Life & Times 1951


Average annual income$3,515
New House$16,000
New Car$1,800
Minimum Wage$.75
Gallon of Gas$.23
Gallon of Milk$.92
Dozen Eggs$.69
Loaf of Bread$.16
Postage Stamp (ground)$.03


Seoul, Korea falls to communist troops, then is retaken by UN forces
General MacArthur, calling for the bombing of China, is relieved of command by President Truman
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg sentenced to death for selling atomic secrets to the USSR,
Worst floods in US history hit Kansas and Missouri
Baseball World Series is first broadcast over radio
Bell Telephone invents the transistor
First commercial computer (Univac 1)
First videotape recording
The twenty-second amendment to the U.S. constitution limits president to two terms
Plastic flamingos become popular lawn decorations
Mabelvale High School main building destroyed by fire


The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
From Here to Eternity - James Jones
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
The Grass Harp - Truman Capote
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Spartacus - Howard Fast
Return to Paradise - James A. Michener


An American in Paris (Best picture)
The African Queen (Best actor, Humphry Bogart)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Best actress, Vivian Leigh)
Alice in Wonderland
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Bedtime for Bonzo
Lavender Hill Mob
A Place in the Sun
Strangers on a Train
The Thing (From Another World)


1 Too Young - Nat King Cole
2 Because of You - Tony Bennett
3 How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
4 Be My Love - Mario Lanza
5 Come On To My House - Rosemary Clooney
6 On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers
7 Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
8 If - Perry Como
9 Loveliest Night of the Year - Mario Lanza
10 Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
11 Jezebel - Frankie Laine
12 I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
13 Mockin' Bird Hill - Les Paul & Mary Ford
14 Mocking Bird Hill - Patti Page
15 My Heart Cries for You - Guy Mitchell
16 Down Yonder - Del Wood
17 Sound Off - Vaughn Monroe
18 Sweet Violets - Dinah Shore
19 Waiting for the Sunrise - Les Paul & Mary Ford
20 Truly Dear - Guy Mitchell