Historical Events in 1950

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  • 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
  • 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
Animator
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
  • Mar 1 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Taiwan
  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 3 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • Mar 6 Silly Putty goes on sale in the US
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • Mar 7 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • Mar 7 Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

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Mar 9 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"
  • Mar 13 General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards
  • Mar 17 Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis
  • Mar 17 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Mar 18 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
  • Mar 19 5th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Mar 19 City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT
  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Mar 23 22rd Academy Awards: "All The King's Men", Broderick Crawford & Olivia De Havilland win
  • Mar 23 Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greek government
  • Mar 23 UN World Meteorological Org established
  • Mar 23 Frances Farmer is released from Western State Hospital
  • Mar 24 Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship
  • Mar 24 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power aboard Freebooter wins

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleve OH)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Mar 27 Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Mar 27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 NYC college becomes 1st to win NCAA & National Inv Basketball in same year
  • Mar 30 Phototransistor invention announced, Murray Hill, NJ
  • Apr 2 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
  • Apr 5 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins
  • Apr 6 John F Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Acheson
  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Apr 9 14th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 9 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Apr 11 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
  • Apr 11 US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia
  • Apr 14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • Apr 14 Doorne's Auto factory opens in Netherlands
  • Apr 18 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • Apr 18 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations
  • Apr 18 Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves
  • Apr 18 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • Apr 19 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39
  • Apr 20 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • Apr 23 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • Apr 23 4th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
  • Apr 23 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 24 "Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 24 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • Apr 24 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • Apr 24 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
  • Apr 25 Republik Maluku Selatan (also known as the Republic of the South Moluccas) declared on Ambon
  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA
  • Apr 26 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • Apr 26 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • Apr 27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • Apr 27 South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
  • Apr 30 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane
  • May 1 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • May 1 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • May 1 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)
  • May 1 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 2 Carlo Terrons "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • May 2 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • May 2 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic

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May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 6 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • May 8 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
  • May 9 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • May 9 Norman Dello Joco's premieres in Bronxville
  • May 10 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • May 11 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • May 11 Eugene Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve" premieres in Paris
  • May 12 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • May 13 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
  • May 13 The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • May 14 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 18 Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • May 19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
  • May 20 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
  • May 21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
  • May 22 Celal Bayar elected president of Turkey
  • May 22 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London
  • May 25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • May 27 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • May 27 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens
  • May 29 3rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Bicycle Thieves" Best Film
  • May 30 Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Due to rain, race shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
  • May 31 Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial
  • Jun 1 WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 2 St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Wash Senators
  • Jun 3 French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • Jun 3 49th Men's French Championships: Budge Patty beats Jaroslav Drobny (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5)
  • Jun 3 49th Women's French Championships: Doris Hart beats Patricia Todd (6-4, 4-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 4 CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election
  • Jun 4 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • Jun 5 US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
  • Jun 6 German DR & Poland sign treaty about Oder-Neisse border
  • Jun 6 Turkey: The Adhan in Arabic is legalized.
  • Jun 8 Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Browns 29-4 (win by record 25 runs)
  • Jun 8 Jean Duvieusart becomes Belgian premier
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Ramadhin & Valentine (8-104 1st inn) v England
  • Jun 8 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.