What Happened in February 1950

Historical Events

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

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

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

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12th Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

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

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15th Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

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

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25th "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
  • 26th Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC

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27th 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
  • 28th "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Mike Campbell, American guitarist and producer
  • 2nd Barbara Sukowa, Germany, actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • 2nd Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • 3rd Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • 3rd Morgan Fairchild, [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 4th James Dunn, US vocalist (Stylistics-You make me feel Brand New)
  • 4th Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 4th Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • 4th Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • 5th Ann Sexton, US vocalist (You're Gone too Long)
  • 6th Mike Batt, composer/arranger
  • 6th Natalie Cole, vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 6th Punky Meadows, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 6th Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 7th Burt Hooton, baseball player
  • 7th Marilyn Cochran, Burlington Vt, skier (Olympics-1972)
  • 8th Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • 8th Michael Goodroe, rock bassist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • 8th Ted Turner, rocker (Wishbone Ash)
  • 8th Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • 9th Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • 9th Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 9th Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • 9th Richard F. Colburn, American politician
  • 10th Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • 10th Mark Spitz, Modesto California, swimmer (Oly-9 gold/silver/bronze-68, 72)
  • 11th Clarence Ellis, NFLer
  • 11th Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • 11th Johanna E "Joke" Beerens, actress (Schipper Next to God)
  • 11th Rochelle Fleming, US soul vocalist (First Choice, Smarty Pants)
  • 12th Michael Ironside, actor, (Starship Troopers)
  • 12th Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)
  • 13th Leonard Pascoe, cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82)
  • 13th Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
  • 14th Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • 14th Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • 15th Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • 15th Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 16th Peter Hain, British MP
  • 16th Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • 16th Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • 17th Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • 18th Cybill Shepherd, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 18th John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller)
  • 18th Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
  • 19th Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)
  • 20th John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 20th Walter Becker, rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York
  • 20th Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
  • 22nd Ellen Greene, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 22nd Julie Walters, England, actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears)

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

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

17th 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

  • 2nd Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 3rd Karl Seitz, president of Austria, dies at 80
  • 6th Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • 6th Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68
  • 10th Armen Tigran Tigranyan, composer, dies at 70
  • 10th Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • 13th Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
  • 14th Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • 14th Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • 16th David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • 18th Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • 19th Edyth Walker, US singer, dies at 82
  • 25th George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • 26th Harry Lauder (Maclennan), Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
  • 27th Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58