What Happened in April 1950

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
  • Apr 5 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins
  • Apr 6 John F Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Acheson
  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Apr 9 14th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 9 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Apr 11 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
  • Apr 11 US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia
  • Apr 14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • Apr 14 Doorne's Auto factory opens in Netherlands
  • Apr 18 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • Apr 18 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations
  • Apr 18 Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves
  • Apr 18 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • Apr 19 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39
  • Apr 20 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • Apr 23 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • Apr 23 4th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
  • Apr 23 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 24 "Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 24 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • Apr 24 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • Apr 24 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
  • Apr 25 Republik Maluku Selatan (also known as the Republic of the South Moluccas) declared on Ambon
  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA
  • Apr 26 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • Apr 26 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • Apr 27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • Apr 27 South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
  • Apr 30 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ed[uardus] HTM Nijpels, Dutch minister of Environment (VVD)
  • Apr 1 Leonard van Spirit, Dutch/British fruit/food magnate
  • Apr 1 Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Apr 3 Curtis Stone, N singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 4 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • Apr 5 Franklin R Chang-Diaz, Costa Rica, astro (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91)
  • Apr 5 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • Apr 5 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor
  • Apr 6 Dennis E Eckart, (Rep-D-OH, 1981- )
  • Apr 8 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • Apr 9 Ehtesham-ud-din, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82)
  • Apr 9 Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 9 Nathan Cook, actor (Milton-White Shadow, Billy-Hotel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Uncle Jam Wants You)
  • Apr 10 Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Barry M. Riemer, American author
  • Apr 11 Bill Irwin, Santa Monica, actor (My Blue Heaven, Scenes From a Mall)
  • Apr 12 David Cassidy, singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Tom Werner, owner (SD Padres)/producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show)
  • Apr 12 Kari Palaste, Finnish architect
  • Apr 12 Flavio Briatore, Italian businessman and F1 team principal (Renault F1)
  • Apr 12 Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014), born in Malemia, Nyasaland
  • Apr 13 Riff West, rock bassist (Molly Hatchet)
  • Apr 13 Ron Perlman, actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 13 Terry Lester, actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 14 Anna M "Ansje" Beentjes, actress (Blindgangers)
  • Apr 14 Randolph Powell, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 14 Francis Collins, American scientist
  • Apr 15 Amy Wright, actress (Inside Moves, Accidental Tourist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 David Graff, Lancaster Ohio, actor (Police Academy 2, 3, 4, 6)
  • Apr 17 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • Apr 17 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • Apr 18 Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 18 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer and choreographer
  • Apr 19 Jeff Hammond, cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour)
  • Apr 19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • Apr 20 Itumeleng J Mosala, South African president (Azanian People's Org)
  • Apr 20 Steve Erickson, American novelist
  • Apr 20 Chandra Babu Naidu, Indian politician
  • Apr 22 Jancis Robinson, wine writer/broadcaster
  • Apr 22 Lewis Biggs, curator (Tate Gallery-North Liverpool)
  • Apr 22 Peter Frampton, Kent England, guitarist/vocalist (Frampton Comes Alive)
  • Apr 25 Steve Ferrone, Sussex, rock drummer (Average White Band)
  • Apr 26 Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
  • Apr 26 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • Apr 28 Jay Leno, New Rochelle, comedian/talk show host (Tonight Show)
  • Apr 28 Willie Colon, actor (Last Flight), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 29 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director
  • Apr 29 Debbie Stabenow, American politician

Famous Weddings


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

Famous Deaths


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