On This Day

Historical Events in July 1950

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Jul 1 "Lost in the Stars" by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill, based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson
  • Jul 1 1st 407 US soldiers flown to South Korea
  • Jul 1 NYC bus fare rises to 10 cents equal to subway fare, combo fare at 15 cents
  • Jul 1 WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 Cleveland Indians' pitcher Bob Feller wins his 200th MLB game, 5-3 v Detroit Tigers
  • Jul 2 Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddihst temple in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • Jul 2 Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic
  • Jul 4 Boston Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties MLB season grand slam record (4) with a bases loaded hit vs Phillies
  • Jul 4 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
  • Jul 4 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • Jul 5 US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time, in the Battle of Osan
  • Jul 5 Law of Return passes, guarantees all Jews right to live in Israel
  • Jul 6 German DR recognizes Oder-Neisse borders with Poland
  • Jul 7 Korean War: UN Security Council establishes the United Nations Command to combat North Korean forces
  • Jul 7 1st Farnborough airshow held
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Budge Patty wins his only Wimbledon singles title 6-1, 8-10, 6-2, 6-3 over Australian Frank Sedgman

  • Jul 7 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: Bobby Locke of South Africa retains title by 2 strokes from Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina
  • Jul 8 33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record)
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Margaret Osborne duPont 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 for her third straight Wimbledon singles title

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Jul 8 General Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief of UN forces in Korea

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Jul 8 Leroy Deans awarded first Order of Purple Heart in Korea
  • Jul 9 13.15" (33.40 cm) of rainfall, York, Nebraska (state 24-hour record)
  • Jul 10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV (broadcast on radio from 1935)

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Jul 11 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 12 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • Jul 12 Hague Council of Annulment convicts German war criminals W Lages, FH Van de Funten and F Fischer to death
  • Jul 13 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow
  • Jul 13 René Pleven forms French government
  • Jul 14 RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea
  • Jul 16 Single day 16 team HR record set at 37 (NL-25, AL-12)
  • Jul 16 FIFA World Cup Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Alcides Ghiggia scores a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beats Brazil, 2-1
  • Jul 17 Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka
  • Jul 17 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • Jul 19 French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh
  • Jul 19 NY Yankees sign their 1st Black players, Elston Howard and Frank Baines

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Jul 19 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Summi maeroris

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Jul 20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • Jul 22 Frank Worrell completes 261 v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 22 King Leopold returns to Belgium after 6 years in exile
  • Jul 24 V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
  • Jul 26 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
  • Jul 26 KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites
  • Jul 27 US President Harry Truman promises aid to Taiwan
  • Jul 29 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run