Milestones, Apr. 16, 1951

Born. To Phumiphon Adundet (Rama IX), 23, Boston-born, jazz-loving King of Siam, and Queen Sirikit, 18, daughter of a Siamese diplomat: their first child, a daughter; in Lausanne, Switzerland, where His Majesty is studying law at the University of Lausanne. Name, announced after the new princess' horoscope had been studied: Ubol Ratana (Lotus Precious Stone). Weight: 7 Ibs. Back in Siam, waving flags and clanging Buddhist temple bells announced the news, and the government declared a national holiday.

Divorced. Barbara Bel Geddes, 28, rising Broadway star (TIME, April 9); by Carl Schreuer, 32,...

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