On This Day

Historical Events in March 1950

Historic Event

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