On This Day

December 1950 in History

Events in History

Historic Publication

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

Radio Premiere

Dec 3 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

  • 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

  • Dec 12 Baseball owners vote to drop 4-year old bonus & high school rule
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Dec 19 General Eisenhower named NATO commander

Historic Event

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

  • Dec 22 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
  • Dec 25 Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
  • 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 Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic (politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia), born in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Dec 3 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, born in Natal, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • Dec 3 Asa Hutchinson, American politician, Governor of Arkansas (2015-), born in Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Dec 8 Rick Baker, American special effects makeup artist (Exorcist), born in Binghamton, New York
  • Dec 11 Christine Onassis [Andreadis], American-born Greek heiress (Aristotle's daughter), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 16 Ieremia Tabai, President of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)
  • Dec 16 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007)
  • Dec 17 Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
  • Dec 18 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (My brilliant Career, Little Women), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 23 Michael C. Burgess, American politician, born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Dec 23 Ilchi Lee, South Korean educator and author, born in Cheonan, South Korea
  • Dec 24 Dana Gioia, American poet, born in Hawthorne, California
  • Dec 25 Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor
  • Dec 30 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • Dec 30 Lewis Shiner, American sci-fi/fantasy author

Weddings in History

  • Dec 25 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Shri Aurobindo [Aurobindo Ghose], Indian guru and nationalist, dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, dies at 57

Peter Fraser

Dec 12 Peter Fraser, British-born New Zealand statesman and 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1940-49), dies of a heart attack following hospitalization with influenza at 66

  • Dec 13 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (field of statistical sequential analysis), dies at 48
  • Dec 14 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • Dec 25 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • Dec 25 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • Dec 26 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Max Beckmann, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Karl Renner, Austrian President (1918-20, 45-50), dies at 80