1950 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 309

  • May 14 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • May 18 Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • May 19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
  • May 21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
  • May 22 Celal Bayar elected President of Turkey
  • May 22 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London
  • May 25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • May 27 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens
  • Jun 3 French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • Jun 4 CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election
  • Jun 5 US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
  • Jun 6 German DR & Poland sign treaty about Oder-Neisse border
  • Jun 6 Turkey: The Adhan in Arabic is legalized.
  • Jun 8 Jean Duvieusart becomes Belgian premier
  • Jun 8 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.

  • Jun 10 Germany doesn't annex Oder-Neissegrens
  • Jun 12 2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die
  • Jun 13 South African parliament accept "Groups Area Act"
  • Jun 15 Dutch police seize condoms
  • Jun 17 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
  • Jun 17 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact
  • Jun 20 Dutch Air Force base Tjililitan given to Indonesia
  • Jun 21 Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
  • Jun 23 Swiss parliament refuses voting rights for women
  • Jun 23 Yanks & Tigers hit record 11 HRs, Tigers win 10-9
  • Jun 23 Indians' Luke Easter hits longest ball in Cleveland Stadium history, 477 feet, into upper deck, Section 4
  • Jun 24 French government led by prime Minister Georges Bidault resigns
  • Jun 24 NY Giant Wes Westrum hits 3 HRs & a triple
  • Jun 25 Israeli airline El Al begins service
  • Jun 25 Johnny Pramesa (Reds) and Hank Thompson (Giants) hit inside the park HRs
  • Jun 25 North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War
  • Jun 26 Pres Gottwald of Czechoslovakia confirms Milada Horakova's death sentence
  • Jun 27 US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam

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Jun 27 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jun 27 South Africa heeds United Nations call to assist Korea
  • Jun 28 North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War
  • Jun 29 West Indies beat England by 326 runs thanks to Ramadhin & Valentine

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Jun 30 US General MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Jul 19 NY Yanks obtain their 1st black players, Elston Howard and Frank Barnes
  • 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
  • Jul 29 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run
  • Aug 1 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
  • Aug 1 Guam Organic Act establishes Guam as an unincorporated US territory
  • Aug 1 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King
  • Aug 7 Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko and Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League

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Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

  • Aug 9 Lusty Song wins Hambletonian
  • Aug 11 Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0
  • Aug 11 King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

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Aug 11 Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Aug 12 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis
  • Aug 13 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai
  • Aug 15 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000
  • Aug 15 Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • Aug 15 Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier

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Aug 15 Sukarno proclaims the unitary Republic of Indonesia and becomes its 1st President

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Aug 15 Rotterdam dock strike begins
  • Aug 15 Srikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Aug 16 West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
  • Aug 17 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • Aug 22 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • Aug 22 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • Aug 23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
  • Aug 24 Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN
  • Aug 24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes transporting 45,000 Yemenite Jews
  • Aug 25 US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike
  • Aug 27 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
  • Aug 28 Earle & Roy Mack, purchase 54% of A's from Connie Mack Jr
  • Sep 1 13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines
  • Sep 1 West Berlin granted a constitution
  • Sep 4 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 201

  • Jul 4 David Jensen, Canadian-British radio DJ, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Jul 6 John Byrne, American comic book author & artist
  • Jul 6 Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician

Person of interestViktor Yanukovych

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

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
President of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych
  • 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 mode-designer
  • Jul 15 Colin Barnett, Australian politician

Person of interestArianna Huffington

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

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aug 1 Doug Tracht, American radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Lance Ito, American judge (O.J. Simpson trial), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 2 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 John Landis, American director (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestChris Haney

Aug 9 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Aug 10 A L Harris, clinicaloncologist

Person of interestSteve Wozniak

Aug 11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
  • Aug 11 Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor

Person of interestGary Larson

Aug 14 Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • Aug 16 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • Aug 19 Jennie Bond, British journalist
  • Aug 21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 24 Tim White, American anthropologist
  • Aug 29 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • Aug 30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England
  • Sep 5 Cathy Guisewite, American cartoonist (Cathy), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Sep 5 Paul William Roberts, Canadian writer, born in Wales
  • Sep 6 Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Dutch politician (CDA), born in St. Joost, Netherlands
  • Sep 7 Peggy Noonan, American author (What I Saw at the Revolution), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 8 Mike Simpson, American politician (R-HoR: 1999-present), born in Burley, Idaho
  • Sep 8 James Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense under the Trump administration (2017- ), born in Pullman, Washington
  • Sep 13 Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Polish politician (8th Prime Minister of Poland), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Sep 13 Jeff Lowe, American mountain climber (co-founder Lowe Alpine), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2018)
  • Sep 14 Michael Nifong, American attorney, born in Wilmington, North Carolina

Person of interestNarendra Modi

Sep 17 Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India, born in Vadnagar, Gujarat

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Sep 17 Chris Heister [Gun Christina Heister], Swedish politician, born in Östhammar, Uppsala
  • Sep 17 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 18 Helene Virginie Weijel, Dutch author (In the Street Without a Coat), born in Amsterdam (d. 1995)
  • Sep 19 Joan Lunden, American journalist and news host (Good Morning America), born in Fair Oaks, California
  • Sep 20 James P[aul] Blaylock, American sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus), born in Long Beach, California
  • Sep 21 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • Sep 28 Brian Keenan, Irish author (An Evil Cradling), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 30 Victoria Tennant, London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War)
  • Oct 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2015)
  • Oct 2 Philip Wilson, Australian Catholic bishop, jailed for concealing sexual abuse, born in Cessnock, Australia
  • Oct 5 Edward P. Jones, American writer (The Known World), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 7 Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian politician
  • Oct 9 Jody Williams, American political activist and aid worker (Nobel Peace Prize 1997), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • Oct 10 Nora Roberts, American novelist (Angels Fall), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Patty Murray, American politician (U.S. Senator from Washington), born in Bothell, Washington
  • Oct 11 Thomas Joseph "Tom" Tauke, American politician (House of Representatives, Iowa, 1979-1991), born in Dubuque, Iowa
  • Oct 12 Dave Freudenthal, American economist and politician (31st Governor of Wyoming), born in Thermopolis, Wyoming
  • Oct 17 Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
  • Oct 18 Patrick L Swindall, (Rep-R-GA, 1985- )
  • Oct 18 Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (d. 2006)
  • Oct 21 David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood, grandson of English Princess Mary
  • Oct 21 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr (STS 41B, 51L-Challenger disaster)
  • Oct 28 Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist
  • Oct 29 Abdullah Gul, Turkish President (2007-14), born in Kayseri, Anatolia
  • Oct 30 John T Doolittle, (Rep-R-California)
  • Oct 31 Jozef Stolorz, polish art painter
  • Oct 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
  • Oct 31 Antonio Taguba, US Army Major General, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 1 Tony Hymphris, political activist
  • Nov 3 Joe Queenan, American writer
  • Nov 3 Massimo Mongai, Italian writer
  • Nov 3 James Rothman, American Biochemist and Nobel Laureate (2013) for work on vesicle trafficking, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • Nov 4 Markie Post, [Marjorie], actress (Christine-Night Court), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Nov 4 Charles Frazier, American author
  • Nov 7 Alexa Canady, Lansing Michigan, 1st African American female neurosurgeon and educator
  • Nov 7 Augusto Gen'un Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nov 11 Mircea Dinescu, Romanian poet
  • Nov 16 Carl J Meade, Illinos, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 38, STS 50, 64)
  • Nov 23 Charles "Chuck" Schumer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 25 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • Nov 29 Kevin O'Donnell Jr, American sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)
  • Dec 2 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
  • Dec 3 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, born in Natal, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • 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 (High Tide, Mrs Soffel), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 23 Michael C. Burgess, American politician
  • Dec 23 Ilchi Lee, Korean educator and author
  • Dec 24 Dana Gioia, American poet
  • Dec 25 Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor
  • Dec 30 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History