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Baby Boomer Trivia From January 1951: Korean War Peace Talks, Citation Wins $1M, Catcher in the Rye

As a three year old racehorse, Citation won 19 of 20 races in 1948, including the Triple Crown, and was named Horse of the Year. An injury to his fetlock joint prevented Citation from racing at all in 1949, but he returned to horse racing at the age of five in 1950. Calumet Farm owners Warren Wright Sr. (d. 1950) & his wife Lucille Parker Wright (d. 1982) wanted Citation to be the first horse to win $1 million in 1950, but his achievement was delayed by a year by a horse called Noor. On July 14, 1951, six-year-old Citation won the Hollywood Gold Cup and became the first racehorse to win $1 million.

The Irish-bred English racehorse Noor, who had been sold to American racehorse owner Charles S. Howard (Ridgewood Ranch) in 1949, began tearing up the U.S. racetracks in 1950. Noor and Citation often set world records when they raced against each other in 1950, but Citation carried more weight than Noor in their first 3 races, and Noor won four close races against Citation that year.

On July 10, 1951 the first armistice talks to end the Korean War began in Kaesong, North Korea., less than a month after UN armed forces had reached Pyongyang (North Korea). A series of Chinese forces had captured Seoul, the capital of South Korea, in January; this had been swiftly followed by the Ganghwa massacre of Korean People’s Army collaborators in South Korea, by combined South Korean military and police forces.

The July 1951 Korean War armistice talks were disrupted in August, but resumed in October. A cease-fire and demarcation zone accord were signed in Panmunjon, North Korea in November 1951 – but it would be 2 years from the first armistice talks in July 1951 to the end of the Korean War in July 1953.

Reclusive novelist J. D. Salinger’s first and only full-length published novel, Catcher in the Rye, was published on July 16, 1951. Salinger was 32 years old and subsequently published short stories and novellas over the next 14 years. His last work, the novella Hapworth 16, 1924 was published in The New Yorker magazine in 1965.

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J.D. Salinger was married three times. His first marriage to Sylvia Welter lasted 2 years, from 1945 until their divorce in 1947. His second marriage to university student Claire Douglas in February 1955 lasted until their divorce in October 1967. Salinger insisted Claire drop out of Radcliffe University before she graduated, and she followed his spiritual beliefs, which bounced from Kriya yoga to Dianetics, to Christian Science, etc. The couple had two children, daughter Margaret (b. December 1955) and son Matthew (b. February 1960). Senior citizen J.D. Salinger married nurse Colleen O’Neill, 40 years younger than him, around 1988. When J. D. Salinger died in January 2010, he was a 91-year-old nonagenarian senior citizen.


Note: This article was first published in 2016. It has been updated with new / additional content.

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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