What Happened in August 1950

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons)
  • Aug 1 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
  • Aug 1 Guam Organic Act establishes Guam as an unincorporated US territory
  • Aug 1 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 5 Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 7 Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
  • Aug 7 37th Tour de France won by Ferdi Kubler of Switzerland

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Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

  • Aug 8 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • Aug 9 Lusty Song wins Hambletonian

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall

  • Aug 11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • Aug 11 Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0

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Aug 11 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

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Aug 11 Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Aug 12 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 12 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis
  • Aug 13 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship

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Aug 13 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Aug 15 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000
  • Aug 15 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 15 Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 15 Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier

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Aug 15 Sukarno proclaims the unitary Republic of Indonesia and becomes its 1st President

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Aug 15 Rotterdam dock strike begins
  • Aug 15 Srikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Aug 16 West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
  • Aug 17 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
  • Aug 17 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • Aug 19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • Aug 20 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • Aug 22 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • Aug 23 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
  • Aug 23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
  • Aug 24 Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN
  • Aug 24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes transporting 45,000 Yemenite Jews
  • Aug 25 US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Aug 26 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Aug 27 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
  • Aug 28 Earle & Roy Mack, purchase 54% of A's from Connie Mack Jr
  • Aug 29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 31 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Doug Tract, radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Kathryn Harrold, Tazewell Va, actress (MacGruder & Loud)
  • Aug 2 Lance Ito, judge (OJ Simpson trial)
  • Aug 2 Mathieu Carriere, Hanover West Germany, actor (Bay Boy, Woman in Flames)
  • Aug 2 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 JoMari Payton Noble, Albany GA, actress (Harriette-Family Matters)
  • Aug 3 Waldemar Cierpinski, German DR, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Aug 3 John Landis, director (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 5 Holly Palance, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley's Believe It), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 5 Rosi Mittermaier, German FR, slalom/downhill (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Aug 6 Dorian Harewood, actor (Earl-Glitter, Trauma Center), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Nathan Purdee, actor (Nathan-Young & Restless, Hank-1 Life to Live)
  • Aug 6 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 7 David James Wottle, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Aug 7 Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 8 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 9 Roelof S "Roel" Bakker, Dutch actor/director (Love Potion)

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Aug 9 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Aug 10 A L Harris, clinicaloncologist
  • Aug 10 James Reynolds, Oskaloosa Ks, actor (Abe Carver-Days of our Lives)
  • Aug 10 Rémy Girard, Canadian actor (Les Invasions barbares), born in Jonquière, Quebec
  • Aug 11 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Aug 11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
  • Aug 11 Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor
  • Aug 12 Kid Creole, [August Darnell], rocker/actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear)
  • Aug 12 Jim Beaver, American actor and writer
  • Aug 13 Andre van de Berg, actor/director (Transport)

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Aug 14 Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Gary Larson
  • Aug 15 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, England, Princess/olympic equestrian
  • Aug 15 Tess Harper, Mammoth Sp AR, actress (Amityville 3D, Tender Mercies)
  • Aug 15 Thomas Aldrich, country drummer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • Aug 15 Billy Griffin [William], US singer (Miracles-Love Machine)
  • Aug 15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager
  • Aug 16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Aug 16 Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • Aug 16 Marshall Manesh, Iranian-born American actor
  • Aug 16 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • Aug 18 Candice Earley, Ft Hood TX, actress (Donna Tyler-All My Children)
  • Aug 18 Dennis Elliott, rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • Aug 18 Lynn Adams, Kingsville TX, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 19 Graeme Beard, cricketer (NSW medium-pace all-rounder 3 Tests 1980)
  • Aug 19 Jennie Bond, British journalist
  • Aug 21 Patrick Juvet, Swiss singer
  • Aug 21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 22 Ray Burris, baseball player
  • Aug 22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, White House Chief of Staff
  • Aug 24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • Aug 24 Tim White, American anthropologist
  • Aug 25 Willy Deville [William Paul Borsey Jr.], rock vocalist/guitarist (Mink Deville), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 25 Charles Fambrough, American jazz musician
  • Aug 26 Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (d. 2006)
  • Aug 27 Charles Fleischer, comedian (Roger Rabbit), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 27 Cynthia Potter, US, springboard diver (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • Aug 28 Ron "Louisiana Lightning" Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978)
  • Aug 29 Mark McHale, WLAF offensive line coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Aug 29 Dave Reichert, American politician and sheriff
  • Aug 30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • 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