On This Day

What Happened in February 1950

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 1 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes

  • Feb 1 Urko Kekkonen elected Prime Minister of Finland

Sports History

Feb 1 Green Bay Packers founder, player and coach Curly Lambeau resigns after 31 seasons and 6 NFL titles to his credit

  • Feb 2 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 134 performances
  • Feb 2 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • Feb 3 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges
  • Feb 4 IV British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 7 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • Feb 7 Senator Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Feb 9 Senator Joseph McCarthy charges State Department infested with 205 communists

  • Feb 11 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • Feb 11 Englishman Jack Holden wins Empire Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in 2:32:57; runs last 9 miles barefoot after his shoes fell apart during the race
  • Feb 11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

Historic Event

Feb 12 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

  • Feb 12 Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
  • Feb 14 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
  • Feb 14 USSR & China sign peace treaty
  • Feb 15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Feb 15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

  • Feb 16 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • Feb 16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 17 Two Long Island Rail Road trains collide head-on, killing 32 near Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York
  • Feb 18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 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 21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 22 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)
  • Feb 24 Labour wins UK parliamentary election by 5 seats

Television Premiere

Feb 25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC. Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.

Music History

Feb 26 Jerome Robbin's ballet choreographed to Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres at the New York City Center Theater

Election of Interest

Feb 27 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

  • Feb 28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Breakdown"), born in Panama City, Florida
  • Feb 1 Rich Williams, American guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Feb 2 Barbara Sukowa, German actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • Feb 2 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • Feb 2 Genichiro Tenryu [Shimada], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
  • Feb 3 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • Feb 3 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 3 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • Feb 4 James Dunn, American soul singer (The Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 4 Phil Ehart, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Kansas - "Point of Know Return"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • Feb 4 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • Feb 4 (Michael) "Woody" Woodmansey, British drummer (David Bowie, 1970-73; The Spiders from Mars), born in Driffield, England
  • Feb 5 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Natalie Cole

Feb 6 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

  • Feb 6 Punky Meadows, American rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 6 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Burt Hooton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star, World Series, NLCS MVP 1981; no-hitter 1972; Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers), born in Greenville, Texas
  • Feb 7 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Feb 7 Mauro Bellugi, Italian soccer defender (32 caps; Inter Milan, Bologna, Napoli), born in Buonconvento, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Feb 8 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuban cosmonaut, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 8 Michael Goodroe, American rock bassist (Motels - "Only the Lonely"), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Feb 8 Cristina Ferrare, American supermodel and actress, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 9 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • Feb 9 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, American wrestler (Olympic silver 1976), born in Pumphrey, Maryland
  • 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)

Mark Spitz

Feb 10 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

  • Feb 11 Clarence Ellis, American football safety, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 11 Ernest Istook, American politician (Rep-R-Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Feb 12 Michael Ironside, Canadian actor (Starship Troopers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 12 Steve Hackett, British progressive rock guitarist, and composer (Genesis, 1971-77; GTR), born in Pimilco, London, England
  • Feb 13 Leonard Pascoe, Australian cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82), born in Bridgetown, Australia

Peter Gabriel

Feb 13 Peter Gabriel, English rock vocalist and composer (Genesis, 1967-75; "In Your Eyes"; "Biko"; "Shock The Monkey"), born in Surrey, England

  • Feb 13 Ewa Aulin, Swedish actress (Candy, Fiorina La Vacca), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist & actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 14 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • Feb 15 Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 16 Peter Hain, British politician (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2005-07), born in Kenya Colony
  • Feb 16 Kazuki Tomokawa [Tenji Nozoki], Japanese acid-folk singer-songwriter, born in Hachiryu (now Mitane), Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • Feb 17 Rickey Medlocke, American rock guitarist, vocalist, and drummer (Blackfoot, 1969-97 - "Highway Song"' "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1971-72 and 1996-present), born in Jackson, Florida
  • Feb 18 Cybill Shepherd, American actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 18 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Feb 18 Michel Gauthier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Feb 18 Bruce Kison, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2018)
  • Feb 19 Andy Powell, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in London, England
  • Feb 20 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway

Walter Becker

Feb 20 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

  • Feb 20 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), born in Higashimurayama, Japan (d. 2020)
  • Feb 21 Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopian diplomat, President of Ethiopia (2018-), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Julie Walters, English actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears), born in Birmingham, England

Julius Erving

Feb 22 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

  • Feb 22 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], French actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 22 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Feb 22 Genesis P-Orridge [Neil Megson], British avant-garde rock singer-songwriter, and performance artist (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist

George Thorogood

Feb 24 George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers - "Bad to the Bone"), born in Wilmington, Delaware

  • Feb 25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • Feb 25 Emitt Rhodes, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Merry-Go-Round), sound engineer, and record producer, born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 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 25 Mick Miller [Lawton], British stand-up comedian and television personality, born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 25 Kenny Gradney, American bassist and songwriter (Little Feat - "Time Loves A Hero"; Delaney & Bonnie & Friends; Robert Palmer), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Feb 26 Jonathan Cain, American rock guitarist & keyboardist (Journey; Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois

Helen Clark

Feb 26 Helen Clark, New Zealand Prime Minister (Labour: 1999-2008) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009-17), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

  • Feb 27 Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer, born in Abbiategrasso, Italy
  • Feb 27 Julia Neuberger, British rabbi, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom
  • Feb 28 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Stephen Chatman, American-Canadian composer (Choir Practice), and educator (University of British Columbia, 1976-present), born in Faribault, Minnesota

Famous Weddings

David Attenborough

Feb 17 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Feb 2 George A. Birmingham, Irish clergyman and novelist, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Karl Seitz, President of Austria (1920), 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 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini, Italian-British writer (The Sea Hawk), dies at 74
  • 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 16 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • Feb 18 Voranc Prezikov [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • Feb 19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Sarat Chandra Bose, Indian activist for independence, dies at 60
  • Feb 25 George Minot, American physician (Nobel 1934 - introduction of a raw-liver diet in the treatment of pernicious anemia), dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer ("Roamin' in the Gloamin'"), dies at about 75
  • Feb 27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58