August 1950 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Aug 7 Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League

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

  • Aug 9 Lusty Song wins Hambletonian
  • Aug 11 Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0
  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

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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 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis

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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 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 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • Aug 22 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Doug Tract, radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Lance Ito, judge (O.J. Simpson trial)
  • Aug 2 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 John Landis, American director (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida

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Aug 9 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Aug 10 A L Harris, clinicaloncologist

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Aug 11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
  • Aug 11 Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor

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Aug 14 Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • Aug 16 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • Aug 19 Jennie Bond, British journalist
  • Aug 21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 24 Tim White, American anthropologist
  • Aug 29 Dave Reichert, American politician and sheriff
  • Aug 30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist/bio-chemistry, dies at 73
  • Aug 8 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, dies at 70
  • Aug 8 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (b. 1879)
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • Aug 19 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
  • Aug 22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • Aug 24 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 27 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41