What Happened in April 1950

Historical Events

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

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9th Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda

HeartWedding of Interest

28th 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

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1st 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
  • 3rd Adolf Wiklund, composer, dies at 70
  • 3rd Carter G Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • 3rd Kurt Julian Weill, German composer (Dreigroschenoper), dies at 50
  • 7th Walter Huston, dies at 66
  • 8th Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • 8th Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 14th Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (b. 1879)
  • 19th Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
  • 22nd Charles H Houston, architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • 26th G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • 27th Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
  • 27th Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies