January 1950 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 5 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • 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 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • Jan 15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
  • Jan 16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • 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 19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • Jan 20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • 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 23 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 23 Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung
  • 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 28 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud

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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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian-born professor (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur
  • Jan 6 Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jan 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • Jan 18 John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science)
  • Jan 19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician
  • Jan 20 Edward Hirsch. American poet
  • Jan 20 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
  • Jan 21 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)
  • Jan 24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
  • Jan 25 Gloria Naylor, US author (Women of Brewster Place), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Jan 26 Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)
  • Jan 27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • Jan 27 Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
  • Jan 28 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • Jan 28 Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, King of Bahrain

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 James Dooley, Premier of New South Wales (b. 1877)
  • Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • Jan 11 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)

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Jan 21 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)
  • Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)