What Happened in July 1950

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances
  • Jul 1 1st 407 US soldiers flown to South Korea
  • Jul 1 NYC bus fare rises to 10 cents equal to subway fare, combo fare at 15 cents
  • Jul 1 WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 Cleveland Indians' pitcher Bob Feller wins his 200th MLB game, 5-3 v Detroit Tigers
  • Jul 2 Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddihst temple in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • Jul 2 Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic
  • Jul 4 Boston Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties MLB season grand slam record (4) with a bases loaded hit vs Phillies
  • Jul 4 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
  • Jul 4 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • Jul 5 US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time, in the Battle of Osan
  • Jul 5 Law of Return passes, guarantees all Jews right to live in Israel
  • Jul 6 German DR recognizes Oder-Neisse borders with Poland
  • Jul 7 Korean War: UN Security Council establishes the United Nations Command to combat North Korean forces
  • Jul 7 1st Farnborough airshow held
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Budge Patty wins his lone Wimbledon singles title over 6-1, 8-10, 6-2, 6-3 over Australian Frank Sedgman

  • Jul 7 British Open Golf, Royal Troon: Bobby Locke of South Africa retains title by 2 strokes from Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Margaret duPont 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 for her 3rd straight Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 8 33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 8 General Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief of UN forces in Korea

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Jul 8 Leroy Deans awarded first Order of Purple Heart in Korea
  • Jul 9 13.15" (33.40 cm) of rainfall, York, Nebraska (state 24-hour record)
  • Jul 10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV (broadcast on radio from 1935)

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Jul 11 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 12 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • Jul 12 Hague Council of Annulment convicts German war criminals W Lages, FH Van de Funten and F Fischer to death
  • Jul 13 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow
  • Jul 13 René Pleven forms French government
  • Jul 14 RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea
  • Jul 16 Single day 16 team HR record set at 37 (NL-25, AL-12)
  • Jul 16 FIFA World Cup Final: Alcides Ghiggia scores a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jul 17 Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka
  • Jul 17 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • Jul 19 French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh
  • Jul 19 NY Yanks obtain their 1st black players, Elston Howard and Frank Barnes
  • Jul 19 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Summi maeroris
  • Jul 20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • Jul 22 Frank Worrell completes 261 v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 22 King Leopold returns to Belgium after 6 years in exile
  • Jul 24 V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
  • Jul 26 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
  • Jul 26 KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites
  • Jul 27 US President Harry Truman promises aid to Taiwan
  • Jul 29 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 David Duke, American politician, K.K.K. member
  • Jul 3 Damon Harris, musician (The Temptations-My Girl), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • Jul 3 Ewen Chatfield, NZ cricketer pace bowler (1975-89)
  • Jul 3 James Hahn, American politician and incumbent judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 David Jensen, Canadian-British radio DJ, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Jul 5 Gary Matthews, baseball player (1973 NL rookie of year)
  • Jul 5 Huey Lewis [Hugh Anthony Cregg III], American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 5 Michael Monarch, rock guitarist (Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 6 Phyllis Hyman, jazz Singer
  • Jul 6 Sultan Rakhmanov, Super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jul 6 John Byrne, American comic book author & artist
  • Jul 6 Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician
  • Jul 9 Adriano Panatta, Italian tennis player (French 1976, Italian 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jul 9 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 1999)

Person of interestViktor Yanukovych

Jul 9 Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian politician (President of Ukraine from 2010 until ouster in 2014 revolution), born in Yenakiyevo, Ukraine

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
President of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych
  • Jul 10 Willie Ford, American R&B singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Jul 10 Prokopis Pavlopoulos, 7th President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Jul 11 Bonnie Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-Jump, I'm So Excited)
  • Jul 11 Jim Higgs, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1978-81)
  • Jul 11 Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist
  • Jul 11 Bruce McGill, American actor
  • Jul 12 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American rock drummer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jul 13 George D "Pinky" Nelson, Iowa, PhD/astro (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)
  • Jul 13 Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, former mayor of Taipei, former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT)
  • Jul 14 Bruce Oldfield, British mode-designer
  • Jul 15 Alan Hurst, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1974-79)
  • Jul 15 Colin Barnett, Australian politician

Person of interestArianna Huffington

Jul 15 Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author, syndicated columnist and creator of The Huffington Post, born in Athens, Greece

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • Jul 16 Camille Saviola, American actress (Nightlife), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 16 Valery Yevgenyevich Maksimenko, Russian colonel and cosmonaut, born in Tyumen, Russia
  • Jul 16 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, deejay and NPR reviewer, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • Jul 16 Pierre Paradis, Quebec politician ( Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), born in Bedford, Quebec
  • Jul 16 Dennis Priestley, English darts player, born in Mexborough, England
  • Jul 17 Derek de Lint, Dutch actor
  • Jul 17 P.J. Soles, German-born American actress
  • Jul 17 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), born in New York City (d. 2011)

Person of interestRichard Branson

Jul 18 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jul 18 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jul 18 Jack Layton, Canadian politician
  • Jul 18 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer
  • Jul 19 Simon Cadell, English actor (Hi-De-Hi, Pride & Extreme Prejudice), born in London (d. 1996)
  • Jul 19 Per-Kristian Foss, Norwegian Minister of Finance, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 19 Freddy Moore, American rock musician and songwriter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 20 Tantoo Cardinal, Canadian actress
  • Jul 21 Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)
  • Jul 21 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • Jul 23 Alan Turner, Australian cricket left-handed opener (World Cup ton 1975), born in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jul 23 Belinda Montgomery, Canadian actress (Man From Atlantis), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jul 23 Blair Thornton, Canadian rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive), born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jul 23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jul 23 Kaity Tong, Chinese-American news anchor (WABC-TV NYC), born in Qingdao, China
  • Jul 23 Alex Kozinski, Romanian-American Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jul 24 Goutam Ghose, director (Patang, Voyage Beyond, Paar)
  • Jul 24 Sam Behrens, actor (Jake Meyer-General Hospital, Sunset Beach, LA Law)
  • Jul 25 Mark Clarke, English rocker (Uriah Heep), born in Liverpool
  • Jul 26 Paul McHale Jr., American politcian (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 26 Susan George, English actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo), born in London, England
  • Jul 26 Nelinho [Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jul 26 Rich Vogler, American race car driver, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • Jul 27 Michael Vaughn, English rocker (Paper Lace), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Jul 27 Simon Jones, English actor and comedian (News is the News), born in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, England
  • Jul 28 Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • Jul 29 Maricica Puica, Romania, 2K runner (world record)
  • Jul 29 Radu Voina, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80)
  • Jul 30 Frank Stallone, American Sylvestor's brother and actor (Barfly, Outlaw Force), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 30 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • Jul 31 Lane Davies, American actor (Mason-Santa Barbara, Impure Thoughts), born in Dalton, Georgia

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Actress Bette Davis (42) weds actor Gary Merrill (34) in Mexico

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76
  • Jul 1 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • Jul 5 Private Kenneth Shadrick becomes the first identified American soldier killed in the Korean War
  • Jul 5 Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian bandit, shot by police
  • Jul 6 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • Jul 8 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • Jul 11 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • Jul 14 Āpirana Ngata, Māori New Zealand politician and lawyer known for promoting and protecting Māori culture and language, dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • Jul 18 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (The Nation), dies at 64
  • Jul 21 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, dies at 71

Person of interestMackenzie King

Jul 22 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, and 1935-48), dies of pneumonia at 75

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Jul 29 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34