Historical Events in August 1950

  • Aug 1 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons)
  • Aug 1 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
  • Aug 1 Guam Organic Act establishes Guam as an unincorporated US territory
  • Aug 1 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 5 Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 7 Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
  • Aug 7 37th Tour de France won by Ferdi K├╝bler of Switzerland

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Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

  • Aug 8 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • Aug 9 Lusty Song wins Hambletonian

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall

  • Aug 11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • Aug 11 Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0

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Aug 11 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Aug 12 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 12 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis
  • Aug 13 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Aug 15 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000
  • Aug 15 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 15 Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 15 Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier

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Aug 15 Sukarno proclaims the unitary Republic of Indonesia and becomes its 1st President

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Aug 15 Rotterdam dock strike begins
  • Aug 15 Srikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Aug 16 West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
  • Aug 17 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
  • Aug 17 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • Aug 19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • Aug 20 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • Aug 22 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • Aug 23 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
  • Aug 23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
  • Aug 24 Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN
  • Aug 24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes transporting 45,000 Yemenite Jews
  • Aug 25 US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Aug 26 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Aug 27 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
  • Aug 28 Earle & Roy Mack, purchase 54% of A's from Connie Mack Jr
  • Aug 29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 31 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges