On This Day

Historical Events in April 1950

  • 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

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

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 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

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Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope

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Apr 11 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco

Prince of Monaco Rainier III
Prince of Monaco
Rainier III
  • 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 Balt'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
  • Apr 24 "Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC 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