On This Day

What Happened on January 21, 1950

Historical Events

  • "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • New York jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Billy Ocean [Leslie Charles], Trinidadian-British pop and R&B singer ("Caribbean Queen"; "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"), born in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Joseph R. Tanner, American astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97), born in Danville, Illinois
  • Richie Ranno, American rock guitarist (Starz), born in The Bronx, New York City

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGeorge Orwell

George Orwell, British author (Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four), dies in London at 46


1950 Highlights

About January 21, 1950

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 71 years, 6 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius