Remembering 1951: 25 Pop Culture Highlights From A Glorious Year

Everyone loves Bogey, baseball and backseat makeouts. Here are 25 reasons you should remember the year 1951:

1. Honey, I'm Home! "I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS.


2. Pabst airs the first television beer commercial ever, way before it was cool.

3. America's eternal sweetheart Audrey Hepburn makes her film debut...


4. "Backseat bingo" is slang for for a backseat make-out sesh.

make out car

5. People loved Cheerios.

6. Angsty kids everywhere rejoice as J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye is released and Holden Caulfield's complaints are heard far and wide.

catcher in the rye

7. The first baseball game is televised in color. It's between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves.

retro baseball color

8. Gerber starts putting MSG in its baby food.

gerber baby

9. Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" hits #2 on the charts, following Johnnie Ray's "Cry."

10. Funnyman Robin Williams graces the earth with his presence.

robin williams

11. The first Jack In The Box opens in San Diego, California.

jack in the box food

12. "Classy chassis" is slang for a bangin' bod.

retro lingerie

13. Punctuation revolutionary E.E. Cummings is awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.


14. Salvador Dali completes "Christ of Saint John of the Cross."


15. Kirstie Alley is born!


16. Farley Granger stars in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train," reminding viewers everywhere not to talk to strangers.


17. Ray Bradbury's sci-fi short story compilation The Illustrated Man is released, giving tattoos some serious literary cred.


18. RCA introduces the first portable video camera. It weighs eight pounds with an additional 53-pound backpack transmitter.

television camera

19. Tupperware is invented.


20. Experimental classical musician John Cage releases "Imaginary Landscape No. 4," in which all instruments or elements require electricity.

21. In the small town of Calzada de Calatrava, Spain, Pedro Almodóvar is born.

pedro almodovar

22. Bogey wins his first and only Oscar for his role in "The African Queen."


23. Grace Kelly makes her onscreen debut as well. It's a good year for starlets!


24. Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" depicts a single event from multiple perspectives, blows everyone's mind.


25. Marlon Brando blows everyone away in the Pulitzer Prize winning play and Academy Award winning motion picture, "A Streetcar Named Desire..."

In our new HuffPost Arts & Culture series, Throwback Thursday, we're revisiting the best in pop culture from the annals of history. Revisit the hottest movies, music videos, trends and forgotten lingo you never thought you missed... until now. Be sure to let us know which year you'd like to celebrate next in the comments.