On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1950

Historical Events

  • Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Dann Florek, American actor (Law & Order), born in Flat Rock, Michigan
  • Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (62 caps; Celtic), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Marina Stepanova, Russian athlete (3-time 400m hurdles WR; first woman to run sub 53s; 52.94s 1986), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
1950 Highlights

About May 1, 1950

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 70 years, 5 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus