    • Bill Bryson, American-born British author
    • Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • December 10Doug Allder, English footballer
  • December 11Peter T. Daniels, American scholar
  • December 12Wau Holland, German hacker (d. 2001)
  • December 14Jan Timman, Dutch chess player
  • December 17Ken Hitchcock, Canadian hockey coach
  • December 20Peter May, Scottish novelist and television dramatist
  • December 29Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • December 31Tom Hamilton, American musician

Date unknown[]

  • John Kindness, Irish artist
  • Adriana Monti, Italian film director
  • Mr. Butch, American homeless person and icon (d. 2007)



  • January 5Ken Le Breton, Australian speedway rider (b. 1925)
  • January 7René Guénon, French-born author (b. 1886)
  • January 10Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
  • January 12Albert Guay, Canadian murderer (executed) (b. 1917)
  • January 18
    • Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary to India (b. 1867)
    • Jack Holt, American actor (b. 1888)
  • January 21Yuriko Miyamoto, Japanese novelist (b. 1899)
  • January 28Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, President of Finland (b. 1867)
  • January 29Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
  • January 30Ferdinand Porsche, German auto engineer (b. 1875)
  • February 9Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • February 13Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877)
  • February 18Lyman Gilmore, American aviation pioneer (b. 1874)
  • February 19André Gide, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1869)
  • February 12Choudhary Rahmat Ali, one of the founding fathers of Pakistan (b. 1895)
  • February 28Henry W. Armstrong, American boxer and songwriter (b. 1879)
  • March 6Ivor Novello, Welsh actor, musician, and composer (b. 1893)
  • March 10Kijūrō Shidehara ("Shidehara Kijūrō"), Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1872)
  • March 11János Zsupánek, Slovene (Prekmurian) poet and writer (b. 1861)
  • March 14Val Lewton, American producer and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • March 21Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (b. 1871)
  • March 25
    • Eddie Collins, American baseball player (b. 1887)
    • Oscar Micheaux, African-American filmmaker (b. 1884)
  • March 31Ralph Forbes, American actor (b. 1896)




  • October 4Henrietta Lacks, African American originator of the HeLa cell line (b. 1920)
  • October 6Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German-born physician and biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1884)
  • October 12Leon Errol, Australian-born actor and comedian (b. 1881)
  • October 16Liaquat Ali Khan, first Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1896)
  • October 24Clarence Stewart Williams, American admiral (b. 1863)
  • October 28Mady Christians, Austrian actress (b. 1892)
  • November 3Richard Wallace, American film director (b. 1894)
  • November 5Reggie Walker, South African athlete (b. 1889)
  • November 9Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born composer (b. 1887)
  • November 13Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1880)
  • November 20Thomas Quinlan (impresario), English opera singer (b. 1881)
  • December 5Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (Say It Ain't So, Joe) (b. 1889)
  • December 6
    • André Gobert, French tennis player (b. 1890)
    • J. Edward Bromberg, Hungarian-born character actor (b. 1903)
    • Harold Ross, American editor (b.1892)
  • December 19Barton Yarborough, American actor (b. 1900)
  • December 23Enrique Santos Discépolo, Argentine tango and milonga musician and composer (b. 1901)
  • December 31Maxim Litvinov, Russian revolutionary and Soviet diplomat (b. 1876)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsJohn Cockcroft, Ernest Walton
  • ChemistryEdwin McMillan, Glenn T. Seaborg
  • Physiology or MedicineMax Theiler
  • LiteraturePär Lagerkvist
  • PeaceLéon Jouhaux


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  2. ^ < This Day in Tech History>, Wired, February 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "50th anniversary of the UNIVAC I". CNN. June 14, 2001. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1951: Churchill wins general election". BBC News. October 26, 1951. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Key Dates for the Marshall Plan". For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan. The Library of Congress. 2005-07-11. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 

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People of the year 1951 at Familypedia

57 people were born in 1951

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Ricardo Luis Alfonsín (1951)Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín (1927-2009)María Lorenza Barreneche (1926-2016)
Peter Bernstein (1951)Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)Pearl Glusman (1924-2008)
James Gordon Brown (1951)John Ebenezer Brown (1914-1998)Jessie Elizabeth Souter (1918-2004)
Mahendra Prasad BurmanShribhuvan Shaw
Mercedes Cabrera Calvo-Sotelo (1951)José Ignacio CabreraMaría de las Mercedes Calvo-Sotelo
Orson Scott Card (1951)Willard Richards Card (1921-2016)Peggy Jane Park (1923-2015)
Irina Chrissoveloni (1951-)Niculae Chrissoveloni (1909-1972)Georgeta Lakeman-Economu (c1915-c1990)
Janet Cooksley (1951-)Edwin *Leigh* Cooksley (1930-)Maree Emily Roberts (1934-)
Patrick Alfred Dickson (1951)Alfred WolframMaria Zahradnicky (1916-1999)
Franciscus Divendal (1951)Hermanus Lodewijk Maria Divendal (1914-1992)Henriette Ernestine Belinfante (1916-1994)
John Clinton Farrar (1951-2009)Harold Farrar (1926-1997)Maureen Pendergast (1920-2000)
Heather (Hedda) Forlong (1951-)Eric Douglas Forlong (1924-2011)Elva Alice Abercrombie (1921-1985)
Ralph Douglas Fuller (1951-1966)James Augustus Fuller (1896-1966)Esteen Odom (1916-1999)
Phyllis Gillette (1951-2001)Philip Mack Gillette (1927-2009)Eliza Hanna Tauroa (1928-2013)
Mark Richard Hamill (1951)William Thomas Hamill (1927-)Virginia Suzanne Jonson (1927-1998)
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17 children were born to the 20 women born in 1951

238 people died in 1951

 FatherMotherAge at death
Jeffrey Ahrendt (1879-1951)Hans Ahrendt (1851-1940)Katherine Mac Gafraidh (1856-1909)
Robert Grant Aitken (1864-1951)Robert Aitken (1826-1895)Wilhelmina Depinau (1833-1888)
Joseph Franciscus Angelbeek (1884-1951)Gerardus Bernardus AngelbeekCornelia Neidig67
Luella May Angell (1874-1951)Alma Truman Angell (1834-1911)Charlotte Buys (1835-1916)
Louis Napoleon Anlezark (1863-1951)Thomas Ainsworth Anlezark (1839-1928)Charlotte Rogan (1842-1870)88
Emma Bailey (1869-1951)Francis Bailey (1849-1926)Ann Thompson (1848-1934)
Edward Alexander Baker (1869-1951)William Jury Baker (1847-1899)Mary Ann Maria Payne (1848-1923)
George Pitty Barbour (1867-1951)Robert Barbour (1827-1895)Catherine Pitty (1839-1923)
James Russell Barnum (1872-1951)Henry James Barnum (1841-1910)Keren Happoch Russell (1846-1876)
William George Bartlett (1873-1951)Edward Bartlett (1845-1916)Ann Saxby (1846-1927)78
Jane Bath (1855-1951)William Bath (1804-1870)Sarah Jane West (1815-1909)96
Caroline Maggie Belcher (1870-1951)Charles Ernest Belcher (1846-1919)Margaret McDonald (-1888)81
Gertrude Benkin (1889-1951)
Mackenzie Bensaïd (1896-1951)
Priscilla Berger (1876-1951)
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10015 people lived in 1951

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
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Events of the year 1951 at Familypedia

60 people were married in 1951.

 Joined with
Leslie Branch Ashby (1920-2001)Bonita Pendleton (1927-2016)
Grace Enid Baglin (1933-2006)Ernest Raymond Russ (1929-)
Melvin Russell Ballard (1928)Barbara Bowen
Arthur Allan Bang (1922-2004)Patricia Helen Stickler (1932-1995)
Vera Beemster (1927-)Nicolaas M. Tol (1924-)
Albert Solomon Bennett (c1884-1954)Rose Margaret Silcox (1883-1951)+Sylvia Leighton Scard (1887-1956)
Clifford Tasman Blackman (1923-1990)Marjorie Veronica Allen (-2006)
James Blattner (1928-1992)Dominique Hernandez (1931-1978)
Mary Cecilia Bowes-Lyon (1932)Timothy James Alan Colman (1929)
Frederick Josiah Bradlee I (1866-1951)Elizabeth Whitwell Thomas (1868-1952)
Guido Brandolini d'Adda (1921-1966)Marisa Berio (1921-2002)
Alice Elaine Cox (c1889-1969)William A L Minty (1887-1919)+Henry Bones (c1878-1938)+Ernest Harold Vale (c1883-1978)
Janet Flowers (1933-1997)William David Morrison (1925-1999)
Ella M Foos (1911-1986)James V Was
William Henry Gates (1925-2020)Mary Ann Maxwell (1929-1994) + Mary Gardner (1943-)
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There were 0 military battles in 1951.

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