On September 24, 1951

I was born in 1951. I know. Most of you weren't even a twinkle at that point so I thought I'd give you a glimpse into life in America on the day I was born...

This what a class of kindergarteners looked like.
Show Boat was released.
We were at war in Korea.
June Allyson was a top movie star.
(Only a few years later she married my pediatric dentist!)
This was how people thought of space.
This was motoring in luxury.
This is what women wore to go dancing.
Gene Tierney made the cover of Life while in Venice.
This was a favorite magazine of teen boys.
Harry S. Truman was the president of the United States.
And Alban Barkley was the vice-president (who?)
On September 24, 1951:
  • Love of Life, a soap opera, premiered on CBS.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: "But until the rise in the cost of living stops and prices go down and not up, it is going to be impossible to ask labor to stabilize wages; and people who are living on fixed incomes, such as pensions and annuities, are going to find themselves living at a distinctly lower standard. That is not the aim of government in this country. We want to preserve our standard of living. We can not do this unless we do an over-all job against inflation, and we can not really win against Communism if we continue to let inflation cripple us financially."

  • CBS color television program output increased to 7½ hours a week.

  • "Because of You" by Tony Bennett was the #1 song.

  • Phillippus Paracelsus, physician and alchemist, died.

September the 24th Throughout History :
  • 1493 - Columbus' 2nd expedition to the New World.
  • 1621 - First newspaper in England debuted.
  • 1789 - The U.S. Congress created the Post Office.
  • 1845 - 1st baseball team was organized.
  • 1869 - Black Friday; Wall Street panic after Gould & Fisk attempted to corner gold.
  • 1883 - National black convention met in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1934 - 2,500 fans saw Babe Ruth's farewell Yankee appearance at Yankee Stadium.
  • 1954 - Tonight Show premiered on NBC.
  • 1979 - CompuServe system started.
  • 1964 - "The Munsters" premiered on television.
  • 1991 - Doogie Howser lost his virginity.
Famous September 24th Birthdays:
  • Jean-Louis Lully, 1667
  • Horace Walpole, 1717
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1895
  • Anthony Newly, 1931
  • Jim Henson, 1936
  • Phil Hartman, 1948
  • Linda McCartney