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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1951 AD


January 1: Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
January 2: Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in New York City
January 3: 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/U.S. agents
January 3: Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (U.S. athlete of 1950)
January 4: During Korean conflict, Chinese forces capture Seoul
January 5: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
January 6: Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
January 6: "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 100 performances
January 8: Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda
January 9: Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres
January 9: Washington Capitals NBA club folds
January 10: 1st jet passenger trip made
January 10: U.N. headquarters opens in Manhattan NY
January 12: Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
January 13: German general F Christian freed early from Dutch prison
January 14: NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
January 15: "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
January 15: Supreme Court rule "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest
January 16: Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi
January 16: World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, New York City)
January 17: China refuses cease-fire in Korea
January 18: 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands
January 18: Hermann Flake sentenced to death due to "hate campaign against GDR"
January 18: NFL rules tackles, guards and centers ineligible for forward pass
January 18: NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
January 21: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
January 22: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
January 22: Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League game after beaning batter
January 23: 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg
January 24: Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
January 25: U.N. begins counter offensive in Korea
January 26: Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
January 27: "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 320 performances
January 27: U.S. begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
January 28: "La Vie Commence Demain," which depicted artificial insemination and is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
January 28: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
January 29: Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
January 29: Liz Taylor's 1st divorce, Conrad Hilton, Jr.
January 29: "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 56 performances
January 30: Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio


February 1: 1st telecast of atomic explosion
February 1: 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
February 1: -50 degrees F (-46 degrees C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
February 1: Alfred Krupp and 28 other German war criminals freed
February 1: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 1: United Nations condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
February 2: -35 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
February 2: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 3: Dick Button wins U.S. skating title for 6th time
February 3: Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
February 3: Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo," premieres in New York City
February 3: "Victor Borge Show," debuts on NBC TV
February 4: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer
February 4: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
February 6: "Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84
February 6: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security
February 9: St. Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45
February 10: "John and Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaks at #21
February 10: Shah of Persia marries 19 year old Soraja Esfandiara Bakhtiari
February 11: Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)
February 14: Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta and takes middleweight title
February 16: New York City passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
February 16: SF City Hall dome fire
February 18: 3 City College of New York basketball players admit to accepting bribes
February 18: Nep l becomes a constitutional monarchy
February 18: Netherlands Radio School forms
February 21: South Carolina House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated
February 24: "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 84 performances
February 24: Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran and Paul Falk of GER
February 24: Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of GRB
February 24: Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA
February 25: 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
February 25: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
February 25: "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 278 perf
February 26: 22nd amendment to Constitution is ratified
February 26: Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
February 27: 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
February 28: French government of Pleven dissolves
February 28: Senate committee reports of at least 2 major U.S. crime syndicates


March 2: 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
March 3: Bill Mlkvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
March 6: Belgium extends conscription to 24 months
March 7: Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title
March 7: Lillian Hellman's "Autumn Garden," premieres in New York City
March 8: International Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)
March 10: FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner
March 10: "Where's Charley?" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 56 performances
March 12: Baseball Commish Happy Chandler loses fight (9-7) to stay in office
March 12: Communist troops driven out of Seoul
March 13: 2nd Dutch government of Drees forms
March 13: Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
March 14: During Korean War, U.S. / U.N. forces recapture Seoul
March 14: Earthquake at Euskirchen, Germany
March 15: Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
March 17: Government of Drees takes power
March 17: Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England vs. New Zealand Christchurch
March 18: Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
March 19: Herman Wouk's "Caine Mutiny," published
March 20: Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java
March 21: 2,900,000 U.S. soldiers in Korea
March 21: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage
March 23: Wages in France increase 11%
March 25: 5th Tony Awards: Guys and Dolls and Rose Tattoo win
March 25: E Purcell and EM Ewen detect 21-cm radiation at Harvard physics lab
March 26: Patty Berg wins LPGA Sandhills Women's Golf Open
March 26: USAF flag approved
March 27: 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58
March 27: Frank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You"
March 29: 23rd Academy Awards - "All About Eve," Judy Holliday and J Ferrer win
March 29: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of spying
March 29: "King and I" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 1246 performances
March 31: U.S. tanks exceed 38 degrees of latitude in Korea


April 3: Christopher Fry's "Sleep of Prisoners," premieres in Oxford
April 4: Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan and Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
April 5: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
April 7: 15th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280
April 7: American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament
April 7: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
April 11: President Truman fires General Douglas McArthur
April 12: Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
April 15: Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
April 16: British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
April 17: New York Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
April 18: Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms
April 18: France, West Germany and Benelux form European Steel and Coal Community
April 18: "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 102 performances
April 18: New York Yankee Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 in his 1st game
April 19: 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
April 19: General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
April 19: "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 267 performances
April 20: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
April 20: Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
April 21: 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 3
April 21: Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
April 22: Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in New York City
April 23: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open
April 24: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open
April 26: Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
April 27: Mohammed Mossadeq chosen premier of Persia


May 1: 600,000 march for peace and freedom in Germany
May 1: Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
May 1: Mickey Mantle's 1st home run
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: New York Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
May 5: 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
May 5: "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 157 performances
May 6: Pittsburgh Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
May 7: International 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: U.S. 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: Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
May 14: "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 40 performances
May 14: Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley," premieres in New York City
May 18: U.N. moves headquarters to New York City
May 18: U.S. General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea
May 19: 77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4
May 19: U.N. begins counter offensive in Korea
May 23: Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels," premieres in London
May 24: Racial segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants ruled illegal
May 24: U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
May 24: Willie Mays begins playing for New York Giants
May 25: New York 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, San Francisco opens
May 28: After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st home run
May 28: Bernardus J Alfrink appointed bishop's asst of Utrecht
May 28: Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
May 28: Willie Mays gets his 1st major league hit, a home run
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 31: Netherlands and South Africa sign cultural accord


June 1: 1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson Nevada)
June 1: International Cheese treaty signed
June 2: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones
June 4: Mississippi Valley State University founded
June 4: Pirate's Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4
June 9: "Doodles Weaver Show," debuts on NBC-TV
June 11: Mozambique becomes an oversea province of Portugal
June 11: New York Times reports the New York City subway will auction off things found
June 13: U.N. arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea
June 14: 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau
June 14: "Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater New York City for 37 performances
June 15: Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory
June 16: 51st U.S. Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Michigan
June 16: 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29
June 17: "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 40 performances
June 18: De Gaulle wins French parliamentary election
June 20: Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 home runs, double and single vs Red Sox
June 21: "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 180 performances
June 21: Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
June 21: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones
June 22: Gene Rayburn and Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
June 23: British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean flee to U.S.S.R.
June 23: Most expensive U.S. hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage and $14M property-Kansas)
June 24: Persian army takes over nationalized oil installations
June 25: 1st color TV broadcast-CBS' Arthur Godfrey from New York City to 4 cities
June 28: "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
June 30: NAACP begins attack on school segregation and discrimination
June 30: "Victor Borge Show," last airs on NBC-TV


July 1: Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
July 1: Cleveland Indian Bob Feller, 3rd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 2-1
July 2: Bill Veeck buys St. Louis Browns from Bill and Charlie DeWitt
July 2: Bob and Ray show premieres on NBC radio
July 2: Hugo Yarnold stumps 6 at Dundee, Worcester vs. Scotland
July 2: Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system
July 3: 33rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont CC Oakmont Pa
July 5: Dodgers sweep the Giants and lead by 7 games (Giants will win pennant)
July 5: Dr. William Shockley invents junction transistor (Murray Hill NJ)
July 6: 65th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (64 64 64)
July 7: 58th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (61 60)
July 8: Yankee Joe DiMaggio and manager Casey Stengel feud
July 9: President Truman asked Congress to formally end state of war with Germany
July 10: 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
July 10: Armistice talks to end Korean conflict began at Kaesong
July 12: New York Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland Indians, 8-0
July 12: Underground Genius, ultra radical, majorly cool, super-talent Julian Laster is born.
July 14: 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)
July 14: Citation becomes 1st horse to win $1,000,000 in races
July 14: "Courtin' Time" closes at National Theater New York City after 37 performances
July 14: George Washington Carver monument unveiled
July 14: "Make a Wish" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 102 performances
July 16: 1st Dutchman to win Tour de France (Wim Van Est)
July 16: King Leopold III, of Belgium, abdicates
July 16: Len Hutton scores his 100th 100, Yorks vs. Surrey at The Oval
July 16: Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published
July 17: King Leopold II of Belgium gives up throne to son Boudouin I
July 18: Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion
July 18: Uruguay accepts its constitution
July 19: "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 276 performances
July 21: Dalai Lama returns to Tibet
July 22: General Francisco Craveiro Lopes appointed President of Portugal
July 26: Netherlands ends state of war with Germany
July 28: "Kiss Me, Kate" closes at New Century Theater New York City after 1077 performances
July 28: Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released
July 30: Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players


August 1: David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election
August 3: William H. Jackson, ends term as deputy director of CIA
August 5: Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
August 6: Typhoon floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria
August 7: Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
August 7: U.S. viking rocket reaches 210 km height, record
August 9: Dutch Korea volunteers win U.S. Collective Unit Citation
August 11: 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
August 11: 1st color baseball game, Braves vs Dodgers, telecast, WCBS-NYC
August 11: New York Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
August 11: New York Giants lose to go 13 games behind Brooklyn Dodgers, later win pennant
August 12: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
August 13: Great Britain and Iraq sign new oil contract
August 17: 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
August 17: Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
August 18: Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
August 19: Bill Veeck (Browns) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" midget, to pinch-hit
August 22: Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
August 24: Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night," Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on
August 25: Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
August 26: Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
August 28: Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
August 28: Pirates snap New York Giants 16 game win streak
August 30: U.S. and Philippines sign mutual defense pact
August 31: 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf


September 1: Prime Minister Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad
September 1: U.S., Australia and New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty
September 2: Australia, New Zealand and U.S. sign ANZUS-pact
September 3: TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
September 4: 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by President Truman
September 4: 71st U.S. Mens Tennis: F A Sedgman beats Elias V Seixas, Jr. (64 61 61)
September 4: NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network
September 4: President Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference
September 5: 65th U.S. Womens Tennis: Mo Connolly beats Shirley J Fry (63 16 64)
September 5: 71st U.S. Mens Tennis: Frank A Sedgman beats Elias Seixas, Jr. (64 61 61)
September 8: Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries (SF)
September 8: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sempiternus Rex
September 9: 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
September 9: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
September 10: British begins economic boycott of Iran
September 11: Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours and 19 minutes
September 11: Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice
September 13: St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
September 14: Giant's Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats
September 15: Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
September 15: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld New York City after 740 performances
September 15: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum
September 16: 6th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
September 16: NL ump Frank Dascoli clears the Dogers bench ejecting 15 players
September 17: "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 90 performances
September 17: Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years
September 19: 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
September 19: Italian civil servants strike for pay increase
September 20: 1st North Pole jet crossing
September 20: NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball
September 20: Swiss males votes against female suffrage
September 21: Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec
September 24: Industrial estate at Harlow New Town U.K. opens
September 24: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
September 26: Professor Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
September 27: Persian troops occupies oil refinery at Abadan
September 28: Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yankees clinch pennant #18
September 28: Franchot Tone wed Barbara Payton
September 28: Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL-record 554 yards
September 29: 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)
September 29: Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m and 10 mile
September 29: S. B. Nicholson discovers 12th satellite of Jupiter


October 1: 1st Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1
October 1: 1st treaty signed by woman ambassador-Eugenie Anderson
October 1: 24th Infantry Regiment, last all-black military unit, deactivated
October 2: 1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)
October 2: Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs
October 3: Bobby Thomson home run - Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
October 4: In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
October 6: Stalin proclaims Russia has atom bomb
October 7: David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government
October 8: Ford Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
October 8: "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 56 performances
October 9: 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
October 9: Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yankees beat Giants 13-1
October 10: Yankees beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game
October 14: Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs Los Angeles Rams
October 14: Organization of Central American States forms
October 15: Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty
October 15: "I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS TV
October 17: Egyptian army fires on British troops
October 18: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
October 19: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Texas Women's Golf Open
October 19: President Harry S Truman formally ends state of war with Germany
October 22: Earthquake hits Formosa, 100 killed
October 22: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 24: Jan de Hartog's "4 Poster," premieres in New York City
October 24: United Nation publishes its 1st postage stamps
October 25: Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
October 26: Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m and 15 miles
October 26: Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden
October 26: Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister
October 28: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 30: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 31: Second Chamber accept plan-Schuman


November 1: 1st atomic explosion witnessed by troops, New Mexico
November 1: Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins NL MVP
November 1: Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins 1st of his 3 NL MVP
November 1: Jet magazine founded by John H. Johnson
November 1: Johnny Mercers "Top Banana," premieres in New York City
November 1: "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 356 performances
November 1: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 4: 9th Ryder Cup: U.S. wins 9 -2 at Pinehurst CC NC
November 4: New York Giants and New York Yankees score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns
November 4: Vijay Merchant scores 154 vs. England in his last Test Cricket innings
November 5: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 7: Constitution of Jordan passes
November 8: New York Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards
November 10: 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance
November 12: 17 die in a train crash in Woodstock Ala
November 12: "Paint Your Wagon" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 289 performances
November 13: Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)
November 15: Cricket 1st-class debut of Hanif Mohammad, Pak XI vs. MCC, Lahore
November 15: New York Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
November 18: British troops occupies Ismailiya Egypt
November 18: Former Cubs 1st baseman and future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
November 18: "See it Now" premieres on TV
November 19: Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday
November 19: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 20: Snowdonia becomes a National Park in Wales
November 24: "17" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 180 performances
November 24: 39th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 21-14
November 24: British auto manufacturers Austin/Moris Motors merge
November 24: "Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 56 performances
November 25: 17 die in a train crash in Woodstock Ala
November 25: Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
November 25: Commemoration of Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft forbidden
November 27: 1st missle to intercept an airplane, White Sands, New Mexico
November 27: Cease-fire and demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon Korea
November 28: John Van Druten's "I am a Camera," premieres in New York City
November 28: Military coup under Col Adib el-Shishakli in Syria
November 29: 1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat Nevada
November 29: Winston Churchill re-elected British premier


December 1: 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
December 1: Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd," premieres in London
December 1: Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
December 2: "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 90 performances
December 2: Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing
December 4: Copland/Robbins' "Pied Piper," premieres in New York City
December 4: Superheated gases roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), kills 500
December 5: "Dragnet" premieres
December 8: AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule and lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
December 8: "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 267 performances
December 9: Voters approve merger of 3 states to form Baden-Wurttemberg, W Germ
December 11: Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement
December 13: Future British Prime Minister Margaret Roberts Thatcher marries Denis Thatcher
December 17: Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
December 19: Nazi General Christiansen leaves Netherlands
December 22: Australia cricket all out 82 vs. West Indies at Adelaide
December 23: 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
December 23: Last Belgian communities get electricity
December 24: 1st televised opera (Amahl and Night Visitor)
December 24: United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via United Nations
December 25: 1st Christmas Day in Test Crickets, Australia vs. WI at Adelaide
December 25: West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
December 27: 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
December 29: Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal
December 31: 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced
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