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Major Events of 1951

1951 (Roman Numerals: MCMLI) was the 51st year of the 20th century. 1951 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Monday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1951.
News Events of 1951

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of passing US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, sentenced to death (executed in 1953).

General Douglas MacArthur replaced as US commander in Korea.

United Nations Headquarters opens in New York City.

United Nations Headquarters

EBR-I (USA) is the first nuclear power station to generate electricity: enough to power four light-bulbs.

I Love Lucy makes its TV debut.

First direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in United States.

Libya independent from Italy.

After discovery of an oversight in its admission process, Ohio is retroactively declared the 17th state admitted on March 1st, 1803.

Ohio Flag

The radio comedy "The Goon Show" is broadcast for the first time.

CBS offers the first color televisions available for sale to the general public.

Sports in 1951

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