Yep.. that’s my birthday… and this year, 2019, marks my 68th revolution around the Sun. Oh.. since I was born under the shadow of the Korean War I should point out that mother named me after Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Why would I include anything about my birthday on a political blog? More to the immediate point, why would anyone even care? Well, quite obviously the readers who will actually care to proceed this far into my “About Me” section will be rare. Nonetheless, getting a picture of the life and times.. and even the famous people from the year I was born does tend to set the stage for future formation of thought, perceptions, beliefs, and opinion. We all to some measure reflect those times into which we were born into. Also, I am at the age where a lot of this is indeed “ancient modern history”… and a LOT of what is happening today in the political world, and even our social development, and most assuredly our technical world, is the result of “stuff” that’s happened over the last 68 years. But don’t worry, this will not be a painful history lesson of milestones since 1951; just a reflection of the year I was born.
My approach here will be the day I was born.. and the year.
January 9, 1951 – I share the date with…Crystal Gayle (singer), Joan Baez (singer)
266,800 babies born on this date worldwide
January 9 Birthdays (any year) – Richard M. Nixon(President), Lee Van Cleef (Actor), Kate Middleton (The Duchess of Cambridge), …and many more.1951 Fellow Baby Boomers Also Turning 68 This Year – Politicians/Polticos/Royalty –
Rush Limbaugh (Radio Personality) – Al Franken(Actor, former U.S. Senator) – Ben Carson (Neuro-surgeon, Secretary of HUD) – Jesse Ventura (Wrestler, Actor, former Governor Minnesota) – Ayman al-Zawahiri(Terrorist/ISIS Leader) – Juan Santos (2016 Nobel Winner, Pres. of Columbia, 2018) – Bill Walker (Gov. of Alaska, 2018) – Mohamed Morsi(Pres. of Egypt, 2013) – Jill Biden (Wife to former V.P Joe Biden) – Eric Holder (Former U.S. Attorney General) – …and many more of lesser stature.
1951 Fellow Baby Boomers Also Turning 68 This Year – Heroes – Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Miracle-on-the-Hudson Pilot) – Sally Ride (Late First Woman Astronaut)
1951 Fellow Baby Boomers Also Turning 68 This Year – Entertainers – Robin Williams(Late Actor) – Kurt Russell(Actor) – Michael Keaton(Actor) – Mark Harmon(Actor,“NCIS”) – Cassandra Peterson(Actor, “Elvira”) – Kirstie Alley(Actor, “Cheers”) – Mark Hamill (Actor, “Luke Skywalker”) – Lynda Carter (Actor, “Wonder Woman”) – Geoffrey Rush (Actor, “Pirates/Caribbean”) – Sting (Musician) – Bonnie Tyler (Singer) – Crystal Gayle (Singer) – John Mellancamp (Musician) – Phil Collins (Musician) …and many more.
97,382,033 babies born in 1951 world-wide
January 9, 1776 Thomas Paine Publishes “Common Sense”
Ok… now for the nitty of the headline history for 1951.
- President: Harry S. Truman (D-Missouri)
- Vice President: Alben W. Barkley (D-Kentucky)
- Chief Justice: Fred M. Vinson (Kentucky)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Sam Rayburn (D-Texas)
- Senate Majority Leader: Scott W. Lucas (D-Illinois) (until January 3), Ernest McFarland (D-Arizona) (starting January 3)
- Congress: 81st (until January 3), 82nd (starting January 3
Notable Headline Events of 1951 –
- January 10 – The new United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City.
- January 17 – Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
- January 27 – Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a 1-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat, northwest of Las Vegas.
- February 27 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
- March 6 – Second Red Scare: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg stand trial facing charges of conspiracy to commit espionage.
- March 7 – Korean War: Operation Ripper – In Korea, United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgway begin an assault against Chinese “volunteers”.
- March 12 – Hank Ketcham’s best-selling comic strip Dennis the Menace, appears in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
- March 14 – Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.
- March 29 – Second Red Scare: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. On April 5 they are sentenced to receive the death penalty.
- March 31 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
- April 7 – Operation Greenhouse: The first thermonuclear burn is carried out on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific by the U.S. Three further tests in this series take place up to May 24.
- April 11 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of his Far Eastern commands.
- May 3 – The U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begins its closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
- July 10 – Korean War: Armistice negotiations begin at Kaesong.
- July 14 – In Joplin, Missouri, the George Washington Carver National Monument becomes the first United States National Monument to honor an African American.
- July 16 – J. D. Salinger’s coming-of-age story The Catcher in the Rye is published by Little, Brown and Company in New York City.
- September 1 – The United States, Australia and New Zealand all sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty.
- September 8
- Treaty of San Francisco: In San Francisco, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan to end the Pacific War formally.
- Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, which allows United States Armed Forces being stationed in Japan after the occupation of Japan, is signed by Japan and the United States.
- October 15 – Sitcom I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, makes its television debut on CBS.
- October 17 – CBS’ Eye logo premieres on television.
- October 24 – U.S. President Harry Truman declares an official end to war with Germany.
- November 1 – The first military exercises for nuclear warfare, with infantry troops included, are held in the Nevada desert.
- November 10 – Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins.
- November 28 – The film Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, premieres in the U.S. under the title of Charles Dickens’s original novel, A Christmas Carol.
- December 20 – Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-1), the world’s first (experimental) nuclear power plant, opens in Idaho.
- December 23 – John Huston’s drama film, The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in Hollywood.
- December 31 – The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $13.3 billion USD in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
If you’re into the 1951 history in general check out Wikipedia HERE.
If your into TV history of 1951 click HERE.
Enough of the history lesson.