Events in History in 1950

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

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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 Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

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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 cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung
  • 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

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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

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Feb 1 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Feb 1 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • Feb 3 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges
  • Feb 4 4th 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)

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

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại

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

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Feb 11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

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Feb 12 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 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

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Feb 15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 17 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY
  • Feb 19 Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
  • 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
  • Feb 26 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC

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

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Mar 1 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Taiwan
  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 6 Silly Putty goes on sale in the US
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)

  • Mar 7 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • Mar 7 Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

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Mar 9 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"
  • Mar 13 General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards
  • Mar 17 Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis
  • Mar 17 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • Mar 18 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
  • Mar 19 City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT
  • Mar 23 Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greek government
  • Mar 23 UN World Meteorological Org established
  • Mar 23 Frances Farmer is released from Western State Hospital
  • Mar 24 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 27 Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Mar 30 Phototransistor invention announced, Murray Hill, New Jersey
  • Apr 4 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
  • Apr 5 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins

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Apr 6 John Foster Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Acheson

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Apr 9 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win

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Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Apr 11 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
  • Apr 11 US B-29 bomber shot down over Latvia
  • Apr 14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • Apr 14 Doorne's Auto factory opens in Netherlands
  • Apr 18 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • Apr 18 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations
  • Apr 23 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
  • Apr 24 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • Apr 24 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • Apr 24 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
  • Apr 25 Republik Maluku Selatan (also known as the Republic of the South Moluccas) declared on Ambon
  • Apr 27 South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
  • May 1 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • May 1 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • May 1 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)
  • May 2 Carlo Terron's "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • May 2 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • May 2 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not People's Republic of China

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May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • May 8 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
  • May 9 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • May 9 Norman Dello Joco's premieres in Bronxville
  • May 10 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • May 11 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • May 13 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
  • May 13 The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 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 right 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) & 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
  • Jun 27 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
  • 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 Gen 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 Indian Bob Feller, wins his 200th game, 5-3 over Detroit
  • Jul 2 Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • Jul 2 Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic.
  • Jul 3 Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1st base (handles 13 chances)
  • 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 Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, 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 & 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 & 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, & 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