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|Years:||1947 1948 1949 - 1950 - 1951 1952 1953|
- 1 Events of 1950
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Nobel prizes
- 5 Notes
- 6 People of the year 1950 at Familypedia
- 7 Events of the year 1950 at Familypedia
Events of 1950[edit | edit source]
January[edit | edit source]
- January 1 - Sir Adrian Boult is appointed principal conductor of the Iraqi Philharmonic Orchestra
- January 5 - U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver introduces a resolution calling for examination of organized crime in the U.S.
- January 6 - The United Kingdom recognizes the People's Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with Britain in response.
- January 9 - The Israeli government recognizes the People's Republic of China.
- January 11 - Huk guerrillas manhandle the town of Hermosa in Bataan, Philippines.
- January 12
- January 13 - Finland forms diplomatic relations to People's Republic of China
- January 15 - Volcanic cloud kills 5000 in Mount Lamington, New Guinea
- January 17 - The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car in Boston
- January 21 - Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury
- January 23 - The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
- January 24 - Cold War: Klaus Fuchs, a German émigré and physicist, walked into London's War Office and confessed to being a Soviet spy: for 7 years, he passed top secret data on U.S. and British nuclear weapons research to the Soviet Union; formally charged February 2.
- January 26 - India promulgates its constitution forming a republic and Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as its first president.
- January 28 - Somaliland is put under Italian mandate
- January 29 - Lord Balfour criticizes the fact that rationing is still in force in Britain
- January 31
February[edit | edit source]
- February - British Labour Party forms a new government.
- February 1 - Chiang Kai-shek re-elected as a president of the Republic of China
- February 4 - Ingrid Bergman's illegitimate child arouses ire in USA
- February 9 - Second Red Scare: In his speech to the Republican Children Club at the McClure Hotel in Wheeling, Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with 890 Communists.
- February 11
- February 12
- February 13
- The USA army begins to deploy anti-aircraft cannons to protect nuclear stations and military targets
- The US Air Force loses a B-36 bomber that carried an Mk-4 atomic bomb off the west coast of Canada, and produced the world's first Broken Arrow
- February 14 - The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty
- February 15 - Juho Kusti Paasikivi re-elected president of Finland
- February 19 - Konrad Adenauer tries unsuccessfully to negotiate with East Germany to begin unification.
March[edit | edit source]
- March 1
- March 3 - Poland states that it intends to exile all Germans.
- March 8
- March 12 - A plane carrying returning rugby fans from Ireland to Wales crashes near Llandow with the loss of 80 lives.
- March 12-March 13 - In Belgium, the referendum over the monarchy shows 57.7% support the return of king Léopold III, 42.3% against.
- March 14
- Ship Cygnet hits mine off the Dutch coast.
- Governor Shlipp Concow's born at 7:02 AM.
- March 17 - University of California researchers announce the creation of element 98 which they have named "californium".
- March 20 - Government of Poland decides to confiscate the property of Polish church.
- March 22 - Egypt demands that Britain remove all its troops in Suez Canal.
April[edit | edit source]
- April 5 - Agneta (Agnetha) Åse Fältskog former member of Swedish band ABBA born in Jönköping. Her name was originally spelt Agneta; she added the h later herself.
- April 15 - Leopold III, King of the Belgians, announces that he is ready to abdicate in favor of his son Baudouin.
- April 24 - Jordan formally annexes West Bank.
- April 27
May[edit | edit source]
- May 6
- May 9
- Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
- L. Ron Hubbard publishes "Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health".
- May 11 - Kefauver Committee hearings about US organized crime begin.
- May 14 - The Huntsville Times runs the headline, "Dr. von Braun Says Rocket Flights Possible to Moon."
- May 25 - Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is formally opened to traffic.
- May 29 - St. Roch, first ship to circumnavigate North America arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
June[edit | edit source]
- June 3 - First ascent of Annapurna I, 10th highest mountain in the world.
- June 6 - Turkey: The Adhan in Arabic is legalized.
- June 8 - Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.
- June 24 - 58 persons were killed when a commercial airliner crashed into Lake Michigan. The reason for the disaster is unknown. Only fragments of the plane and the bodies of passengers were ever found.
- June 25 - Beginning of Korean War: Americans begin hoarding supplies in case of rationing and shortages.
- June 28 - Korean War - North Korean forces capture Seoul.
- June 29 - United States defeats England 1-0 in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. For more details, see England v United States.
July[edit | edit source]
August[edit | edit source]
- August 5
- August 6 - Riot in Brussels in monarchist demonstrations.
- August 8 - Winston Churchill supports idea of pan-European army allied with Canada and USA.
- August 12 - In his Encyclical Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII declares evolution to be a serious hypothesis that did not contradict essential Catholic teachings.
- August 15 - Earthquake and floods in Assam, India: 574 deaths, 5,000,000 believed homeless.
- August 22 - Foundation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Tagbilaran City, Philippines.
- August 23 - Legendary singer-actor Paul Robeson, whose passport has recently been revoked because of his alleged Communist affiliations, meets with U.S. officials in an effort to get it reinstated. He is unsuccessful, and it is not reinstated until 1958.
September[edit | edit source]
- September 1 - Hungarian major general Laszlo Viragen defects to Austria and applies for political asylum
- September 4 - Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race. Beetle Bailey comic strip started.
- September 7
- September 8 - The Defense Production Act is enacted into law in the U.S., shaping American military contracting for the next 60 years.
- September 9 - The U.S. state of California celebrates its centennial anniversary.
- September 12 - Communist riots in Berlin.
- September 13 - First main-line diesel-electric locomotives run in Australia.
- September 15 - Allied troops land in Inchon, occupied by North Korea, to begin the Battle of Inchon.
- September 19 - West Germany decides to purge communist officials.
- September 26 - Indonesia admitted to the United Nations.
- September 30 - NSC-68 enacted by President Truman, setting US foreign policy for the next twenty years.
October[edit | edit source]
- October 2 - The comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published in seven US newspapers.
- October 3 - Getúlio Dornelles Vargas, elected president of Brazil, for a five-year term.
- October 5 - Indonesian government quells riots in the Moluccas.
- October 7
- October 11 - The Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS (RCA will successfully dispute and block the license from taking effect, however).
- October 15 - In East Germany, communists win 99.7% of the vote.
- October 20 - Australia passes the Communist Party Dissolution Act, later struck down by the High Court.
- October 26 - Sister Mary Teresa begins her charity work in Calcutta and becomes known as Mother Teresa.
- October 28 - the oldest organized fan group Torcida Split is formed
November[edit | edit source]
- November 1
- Pope Pius XII witnesses the "Miracle of the Sun" at the Vatican and defines a new dogma of Roman Catholicism: that God assumed Mary's body into Heaven after her death.
- Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempt to assassinate US President Harry S. Truman, who is staying at the Blair-Lee House in Washington, D.C. during White House repairs.
- November 4 - United Nations ends the diplomatic isolation of Spain.
- November 8 - Korean War: While in an F-80, United States Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown intercepts two North Korean MiG-15s near the Yalu River and shoots them down in the first jet-to-jet dogfight in history.
- November 10 - A US Air Force B-50 bomber, experiencing an in-flight emergency, jettisoned and detonated a Mark 4 nuclear bomb over Quebec, Canada. The device lacked its plutonium core.
- November 11 - The Mattachine Society is founded in Los Angeles as the first Gay-liberation organization.
- November 13 - Colonel Carlos Delgado Chalbaud is kidnapped and murdered in Caracas.
- November 18 - United Nations accepts the formation of Libyan national council
- November 20 - T. S. Eliot speaks against television in the UK.
- November 22
- November 25 - Phenomenal winter storm ravages the Northeast United States, brings 30 to 50 inches of snow, temperatures below zero, and kills 323 people.
- November 26 - Korean War: Troops from the People's Republic of China move into North Korea and launch a massive counterattack against South Korean and American forces, ending any thought of a quick end to the conflict.
- November 28 - Greece and Yugoslavia reform diplomatic relations.
- November 29
- Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force a desperate retreat of United Nations forces from North Korea.
- National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA founded.
- November 30 - Truman threatens to use nuclear weapons in Korea.
December[edit | edit source]
- December 3 - Etna volcano erupts in Sicily
- December 11-December 13 - The Maria Hertogh riots occur in Singapore, leaving 18 dead and 173 injured.
- December 12 - Paula Ackerman becomes the first woman in the United States to serve a congregation as a Rabbi, a few weeks after the death of her husband.
- December 16 - The Office of Defense Mobilization is established in the United States.
- December 24-December 25 - Scottish nationalists take the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey.
- December 28 - The Peak District becomes Britain's first National Park.
Undated[edit | edit source]
- Ralph Schneider founds Diners Club - it initially only works in 27 restaurants in New York City.
- United Nations building is finished.
- First pagers are developed.
- First TV remote control, Zenith Radio's Lazy Bones is marketed.
- Myxomatosis is introduced into Australia in an attempt to control the escalating rabbit population.
- IBM Israel begins operating in Tel Aviv.
- Japanese soldier Yuichi Akitsu surrenders in the Philippines.
- President Harry Truman sends United States military advisers to Vietnam to aid French forces.
- France institutes a government guaranteed minimum wage.
Ongoing[edit | edit source]
World population[edit | edit source]
- Total world population: 2,518,629,000
Births[edit | edit source]
|Gregorian calendar||1950 |
|Ab urbe condita||2703|
|Armenian calendar||1399 |
|Bahá'í calendar||106 – 107|
|Coptic calendar||1666 – 1667|
|Ethiopian calendar||1942 – 1943|
|Hebrew calendar||5710 – 5711|
|- Vikram Samvat||2005 – 2006|
|- Shaka Samvat||1872 – 1873|
|- Kali Yuga||5051 – 5052|
|Iranian calendar||1328 – 1329|
|Islamic calendar||1369 – 1370|
|- Imperial Year||Kōki 2610|
|Thai solar calendar||2493|
January-February[edit | edit source]
- January 5
- January 12 - Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
- January 16 - Debbie Allen, American actress, dancer, and choreographer
- January 17
- January 18 - Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (d. 1982)
- January 20 - Edward Hirsch, American poet
- January 21 - Billy Ocean, West Indian-born musician
- January 23 - Richard Dean Anderson, American actor
- January 24 - Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadoran author and scholar
- January 26 - Janet Lupo, American model
- January 27
- January 29 - Jody Scheckter, South African race car driver
- January 30 - Trinidad Silva, American actor (d. 1988)
- February 1 - Kazimierz Nycz, Polish clergyman
- February 3 - Morgan Fairchild, American actress
- February 4 - Pamela Franklin, British actress
- February 6 - Natalie Cole, American singer
- February 10 - Mark Spitz, American swimmer
- February 12 - Michael Ironside, Canadian actor
- February 13 - Peter Gabriel, British musician
- February 15 - Tsui Hark, Hong Kong film director
- February 16 - Peter Hain, British politician
- February 18 - John Hughes, American film director, producer, and writer
- February 19 - Andy Powell, British musician (Wishbone Ash)
- February 20
- February 22
- February 25
- February 26
March-April[edit | edit source]
- March 2 - Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (d. 1983)
- March 4 - Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
- March 9
- March 11
- March 13 - William H. Macy, American actor
- March 18
- March 20 - William Hurt, American actor
- March 26
- March 29 - Bud Cort, American actor
- March 30 - Robbie Coltrane, British actor and comedian
- April 3 - Sally Thomsett, British actress
- April 4 - Christine Lahti, American actress
- April 5 - Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer and songwriter (ABBA)
- April 10
- April 12 - Kari Palaste, Finnish architect
- April 14 - Ian Gordon, Scottish Gentleman & Scholar of Edinburgh
- April 20 - Steve Erickson, American novelist
- April 22 - Peter Frampton, English musician
- April 25 - Lenora Branch Fulani, American Presidential candidate
- April 28 - Jay Leno, American comedian and talk show host on the Tonight Show
- April 29 - Paul Holmes, New Zealand radio and television broadcaster
May-June[edit | edit source]
- May 1
- May 3 - Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
- May 7 - Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor
- May 9 - Matthew Kelly, actor and TV personality
- May 12
- May 13 - Stevie Wonder, American singer and musician
- May 15 - Nicholas Hammond, American actor
- May 16
- May 17
- May 18
- May 22
- May 25 - Stephen Kreger, American lawyer
- May 28 - Jim Harris, American professional wrestler
- May 30 - Bertrand Delanoë, French politician
- June 1
- June 3 - Suzi Quatro, American singer and actress
- June 5 - J. J. Bittenbinder, American television host and author
- June 6 - John Byrne, American comic book creator
- June 12 - Oğuz Abadan, Turkish composer and musician
- June 21 - John Paul Young, Australian singer
- June 30 - Leonard Whiting, English actor
July-August[edit | edit source]
- July 11
- July 18
- July 19
- July 26 - Susan George, British actress
- August 11 - Gennadiy Nikonov, Russian weapon designer
- August 14 - Bob Backlund, American professional wrestler
- August 15
- August 16
- Hasely Crawford, West Indian athlete
- *Marshall Manesh, Persian actor
- August 26 - Jerome "Pop" Pentsky, American entrepreneur
- August 27 - Charles Fleischer, American actor
September-October[edit | edit source]
- September 1 - Mikhail Fradkov, a Russian politician, the current Prime Minister of Russia
- September 2 - Rosanna DeSoto, American actress
- September 7 - Julie Kavner, American actress
- September 10 - Joe Perry, American guitarist Aerosmith
- September 14
- September 16 - Loyd Grossman, American television presenter and chef
- September 17 - Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat
- September 21
- September 22 - Kirka, Finnish singer
- September 24 - Kristina Wayborn, Swedish actress
- September 27 - Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japanese actor
- September 28 - John Sayles, American director and screenwriter
- October 1 - Randy Quaid, American actor
- October 5
- October 9 - Jody Williams, American teacher and aid worker, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
- October 12 - Kaga Takeshi, Japanese actor
- October 18 - Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (d. 2006)
- October 20 - Tom Petty, American singer
- October 22 - Bill Owens, Governor of Colorado
- October 28 - Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist
- October 31
November-December[edit | edit source]
- November 1 - Robert B. Laughlin, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- November 3
- November 4 - Charles Frazier, American author
- November 10
- November 13 - Mary Lou Metzger, American singer and dancer
- November 21 - Alberto Juantorena, Cuban athlete
- November 22 - Lyman Bostock, baseball player (d. 1978)
- November 28
- December 1 - Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and musician
- December 5 - Camarón de la Isla, Spanish singer (d. 1992)
- December 10 - Tom Towles, American actor
- December 13 - Wendie Malick, American actress
- December 15 - Don Johnson, American actor
- December 16 - Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
- December 17 - Laurence F. Johnson, American futurist and educator
- December 18 - Leonard Maltin, American film critic
- December 19 - Manny Trillo, baseball player
- December 23 - Michael C. Burgess, American politician
Deaths[edit | edit source]
January-June[edit | edit source]
- January 17 - Seiichi Hatano, Japanese philosopher (b. 1877)
- January 21 - George Orwell, English author (b. 1903)
- February 6 - Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
- February 7 - D. K. Broster, British historical novelist (b. 1877)
- February 25 - George Minot, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1885)
- March 5 - Sid Grauman, American restaurateur (b. 1895)
- March 19 - Walter Haworth, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)
- March 19 - Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author (b. 1875)
- March 24 - James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (b. 1865)
- March 30 - Joe Yule, Scottish-born comedian (b. 1894)
- April 26 - G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
- May 1 - Lothrop Stoddard, American eugenicist (b. 1883)
- May 9 - Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
- May 10 - Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer, and archivist (b. 1883)
- June 4 - Kazys Grinius, President of Lithuania (b. 1866)
- June 24 - Darwan Singh Negi, Indian VC recipient (b. 1881)
July-December[edit | edit source]
- July 12 - Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
- July 17 - Evangeline Booth, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
- July 22 - William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canadian politician (b. 1874)
- August 22 - Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
- August 23 - Frank Phillips, American oil executive (b. 1873)
- August 26 - Ransom E. Olds, American automotive pioneer (b. 1864)
- August 27 - Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist (b. 1908)
- September 6 - Olaf Stapledon, British author and philosopher (b. 1886)
- September 10 - Raymond Sommer, American race car driver (b. 1906)
- September 11 - Jan Christian Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa (b. 1870)
- September 21 - Arthur Milne, British physicist (b. 1896)
- October 13 - Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
- October 19 - Charles Ballantyne, Canadian politician (b. 1867)
- October 23 - Al Jolson, American musician (b. 1886)
- October 29 - King Gustaf V of Sweden (b. 1858)
- November 2 - George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)
- November 3 - Koiso Kuniaki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1880)
- November 25 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
- November 25 - Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
- November 28 - James Corbitt hanged for murder by Albert Pierrepoint
- November 30 - Werner Haase, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1900)
- December 2 - Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist (b. 1917)
- December 5 - Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru (b. 1872)
- December 11 - Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (b. 1893)
- December 12 - Peter Fraser, former Prime Minister of New Zealand b. 1884)
- December 15 - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian political leader (b.1875)
- December 27 - Max Beckmann, German painter (b. 1884)
Nobel prizes[edit | edit source]
- Physics - Cecil Frank Powell
- Chemistry - Otto Paul Hermann Diels, Kurt Alder
- Medicine - Edward Calvin Kendall, Tadeus Reichstein, Philip Showalter Hench
- Literature - Earl (Bertrand Arthur William) Russell
- Peace - Ralph Bunche
Notes[edit | edit source]
People of the year 1950 at Familypedia
86 people were born in 1950
31 children were born to the 40 women born in 1950
308 people died in 1950
9908 people lived in 1950
Events of the year 1950 at Familypedia
85 people were married in 1950.
There were 0 military battles in 1950.
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