What Happened in January 1950

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

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Jan 1 Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Jan 1 The state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
  • Jan 2 36th Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #3 California, 17-14
  • Jan 2 16th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #9 LSU, 35-0
  • Jan 2 16th Orange Bowl: #15 Santa Clara beats #11 Kentucky, 21-13
  • Jan 5 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6 "Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 6 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • Jan 7 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 7 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • Jan 7 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia)
  • Jan 12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • Jan 12 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
  • Jan 14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • Jan 14 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • Jan 15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • Jan 17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Jan 17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed" premieres in London
  • Jan 18 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • Jan 19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • Jan 20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Jan 20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • Jan 20 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Jan 21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Jan 21 NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

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Jan 21 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • Jan 22 Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • Jan 23 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 23 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • Jan 23 Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung

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Jan 24 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jan 25 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January
  • Jan 26 India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion
  • Jan 26 Constitution of India goes into effect
  • Jan 27 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • Jan 28 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud
  • Jan 30 "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 30 38th Women's Australian Championships: Louise Brough Clapp beats Doris Hart (6-4, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 38th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1)

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Jan 31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 2 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • Jan 3 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jan 3 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Chris Stein, rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian-born professor (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur
  • Jan 6 Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jan 7 Erin Gray, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 7 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player
  • Jan 7 Johnny Lever [John Prakasa Rao Janumala ], Indian Bollywood actor and comedian, born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Jan 7 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • Jan 9 David Johansen, [Buster Poindexter], NY, singer (Hot! Hot! Hot!)
  • Jan 9 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), (d. 1996)
  • Jan 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 13 Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 John McNaughton, American film director
  • Jan 15 David Lynn Jones, Bexar Ark, country singer (Bonnie Jean)
  • Jan 15 Marius Trésor, French footballer
  • Jan 16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 16 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • Jan 16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 16 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
  • Jan 17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • Jan 18 Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti)
  • Jan 18 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer
  • Jan 18 John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science)
  • Jan 19 Sébastien Dhavernas, Quebec actor
  • Jan 19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician
  • Jan 20 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • Jan 20 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • Jan 20 Edward Hirsch. American poet
  • Jan 20 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 20 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
  • Jan 21 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • Jan 21 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)
  • Jan 21 Richie Ranno, American rocker (Starz), born in The Bronz, New York
  • Jan 23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Danny Federici, rocker (E Street Band)
  • Jan 23 Richard Dean Anderson, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 23 Richard Gilliland, actor (Jonesy-Waltons, Tom-Heartland), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 23 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
  • Jan 23 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 Daniel Auteuil, Algeria, actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring)
  • Jan 24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
  • Jan 25 Gloria Naylor, US author (Women of Brewster Place), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Jan 25 Michael Cotton, rocker (Tubes)
  • Jan 26 Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)
  • Jan 26 Janet Lupo, American model
  • Jan 27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • Jan 27 Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
  • Jan 28 Barbi Benton, [Klein], California, Playboy model (Hee Haw, Sugar Time!)
  • Jan 28 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • Jan 28 Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, King of Bahrain
  • Jan 28 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician
  • Jan 29 Ann Jillian, actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 29 Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
  • Jan 30 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses)
  • Jan 30 Silvia Bertolaccini, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 30 Trinidad Silva, American actor (d. 1988)

Famous Deaths


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Jan 2 Emil Jannings, German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), dies of liver cancer at 65

  • Jan 2 James Dooley, Premier of New South Wales (b. 1877)
  • Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • Jan 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • Jan 11 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Koos van de Griend, composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 15 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)

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Jan 21 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • Jan 22 Alan Hale, actor (Little John- The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 57
  • Jan 22 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Bull Montana, actor (Son of Sheik), dies at 62
  • Jan 26 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)
  • Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)