In 1951 "Jersey" Joe Walcott knocks out Ezzard Charles to win the world heavyweight boxing title. In 1955 nuclear power generated electricity is sold commercially for the first time. In 1956 US President Eisenhower signs a bill giving the death penalty to those who sell heroin to minors. And in 1958 protestors gather at the US Embassy in Moscow denouncing the presence of American troops in Lebanon.
Born on this date - GM President/Secretary of Defense Charles Wilson (1890), playwright Clifford Odets (1906), actress/singer Harriet Hilliard Nelson (1909 or 1916), pianist/composer/arranger Lou Busch [Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr] (1910), actor Hume Cronyn (1911), comedian Red [Richard] Skelton (1913), astronaut/senator John H Glenn Jr (1921), singer/pianist 'Screamin’ Jay [Jalacy] Hawkins (1929), Olympic figure skater Tenley Albright (1935) and singer Dion DiMucci [Dion and the Belmonts] (1939).