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1951 News Headlines

Our collection of 1951 newspaper articles tell fascinating stories of life in 1951. Learn about what happened in 1951 that was worthy of a story in the paper, and discover the reactions of the press and the public. 1951 newspaper stories tell of how colour television was first broadcast from the Empire State Building, the term “Rock and Roll” was coined, and the contraceptive pill was first invented. Unemployment was at an all time low after the terrible depression that had gripped the country, and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland made its debut on the big screen. Read about all this and much more in one of our 1951 newspapers.

DateEvent
9th January 1951The new United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City.
20th January 1951Avalanches in the Alps kill 240 people in Switzerland, Austria and Italy during the ‘Winter of Terror‘.
12th March 1951The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” appears in newspapers across the United States for the first time.
11th April 1951The Stone of Scone resurfaces on the altar of Arbroath Abbey after it had been removed from Westminster Abbey on Christmas day, 1950.
21st April 1951The National Olympic Committee of the Soviet Union is formed. The USSR first participates in the Olympic Games at Helsinki in 1952.
3rd May 1951King George VI opens London's Royal Festival Hall as a patron.
14th May 1951The first volunteer-run passenger trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales.
1st July 1951Judy Garland opens the first of fourteen concerts in Dublin, at the Theatre Royal.
12th August 1951“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is published.
10th September 1951The United Kingdom begins an economic boycott of Iran.
26th September 1951A blue sun is seen over Europe for two days. The effect is due to ash from forest fires that had raged in Canada four month previously.
16th October 1951Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan of Pakistan is assassinated.
24th October 1951 U.S. President Harry Truman declares an official end to the war with Germany.
26th October 1951Winston Churchill is re-elected Prime Minister; his foreign minister is Anthony Eden.
31st October 1951"Scrooge", starring Alastair Sim, opens in England.
23rd December 1951The film “The African Queen“, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in Hollywood.
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