On This Day

What Happened in 1950

Historical Events

  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

1950 in Film & TV

  • Feb 25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC. Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.
  • Jul 10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC-TV (later CBS), after being broadcast on radio from 1935
  • Jul 20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • Aug 19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Sep 30 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time

1950 in Music

  • Nov 24 "Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances

1950 in Sport

  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)
  • May 13 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo
  • Sep 3 Giuseppe "Nino" Farina wins inaugural Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in an Alfa Romeo; wins by 3 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Nov 1 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

Did You Know?

FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins

On March 14, 1950

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 1 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) divorces dentist Petter Aron Lindström after 12 years of marriage
  • Jul 5 Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage

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