On This Day

Historical Events in 1950

Events 1 - 200 of 503

  • Jan 1 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

Battle of Interest

Jan 1 Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

  • Jan 1 The state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
  • Jan 2 36th Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #3 California, 17-14
  • Jan 2 16th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #9 LSU, 35-0
  • Jan 2 16th Orange Bowl: #15 Santa Clara beats #11 Kentucky, 21-13
  • Jan 5 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6 "Happy As Larry" opens at Coronet Theater, NYC, runs for 3 performances
  • Jan 6 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • Jan 7 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 7 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • Jan 7 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • Jan 12 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
  • Jan 14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • Jan 14 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • Jan 15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.

Sports History

Jan 15 Red Wings' rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk records his first of 115 career NHL shutouts, as Detroit beats the New York Rangers, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden

  • Jan 16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • Jan 17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Jan 17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed" premieres in London

Sports History

Jan 18 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion

  • Jan 19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • Jan 20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Jan 20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • Jan 20 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Jan 21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Jan 21 New York jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

Theater Premiere

Jan 21 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 23 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • Jan 23 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 23 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • Jan 23 Rebel army of Dutch military officer Raymond Westerling occupies Bandung, Java

Contract of Interest

Jan 24 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

  • Jan 25 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January
  • Jan 26 Constitution of independent India comes into effect; Rajendra Prasad elected India's first president
  • Jan 27 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • Jan 28 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud
  • Jan 30 "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Louise Brough beats Doris Hart 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for her only Australian singles title
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman retains title; beats fellow Australian Ken McGregor 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Historic Event

Jan 31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

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
  • Mar 1 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Taiwan
  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 3 National-American Football League reverts to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
  • Mar 6 Silly Putty goes on sale in the US
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • Mar 7 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • Mar 7 Men's Figure Skating World Championship in London won by Dick Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

Historic Event

Mar 9 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"

Historic Event

Mar 13 General Motors Corporation reports record net earnings of $656,434,232

  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 269 performances
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards

Historic Event

Mar 17 Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis

  • Mar 17 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Mar 18 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship

US Women's Golf Open

Mar 19 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

  • Mar 19 City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT

Golf Tournament

Mar 19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran

  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Mar 23 Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greek government
  • Mar 23 UN World Meteorological Org established
  • Mar 23 Frances Farmer is released from Western State Hospital
  • Mar 24 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating Championship won by Dick Button
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power wins aboard 10/1 Irish co-favourite Freebooter; estimated 500,00 in attendance including Royal Family
  • Mar 25 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown

Music Concert

Mar 27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

  • Mar 27 Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Mar 27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley, 71-68; City College of NY first to win NCAA & National Invitational Basketball in same year
  • Mar 30 Bell Telephone Laboratories announces invention of the phototransistor in Murray Hill, New Jersey
  • Apr 2 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
  • Apr 5 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins

Historic Event

Apr 6 John Foster Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Acheson

  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances

US Masters Golf

Apr 9 14th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret becomes the first 3-time Masters champion by 2 strokes ahead of Australian Jim Ferrier

  • Apr 9 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win

TV Show Appearance

Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Historic Event

Apr 11 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco

  • Apr 11 US B-29 bomber shot down over Latvia
  • Apr 14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • Apr 14 Doorne's Auto factory opens in Netherlands
  • Apr 17 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of South Korea in 2:32:39
  • Apr 18 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • Apr 18 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations
  • Apr 18 Sam Jethroe is 1st African American to play for Boston Braves
  • Apr 18 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • Apr 20 Baltimore, Maryland's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • Apr 23 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • Apr 23 NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 110-95 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
  • Apr 23 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Pete Babando scores Cup-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 as Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4-3 for a 4-3 series win

Music Premiere

Apr 24 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

  • Apr 24 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • Apr 24 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • Apr 24 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
  • Apr 25 Republik Maluku Selatan (also known as the Republic of the South Moluccas) declared on Ambon
  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)
  • Apr 26 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • Apr 26 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • Apr 27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • Apr 27 South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
  • May 1 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • May 1 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • May 1 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • May 1 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 2 Carlo Terron's "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • May 2 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • May 2 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not People's Republic of China

Royal Coronation

May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 6 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • May 8 President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
  • May 9 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • May 9 Norman Dello Joio's opera, "The Triumph of St. Joan", premieres in Bronxville, New York
  • May 10 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • May 11 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • May 11 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano) premieres in Paris

Music Premiere

May 12 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris

  • May 13 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
  • May 13 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo
  • May 14 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 18 MLB St. Louis Cardinals baseman Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • May 19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain

Sports History

May 20 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2

  • May 21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
  • May 22 Celal Bayar elected President of Turkey
  • May 22 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize

Music Premiere

May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) premieres in London

  • May 25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • May 27 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 134 performances
  • May 27 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens
  • May 29 3rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Bicycle Thieves" Best Film

Music History

May 29 The Carter family debut on the Grand Ole Opry with Chet Atkins

  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Parsons becomes first American to win a World Championship event; race stopped after 138 laps (345 miles) due to rain
  • Jun 1 WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 2 St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Washington Senators
  • Jun 3 French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • Jun 3 French Championships Men's Tennis: Budge Patty wins first of 2 Grand Sam titles that year; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
  • Jun 3 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Patricia Todd 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for her 1st of 2 French singles titles
  • Jun 4 CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election
  • Jun 4 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • Jun 5 US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
  • Jun 6 German DR & Poland sign treaty about Oder-Neisse border
  • Jun 6 Turkey: The Adhan in Arabic is legalized.
  • Jun 8 Boston Red Sox rout St Louis Browns, 29-4 at Fenway Park; set 6 MLB records including runs scored and most total bases, 60
  • Jun 8 Jean Duvieusart becomes Belgian premier
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of famous West Indian spin twins Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin in 1st Test v England at Manchester; Valentine takes 8-104 on Day 1 but WI lose by 202 runs
  • Jun 8 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.