1951 Fun Facts, Trivia & History

1951 Fun Facts, Trivia & History

Top Ten Baby Names of 1951:
Linda, Mary, Patricia, Deborah, Barbara, James, Robert, John, Michael, David

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Martine Carol, Dorothy Dandridge, Doris Day, Diana Dors, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Eartha Kitt, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner

Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Montgomery Clift

“The Quotes:”
“Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!”
– Patricia Neal in ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”
– Vivien Leigh, in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

“Stella! Hey, Stella!”
– Marlon Brando, in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Mohammed Mossadegh

Miss America:
Yolande Betbeze (Mobile, AL)

Pop Culture History:
Joe DiMaggio had a 56 game hitting streak, and did not strike out during the 1951 season.

Clarence Karcher and Eugene McDermott renamed their ‘Geophysical Service Inc” to Texas Instruments.

1951 introduced the world to Tupperware parties, although the products were first available in 1946. 1947 saw the development of the soft-burping Tupperware seal.

Joe Gold opened the first ‘Gold’s Gym’ in New Orleans. Things didn’t work out, but he started again in Venice, California in 1965. The second time was the charm.

It was this year, 1951, that Lillian Vernon started mailing her catalogs.

J.D. Salinger’s cultural phenomenon, The Catcher in the Rye, was published.

The Habit:
Reading J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’

1st appearances & 1951’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Muffin the Mule pull-toy, View-Master* with Disney reels, Scrabble**
*View-Master originally came out in 1939
** Scrabble was released in 1948 but didn’t become a hit until 1951

Popular and Notable Books From 1951:
A Woman Called Fancy by Frank Yerby
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
The Foundling by Cardinal Spellman
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
Joy Street by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Melville Goodwin, U.S.A. by John P. Marquand
Moses by Sholem Asch
Return to Paradise by James A. Michener
The Revolt of Mamie Stover by William Bradford Huie
The Wanderer by Mika Waltari

Broadway Show – The King and I (Musical) Opened on March 29, 1951 and Closed: March 20, 1954

Oscar Best Picture:
All About Eve (presented in 1951)

1951 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
2. Texaco Star theatre (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 theatre (NBC)
8. Your Show of Shows (NBC)
9. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
10. You Bet Your Life (NBC)

1951 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 16, 1950 – March 2, 1951:
The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

March 3 – March 9:
If – Perry Como

March 10 – April 20:
Be My Love – Mario Lanza

April 21 – June 22:
How High The Moon – Les Paul & Mary Ford

June 23 – July 27:
Too Young – Nat King Cole

July 28 – September 7:
Come On – A My House – Rosemary Clooney

September 8 – November 2:
Because Of You – Tony Bennett

November 3 – November 16:
Cold, Cold Heart – Tony Bennett

November 17 – December 28:
Sin (It’s No Sin) – Eddy Howard

December 29, 1951 – March 14, 1952:
Cry – Johnny Ray

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Los Angeles Rams
NBA Champions: Rochester Royals
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Ben Hogan
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Frank Sedgman/Maureen Connolly
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Dick Savitt/Doris Hart
NCAA Football Champions: Tennessee
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Count Turf

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