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1951 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

18th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  Melvin L. Gallagher, conductor
"English Dances" written by Arnold
Stravinsky's opera, "The Rake's Progress" is premiered at La Fenice, Venice.  Libretto is written by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman and based on a series of paintings by artist, William Hogarth.
Arnold Schoenberg dies

POLITICS

Passage of the McCarran-Walter Act removes racial barriers to immigration and the Refugee Relief Act approves admission of many new immigrants
Communist forces re-take Seoul
The Rosenbergs are convicted for espionage
Churchill wins the general election
6000 British troops flown into Egypt.
British families forced to leave Egypt's Canal Zone.
The Federal Reserve system is granted full autonomy and independence from the Department of Treasury.
South Africans are forced to carry ID cards which identify their race
Truman signs the Peace Treaty with Japan, officially ending WWII

POINTS OF INTEREST

Color TV is introduced (note:  as a precursor to this, hundreds of Americans are duped out of their money by a company who sells a product said to convert black and white televisions to color TV at a great savings.  My mother bit and purchased one.  It turned out to be a piece of sepia colored plastic, which was to be placed in front of your existing television, resulting in a change from black and white to fuzzy brown....not exactly what was intended by the inventors of Color TV.)

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