What Happened in February 1950

Historical Events

  • 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

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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

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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

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Feb 15 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

Animator Walt Disney
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

Famous Birthdays

  • 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, Senator (R) Maryland (1995-2015), born in Easton, Maryland
  • 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)
  • Feb 13 Leonard Pascoe, cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82)
  • Feb 13 Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 14 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • Feb 15 Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Feb 16 Peter Hain, British MP
  • Feb 16 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • Feb 16 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 18 Cybill Shepherd, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 18 John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller)
  • Feb 18 Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
  • Feb 19 Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)
  • Feb 20 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 20 Walter Becker, American rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 20 Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Julie Walters, England, actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears)

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Feb 22 Julius Erving, Nassau County New York, ABA/NBA forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Philadelphia 76ers)

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Feb 22 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 22 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer
  • Feb 23 Neil Jordan, Sligo Ireland, novelist (Dream of a Beast, Past)
  • Feb 23 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England
  • Feb 24 Cathy Mant, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist

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Feb 24 George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood
  • Feb 25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • Feb 25 Emitt Rhodes, musician (Merry-go-Round)
  • Feb 25 Neil Jordan, director (Crying Game)
  • Feb 25 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina 2003-2007), born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz (d. 2010)
  • Feb 25 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • Feb 26 Jonathan Cain, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 27 Franco Moschino, fashion Designer
  • Feb 27 Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi
  • Feb 28 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Stephen Chatman, composer

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

Famous Deaths

  • 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