What Happened in December 1950

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight
  • Dec 2 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Dec 2 "I Robot" collection of sci-fi short stories by Isaac Asimov published by Genome Press in the US

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • Dec 3 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • Dec 3 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 12 punts

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Dec 5 Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India
  • Dec 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Ralph Bunche (1st black American) presented the Nobel Peace Prize for mediation in Israel

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Dec 11 Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract
  • Dec 11 Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 11 British Physicist Cecil Frank Powell awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of nuclear processes and the discovery of the pion

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Dec 12 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
  • Dec 12 Baseball owners vote to drop 4-year old bonus & high school rule
  • Dec 13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

Actor James Dean
James Dean
  • Dec 14 "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Dec 14 UN Gen Assembly establishes High Comm for Refugees (Nobel 1954)
  • Dec 14 Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
  • Dec 15 NYC's Port Authority opens
  • Dec 16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 General Eisenhower named NATO commander

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 20 "Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in New York

  • Dec 21 Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 performances
  • Dec 22 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
  • Dec 24 Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams 30-28 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 25 Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
  • Dec 26 Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
  • Dec 28 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
  • Dec 28 The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
  • Dec 30 Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union
  • Dec 30 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)
  • Dec 31 Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Richard Keith, Lafayette La, actor (Little Ricky-I Love Lucy)
  • Dec 1 Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and drummer
  • Dec 2 Merrill Ashley, ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Dec 2 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
  • Dec 3 John Akii-bua, Uganda, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 3 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, born in Natal, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • Dec 4 Jan Rietman, Dutch radio/TV host
  • Dec 4 Karel van de Graf, Dutch TV host
  • Dec 5 Camarón de la Isla, Spanish flamenco singer (d. 1992)
  • Dec 5 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine-born composer
  • Dec 6 Daniel Sahuleka, Moluks/Dutch singer/guitarist (Viva la Libertad)
  • Dec 6 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
  • Dec 8 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Dec 8 Rick Baker, American special effects makeup artist (Exorcist), born in Binghamton, New York
  • Dec 8 Tim Foli, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 9 Joan Armatrading, St Kitts, singer (Back to the Night)
  • Dec 10 Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer, born in Wanganui
  • Dec 10 Tom Towles, American actor
  • Dec 11 Christine Onassis [Andreadis], American-born Greek heiress (Aristotle's daughter), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 12 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • Dec 12 Rajinikanth [Shivaji Rao Gaekwa], Indian film actor (Centenary Award 2014), born in Bangalore, India
  • Dec 13 Davey O'List, rocker (Roxy Music)
  • Dec 13 Heather North, actress (Barefoot Executive), born in Pasadena, California
  • Dec 13 Wendie Malick, actress (Just Shoot Me)
  • Dec 14 Vicki Michelle, English actress (Virgin Witch, Allo Allo), born in Chigwell, England
  • Dec 16 Caroline Munro, Windsor, actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad) [or 1/16]
  • Dec 16 Ieremia Tabai, President of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)
  • Dec 16 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007)
  • Dec 16 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
  • Dec 17 Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
  • Dec 18 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 18 Leonard Maltin, American movie critic (Entertainment Tonight), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 18 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)
  • Dec 21 Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer
  • Dec 21 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • Dec 23 Michael C. Burgess, American politician
  • Dec 23 Ilchi Lee, Korean educator and author
  • Dec 24 Libbi Larsen, composer
  • Dec 24 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw)
  • Dec 24 Dana Gioia, American poet
  • Dec 25 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Caripito, Venezuela
  • Dec 25 Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor
  • Dec 26 Michael Jones, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • Dec 26 Victoria Racimo, American actress (Corene-Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 27 Jack van Gelder, Dutch TV host
  • Dec 27 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 27 Roberto Bettega, Italian footballer
  • Dec 28 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Dec 28 Øivind Blunck, Norwegian comedian and actor
  • Dec 29 Jon Polito, actor (Fire With Fire, Homicide), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 30 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • Dec 30 Lewis Shiner, American sci-fi/fantasy author
  • Dec 30 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England
  • Dec 31 Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Dec 31 Robert Bryan Gilder, Corvallis OR, PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Dec 25 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 27 Actor Henry Fonda (45) weds socialite and third wife Susan Blanchard (22) in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 2 Dino Lipatti, composer, dies at 33
  • Dec 5 Shri Aurobindo [Aurobindo Ghose], Indian guru and nationalist, dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, dies at 57

Person of interestPeter Fraser

Dec 12 Peter Fraser, British-born New Zealand statesman and 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1940-49), dies of a heart attack following hospitalization with influenza at 66

New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser
New Zealand Prime Minister
Peter Fraser
  • Dec 13 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (field of statistical sequential analysis), dies at 48
  • Dec 14 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • Dec 15 Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman, dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Otto Vrieslander, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Walter Johannes Damrosch, German-American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Vincenzo Tommasini, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 25 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • Dec 25 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • Dec 26 Emile Enthoven, composer, dies at 47
  • Dec 26 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Max Beckmann, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • Dec 31 Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/pres (1918-20, 45-50), dies at 80