1951 in History – What happened in year 1951

✅ Published on April 8th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1951 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1951.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1951 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 januaryKorean War: Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul.
15 januaryIlse Koch, the wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald and Majdanek concentration camps, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court.
25 februaryAfter being postponed since 1943 due to World War II, the first Pan American Games opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
03 marchJackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, recorded 'Rocket 88', often cited as 'the first rock and roll record', at Sam Phillips' recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
11 aprilUS President Harry S. Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of his commands for making public statements about the Korean War that contradicted the administration's policies.
17 aprilThe Peak District was designated the first national park in the United Kingdom.
22 aprilKorean War-The People's Volunteer Army of China attacked positions occupied mainly by Australian and Canadian forces, starting the Battle of Kapyong.
23 aprilAmerican journalist William N. Oatis was arrested for espionage by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.
03 mayThe Royal Festival Hall, the first post-war building to become listed Grade I, opened as the venue for the Festival of Britain.
14 mayThe Talyllyn Railway in Wales became the first railway in the world to be preserved by volunteers when it re-opened on May 14, 1951 with trains running between Wharf and Rhydyronen stations.
23 mayDelegates of the 14th Dalai Lama and the government of thenewly established People's Republic of China signed the Seventeen PointAgreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, affirming Chinesesovereignty over Tibet.
04 julyWilliam Shockley announced the invention of the junctiontransistor, for which he, John Bardeen, and Walter Houser Brattain wonthe 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics.
16 julyThe Catcher in the Rye, an American coming-of-age novel by J.D. Salinger, was first published.
06 augustKorean forces fought with their allies for four days straight in Western Korea. The U.S. Eighth Army faced the enemy at dawn and Korean forces replied with a counter attack.
14 septemberA seedless watermelon has been developed at Purdue University it is round and will weigh about 8 to 10 pounds; it could well be seen on sale in parts of the country by next year.
15 septemberCommunist China has taken control of the capitol of 'The Roof of The World' Tibet, and communist trained priests have been sent to take charge of the Dalai Lama's Realm.
16 octoberThe first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, was assassinated in Rawalpindi.
20 octoberAfrican-American college football player Johnny Bright was thevictim of an on-field assault that eventually provoked changes in NCAAfootball rules and mandated the use of more protective helmets with faceguards.
17 decemberThe Civil Rights Congress, an American civil rights group,presented a document to the United Nations Genocide Convention chargingthe United States government with genocide against African Americans.
25 JuneAmerican television and radio network CBS aired the first color TV program in four cities from New York.
09 JulyIndia's first five-year plan, 1951-56 began.
10 JulyRenowned politician and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Rajnath Singh was born.
16 JulyThe country of Asia became independent from Nepal, Britain.
18 JulyUruguay accepted the constitution.
20 JulyThe King of Jordan was killed in an attack on King Abdullah I in Jerusalem.
26 JulyThe Netherlands ended the war with Germany.
08 SeptemberJapan signed a peace deal with 48 countries.
11 SeptemberFlorence Chadwick became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. It took him 16 hours and 19 minutes to reach France from England.
02 OctoberShyama Prasad Mukherjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.
16 OctoberPakistan's first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was shot dead in Rawalpidi.


Famous birthdays in the year 1951:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 JulyJulia Goodfellow / Academic / United Kingdom
01 AugustPete Mackanin / Baseball Player / United States of America
05 OctoberBob Geldof / Actor / Ireland
05 DecemberLink Byfield / Journalist / Canada
09 SeptemberTom Wopat / Actor / United States of America
11 JuneMatthew Engel / Author / United Kingdom
11 DecemberRia Stalman / Shot Putter / Netherlands
12 SeptemberNorm Dubé / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
13 MayRosie Boycott / Author / United Kingdom
17 JuneJohn Garrett / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
17 AprilOlivia Hussey / Actress / United Kingdom
20 January Iván Fischer / Conductor / Hungary
21 JulyRobin Williams / Actor / United States of America
22 JulyRichard Bennett / Guitarist / United States of America
23 NovemberMaik Galakos / Footballer / Greece
24 SeptemberDouglas Kmiec / Scholar / United States of America
24 AprilEnda Kenny / Politician / Ireland
27 March Mohamad Chatah / Politician / Lebanon
28 AugustKeiichi Suzuki / Singer / Japan
29 January Fereydoon Forooghi / Singer / Iran

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1951:

YearName / Profession / Country
01 JanuaryNana Patekar / Actor / India
10 JulyRajnath Singh / Politician / India
13 MayAnand Modak / Composer / India
NA NARazak Khan / Actor / India
01 January Nana Patekar / Actor / India
03 JanuaryNitish Kumar / Politician / India
02 MayAshok Gehlot / Politician / India
NA NAAjit Vachani / Actor / India
10 MayVijay Kumar Singh / Soldier / India
02 MarchKishore Bhatt / Actor / India
01 MarchNitish Kumar / Politician / India
NA NAMukesh Rawal / Actor / India
01 OctoberGanti Mohana Chandra Balayog / Lawyer / India
03 MayAshok Gehlot / Politician / India
26 AugustLuizinho Faleiro / Politician / India
14 JanuaryO. Panneerselvam / Politician / India
30 OctoberTrilok Gurtu / Writer / India
01 OctoberS.P. Agarwal / Scientist / India
15 JuneAvasarala Kanyakumari / Violinist / India
19 NovemberZainat Aman / Actress / India
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