January 12, 1951

January 12, 1951, was a Friday. It was the 12th day of 1951. The decade was the fifties.

72 years, 10 months, and 26 days have passed since January 12, 1951.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.


Born on January 12, 1951

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: January 12, 1951

The best-selling single on January 12, 1951 was "The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page.

Play the top songs from 1951
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1951. Take a trip back to the days of Les Paul & Mary Ford, Perry Como, Tony Bennett and Guy Mitchell.


This date was 26,627 days ago. Approximately 888 months have passed. It was the 12th day of 1951, in week 02. The decade was the fifties. People born on this day are currently 72 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. We have gone through approximately 296 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to January 12, 1951

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Friday, January 12, 1951. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The Christmas holiday season is long over, the decorations have been taken down, and a sense of normality has returned. In music, the song "The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page is the best-selling record at the moment. Harry S. Truman is the President of the United States, and Clement Attlee is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In fashion, women are sporting the popular "The New Look" by Christian Dior. This formal style includes rounded shoulders, a full-skirted silhouette and a tight waist. Meanwhile, men are beginning to follow a new "Teddy Boy" trend that involves greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. In Asia, the Korean War is raging on between South Korea and North Korea. It's 1951, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from artists such as Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Les Paul, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Ford, Mario Lanza, The Weavers, Perry Como and Patti Page.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Suspense", "The Lone Ranger", "The Gene Autry Show", and "The Colgate Comedy Hour". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Jim and Judy in Teleland", "Crusader Rabbit", and "Telecomics". Popular toys at the moment include Dimestore soldiers, Foto-Electric Baseball, BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, and Colorforms.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 12, 1951.

  • Movies from 1951.

    Movies from 1951

    The most popular movies in 1951 included the likes of Quo Vadis, Show Boat, David and Bathsheba, The Great Caruso, A Streetcar Named Desire and The African Queen.
  • 1951 in music.

    1951 in music

    The radio stations in 1951 were dominated by artists such as Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Rosemary Clooney, Mario Lanza, The Weavers, Perry Como and Patti Page.
  • Mohammad Mossadegh.

    Mohammad Mossadegh

    The Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, was named Time Person of the Year in 1951 after he expelled western oil companies from the country and started the Abadan Crisis.
  • The Korean War.

    The Korean War

    During this time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.
  • Greasers.


    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming

    The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

    More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high

    Cases of Polio were particularly high, and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to January 12, 1951.

  • December 16, 1950: Shirley Temple announces her retirement.
  • December 24, 1950: NFL: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Los Angeles Rams 30-28 to win the 1950 NFL Championship Game.
  • December 25, 1950: The comedy-drama film "Born Yesterday" is released.
  • December 31, 1950: Korean War: Chinese begin their attack on Seoul.
  • January 3, 1951: Korean War: An ongoing attack by Chinese forces the UN to withdraw from Seoul.
  • January 7, 1951: Korean War: Chinese forces capture the city of Seoul.
  • This date: January 12, 1951
  • January 17, 1951: Hal Walker's musical comedy film "At War with the Army" is released.
  • February 6, 1951:
    • 85 people are killed after a passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.
    • Nat King Cole records his song "Too Young".
  • February 7, 1951: Sancheong–Hamyang Massacre: The South Korean army massacres 705 unarmed citizens that it suspects of being Communist sympathizers.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 12, 1951, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1951 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 12, 1951 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV series on January 12, 1951

TV audiences were watching the following shows on January 12, 1951:

TV shows from January 1951.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Space Patrol
Space Patrol
What's My Line?
What's My Line?
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show

Cars in 1951

1951 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Country Squire, the Hudson Hornet, the Ford Zephyr, the Renault Frégate, the Mercedes-Benz W187, and the BMW 501.

Cars in 1951.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on January 12, 1951

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1951:

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit
Jim and Judy in Teleland
Jim and Judy in Teleland

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1951

Toys and games that were popular in 1951:

Butch the Pup Toy
Butch the Pup Toy
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)
Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops
Toy Guns
Toy Guns
Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on January 12, 1951?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1951.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 12, 1957, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 12.

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier

Boxer Deceased
Born on January 12, 1944
He turned 7 on this day in 1951.

Howard Stern

Howard Stern

Radio personality
Born on January 12, 1954
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder
Born on January 12, 1964
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Big Dick Dudley

Big Dick Dudley

Wrestler Deceased
Born on January 12, 1968
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Melanie C

Melanie C

Spice Girls
Born on January 12, 1974
She was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Actress Deceased
Born on January 12, 1987
She was born exactly 36 years after this date.

Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott

Born on January 12, 1991
She was born exactly 40 years after this date.

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik

Born on January 12, 1993
He was born exactly 42 years after this date.


US President

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on January 12, 1951.


UK Prime Minister

Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 12, 1951 was most likely conceived around April 21, 1950.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 12, 1951 is close to October 5, 1951.

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Stats for January 12, 1951


Here are some interesting statistics about January 12, 1951:

  • 26,627 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,803 weeks have passed.
  • 2,300,572,800 seconds have passed since January 12, 1951.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,684,001,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,187,095,564,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 383,428,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 197,849,261 steps. That's roughly 87,933 miles!
  • Since this date, 27,606,874 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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