The well-known English actor Trevor Eve was born on 1 July, 1951 in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham. He has enjoyed a long and successful acting career on stage, television and film, spanning back to the 1970s.
In 1979 he gained fame as the eponymous lead in the private detective series Shoestring. He then went on to his first major film role in the 1979 Dracula directed by John Badham, playing Jonathan Harker, alongside Laurence Olivier. He is also known for his role as Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd in BBC television drama Waking the Dead.
Trevor Eve as Shoestring
Most recently, Eve played the part of Judge Sir Selwyn Hardcastle in the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley in December 2013, and as Roach in The Interceptor in 2014. He is married to the actress Sharon Maughan.
American musician Lucky Oceans was born on 21 April 1951. He is a pedal steel guitarist and a former member of Country/Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. He is now a broadcaster in Perth, Western Australia with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
A composite photograph showing the Bell X-5’s variable-sweep wing.
A few days ago I wrote a post about the first test flight in 1951 of the Lockheed X-7, one of a series of experimental United States aircraft and rockets, used to test and evaluate new technologies and aerodynamic concepts. The first of this series was the Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in 1947.
The Bell X-5 was the first aircraft capable of changing the sweep of its wings in flight. It was inspired by the untested wartime P.1101 design of the German Messerschmitt company. In contrast with the German design which could only have its wing sweepback angle adjusted on the ground, the Bell engineers devised a system of electric motors to adjust the sweep in flight.
Two X-5s were built (serial numbers 50-1838 and 50-1839). The first was completed 15 February 1951, and the two aircraft made their first flights on 20 June and 10 December 1951. Almost 200 flights were made at speeds up to Mach 0.9 and altitudes of 40,000 ft (12,000 m). One aircraft was lost on 14 October 1953, when it failed to recover from a spin at 60° sweepback. Air Force Captain Ray Popson died in the crash at Edwards Air Force Base. The other X-5 remained at Edwards and continued active testing until 1955, and remained in service as a chase plane until 1958.
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger. It’s was first published in July 1951. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world’s major languages. Around 1 million copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books.
The novel was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at #15 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.
Kathy Smith (born December 11, 1951) is a personal trainer who became well known for her workout videos during the late-1980s and 1990s. She has sold over 16 million workout videos since 1980. She is a sought-out educational and motivational speaker.
The Lockheed X-7 (dubbed the “Flying Stove Pipe” was an American unmanned test bed of the 1950s for ramjet engines and missile guidance technology. The first test flight took place on April 26, 1951.
The X-7 was carried aloft by a B-29 or B-50 Superfortress carrier aircraft. A booster ignited after launch and propelled the vehicle to a speed of 1,000 mph (1,625 km/h). The booster was then jettisoned, and the underslung ramjet took over from that point. The X-7 eventually returned to Earth, its descent slowed by parachute. A maximum speed of 2,881 miles per hour (4,637 km/h), or Mach 4.31, was attained, setting a record for fastest air-breathing aircraft at the time. A total of 130 X-7 flights were conducted from April 1951 to July 1960.
This Youtube clip below shows footage from the first X-7 test flight which took place in 1951.
Steve Arnold was born on 5 January 1951. He is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for Crewe Alexandra, Liverpool, Southport, Torquay United and Rochdale.
The 1951 Club is intended to be a celebration of all-things associated with the year 1951. Someone asked me why I did a blog about the year of my birth. Simple. It’s easier than doing one about the year of my death.