January 1950 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

Battle of Interest

Jan 1 Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

  • Jan 1 The state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
  • Jan 5 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • Jan 7 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • Jan 7 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • Jan 12 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
  • Jan 14 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • Jan 15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • Jan 17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed" premieres in London
  • Jan 19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • Jan 20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • Jan 21 New York jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

Theater Premiere

Jan 21 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 23 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 23 Rebel army of Dutch military officer Raymond Westerling occupies Bandung, Java
  • Jan 25 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January

Event of Interest

Jan 26 Constitution of independent India comes into effect; Rajendra Prasad elected India's first president

  • Jan 28 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud

Event of Interest

Jan 31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur, born in Pomona, California
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian historian, born in Iași, Romania (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jan 6 Louis Freeh, American attorney & FBI director, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jan 9 Alec Jeffreys, British geneticist (developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting), born in Oxford, England
  • Jan 10 Roy Blunt, American politician (Senator-R-Missouri 2011, Rep-R-MO 1997-2011), born in Niangua, Missouri
  • Jan 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli jewellery designer & businesswoman, born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jan 12 Marilyn Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Jan 19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 20 Edward Hirsch, American poet, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger, born in Zinder, Niger
  • Jan 21 Joseph R. Tanner, American astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97), born in Danville, Illinois
  • Jan 24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Jan 24 Laura Kelly, American politician, Governor of Kansas (2019-), born in New York City
  • Jan 25 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 25 Michael Cotten, American rock synthesizer (Tubes) and art designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 26 Jorg Haider, Austrian political leader (Austrian Freedom Party), born in Bad Goisern, Austria (d. 2008)
  • Jan 27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • Jan 28 David Carl Hilmers, American NASA astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42), born in Clinton, Iowa
  • Jan 28 Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain (1999 - present), born in Riffa, Bahrain

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 James Dooley, Irish-Australian Premier of New South Wales, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman, American geographer (co-founder of the Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • Jan 11 Karin Michaelis, Danish writer (The Dangerous Age), dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Henry "Hap" Arnold, American commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII), dies at 63

George OrwellGeorge Orwell (1903-1950)

Jan 21 British author (Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four), dies at 46

  • Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)