What Happened in 1950

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 516

  • Jan 1 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

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Jan 1 Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Jan 1 The state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
  • Jan 2 36th Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #3 California, 17-14
  • Jan 2 16th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #9 LSU, 35-0
  • Jan 2 16th Orange Bowl: #15 Santa Clara beats #11 Kentucky, 21-13
  • Jan 5 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6 "Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 6 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • Jan 7 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 7 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • Jan 7 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia)
  • Jan 12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • Jan 12 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
  • Jan 14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • Jan 14 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • Jan 15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • Jan 17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Jan 17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed," premieres in London
  • Jan 18 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • Jan 19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • Jan 20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Jan 20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • Jan 20 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Jan 21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Jan 21 NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 21 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • Jan 22 Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • Jan 23 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 23 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • Jan 23 Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung

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Jan 24 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jan 25 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January
  • Jan 26 India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion
  • Jan 26 Constitution of India goes into effect
  • Jan 27 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • Jan 28 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud
  • Jan 30 "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 30 38th Women's Australian Championships: Louise Brough Clapp beats Doris Hart (6-4, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 38th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1)

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Jan 31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Feb 1 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
  • Feb 1 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • Feb 2 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • Feb 2 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • Feb 3 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges
  • Feb 4 4th British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 7 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • Feb 7 Sen Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Feb 7 US & Great Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Feb 11 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • Feb 11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Feb 12 Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
  • Feb 14 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
  • Feb 14 USSR & China sign peace treaty
  • Feb 15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 16 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • Feb 16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 17 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY
  • Feb 18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • Feb 19 Ground-breaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
  • Feb 20 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour
  • Feb 20 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • Feb 21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 22 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)
  • Feb 23 7th Golden Globes: All the King's Men, Broderick Crawford, & Olivia de Havilland win
  • Feb 24 Labour wins British parliamentary election

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Feb 25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Feb 26 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 27 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Feb 28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Mar 1 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Taiwan
  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 3 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • Mar 6 Silly Putty goes on sale in the US
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • Mar 7 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • Mar 7 Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"
  • Mar 13 General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards
  • Mar 17 Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis
  • Mar 17 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 718

  • Jan 1 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 2 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • Jan 3 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jan 3 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Chris Stein, rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian-born professor (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur
  • Jan 6 Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jan 7 Erin Gray, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 7 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player
  • Jan 7 Johnny Lever [John Prakasa Rao Janumala ], Indian Bollywood actor and comedian, born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Jan 7 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • Jan 9 David Johansen, [Buster Poindexter], NY, singer (Hot! Hot! Hot!)
  • Jan 9 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), (d. 1996)
  • Jan 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 13 Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 John McNaughton, American film director
  • Jan 15 David Lynn Jones, Bexar Ark, country singer (Bonnie Jean)
  • Jan 15 Marius Trésor, French footballer
  • Jan 16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 16 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • Jan 16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 16 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
  • Jan 17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • Jan 18 Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti)
  • Jan 18 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer
  • Jan 18 John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science)
  • Jan 19 Sébastien Dhavernas, Quebec actor
  • Jan 19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician
  • Jan 20 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • Jan 20 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • Jan 20 Edward Hirsch. American poet
  • Jan 20 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 20 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
  • Jan 21 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • Jan 21 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)
  • Jan 21 Richie Ranno, American rocker (Starz), born in The Bronz, New York
  • Jan 23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Danny Federici, rocker (E Street Band)
  • Jan 23 Richard Dean Anderson, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 23 Richard Gilliland, actor (Jonesy-Waltons, Tom-Heartland), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 23 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
  • Jan 23 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 Daniel Auteuil, Algeria, actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring)
  • Jan 24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
  • Jan 25 Gloria Naylor, US author (Women of Brewster Place), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Jan 25 Michael Cotton, rocker (Tubes)
  • Jan 26 Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)
  • Jan 26 Janet Lupo, American model
  • Jan 27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • Jan 27 Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
  • Jan 28 Barbi Benton, [Klein], California, Playboy model (Hee Haw, Sugar Time!)
  • Jan 28 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • Jan 28 Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, King of Bahrain
  • Jan 28 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician
  • Jan 29 Ann Jillian, actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 29 Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
  • Jan 30 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses)
  • Jan 30 Silvia Bertolaccini, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 30 Trinidad Silva, American actor (d. 1988)
  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, American guitarist and producer
  • Feb 2 Barbara Sukowa, Germany, actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • Feb 2 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • Feb 3 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • Feb 3 Morgan Fairchild, [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 4 James Dunn, US vocalist (Stylistics-You make me feel Brand New)
  • Feb 4 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 4 Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • Feb 4 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • Feb 5 Ann Sexton, US vocalist (You're Gone too Long)
  • Feb 6 Mike Batt, composer/arranger
  • Feb 6 Natalie Cole, vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 Punky Meadows, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 6 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Burt Hooton, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Marilyn Cochran, Burlington Vt, skier (Olympics-1972)
  • Feb 8 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • Feb 8 Michael Goodroe, rock bassist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Feb 8 Ted Turner, rocker (Wishbone Ash)
  • Feb 8 Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • Feb 9 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • Feb 9 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • Feb 9 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • Feb 9 Richard F. Colburn, American politician
  • Feb 10 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • Feb 10 Mark Spitz, Modesto California, swimmer (Oly-9 gold/silver/bronze-68, 72)
  • Feb 11 Clarence Ellis, NFLer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 11 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • Feb 11 Johanna E "Joke" Beerens, actress (Schipper Next to God)
  • Feb 11 Rochelle Fleming, US soul vocalist (First Choice, Smarty Pants)
  • Feb 12 Michael Ironside, actor, (Starship Troopers)
  • Feb 12 Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 17 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 24 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) weds Roberto Rossellini

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Baseball manager Tom Lasorda (22) weds Joan Miller

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand marries Mon Rajawongse Sirikit at Sra Pathum Palace after a quiet engagement in Lausanne, Switzerland July 19, 1949.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

HeartWedding of Interest

May 6 Elizabeth Taylor (18) marries for the 1st time to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (23)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 7 Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)

  • Jun 14 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (24) weds Ethel Kennedy (25) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Actress Bette Davis (42) weds actor Gary Merrill (34) in Mexico

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (27) weds lawyer Kwa Geok Choo (29) in Singapore

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 17 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Dec 25 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 1 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) divorces dentist Petter Aron Lindström after 12 years of marriage

  • Jul 5 Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 149

  • Jan 2 Emil Jannings, actor (The Way of All Flesh), dies at 65
  • Jan 2 James Dooley, Premier of New South Wales (b. 1877)
  • Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • Jan 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • Jan 11 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Koos van de Griend, composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 15 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • Jan 22 Alan Hale, actor (Little John- The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 57
  • Jan 22 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Bull Montana, actor (Son of Sheik), dies at 62
  • Jan 26 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)
  • Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Feb 3 Karl Seitz, president of Austria, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • Feb 6 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
  • Feb 14 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • Feb 16 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • Feb 18 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • Feb 19 Edyth Walker, US singer, dies at 82
  • Feb 25 George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder (Maclennan), Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
  • Feb 27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58
  • Mar 2 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • Mar 4 Adam Rainer, the only man in recorded human history ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • Mar 6 Lew Lehr, comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Albert Lebrun, President of France (b. 1871)
  • Mar 8 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (b. 1902)
  • Mar 11 Florence Arliss, actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 L Heinrich Mann, German/US writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 19 Edgar Rice Burroughs, sci-fi author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
  • Mar 20 Walter Eucken, German economist, dies at 59
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • Mar 24 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (b. 1865)
  • Mar 28 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier), dies at 67
  • Mar 30 Leon Blum, French premier (People's Front Government), dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 1 Charles R. Drew, surgeon/developer of blood bank concept, dies at 45

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • Apr 3 Adolf Wiklund, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Carter G Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Kurt Julian Weill, German composer (Dreigroschenoper), dies at 50
  • Apr 7 Walter Huston, dies at 66
  • Apr 8 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • Apr 8 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • Apr 14 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (b. 1879)
  • Apr 19 Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 22 Charles H Houston, architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • Apr 26 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • Apr 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • May 6 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • May 8 Franklin Dyall, dies at 76
  • May 8 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • May 9 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • May 10 John G Fletcher, US poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • May 10 Belle da Costa Greene, librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • May 17 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)
  • May 26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • Jun 2 Stanislas Bizot, French checker player (world champ 1925), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • Jun 17 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • Jun 20 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • Jun 22 Julio Fonseca, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 27 Milada Horakova, Czech advocate/anti fascist, hanged
  • Jun 28 Henry Balfour Gardiner, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Edward Faber Schneider, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 1 Eliel Saarinen, Fins/US architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76
  • Jul 1 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Shadrick, Pvt from WV becomes 1st US fatality in Korean War
  • Jul 5 Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian bandit, shot by police
  • Jul 6 Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1923)
  • Jul 8 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist/sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • Jul 11 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • Jul 14 Āpirana Ngata, a prominent Maori New Zealand politician and lawyer, dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • Jul 18 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (The Nation), dies at 64
  • Jul 21 Albert Riemenschneider, composer, dies at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 22 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, 1935-48), dies of pneumonia at 75

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Jul 29 Joe Fry, British racing driver (b. 1915)
  • Aug 5 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist/bio-chemistry, dies at 73
  • Aug 8 Ernest F E Douwes Dekker, founder National-India Party, dies
  • Aug 8 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 8 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (b. 1879)
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • Aug 19 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
  • Aug 22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • Aug 24 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 25 Earl Caddock, professional wrestler (b. 1888)
  • Aug 27 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41