On This Day

What Happened in September 1950

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines
  • Sep 1 West Berlin granted a constitution
  • Sep 3 Giuseppe "Nino" Farina wins inaugural Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in an Alfa Romeo; wins by 3 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Sep 4 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines
  • Sep 4 D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna
  • Sep 4 Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250
  • Sep 4 "Beetle Bailey" comic strip debuts in twelve newspapers
  • Sep 4 NASCAR’s first paved super speedway, Darlington Raceway hosts Southern 500, first 500-mile event in NASCAR history; winner Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth
  • Sep 5 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis: American Art Larsen beats countryman Herb Flam 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for his only Grand Slam title
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart 6-3, 6-3 for her third consecutive US singles crown
  • Sep 7 Monasteries shut down in Hungary
  • Sep 9 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 performances
  • Sep 9 "Where's Chartev?" closes at St James Theater NYC after 792 performances
  • Sep 9 1st use of TV laugh track by "The Hank McCune Show" in the US
  • Sep 9 Mass arrests of communists in France

Sports History

Sep 10 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium

  • Sep 11 1st typesetting machine to dispense with metal type exhibited
  • Sep 11 33 die in a train crash in Coshocton Ohio
  • Sep 11 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
  • Sep 12 Belgian government dismisses all communist civil servants
  • Sep 14 Western allies rearm West Germany
  • Sep 15 During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea
  • Sep 15 East German premier Grotewohl pleads for German reunification
  • Sep 15 For a record 6th time, NY Yankees' first baseman Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game
  • Sep 15 Longest game in Phila's Shribe Park, Phils beat Reds 8-7 in 19
  • Sep 15 US troop land on Wolmi-Do island off of Seoul
  • Sep 16 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)
  • Sep 16 Viet Minh offensive against French bases in Vietnam
  • Sep 17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • Sep 18 Nakagawa Soen, Japanese Zen teacher, receives dharma transmission
  • Sep 19 European Payment Union forms in Paris
  • Sep 19 Great Three (England, US, and France) acknowledge Bonn Government as the only German government
  • Sep 19 UN reject membership of China's People Republic

Historic Event

Sep 21 George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of the United States

Historic Event

Sep 22 Omar Bradley promoted to rank of 5-star general in the United States Army

Nobel Prize

Sep 23 Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph Bunche for mediation in Israel - 1st African American winner

  • Sep 23 US Air Force Mustangs accidentally bomb British on Hill 282 Korea, 17 killed
  • Sep 23 Canada's first mountain rescue by helicopter of a forestry worker from a Wells Gray Park forestry lookout

Operation Magic Carpet

Sep 24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes after having transported 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel

  • Sep 26 Because of forest fire in Br Columbia, blue moon appears in England
  • Sep 26 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
  • Sep 26 UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 27 Heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Sep 28 Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
  • Sep 29 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 Telephone Answering Machine created by Bell Laboratories

Sports History

Sep 29 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel

  • Sep 30 1st congress of International Astronautical Federation opens in Paris
  • Sep 30 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time
  • Sep 30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Phillip Fulmer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Tennessee 152-52) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Winchester, Tennessee

Phil McGraw

Sep 1 Phil McGraw, American psychologist, author and TV personality (Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show), born in Vinita, Oklahoma

  • Sep 2 Rosanna DeSoto, American actress
  • Sep 2 Michael Rother, German electronic musician (Neu!; Kraftwerk; Harmonia; Cluster), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • Sep 2 Yuen Wah, Chinese actor and stuntman
  • Sep 3 Aaron "A-Train" Smith, American drummer (The Temptations; Romeo Void), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 3 Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King's X), born in Braidwood, Illinois
  • Sep 3 Jóhannes Eðvaldsson, Icelandic soccer defender (34 caps; Celtic, Tulsa Roughnecks, Hannover 96, Motherwell), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2021)
  • Sep 4 Ehteshamuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Sep 5 Cathy Guisewite, American cartoonist (Cathy), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Sep 5 Kathy Cronkite, American actress (Annie-Hizzonner), born in Washington, D. C.
  • Sep 5 Paul William Roberts, Canadian writer, born in Wales
  • Sep 6 Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Dutch politician (CDA), born in St. Joost, Netherlands
  • Sep 7 Peggy Noonan, American author (What I Saw at the Revolution), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 7 Julie Kavner, American actress and voice artist (Brenda-Rhoda, Marge-Simpsons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 7 Mark "Moogy" Klingman, American rock musician and songwriter (Utopia), born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York (d. 2011)
  • Sep 8 Will Lee, American session bassist (Late Show with David Letterman; The Fab Faux), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 8 Mike Simpson, American politician (Rep-(R)-Idaho 1999-), born in Burley, Idaho
  • Sep 8 James Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense under the Trump administration (2017-2019), born in Pullman, Washington
  • Sep 8 Zachary Richard, American Cajun and zydeco singer-songwriter, guitarist, and accordion player, born in Scott, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 John McFee, American rock and pedal steel guitarist (Van Morrison; Doobie Brothers), born in Santa Cruz California
  • Sep 10 Don Powell, English rock drummer (Slade), born in Bilston, England
  • Sep 10 Joe Perry, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Sep 11 Amy Madigan, American actress (Uncle Buck, Twice in a Lifetime), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • Sep 12 Cynthia Myers, American Playmate (Dec 1968) and actress (Beyond Valley of Dolls), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Sep 12 Gustav Brunner, Austrian Formula One designer and engineer, born in Graz, Austria
  • Sep 13 Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Polish politician (8th Prime Minister of Poland), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Sep 13 Jeff Lowe, American mountain climber (co-founder Lowe Alpine), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2018)
  • Sep 14 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Sep 14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
  • Sep 14 Michael Nifong, American attorney, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Sep 14 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), born in New York City (d. 1979)
  • Sep 16 David Bellamy, American singer (The Bellamy Brothers - "Let Your Love Flow"), born in Darby, Florida
  • Sep 16 Loyd Grossman, American-British television presenter (MasterChef 1990-2000), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • Sep 17 [John] Fee Waybill, American rock snger and songwriter (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 17 Chris Heister [Gun Christina Heister], Swedish politician, born in Östhammar, Uppsala
  • Sep 17 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 18 Helene Virginie Weijel, Dutch author (In the Street Without a Coat), born in Amsterdam (d. 1995)
  • Sep 18 Shabana Azmi, Indian actress (Ankur, Neerja), born in Hyderabad, India

Darryl Sittler

Sep 18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (NHL record for most points in a game, 10), born in St. Jacobs, Ontario

  • Sep 18 Carl Verbraeken, Belgian composer, born in Wilrijk, Belgium
  • Sep 19 Joan Lunden, American journalist and news host (Good Morning America), born in Fair Oaks, California
  • Sep 19 Rudy Ramos, American actor (Wind-High Chaparral), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Sep 19 Stanley Sheldon, American bass guitar player (Peter Frampton), born in 1950 in Ottawa, Kansas
  • Sep 19 Keith Grimwood, American folk, rock, classical, and family music double bassist, and singer-songwriter (Trout Fishing In America - "No Matter What Goes Right"), born in Texas
  • Sep 20 James P[aul] Blaylock, American sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus), born in Long Beach, California
  • Sep 20 Loredana Bertè, Italian singer and 2nd ex-wife of Bjorn Borg, born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 20 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), born in Hilo, Hawaii (d. 2020)

Bill Murray

Sep 21 Bill Murray, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live; Stripes; Ghostbusters), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • Sep 21 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • Sep 22 Kirka, Finnish singer (d. 2007)
  • Sep 22 (Kirill) "Kirka" Babitzin, Finnish pop-rock singer ("Hetki Lyö" (Beat the Clock)), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2007)
  • Sep 24 Mohinder Amarnath, Indian cricketer (son of Lala Indian batsman of 70's/80's), born in Patiala, India
  • Sep 24 Kristina Wayborn, Swedish actress (Octopussy), born in Nybro, Sweden
  • Sep 24 Emilio Castillo, American saxophone player, composer, and bandleader (Tower of Power), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 26 Simon Brint, British comic actor, musician, and television composer (French and Saunders; A Bit of Fry & Laurie; Monarch of the Glen), born in High Ham, Somerset, England (d. 2011)
  • Sep 27 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japan, actor (Lt A J Shimamura-Nash Bridges)
  • Sep 27 Linda Lewis [Fredericks], British pop-rock-soul singer- songwriter, and guitarist ("Rock-a-Doodle-Doo"), born in West Ham, Essex, England
  • Sep 28 John Sayles, actor (Brother from Another Planet), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Sep 28 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc - I'm Not In Love")
  • Sep 28 Laurie Lewis, American musician
  • Sep 28 Brian Keenan, Irish author (An Evil Cradling), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 30 Victoria Tennant, London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War)
  • Sep 30 Renato Zero [Fiacchini], Italian pop, rock and soul singer (Madame), born in Rome

Famous Weddings

Lee Kuan Yew

Sep 30 First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (27) weds lawyer Kwa Geok Choo (29) in Singapore

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 6 Olaf Stapledon, British writer and philosopher (b. 1886)
  • Sep 11 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80
  • Sep 11 S M H Colah, cricketer (69 runs in India's 1st 2 tests 1932-33), dies
  • Sep 11 Rudolf Palm, Curaçaoan pianist and composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 13 Sara Allgood, Irish-American actress (Blackmail, How Green Was My Valley), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Sep 15 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 16 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), dies at 68
  • Sep 21 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 23 Sam Barry, American collegiate basketball, football, and baseball coach, 1918-50 (University of Southern California, 1929-50), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Sep 29 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, dies at 69