Historical Events in December 1950

Historic Publication

Dec 2 "I Robot" collection of sci-fi short stories by Isaac Asimov published by Gnome Press in the US

  • Dec 2 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 South African world bantamweight boxing champion Vic Toweel sets a record for knockdowns in a title fight against Englishman Danny Sullivan in Johannesburg; Sullivan floored 14 times in 10 rounds before fight stopped
  • Dec 3 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)

Radio Premiere

Dec 3 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Dec 5 Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Ralph Bunche (1st black American) presented the Nobel Peace Prize for mediation in Israel

  • Dec 11 Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract

Nobel Prize

Dec 11 British Physicist Cecil Frank Powell awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of nuclear processes and the discovery of the pion

Music Premiere

Dec 11 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for Clarinet premieres with Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy, and Benny Goodman as soloist, at the Academy of Music

  • Dec 12 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
  • Dec 12 Baseball owners vote to drop 4-year old bonus & high school rule
  • Dec 13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances

Film & TV History

Dec 13 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

  • Dec 14 Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
  • Dec 14 Musical "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Dec 14 UN General Assembly establishes High Commission for Refugees, goes on to win Nobel Peace Prize in 1954
  • Dec 15 NYC's Port Authority opens
  • Dec 16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Film & TV History

Dec 16 Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22

Historic Event

Dec 16 US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"

Historic Event

Dec 19 Chinese invasion of Tibet forces the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to flee

Historic Event

Dec 19 General Eisenhower named NATO commander

Film Premiere

Dec 20 "Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in New York

Music Premiere

Dec 21 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC; runs for 157 performances

  • Dec 22 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
  • Dec 24 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams, 30-28; Cleveland has 5 interceptions, Rams 1
  • Dec 25 Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
  • Dec 26 Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
  • Dec 28 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
  • Dec 28 The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's 1st National Park
  • Dec 30 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

#1 in the Charts

Dec 30 "Tennessee Waltz" sung by Patti Page hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks)

  • Dec 30 Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union

Sports History

Dec 31 American thoroughbred jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Joe Culmone end the year tied, leading the nation with record 388 wins