February 1950 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Urko Kekkonen elected Prime Minister of Finland

Event of Interest

Feb 1 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes

Event of Interest

Feb 3 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges

  • Feb 4 IV British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 7 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • Feb 7 Senator Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Event of Interest

Feb 7 United States formally recognizes the State of Vietnam as the legitimate government of Vietnam, with Bảo Đại as leader

McCarthy's Red Scare

Feb 9 Senator Joseph McCarthy charges State Department infested with 205 communists

  • Feb 11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

Event of Interest

Feb 12 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

  • Feb 12 Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
  • Feb 14 USSR & China sign peace treaty
  • Feb 15 WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 Two Long Island Rail Road trains collide head-on, killing 32 near Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York
  • Feb 19 Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)

Event of Interest

Feb 20 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour

  • Feb 20 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • Feb 24 Labour wins UK parliamentary election by 5 seats

Chinese History

Feb 27 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • Feb 8 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuban cosmonaut, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 9 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • Feb 9 Richard F. Colburn, American politician, Senator (R) Maryland (1995-2015), born in Easton, Maryland
  • Feb 9 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • Feb 10 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • Feb 11 Ernest Istook, American politician (Rep-R-Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 16 Peter Hain, British politician (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2005-07), born in Kenya Colony
  • Feb 18 Michel Gauthier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Feb 21 Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopian diplomat, President of Ethiopia (2018-), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Feb 24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist
  • Feb 25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • Feb 25 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • Feb 25 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • Feb 25 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina 2003-2007), born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz (d. 2010)

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Feb 26 New Zealand Prime Minister (Labour: 1999-2008) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009-17), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

  • Feb 27 Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer, born in Abbiategrasso, Italy
  • Feb 27 Julia Neuberger, British rabbi, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Feb 2 George A. Birmingham, Irish clergyman and novelist, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Karl Seitz, President of Austria (1920), dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Frank Speck, American anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), dies at 68
  • Feb 6 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • Feb 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini, Italian-British writer (The Sea Hawk), dies at 74
  • Feb 14 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • Feb 18 Voranc Prezikov [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Sarat Chandra Bose, Indian activist for independence, dies at 60
  • Feb 25 George Minot, American physician (Nobel 1934 - introduction of a raw-liver diet in the treatment of pernicious anemia), dies at 64
  • Feb 27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58