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May 31st, 1951...

Today is Thursday !

 Number-one song in the charts today

In the USA:

"How High the Moon"
by Les Paul and Mary Ford

In the UK:
"Mockin' Bird Hill"
by Les Paul & Mary Ford
 TIME Magazine cover this week

TIME Magazine: Frederick Rentschler

(TIME Cover: May the 28th, 1951)

 Famous people born on the 31st of May:

1048 - Omar Khayyám, Persian philosopher (d. 1131)
1469 - King Manuel I of Portugal (d. 1521)
1557 - Feodor I, Tsar of Russia (d. 1598)
1640 - Michal Wisniowiecki, King of Poland (d. 1673)
1857 - Pope Pius XI (d. 1939)
1923 - Prince Rainier III of Monaco (d. 2005)
1930 - Clint Eastwood, American actor
1945 - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German film director (d. 1982)
1948 - John Bonham, British musician (Led Zeppelin) (d. 1980)
1964 - Darryl McDaniels, American musician (Run-D.M.C.)
1965 - Brooke Shields, American model
1967 - Sandrine Bonnaire, French actress

 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1951

Max Theiler

for his discoveries concerning yellow fever and how to combat it

Union of South Africa
Laboratories of the Division of Medicine and Public Health, Rockefeller Foundation - New York, NY, USA

Photo: nobelprize.org

Oscar of the best picture in 1951

An American in Paris
directed by Vincente Minnelli
with Gene Kelly (Jerry Mulligan), Leslie Caron (Lise Bouvier) and Georges Guétary (Henri Baurel)

Designed in 1951

The Armchair Model 71
by Eero Saarinen


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