Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1951
January 1 - Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet January 1 - Nana Patekar, Indian film and stage actor January 1 - Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver January 4 - Barbara Cochran, American alpine skier January 5 - Steve Arnold, English footballer January 6 - Don Gullett, American baseball player January 6 - Kim Wilson, American musician (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) January 7 - Helen Worth, British actress January 8 - John McTiernan, American film director January 9 - Crystal Gayle, American singer January 11 - Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000) January 12 - Kirstie Alley, American actress January 12 - Ann Althouse, American law professor January 16 - Glenn Ordway, American radio talk show host January 18 - Bob Latchford, English footballer January 19 - Dewey Bunnell, American singer and songwriter (America) January 20 - Ian Hill, British musician (Judas Priest) January 22 - Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989) January 24 - Yakov Smirnoff, Ukrainian-born American comedian January 25 - Steve Prefontaine, American runner (d. 1975) January 27 - Brian Downey, Irish musician (Thin Lizzy) January 29 - Andy Roberts, West Indian cricketer January 30 - Phil Collins, English musician January 30 - Charles S. Dutton, American actor January 30 - Bobby Stokes, English former footballer (d. 1995) January 31 - Dave Benton, Aruban-born singer January 31 - Harry Wayne Casey, American singer and musician (KC and the Sunshine Band) January 31 - Phil Manzanera, English guitarist (Roxy Music February 1 - Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter February 4 - Patrick Bergin, Irish actor February 4 - Phil Ehart, American musician (Kansas) February 4 - Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician February 4 - Stan Papi, American baseball player February 6 - Marco Antônio, Brazilian footballer February 6 - Margo, Irish singer February 6 - Jacques Villeret, French film actor (d. 2005) February 7 - Benny Ayala, baseball player February 13 - David Naughton, American actor and singer February 14 - Kevin Keegan, English footballer February 14 - JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater February 15 - Melissa Manchester, American singer February 15 - Jane Seymour, British actress February 16 - William Katt, American actor February 18 - Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite February 19 - Stephen Nichols, American actor February 20 - Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006) February 20 - Randy California, American guitarist (Spirit) (d. 1997) February 20 - Phil Neal, English footballer February 21 - Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 2006) February 23 - Ed Jones, American football player February 23 - Patricia Richardson, American actress February 24 - Tony Holiday, German singer (d. 1990) February 24 - Debra Jo Rupp, American actress February 24 - Helen Shaver, Canadian actress February 25 - Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner February 25 - James Brown, American sportscaster February 25 - César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player February 27 - Steve Harley, British rock musician (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel) February 28 - Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (d. 1998) March 3 - Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow March 4 - Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (d. 1982) March 4 - Mike Quarry, American boxer (d. 2006) March 4 - Chris Rea, English singer March 4 - Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer March 5 - Giorgos Ninios, Greek actor March 6 - Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004) March 7 - Francis Rocco Prestia, American musician (Tower of Power) March 9 - Zakir Hussain, World famous tabla player from India March 13 - Fred Berry, American actor and dancer (d. 2003) March 16 - Joe DeLamielleure, American football player March 17 - Scott Gorham, American musician (Thin Lizzy) March 17 - Kurt Russell, American actor March 17 - Craig Ramsay, Canadian ice hockey player March 18 - Bill Frisell, American jazz musician March 20 - Curt Smith, American author and media host March 20 - Jimmie Vaughan, American blues guitarist March 21 - Russell Thompkins Jr, American singer (The Stylistics) March 23 - Ron Jaworski, American football player and analyst March 24 - Pat Bradley, American golfer March 24 - Dougie Thomson, British bassist (Supertramp) March 25 - Jumbo Tsuruta, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 2000) March 28 - Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina March 28 - Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician (d. 1995) April 2 - Ayako Okamoto, Japanese golfer April 3 - Mel Schacher, American musician April 4 - John Hannah, American football player April 6 - Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born baseball player April 7 - Janis Ian, American singer and songwriter April 10 - Steven Seagal, American actor April 11 - Doris McGowen Beck Angleton, American socialite (d. 1997) April 11 - Paul Fox, English guitarist (The Ruts) (d. 2007) April 11 - James Patrick Kelly, American author April 13 - Peabo Bryson, American singer April 13 - Peter Davison, English actor April 13 - Joachim Streich, East German footballer April 13 - Max Weinberg, American drummer April 14 - Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist April 15 - Heloise, American newspaper columnist April 16 - Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer April 16 - Mordechai Ben David, Jewish singer April 17 - Olivia Hussey, Argentine-born actress April 17 - Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player April 18 - Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer April 19 - Barry Brown, American actor and writer (d. 1978) April 20 - Luther Vandross, American singer (d. 2005) April 21 - Tony Danza, American actor and comedian April 21 - Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire) April 21 - Steve Vickers, Canadian ice hockey player April 22 - Paul Carrack, English musician April 22 - Ana María Shua, Argentine poet April 27 - Ace Frehley, American musician (Kiss) April 29 - Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001) May 1 - Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef May 3 - Christopher Cross, American musician May 3 - Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer May 4 - Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel) May 4 - Jackie Jackson, American singer and musician (The Jackson 5) May 4 - Gérard Jugnot, French actor May 4 - Mick Mars, American guitarist (Mötley Crüe) May 4 - Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer. May 7 - Robert Hegyes, American actor May 8 - Philip Bailey, American singer (Earth May 8 - Chris Frantz, American musician (Talking Heads) May 13 - Paul Thompson, British rock drummer (Roxy Music) May 16 - Jonathan Richman, American proto-punk icon May 18 - Jim Sundberg, American baseball player May 19 - Joey Ramone, American musician (The Ramones) (d. 2001) May 19 - Dick Slater, American professional wrestler May 21 - Al Franken, American comedian May 23 - Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player May 25 - Bob Gale, American screenwriter May 26 - Sally Ride, American astronaut May 27 - Ana Belén, Spanish singer and actress May 30 - Stephen Tobolowsky, American actor May 30 - Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer June 2 - Larry Robinson, Canadian hockey player June 4 - Charles Dickinson, American author June 5 - Suze Orman, American financial advisor June 6 - Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver June 7 - Terry O'Reilly Canadian ice hockey player, June 8 - Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer and guitarist June 8 - Tony Rice, American acoustic guitarist June 9 - Dave Parker, American baseball player June 9 - James Newton Howard, American film composer June 10 - Dan Fouts, American football player June 12 - Bun E. Carlos, American musician (Cheap Trick) June 12 - Brad Delp, American singer (Boston) (d. 2007) June 13 - Richard Thomas, American actor June 13 - Stellan Skarsgård, Swedish actor June 15 - Steve Walsh, American singer (Kansas) June 16 - Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer June 17 - Joe Piscopo, American actor June 19 - Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian terrorist June 19 - Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist June 20 - Tress MacNeille, American voice actress June 20 - Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet June 21 - Nils Lofgren, American musician June 23 - Michèle Mouton, French race car driver June 24 - David Rodigan, radio DJ/actor June 26 - Gary Gilmour, Australian cricketer June 27 - Julia Duffy, American actress June 29 - Don Rosa, American ilustrator June 30 - Stanley Clarke, American musician July 1 - Fred Schneider, American singer (The B-52's) July 1 - Anne Feeney, American protest singer July 1 - Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer July 3 - Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer July 5 - Rich Gossage, American baseball player July 5 - Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer July 6 - Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor July 8 - Anjelica Huston, American actress July 9 - Chris Cooper, American actor July 10 - Phyllis Smith, American actress July 10 - Cheryl Wheeler, American singer and songwriter July 11 - Robert R. McCammon, American horror novelist July 12 - Brian Grazer, American film producer July 12 - Cheryl Ladd, American actress July 12 - Sylvia Sass, Hungarian soprano July 12 - Jamey Sheridan, American actor July 13 - Didi Conn, American actress July 14 - Erich Hallhuber, German actor (d. 2003) July 17 - Lucie Arnaz, American actress July 18 - Margo Martindale, American actress July 19 - Abel Ferrara, American filmmake July 19 - Jayson Stark, American sportswriter July 20 - Jeff Rawle, English actor July 21 - Robin Williams, American comedian/actor July 22 - J. V. Cain, American football player (d. 1979) July 23 - Edie McClurg, American actress July 24 - Lynda Carter, American actress July 25 - Verdine White, American musician (Earth July 26 - Rick Martin, Canadian ice hockey player July 29 - Dan Driessen, American baseball player July 29 - Dean Pitchford, American songwriter July 31 - Evonne Goolagong, Australian tennis player July 31 - Barry Van Dyke, American actor August 1 - Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple) (d. 1976) August 1 - Pete Mackanin, American baseball player August 2 - Andrew Gold, American musician and songwriter August 2 - Joe Lynn Turner, American singer (Deep Purple August 2 - Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun August 3 - Marcel Dionne, Canadian ice hockey player August 3 - Jay North, American actor August 5 - John Jarratt, Australian actor August 6 - Catherine Hicks, American actress August 6 - Daryl Somers, Australian television personality August 8 - Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director August 8 - Phil Carlson, Australian cricketer August 11 - Vincent Bilodeau, Quebec actor and comedian August 13 - Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (d. 2007) August 14 - Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy) August 15 - Ann Biderman, American film and television writer August 15 - Bobby Caldwell, American singer and musician August 15 - John Childs, England cricketer August 15 - Ranjan Gunatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer August 16 - Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992) August 17 - Robert Joy, Canadian actor August 17 - Alan Minter, British boxer August 19 - John Deacon, English musician (Queen) August 19 - Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer August 20 - Greg Bear, American author August 21 - Char Margolis, American medium August 21 - Margo Kane, Canadian playwright. August 23 - Queen Noor of Jordan, August 24 - Orson Scott Card, American writer August 24 - Oscar Hijuelos, American author August 25 - Rob Halford, English singer (Judas Priest) August 25 - Bill Handel, American radio personality August 28 - Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese composer August 28 - Wayne Osmond, American singer (The Osmonds) August 30 - Timothy Bottoms, American actor September 1 - David Bairstow, England cricketer (d. 1998) September 2 - Mark Harmon, American actor September 2 - Michael Gray, American actor September 5 - Paul Breitner, German footballer September 5 - Patti McGuire, American model and television producer September 5 - Michael Keaton, American actor September 7 - Morris Albert, Brazilian singer September 7 - Mark Isham, American composer September 8 - Nikos Karvelas, Greek composer September 9 - Robert Desiderio, American actor September 9 - Tom Wopat, American actor and singer September 11 - Hugo Porta, Argentine rugby player September 11 - Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (d. 2008) September 12 - Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union player (d. 2007) September 12 - Joe Pantoliano, American actor September 13 - Jean Smart, American actress September 15 - Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer September 17 - Cassandra Peterson, American actress September 18 - Benjamin Carson, American neurosurgeon September 18 - Darryl Stingley, American football player (d. 2007) September 18 - Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver September 19 - Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer September 20 - Guy Lafleur, Canadian ice hockey player September 20 - Javier Marías, Spanish author September 22 - David Coverdale, English singer September 25 - Mark Hamill, American actor September 26 - Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician September 27 - Jim Shooter, American comic book writer September 27 - Paul Craig, British law professor September 27 - Michel Rivard, Québécois singer and composer (Beau Dommage) September 29 - Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977) September 29 - Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler September 29 - Mike Enriquez, Philippine broadcaster October 2 - Sting, English musician and actor October 2 - Romina Power, Italian singer October 3 - Bernard Cooper, American writer October 3 - Keb' Mo', American singer October 3 - Dave Winfield, American baseball player October 4 - Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet October 5 - Karen Allen, American actress October 6 - Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (d. 1985) October 6 - Kevin Cronin, American musician (REO Speedwagon) October 7 - John Mellencamp, American singer October 11 - Jean-Jacques Goldman, French singer/songwriter October 18 - Terry McMillan, American author October 18 - Pam Dawber, American actress October 23 - Charly García, Argentine singer October 25 - Richard Lloyd, American guitarist (Television) October 26 - Bootsy Collins, American musician (P Funk) October 26 - Julian Schnabel, American filmmaker October 27 - K.K. Downing, English guitarist (Judas Priest) October 27 - Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist October 27 - Éric Morena, French singer October 30 - Harry Hamlin, American actor November 1 - Ronald Bell, American singer and saxophonist (Kool & the Gang) November 1 - Fabrice Luchini, French actor November 2 - Thomas Mallon, American novelist and critic November 2 - Lindy Morrison, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) November 3 - Dwight Evans, American baseball player November 6 - John Falsey, American television writer and producer November 9 - Lou Ferrigno, American bodybuilder November 9 - Bill Mantlo, American comic book writer November 11 - Kim Peek, American megasavant November 11 - Marc Summers, American game show host November 14 - Frankie Banali, American rock drummer November 14 - Stephen Bishop, American musician November 14 - Zhang Yimou, Chinese film director November 15 - Beverly D'Angelo, American actress November 16 - Miguel Sandoval, American actor November 17 - Stephen Root, American actor November 17 - Dean Paul Martin, American singer and actor (d. 1987) November 18 - Justin Raimondo, American author November 19 - Zeenat Aman, Indian actress November 23 - David Rappaport, English actor (d. 1990) November 25 - Bucky Dent, American baseball player November 25 - Bill Morrissey, American musician November 25 - Arturo Pérez Reverte, Spanish novelist and war reporter November 27 - Jayne Kennedy, American sportscaster and actress November 29 - Barry Goudreau, American musician (Boston) November 29 - Roger Troutman, American musician (d. 1999) November 30 - Christian Bernard, mystic November 30 - June Chadwick, British actress December 1 - Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (d. 1987) December 1 - Treat Williams, American actor December 2 - Adrian Devine, American baseball pitcher December 3 - Ray Candy, American professional wrestler (d. 1994) December 3 - Riki Chōshū, Japanese professional wrestler December 3 - Rick Mears, American race car driver December 3 - John and Greg Rice, American twin actors December 3 - Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man) December 4 - Gary Rossington, American musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd) December 4 - Patricia Wettig, American actress December 5 - Morgan Brittany, American actress December 8 - Bill Bryson, American author December 8 - Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter December 10 - Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer December 14 - Jan Timman, Dutch chess grandmaster December 16 - Robben Ford, American guitarist December 17 - Tatyana Kazankina, Soviet athlete December 20 - Gilbert Montagné, French musician December 20 - Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter December 21 - Nick Gilder, English musician (Sweeney Todd) December 23 - Anthony Phillips, British musician (Genesis) December 24 - John D'Acquisto, baseball player December 26 - Richard Skinner, British radio presenter December 29 - Yvonne Elliman, American disco singer December 29 - Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007) December 30 - Doug Allder, English footballer December 30 - Jocky Wilson, Scottish Darts player December 31 - George Thorogood, American musician December 31 - Tom Hamilton, American bassist (Aerosmith)
January 5 - Andrei Platonov, Russian writer (b. 1899) January 7 - René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886) January 10 - Sinclair Lewis, American writer January 22 - Karl Nessler, inventor of the perm (b. 1872) January 29 - Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880) February 9 - Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910) February 12 - Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897) February 13 - Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877) February 19 - André Gide, French writer March 6 - Ivor Novello, Welsh actor March 25 - Eddie Collins, American baseball player (b. 1887) April 4 - Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881) May 7 - Warner Baxter, American actor (b. 1889) May 25 - Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887) May 29 - Fanny Brice, American singer/comedian (b. 1891) May 30 - Hermann Broch, Austrian author (b. 1886) June 6 - Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894) June 19 - Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884) July 9 - Harry Heilmann, American Baseball player (b. 1894) July 13 - Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer (b. 1874) July 23 - Henri Philippe Pétain, leader of Vichy France (b. 1856) July 23 - Robert J. Flaherty, American filmmaker (b. 1884) August 14 - William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper magnate (b. 1863) August 15 - Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (b. 1882) August 16 - Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (b. 1887) September 7 - Maria Montez, Dominican actress (b. 1912) September 17 - Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898) October 4 - Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894) October 6 - Will Keith Kellogg, American food manufacturer (b. 1860) November 5 - Reggie Walker, South African athlete (b. 1889) November 9 - Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born composer (b. 1887) November 20 - Thomas Quinlan, (impresario) December 5 - "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball player (b. 1889) December 5 - Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer (b. 1871) December 10 - Algernon Blackwood, English writer (b. 1869) December 12 - Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
January 4 - Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul. January 9 - The United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City. January 15 - Ilse Koch, The "Bitch of Buchenwald", wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany. January 27 - Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on the Frenchman Flats. February 6 - The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The accident kills 85 people and injures over 500 more. The wreck is one of the worst rail disasters in American history. February 25 - The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. February 27 - The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified. March 6 - The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins. March 7 - Korean War: Operation Ripper March 14 - Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul. March 20 - Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshû is founded. March 29 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. March 30 - Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau. March 31 - The first commercial United States made computer, the UNIVAC I, is delivered to the United States Census Bureau. April 5 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for performing espionage for the Soviet Union. April 11 - Korean War: President Harry Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea. April 11 - The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey. April 19 - General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military. April 29 - A Tibetan delegation to the Chinese government is presented with a draft treaty regarding the Chinese occupation of Tibet. May 3 - London's Royal Festival Hall opens. May 3 - The Festival of Britain opens. May 3 - The United States Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman. May 3 - The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time. May 15 - The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum. May 16 - The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines. May 21 - The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition May 23 - Tibetans are forced to sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China. June 14 - UNIVAC I is dedicated by U.S. Census Bureau. July 5 - William Shockley invents the junction transistor. July 10 - Korean War: At Kaesong, armistice negotiations begin. July 17 - Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts is chartered. July 31 - Japan Airlines is established. September 1 - The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty. September 3 - The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, airs its first episode on the CBS network. September 4 - The first live transcontinental television broadcast takes place in San Francisco, California, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. September 8 - Treaty of San Francisco: In San Francisco, California, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan in formal recognition of the end of the Pacific War. September 10 - United Kingdom began an economic boycott of Iran. September 22 - The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC. October 3 - The "Shot Heard 'Round the World", one of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history, occurs when the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the National League pennant after being down 14 games. October 15 - Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive. October 16 - The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi. October 20 - The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma October 26 - Boxer Joe Louis comes out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds. November 1 - Operation Buster-Jangle: 6,500 American soldiers are exposed to 'Desert Rock' atomic explosions for training purposes in Nevada. Participation was not voluntary. November 10 - Direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States. December 4 - Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Yusouf is appointed President of Azad Kashmir Government. December 13 - Margaret Thatcher (Roberts) marries Denis Thatcher at City Methodist in London. December 20 - The EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for the first time. The electricity powered four light bulbs. December 24 - Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.