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Univac 1
The Univac I used 5,200 vacuum tubes, 13 metric tonnes and consumed 125 kilowatts of electricity. It had 12K characters of memory and up to 10 tape drives. 46 systems were sold at prices up to $US1,500,000

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Duck and Cover Learn what to do if an atomic bomb is dropped on you.

Korean War In 1951, the tide of war turned against the United Nations forces.

The Music of 1951

Australian Radio in 1951

Television in 1951

Television was not introduced into Australia until 1956. However, shows that later became popular in Australia were already being broadcast elsewhere. These included:
The Lone Ranger 1949-61 cast
Dragnet 1951-58 & 1967-69 cast  
I Love Lucy 1951-55 cast  
The Cisco Kid
(First TV series made in colour)

Movies in 1951

Title Cast Academy Awards Buy
The African Queen directed by John Huston Humphrey Bogart
Katherine Hepburn
Robert Morley
Peter Bull
Theordore Bikel
Best Actor
Best Director
Best Screenplay
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An American in Paris directed by Vincent Minnelli Gene Kelly
Leslie Caron
Oscar Levant
Georges Geutary
Nina Foch
Best Picture
Best Cinematography
Best Set & Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Score
Best Screenplay
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The Browning Version directed by Anthony Asquith Michael Redgrave
Jean Kent
Nigel Patrick
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Ronald Howard
Bill Travers
A Christmas Carol directed by Brian Desmond Hurst Alastair Sim
Kathleen Harrison
Jack Warner
Michael Hodern
Mervyn Johns
Hermione Badderley
The Day the Earth Stood Still directed by Robert Wise Michael Rennie
Patricia Neal
Hugh Marlowe
Sam Joffe
Billy Gray
Frances Bavier
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The Desert Fox directed by Henry Hathaway James Mason
Cedric Hardwicke
Jessica Tandy
Distant Drums directed by >Raoul Walsh Gary Cooper
Mari Aldon
Richard Webb
Kim directed by Victor Seville Errol Flynn
Dean Stockwell
Paul Lukas
Thomas Gomez
Cecil Kellaway
Lullaby of Broadway Doris Day
Gene Nelson
S.Z. Sakall
Billy de Wolfe
A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Elia Kazan Vivien Leigh
Marlon Brando
Kim Hunter
Karl Malden
Rudy Bond
Nick Dennis
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Art & Set Direction
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The Thing directed by Christian Nyby Kenneth Toby
Margaret Sheridan
Robert Cornthwaite
James Arness
Dewey Martin
Douglas Spencer

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Books of 1951

Catcher in the Rye
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The Cruel Sea Nicholas Monsarrat Click here to purchase
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Click here to purchase
The Cain Mutiny Herman Wouk Click here to purchase
From Here to Eternity James Jones Click here to purchase
Foundation Isaac Asimov Click here to purchase
The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham Click here to purchase
The Dambusters Paul Brickhill  

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