Historical Events in August 1950

  • Aug 1 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
  • Aug 1 Guam Organic Act establishes Guam as an unincorporated US territory
  • Aug 1 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King
  • Aug 7 Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko and Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
  • Aug 7 Tour de France: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win Tour; Louison Bobet of France wins mountain classification

Sports History

Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

  • Aug 9 Lusty Song riden by Delvin Miller wins the Hambletonian in Goshen, New York

Film Premiere

Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder, and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Aug 11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • Aug 11 Boston Braves pitcher Vern Bickford no-hits Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-0 at Braves Field

Historic Event

Aug 11 Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union

Sports History

Aug 11 In a 4 for 38 slump, New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio is benched for first time; replacement Cliff Mapes hits a HR in 7-6 win over Philadelphia Athletics

  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium
  • Aug 12 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium

Catholic Encyclical

Aug 12 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis

Historic Event

Aug 13 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bảo Đại

  • Aug 15 8.6 Assam-Tibet earthquake kills several thousand

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 15 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 to retain heavyweight boxing title

  • Aug 15 Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 15 Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier
  • Aug 15 Rotterdam dock strike begins
  • Aug 15 Srikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Historic Event

Aug 15 Sukarno proclaims the unitary Republic of Indonesia and becomes its 1st President

  • Aug 16 West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
  • Aug 17 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
  • Aug 17 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • Aug 19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • Aug 20 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" ("Justice is Done") directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)

Sports History

Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition

  • Aug 22 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • Aug 23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
  • Aug 24 Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN

Film Release

Aug 25 "Rashomon", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1952)

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

  • Aug 25 US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike
  • Aug 26 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Tom Brown beats Ken McGregor in 5 sets but Australia breaks US stranglehold on trophy with a dominant 4-1 victory
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Aug 27 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family for alleged communist sympathies
  • Aug 28 Earle & Roy Mack, purchase 54% of the Philadelphia A's from Connie Mack Jr
  • Aug 29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952

Baseball Record

Aug 31 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves