1951 Newspapers

1951 headlines provide fascinating insights into what it was like to live during the year 1951. There were many exciting things happening in the world. The decade that followed World War II brought with it hard times as the world recuperated from the devastation, but also a new hope. Capitalism was booming, and consumerism was becoming ingrained as a major part of American culture. For women, the 50’s was a confusing time, as they battled against losing the liberties they had gained throughout the war decades, and the “a woman’s place is in the home” concept that had resurfaced as the world returned to a pre-war mentality. Read about all the historical events that characterised the 50’s with our unrivalled collection of 1950s newspapers from the collection at Historic Newspapers.

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1951 Original Newspapers

1951 Newspaper Headlines Summary

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.

9th January 1951
The new United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City.

20th January 1951
Avalanches in the Alps kill 240 people in Switzerland, Austria and Italy during the ‘Winter of Terror‘.

12th March 1951
The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” appears in newspapers across the United States for the first time.

11th April 1951
The Stone of Scone resurfaces on the altar of Arbroath Abbey after it had been removed from Westminster Abbey on Christmas day, 1950.

21st April 1951
The National Olympic Committee of the Soviet Union is formed. The USSR first participates in the Olympic Games at Helsinki in 1952.

3rd May 1951
King George VI opens London’s Royal Festival Hall as a patron.

14th May 1951
The first volunteer-run passenger trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales.

1st July 1951
Judy 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 1951
The United Kingdom begins an economic boycott of Iran.

26th September 1951
A 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 1951
Prime 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 1951
Winston Churchill is re-elected Prime Minister; his foreign minister is Anthony Eden.

31st October 1951
Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, opens in England.

23rd December 1951
The film The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in Hollywood.

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