On This Day

July 1950 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 1st 407 US soldiers flown to South Korea
  • Jul 1 NYC bus fare rises to 10 cents equal to subway fare, combo fare at 15 cents
  • Jul 2 Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddihst temple in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • Jul 2 Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic
  • Jul 4 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
  • Jul 4 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • Jul 5 US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time, in the Battle of Osan
  • Jul 5 Law of Return passes, guarantees all Jews right to live in Israel
  • Jul 6 German DR recognizes Oder-Neisse borders with Poland
  • Jul 7 Korean War: UN Security Council establishes the United Nations Command to combat North Korean forces
  • Jul 7 1st Farnborough airshow held
  • Jul 8 33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record)

Historic Event

Jul 8 General Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief of UN forces in Korea

  • Jul 8 Leroy Deans awarded first Order of Purple Heart in Korea
  • Jul 9 13.15" (33.40 cm) of rainfall, York, Nebraska (state 24-hour record)
  • Jul 12 Hague Council of Annulment convicts German war criminals W Lages, FH Van de Funten and F Fischer to death
  • Jul 13 René Pleven forms French government
  • Jul 14 RE Wayne awarded 1st Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea
  • Jul 16 Single day 16 team HR record set at 37 (NL-25, AL-12)
  • Jul 17 Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka
  • Jul 17 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • Jul 19 French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh

Catholic Encyclical

Jul 19 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Summi maeroris

  • Jul 22 Frank Worrell completes 261 v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 22 King Leopold returns to Belgium after 6 years in exile
  • Jul 24 V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
  • Jul 26 KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites
  • Jul 27 US President Harry Truman promises aid to Taiwan

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 David Duke, American white nationalist politician and K.K.K. member, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jul 3 James Hahn, American politician and incumbent judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 David Jensen, Canadian-British radio DJ, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Jul 6 John Byrne, American author and artist of superhero comics (X-Men), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England
  • Jul 6 Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician (MP of Louis-Hébert, Quebec, 2000-04), born in Quebec City, Quebec

Viktor Yanukovych

Jul 9 Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian politician (President of Ukraine from 2010 until overthrow in 2014 revolution), born in Yenakiyevo, Ukraine

  • Jul 10 Prokopis Pavlopoulos, 7th President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Jul 11 Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist
  • Jul 13 George D "Pinky" Nelson, Iowa, PhD/astro (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)
  • Jul 13 Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, former mayor of Taipei, former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT)
  • Jul 14 Bruce Oldfield, British fashion designer
  • Jul 15 Colin Barnett, Australian politician, Premier of Western Australia (2008-17), born in Nedlands, Australia

Arianna Huffington

Jul 15 Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author, syndicated columnist and creator of The Huffington Post, born in Athens, Greece

  • Jul 16 Valery Yevgenyevich Maksimenko, Russian colonel and cosmonaut, born in Tyumen, Russia
  • Jul 16 Pierre Paradis, Quebec politician (Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), born in Bedford, Quebec
  • Jul 18 Jack Layton, Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • Jul 19 Per-Kristian Foss, Norwegian Minister of Finance, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 23 Alex Kozinski, Romanian-American Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jul 24 Goutam Ghose, director (Patang, Voyage Beyond, Paar)
  • Jul 26 Paul McHale Jr., American politcian (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 28 Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • Jul 29 Jenny Holzer, American neo-conceptual artist, born in Gallipolis, Ohio

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Tribune building), dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Private Kenneth Shadrick becomes the first identified American soldier killed in the Korean War
  • Jul 5 Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian bandit, shot by police
  • Jul 8 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • Jul 12 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • Jul 14 Āpirana Ngata, Māori New Zealand politician and lawyer known for promoting and protecting Māori culture and language, dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • Jul 18 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (The Nation), dies at 64