Information for the Year 1951
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- Seoul falls first to Communist forces (Jan. 4), then to US-led UN troops (Mar. 14). Despite peace talks in July and October, the Korean War continues.
- Six nations agree to Schuman Plan to pool European coal and steel (March 19; in effect Feb. 10, 1953).
- Japanese peace treaty signed in San Francisco by 49 nations (Sept. 8).
- Libya gains independence from Italy (Dec. 24).
- Population: 2.593 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Léon Jouhaux (France)
- 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, limiting the number of terms a president may serve, is ratified (Feb. 27).
- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg sentenced to death for treason (April 5; executed June 19, 1953).
- President: Harry S Truman
- Vice President: Alben W. Barkley
- Population: 154,877,889
- Life expectancy: 68.4 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $339.7 billion
- Federal spending: $45.51 billion
- Federal debt: $255.3 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): Income Information Not Available Before 1953
- Consumer Price Index: 26
- Unemployment: 5.3%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
- Super Bowl The first Super Bowl was not played until the year 1967.
- World Series of Baseball NY Yankees defeated the NY Giants
- National Basketball Association Championship Rochester defeated New York
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Montreal Canadians
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Doris Hart defeated S. Fry (6-1 6-0)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Dick Savitt defeated K. McGregor (6-4 6-4 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Count Turf
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Kentucky defeated Kansas State (SCORE 68-58)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Tennessee(RECORD 10-0-0)
- Yul Brynner makes his first appearance as the king of Siam in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Gertrude Lawrence costars (March 29).
- Color television introduced in the U.S.
- In an effort to introduce rhythm and blues to a broader white audience, which was hesitant to embrace "black music," disc jockey Alan Freed uses the term rock 'n' roll to describe R&B.
- In the first broadcast of Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series, Murrow shows the split-screen image of the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges and tells viewers it is the first time to see the Atlantic and Pacific oceans simultaneously.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: All About Eve
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year The first Grammy Awards were not until 1959
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Best Television Comedy Award Not Given Before 1953
- Miss America: Yolande Betbeze (Alabama)
- Charles F. Blair, Jr. makes the first solo flight across North Pole (May 29).
- UNIVAC (Universal Automatic Computer), the first business computer to handle both numeric and alphabetic data, is introduced.
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