February 1950 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
  • Feb 1 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • 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)

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Feb 7 United States formally recognizes the State of Vietnam as the legitimate government of Vietnam, with Bảo Đại as leader

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại

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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 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 USSR & China sign peace treaty
  • Feb 15 WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" premieres in NYC

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Feb 15 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 17 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY
  • Feb 19 Groundbreaking 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 24 Labour wins UK parliamentary election by 5 seats
  • Feb 26 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC

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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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • Feb 8 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • Feb 9 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • Feb 9 Richard F. Colburn, American politician, Senator (R) Maryland (1995-2015), born in Easton, Maryland
  • Feb 10 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • Feb 11 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • Feb 15 Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Feb 16 Peter Hain, British MP
  • Feb 18 Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
  • Feb 24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist
  • Feb 25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • Feb 25 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • Feb 25 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina 2003-2007), born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz (d. 2010)
  • Feb 25 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • Feb 27 Franco Moschino, fashion Designer
  • Feb 27 Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Feb 3 Karl Seitz, president of Austria, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • Feb 6 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
  • Feb 14 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • Feb 18 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • Feb 27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58