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1951 Trivia

<< - 1950
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
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Lana Turner
"The Quote"

"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)
1951 Pop Culture News:

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 catalogues.

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
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)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1951 include:
Charles Brown, The Clovers, The Dominoes, Eddie Howard, Four Aces, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Guy Mitchell, Hank Williams, Jo Stafford, Joe Turner, Johnny Ray, Les Paula & Mary Ford, Mario Lanza, Nat 'King' Cole, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Tommy Edwards, Tony Bennett, Vaughn Monroe, Vic Damone, Dinah Washington, The Weavers

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1951:
December 30, 1950 - March 2, 1951: Patti Page - The Tennessee Waltz

March 3, 1951 - March 9, 1951: Perry Como - If

March 10, 1951 - April 20, 1951: Mario Lanza - Be My Love

April 21, 1951 - June 22, 1951: Les Paul and Mary Ford - How High The Moon

June 23, 1951 - July 27, 1951: Nat King Cole - Too Young

July 28, 1951 - September 7, 1951: Rosemary Clooney - Come On-a My House

September 8, 1951 - November 2, 1951: Tony Bennett - Because Of You

November 3, 1951 - December 14, 1951: Tony Bennett - Cold, Cold Heart

December 15, 1951 - December 28, 1951: Eddy Howard - Sin

December 29, 1951 - March 14, 1952: Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - Cry

Popular Music in 1951 - # 1 Hits of 1951