August 1950 in History

Events in History

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

Event of Interest

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

  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

Catholic Encyclical

Aug 12 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis

Event of Interest

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
  • 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.

Event of Interest

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 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • 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
  • Aug 25 US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Doug Tracht, American radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Lance Ito, American judge (O.J. Simpson trial), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 2 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 John Landis, American director (Animal House; The Blues Brothers; Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida

Chris HaneyChris Haney (1950-2010)

Aug 9 Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario

  • Aug 10 A L Harris, clinicaloncologist
  • Aug 11 Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak (72 years old)

Aug 11 American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Gary LarsonGary Larson (72 years old)

Aug 14 American cartoonist (The Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

  • Aug 16 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • Aug 21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 24 Tim White, American paleoanthropologist best known for leading the team which discovered Ardi, the type specimen of Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4.4 million-year-old likely human ancestor, born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Aug 27 Edmund Weiner, British lexicographer (Oxford English Dictionary), philologist, and co-author (The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 29 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • Aug 30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
  • Aug 8 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, dies at 70
  • Aug 8 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • Aug 19 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and electrical engineer (Giorgi system of measurement), dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • Aug 24 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 26 Ransom Eli Olds, American auto (Oldsmobile) & truck (REO) manufacturer, dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41
  • Aug 30 Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center), dies at 57