Life in 1951

The year 1951 began on a Monday and was the second year of the new decade.

1951 In The News

Festival of Britain Poster 195127th February – 22nd Amendment limits US Presidents to two terms in office.

29th March – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of spying for Russia.

3rd May – The Festival of Britain opened.

10th July – Armistice talks to end the Korean War began but failed

11th November – Juan Peron became President of Argentina. 

 

1951 Price Check

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £1,995; USA – $9,000
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.16; USA – $0.20
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.03; USA – $0.16
Gold per ounce:
UK – $34.72, USA – $40.5

1951 Population

World Map

World: – 2,593,857,892
Australia: – 8,510,600
Canada: – 14,330,675
China: – 567,100,736
India: – 376,182,848
Soviet Union: 103,506,912
United States: – 153,982,000
United Kingdom: – 50,290,000

 

1951 Popular Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – No data – Charts began 1952
USA – Too Young – Nat King Cole
AUS – Too Young – Nat King Cole
CAN – No data – Charts began 1964

Best Selling Album:
UK – No data – Charts began 1956
USA – Showboat – Soundtrack
AUS – No data – Charts began 1966
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Frankie Lane, Frank Sinatra

 

On the Bookshelves

BookshelfPublished in 1951:

The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
Foundation – Isaac Assimov
Prince Caspian – CS Lewis
The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury

At the Movies

Movies FilmsHighest grossing movies 1951:

1. Quo Vadis – $11.1 million
2. David and Bathsheba – $7 million
3. Showboat – $5.5 million
4. The Great Caruso – $4.3 million
5. A Streetcar Named Desire – $4.2 million

 

World Leaders

World Leader Harry TrumanAustralia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – Louis St Laurent
China President – Mao Zedong
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru
Soviet Union Leader – Joseph Stalin
United States President – Harry S Truman
United Kingdom Prime Minister – Clement Attlee to 26th October, Winston Churchill after 26th October

 

Born in 1951

Kirstie Alley born 1951

12th January – Kirstie Alley (Actress)
30th January – Phil Collins (Musician)
8th June – Bonnie Tyler (Singer)
21st July – Robin Williams (Actor)
5th October – Bob Geldolf (Musician)

Died in 1951

Ferdinand Porsche Auto engineer died 1951

30th January – Ferdinand Porsche (Automobile Engineer)
6th March – Ivor Novello (Musician)
14th April – Ernest Bevin (Politician)
23rd July – Marshal Philippe Petain (Leader of Vichy France)
14th August – William Randolph Hearst (Newspaper Publisher)

 

1951 Sporting Highlights

New York Yankees 1951Football – Newcastle United won the FA Cup
Tennis – Richard Savitt won the Australia Open and the French Open
Cycling – Hugh Koblet (SUI) won the Tour de France
Golf – Ben Hogan won the US Open, and the Masters
Baseball – New York Yankees won the World Series, Joe DiMaggio played his last game
Figure Skating – World Championships – Dick Button won the Men’s competition, Jeanette Altwegg won the Ladies.

 

Christmas Wishlist

Yoyo popular toy 1951

Yoyo
Toy soldiers
Dinky Cars
Meccano
Dolls and Dolls House

What Was New?

Video Tape invented 1951

Superglue was invented
Power steering was developed by Chrysler
Video tape recorder invented by Charles Ginsburg
Heart-lung machine invented by J Andre-Thomas

 

 

Published May 18, 2020 @ 2:43 pm – Updated – May 4, 2021 @ 4:01 pm