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Historical Events in 1950 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 503

  • Jun 10 Germany doesn't annex Oder-Neissegrens

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 11 50th US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: 16 months after being severely injured in an auto accident, Ben Hogan beats Lloyd Mangrum by 4 shots and George Fazio by 6 in an 18-hole playoff; the "Miracle at Merion"

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Jun 12 2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Following his retirement announcement after 49 years as Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack is named Honorary Manager of the MLB All-Star Game

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Jun 13 South African parliament accept "Groups Area Act"
  • Jun 15 Dutch police seize condoms
  • Jun 17 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
  • Jun 17 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact
  • Jun 18 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2
  • Jun 20 Dutch Air Force base Tjililitan given to Indonesia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 20 Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Jun 21 Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
  • Jun 23 Swiss parliament refuses voting rights for women
  • Jun 23 Yanks & Tigers hit record 11 HRs, Tigers win 10-9
  • Jun 23 Indians' Luke Easter hits longest ball in Cleveland Stadium history, 477 feet, into upper deck, Section 4
  • Jun 24 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins her 4th Western Open; beats Peggy Kirk, 5 & 3

  • Jun 24 French government led by prime Minister Georges Bidault resigns
  • Jun 24 NY Giant Wes Westrum hits 3 HRs & a triple
  • Jun 25 Israeli airline El Al begins service
  • Jun 25 Johnny Pramesa (Reds) and Hank Thompson (Giants) hit inside the park HRs
  • Jun 25 North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War
  • Jun 26 Pres Gottwald of Czechoslovakia confirms Milada Horakova's death sentence
  • Jun 27 "Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 27 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Scioto CC: American Chandler Harper wins his only major title; beats Harry Williams Jr., 4 & 3 in the final
  • Jun 27 US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jun 27 South Africa heeds United Nations call to assist Korea
  • Jun 28 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 performances
  • Jun 28 North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War
  • Jun 29 Striker Joe Gaetjens heads US to an upset, 1-0 win over England in a FIFA World Cup group match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Americans next win over England: 1994
  • Jun 29 West Indies beat England by 326 runs thanks to Ramadhin & Valentine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 US General MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Yanks obtain their 1st black players, Elston Howard and Frank Barnes
  • Jul 19 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Summi maeroris
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Aug 9 Lusty Song wins Hambletonian

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0
  • Aug 11 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time
  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Aug 12 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium
  • Aug 12 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis

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

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại
33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Aug 15 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 15 Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 15 Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier

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

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Aug 15 Rotterdam dock strike begins
  • Aug 15 Srikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • 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" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • Aug 22 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • Aug 23 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
  • Aug 23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
  • Aug 24 Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN
  • Aug 25 US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Aug 26 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Aug 27 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Sep 1 13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines

  • Sep 1 West Berlin granted a constitution
  • Sep 3 Giuseppe "Nino" Farina wins inaugural Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in an Alfa Romeo; wins by 3 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Sep 4 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines
  • Sep 4 D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna
  • Sep 4 Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250
  • Sep 4 "Beetle Bailey" comic strip debuts in twelve newspapers
  • Sep 4 NASCAR’s first paved super speedway, Darlington Raceway hosts Southern 500, first 500-mile event in NASCAR history; winner Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth
  • Sep 5 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis: American Art Larsen beats countryman Herb Flam 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for his only Grand Slam title
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart 6-3, 6-3 for her third consecutive US singles crown
  • Sep 7 Monasteries shut down in Hungary
  • Sep 9 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 performances
  • Sep 9 "Where's Chartev?" closes at St James Theater NYC after 792 performances
  • Sep 9 1st use of TV laugh track by "The Hank McCune Show" in the US
  • Sep 9 Mass arrests of communists in France
  • Sep 10 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium
  • Sep 11 1st typesetting machine to dispense with metal type exhibited
  • Sep 11 33 die in a train crash in Coshocton Ohio
  • Sep 11 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
  • Sep 12 Belgian government dismisses all communist civil servants
  • Sep 14 Western allies rearm West Germany
  • Sep 15 During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea
  • Sep 15 East German premier Grotewohl pleads for German reunification
  • Sep 15 For a record 6th time, NY Yankees' first baseman Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game
  • Sep 15 Longest game in Phila's Shribe Park, Phils beat Reds 8-7 in 19
  • Sep 15 US troop land on Wolmi-Do island off of Seoul
  • Sep 16 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)
  • Sep 16 Viet Minh offensive against French bases in Vietnam
  • Sep 17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • Sep 18 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher, receives dharma transmission

  • Sep 19 European Payment Union forms in Paris
  • Sep 19 Great Three acknowledge Bond government as only German government
  • Sep 19 UN reject membership of China's People Republic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States.

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Omar Bradley promoted to rank of 5-star general in the United States Army

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Sep 23 Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph Bunche for mediation in Israel - 1st African American winner

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Sep 23 US Air Force Mustangs accidentally bomb British on Hill 282 Korea, 17 killed

PlaneOperation Magic Carpet

Sep 24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes after having transported 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel
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Jews arrive in Israel after being evacuated from their home countries
Jews arrive in Israel after being evacuated from their home countries
  • Sep 26 Because of forest fire in Br Columbia, blue moon appears in England
  • Sep 26 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
  • Sep 26 UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul
  • Sep 27 Heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
  • Sep 28 Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
  • Sep 29 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 Telephone Answering Machine created by Bell Laboratories
  • Sep 29 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel
  • Sep 30 1st congress of International Astronautical Federation opens in Paris
  • Sep 30 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time
  • Sep 30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 Philadelphia Phillies clinch NL pennant on Dick Sisler's 3-run home run in a season ending 4-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; Phillies first pennant since 1913
  • Oct 1 New York Giants beat Cleveland Browns, 6-0 at Cleveland Stadium; sets Browns club record for fewest points scored by both teams; Browns go on to win NFL Championship
  • Oct 1 South Korean troops cross the 38th parallel into North Korea
  • Oct 1 Connie Mack's last game as Philadelphia Athletics manager (1901-50); longest serving manager in MLB history; beat Washington Senators, 5-3 at Shribe Park

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Oct 1 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Zaharias ties Open scoring record, -9 291 to beat amateur Betsy Rawls by 9 strokes

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 2 1st strip of Charlie Brown, "Li'l Folks", later "Peanuts", by Charles M. Schulz published in seven nationwide papers

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • Oct 2 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions in 55-13 win against Baltimore Colts; Cardinals quarterback Jim Hardy tosses 6 touchdown passes
  • Oct 3 1st black lead (Ethel Waters) on TV (Beulah)
  • Oct 3 Indonesian army opens assault on Ambon, South Moluccas
  • Oct 3 Philadelphia Phillies choose not to request MLB rule on star left-hander Curt Simmons' eligibility to play in World Series despite being on furlough from Army; Phillies swept, 4-0 by NY Yankees
  • Oct 5 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown & coach Red Auerbach draw lots out of hat for 3 members of defunct Chicago Stags franchise; hit jackpot with future 6-time NBA champion, Bob Cousy

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Oct 7 NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series
  • Oct 7 US forces invade North Korea by crossing 38th parallel
  • Oct 7 Walter Bedell Smith replaces Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as 4th CIA head

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 7 William H Jackson becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Oct 7 World Series Baseball: New York Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2 at Yankee Stadium to sweep series, 4-0 for 13th WS Championship
  • Oct 8 4th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat All-Stars, 7-1
  • Oct 8 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • Oct 11 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS
  • Oct 12 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 13 "All About Eve" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture 1951)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • Oct 14 Rev Sun Young Moon liberated from Hung Nam prison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • Oct 19 Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated
  • Oct 19 UN forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin
  • Oct 21 Chinese forces occupy Tibet
  • Oct 21 Death penalty abolished in Belgium