On This Day

January 1950 in History

Events in History

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

BattleBattle of Interest

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

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 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
  • 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 interestEvent of Interest

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

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian historian, born in Iași, Romania (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur, born in Pomona, California
  • 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 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Marilyn Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli jewellery designer & businesswoman, born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • 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, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • 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, geographer/co-founder (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, writer, dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
  • Jan 15 Henry "Hap" Arnold, American commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII), dies at 63

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

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

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