What Happened in October 1950

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Phillies win NL pennant on last day of season (10th inning HR)
  • Oct 1 Browns lose to Giants, setting club record for fewest points scored by both teams (tied in 1979), NY 6, Cleveland 0
  • Oct 1 South Korean troops cross the 38th parallel into North Korea

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Oct 2 1st strip of Charlie Brown, "Li'l Folks", later "Peanuts", by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • Oct 2 Red Sox Dom DiMaggio leads AL with only 15 stolen bases
  • Oct 2 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions
  • Oct 2 Chic Cards Jim Hardy passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (55-13)
  • Oct 3 1st black lead (Ethel Waters) on TV (Beulah)
  • Oct 3 Indonesian army opens assault on Ambon, South Moluccas
  • Oct 3 Baseball rules Phils lefty Curt Simmons cannot play in World Series despite his being on furlough from Army
  • Oct 5 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • Oct 7 NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series
  • Oct 7 US forces invade North Korea by crossing 38th parallel
  • Oct 7 Walter Bedell Smith replaces Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as 4th CIA head

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Oct 7 Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 7 William H Jackson becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Oct 7 Yanks win 13th world championship sweeping Phillies
  • Oct 8 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
  • Oct 8 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • Oct 11 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS
  • Oct 12 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances

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Oct 13 "All About Eve" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter premieres (Best Picture 1951)

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Oct 14 Rev Sun Young Moon liberated from Hung Nam prison

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Oct 16 The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

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Oct 18 Connie Mack retires as manager of Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years, longest serving manager in MLB history

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Oct 19 Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated
  • Oct 19 UN forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea

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Oct 20 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin
  • Oct 21 Chinese forces occupy Tibet
  • Oct 21 Death penalty abolished in Belgium
  • Oct 21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation
  • Oct 21 Tom Powers of Duke scores 6 touchdowns
  • Oct 22 LA Rams beat Baltimore Colts 70-27

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Oct 23 Filipino President Elpidio Quirino issues Executive Order No. 355 replacing the National Land Settlement Administration with Land Settlement Development Corporation (LASEDECO)

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • Oct 25 Dutch NSB leader C van Gelderen sentenced to life
  • Oct 25 Jean Anouilh's "La Repetition, ou L'Amour Pani" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 26 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
  • Oct 26 630 Dutch volunteers depart for Korea
  • Oct 26 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president

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Oct 26 Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Oct 26 South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary
  • Oct 27 Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony "Triumph of St Joan" premieres
  • Oct 29 British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) Stafford Cripps resigns
  • Oct 29 Wally Triplett avgs 735 yards on 3 kickoff returns
  • Oct 29 Cleveland Browns' Marion Motley sets record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
  • Oct 29 2nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Rexford wins
  • Oct 30 David Diamond's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • Oct 30 Pope Pius XII witnesses "The Miracle of the Sun" while at the Vatican
  • Oct 31 Collazo & Torresola attempt to assassinate Harry Truman in Washington, D.C.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2015)
  • Oct 1 Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 1 Jeane Manson, American singer and actress
  • Oct 2 Michael Rutherford, English pop bassist and rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Mike & Mechanics)
  • Oct 2 Ian McNeice, English actor
  • Oct 3 Laureen Ford, Gympie Queensland, golfer (1992 Alpine Aust Ladies)
  • Oct 3 Pamela Hensley, actress (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Glendale, California
  • Oct 3 Ronnie Laws, US saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • Oct 4 Meg Bennett, actress (Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 5 Jeff Conaway, actor (Bobby-Taxi, Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 5 Edward P. Jones, American writer
  • Oct 6 David Brin, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Sundiver, Postman)
  • Oct 6 Thomas McClary, US soul guitarist (Commodores-Still)
  • Oct 7 Maartje van Weegen, [Walet], Dutch TV hostess
  • Oct 7 Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian politician
  • Oct 8 Robert "Kool" Bell, rocker (Kool & the Gang-Joanna), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 9 Gary Frank, actor (Enemy Territory, Deadly Weapon), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Oct 9 Mick Malone, cricketer (WA seamer, Test 1977, made 46 took 5-63, 1-14)
  • Oct 9 Jody Williams, American teacher and aid worker, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 9 Brian Downing, former baseball player
  • Oct 10 Dennis Holmes, actor (Mike-Laramie)
  • Oct 10 Peter Jan Rens, Dutch actor/director (Mister Cactus, Passion)
  • Oct 10 Nora Roberts, American novelist
  • Oct 11 Amos Gitai, actor (Neo-Fascist Trilogy, Golem, Arena of Murder)
  • Oct 11 Andrew Woolfolk, US pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire-Shining Star)
  • Oct 11 Catlin Adams, actress (Ms Loomis-Square Pegs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 11 Patty Murry, (Sen-D Washington)
  • Oct 11 Thomas J Tauke, (Rep-R-IA, 1979- )
  • Oct 12 Susan Anton, Oak Glen California, actress (Golden Girl, Spring Fever)
  • Oct 12 Robin Askwith, English actor
  • Oct 12 Dave Freudenthal, American politician
  • Oct 12 Kaga Takeshi, Japanese actor
  • Oct 13 Annegret Richter-Irrang, German FR, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Oct 13 Ellen Brusse, [Elizabeth Wenmakers], Dutch TV hostess
  • Oct 14 Sheila Young Ochowicz, speed skater (Oly-gold/sil-76), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Oct 15 Chris De Burgh, [Davidson], Argent/Irish rock vocalist (Lady in Red)
  • Oct 15 Koos van der Vaart, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Oct 17 Howard E Rollins Jr, Balt Md, actor (Bannister-Wildside, Another World)
  • Oct 17 Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
  • Oct 17 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer (As Love Goes)
  • Oct 18 Merry Martin, Camden Mich, actress (Leslie-Peter Loves Mary)
  • Oct 18 Patrick L Swindall, (Rep-R-GA, 1985- )
  • Oct 18 Sheila White, actress (I Claudius), born in London, England
  • Oct 18 Om Puri, Indian actor (Ardh Satya), born in Ambala, Haryana
  • Oct 18 Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (d. 2006)
  • Oct 20 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Oct 20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Oct 21 David H G viscount Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Oct 21 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr (STS 41B, 51L-Challenger disaster)
  • Oct 23 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • Oct 24 Terry Buffin, rock drummer (British Lions)
  • Oct 24 Steven Greenberg, American composer
  • Oct 24 Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player
  • Oct 25 John Matuszak, NFLer (Raiders)/actor (Hollywood Beat), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 26 Chuck Foreman, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 26 T E Srinivasan, cricketer (Indian opening batsman 1981)
  • Oct 27 Fran Lebowitz, author/actress (Resident Alien)
  • Oct 28 Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist
  • Oct 28 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • Oct 29 Abdullah Gul, Turkish President (2007-14), born in Kayseri, Anatolia
  • Oct 30 John T Doolittle, (Rep-R-California)
  • Oct 30 Louise Duart, comedienne (Paramount Comedy Theater # 5), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Oct 30 Phil Chenier, NBA guard (Wash Bullets)
  • Oct 31 Jane Pauley, newscaster (Today, NBC Weekend), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Oct 31 John Candy, Canadian actor and comedian (SCTV, Uncle Buck), born in Newmarket, Ontario (d. 1994)

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • Oct 31 Jozef Stolorz, polish art painter
  • Oct 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
  • Oct 31 Antonio Taguba, US Army Major General

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Frederic Lewy, German neurologist (b. 1885)

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Oct 7 Willis Carrier, American engineer who developed modern air conditioning, dies at 73

Engineer Willis Carrier
Willis Carrier

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Oct 9 George Hainsworth, National Hockey League goaltender, dies in a car accident at 55

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Oct 13 Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
  • Oct 19 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • Oct 20 Henry Lewsis Stimson, US minister of War/gov-gen, dies
  • Oct 23 Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], singer/actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 64
  • Oct 29 Gustav V, king of Sweden, dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet/writer (Lost Paradise), dies at 72
  • Oct 31 Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist, dies at 72