20th Century Year by Year 1951

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Major Event/ Sports /Nobel Prizes/Pulitzer Prizes/Academy Awards and Popular Movies

Major Events of 1951

  • King Abdulah assassinated
  • First Electronic Computer
  • 22nd Amendment Limits Presidency to Two Terms
  • Color TV Introduced
  • US Airforce Orders B- 52 Bomber
  • H- Bomb
  • Mao Tse-Tung



    NBA: Rocester Royals
    NCAA Football: Tennessee
    Heisman Trophy: Richard Kazmaler
    Stanley Cup: Montreal
    US Open Golf: Ben Hogan Score: 287 Course: Merion Golf Club Location: Ardmore, PA
    World Cup: Uruguay vs. Brazil Score: 2-1
    World Series: New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies Series: 4-0

    Top Movies

    1. David and Bathsheba
    2. Showboat
    3. An American in Paris
    4. The Great Caruso
    5. A Streetcar Named Desire
    6. Born Yesterday
    7. That's My Boy
    8. A Place in the Sun
    9. At War with the Army
    10. Father's Little Dividend

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: "An American in Paris"
    Best Director:George Stevens..."A Place in the Sun"
    Best Actor:Humphery Bogart..."The African Queen"
    Best Actress: Vivien Leigh..."A Streetcar Named Desire"

    Emmy Awards

    Dramatic Show: Studio One

    Comedy Show: Red Skeleton Show

    Variety Show: Your Show of Shows


    Tony Awards

    Best Play: "The Fourposter"...Jan de Hartog Best Musical: "The King and I"
    Best Actor in a play: Jose Ferrer..."The Shrike"
    Best Actress:Phil Silvers..."Top Banana"
    Best Actress in a Musical :Gertrude Lawrence..."The King and I"

    Nobel Prize


    The prize was awarded jointly to:

    McMILLAN, EDWIN MATTISON, U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1907, d. 1991; and

    SEABORG, GLENN THEODORE, U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1912, d. 1999:

    "for their discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements"


    LAGERKVIST, PÄR FABIAN, Sweden, b. 1891, d. 1974:

    "for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he
    endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions
    confronting mankind"


    LÉON JOUHAUX , France, President of the trade union C.G.T. Force Ouvrière. President of the International Committee of the European Council, Vice President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Vice President of the World Federation of Trade Unions, member of the ILO Council, delegate to the UN.

    Physiology or Medicine

    THEILER, MAX, Union of South Africa, Laboratories Division of Medicine and
    Public Health, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY, U.S.A., b. 1899, d.

    "for his discoveries concerning yellow fever and how to combat it"


    The prize was awarded jointly to:

    COCKCROFT, Sir JOHN DOUGLAS, Great Britain, Atomic Energy Research
    Establishment, Harwell, Didcot, Berks., b. 1897, d. 1967; and

    WALTON, ERNEST THOMAS SINTON, Ireland, Dublin University, b. 1903, d. 1995:

    "for their pioneer work on the transmutation of atomic nuclei by
    artificially accelerated atomic particles"

    Pulitzer Prizes

    Drama: Richard Rodgers..."Oscar Hammerstein"
    Fiction: A.B. Guthrie Jr. ..."The Way West"
    History: Oliver W. Larkin... "Art and Life in America"
    International Reporting: Edmund Stevens... "Christian Science Monitor"
    National Reporting: Edwin O. Guthman..."Seattle Times"
    Public Service: "Chicago Daily News"


    Most Popular Books

    1."From Here to Eternity" ...James Jones. Scribner
    2."The Caine Mutiny"...Herman Wouk. Doubleday
    3."Moses"... Sholem Asch. Putnam
    4."The Cardinal"...Henry Morton Robinson. Simon & Schuster
    5."A Woman Called Fancy"...Frank Yerby. Dial Press
    6."The Cruel Sea"...Nicholas Monsarrat. Knopf
    7."Melville Goodwin, U.S.A." ...John P. Marquand. Little, Brown
    8."Return to Paradise"... James A. Michener. Random House
    9."The Foundling"...Cardinal Spellman. Scribner
    10. "The Wanderer"...Mika Waltari. Putnam
    1."Look Younger, Live Longer"...Gayelord Hauser. Farrar, Straus & Young
    2."Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book"... McGraw-Hill
    3."Washington Confidential"... Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer. Crown
    4."Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book"... Meredith
    5."Better Homes and Gardens Handyman's Book "...Meredith
    6."The Sea Around Us"...Rachel L. Carson. Oxford University Press
    7."Thorndike-Barnhart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary"... ed. by
    Clarence L. Barnhart. Doubleday
    8."Pogo"...Walt Kelly. Simon & Schuster
    9."Kon-Tiki"...Thor Heyerdahl. Rand McNally
    10. "The New Yorker Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Album"... Harper


    Most Popular Television Shows

    1. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
    2. Texaco Star Theater (NBC)
    3. I Love Lucy (CBS)
    4. The Red Skelton Show (NBC)
    5. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
    6. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (CBS)
    7. Fireside Theater (NBC)
    8. Your Show of Shows (NBC)
    9. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
    10. You Bet Your Life (NBC)