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Notable Historical Events - 1950

1950Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

1950Connie Mack named Honorary Manager of the All-Star Game

1950President Harry Truman publicly announces support for development of Hydogen bomb

1950Puerto Rican nationalists try to kill Pres Harry Truman at Blair House

1950Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

1950Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title

1950Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title

1950Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

1950Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium

1950Nobel for literature awarded to William Faulkner

1950T. S. Eliot's "Cocktail Party," premieres in NYC

1950US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai

1950"Sunset Boulevard", starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall

1950"Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

1950Ezzard Charles beats Joe Louis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

195017th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game

1950Dr Ralph Bunche receives Nobel Peace Prize

1950Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

1950Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"

1950Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1950James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

1950Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY.

1950South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions

1950Ben Hogan wins US Open golf tournament

1950Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

1950Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow

1950Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists

1950US Gen MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops

1950Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

1950Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleve OH)

1950Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

1950George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States.

1950Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

1950Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years

195050th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Merion Golf Club PA

1950The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London

1950Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea

1950Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2

1950Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.

19501st strip of Charlie Brown, "Li'l Folks", later "Peanuts", by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers

1950Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

1950Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

1950North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

1950Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

1950Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

1950Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time

1950 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week 
Jan 1
Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China 
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
"Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances 
Jan 6
Britain recognizes Communist government of China 
Jan 7
"Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances 
Jan 7
Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry" 
Jan 7
Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia) 
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
"As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 perfs 
Jan 14
US recalls all consular officials from China 
Jan 15
4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC 
Jan 16
Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel 
Jan 17
"Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 perfs 
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 18
Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion 
Jan 19
Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane 
Jan 20
"Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances 
Jan 20
Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands 
Jan 21
"Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances 
Jan 21
NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury 
Jan 21
T. S. Eliot's "Cocktail Party," premieres in NYC 
Jan 22
Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
Jan 23
3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published 
Jan 23
AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset 
Jan 23
Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel 
Jan 23
NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense) 
Jan 23
Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung 
Jan 24
Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history 
Jan 25
73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January 
Jan 26
India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion 
Jan 27
2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win 
Jan 28
Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud 
Jan 30
"Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV 
Jan 31
President Harry Truman publicly announces support for development of Hydogen bomb 
Feb 1
USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes 
Feb 1
Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland 
Feb 2
"Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances 
Feb 2
1st broadcast of "What's My Line," on CBS-TV 
Feb 3
Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges 
Feb 7
Georges Bidault forms French government 
Feb 7
Sen Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
Feb 7
US & Great-Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime 
Feb 9
Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists 
Feb 11
"Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1 
Feb 12
Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb 
Feb 12
Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees 
Feb 14
Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg 
Feb 14
USSR & China sign peace treaty 
Feb 15
KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 15
WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," premieres in NYC 
Feb 15
WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Feb 15
Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released 
Feb 16
Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS 
Feb 16
Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
Feb 17
31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY 
Feb 18
"Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances 
Feb 20
Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour 
Feb 20
WOL-AM in Washington DC swaps calls with WWDC 
Feb 21
WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 22
Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed) 
Feb 24
Labour wins British parliamentary election 
Feb 25
"Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen 
Feb 26
Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety," premieres in NYC 
Feb 27
General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China 
Feb 28
"Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 perfs 
Mar 1
Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Formosa 
Mar 1
Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London) 
Mar 1
USSR issues golden rubles 
Mar 3
3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name 
Mar 6
Silly Putty invented 
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) 
Mar 9
Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC 
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
Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances 
Mar 15
NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker" 
Mar 16
1st annual National Book Awards 
Mar 17
Belgian government of Eyskens resigns 
Mar 17
Element 98 (Californium) announced 
Mar 18
"Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances 
Mar 18
CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship 
Mar 19
5th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias 
Mar 19
City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT 
Mar 23
"Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 perfs 
Mar 23
22rd Academy Awards - "All King's Men," Crawford & De Havilland win 
Mar 23
Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greeks government 
Mar 23
UN World Meteorological Org established 
Mar 24
Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship 
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
Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleve OH) 
Mar 27
Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China 
Mar 27
WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 28
12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 NYC college becomes 1st to win NCAA & Natl Inv Basketball in same year 
Mar 30
Phototransistor invention announced, Murray Hill, NJ 
Apr 2
WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Apr 4
Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES 
Apr 5
Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins 
Apr 6
John F Dulles becomes advisor to US Sect of State Acheson 
Apr 8
"Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances 
Apr 9
14th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283 
Apr 9
4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win 
Apr 9
Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance 
Apr 11
Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco 
Apr 11
US B-29 bomber shot down above 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
1st transatlantic jet passenger trip 
Apr 18
Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations 
Apr 18
Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves 
Apr 18
Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th 
Apr 19
54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39 
Apr 20
Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League 
Apr 23
1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5) 
Apr 23
4th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2 
Apr 23
Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island 
Apr 23
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3 
Apr 24
"Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances 
Apr 24
Independent republic of South Molukkas declared 
Apr 24
Pres Harry Truman denies there are communists in US government 
Apr 24
Jordan formally annexes the West Bank 
Apr 25
Ambon (proclaims RMS (Republik Maluku Selatan) 
Apr 25
Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA 
Apr 26
Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run 
Apr 26
U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82 
Apr 27
"Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances 
Apr 27
South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races 
Apr 30
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane 
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 1
WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
May 2
Carlo Terrons "Giuditta" premieres in Milan 
May 2
Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration 
May 2
Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic 
May 5
Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand 
May 6
"Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 perfs 
May 6
76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6 
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 11
Eugene Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve" premieres in Paris 
May 12
Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris 
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
"Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances 
May 18
Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders 
May 19
NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain 
May 20
76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2 
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
"Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances 
May 27
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens 
May 30
Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open 
May 31
Indianapolis 500: Due to rain, race shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins 
May 31
Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial 
Jun 1
WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast 
Jun 2
St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Wash Senators 
Jun 3
French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal 
Jun 4
CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election 
Jun 4
Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25) 
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
Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Browns 29-4 (win by record 25 runs) 
Jun 8
Jean Duvieusart becomes Belgian premier 
Jun 8
Test Cricket debut of Ramadhin & Valentine (8-104 1st inn) v England 
Jun 8
Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history. 
Jun 10
50th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Merion Golf Club PA 
Jun 10
82nd Belmont: William Boland aboard Middleground wins in 2:28.6 
Jun 10
Germany doesn't annex Oder-Neissegrens 
Jun 11
Ben Hogan wins US Open golf tournament 
Jun 12
2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die 
Jun 12
Connie Mack named Honorary Manager of the All-Star Game 
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 18
Cleve Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2 
Jun 20
Dutch Air Force base Tjililitan given to Indonesia 
Jun 20
Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2 
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
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open 
Jun 24
French government of 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
Korean conflict begins; North Korea invades South Korea 
Jun 25
UN member states begin using integrated forces against North Korea 
Jun 26
Pres Gottwald of Czech confirms Milada Horakova's death sentence 
Jun 27
"Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances 
Jun 27
32nd PGA Championship: Chandler Harper at Scioto CC Columbus Ohio 
Jun 27
US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam 
Jun 27
North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict 
Jun 27
South Africa heeds United Nations call to assist Korea 
Jun 28
"Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 perfs 
Jun 28
North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War 
Jun 29
US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994) 
Jun 29
West Indies beat England by 326 runs thanks to Ramadhin & Valentine 
Jun 30
US Gen MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops 
Jul 1
"Lost in the Stars" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 perfs 
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 1
WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
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
1st time US & North Korean forces clash in Korean War 
Jul 3
Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1st base (handles 13 chances) 
Jul 4
Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4 
Jul 4
Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution) 
Jul 4
The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe. 
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
1st Farnborough airshow held 
Jul 7
64th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Budge Patty beats Sedgman (6-1 8-10 6-2 6-3) 
Jul 7
79th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 279 at Royal Troon 
Jul 8
33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record) 
Jul 8
57th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats M duPont (6-1 3-6 6-1) 
Jul 8
Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea 
Jul 8
Leroy Deans awarded 1st Order of Purple Heart in Korea 
Jul 9
13.15" (33.40 cm) of rainfall, York, Nebraska (state 24-hour record) 
Jul 10
"Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV 
Jul 11
17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game 
Jul 12
ILTF re-admit Germany & Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws 
Jul 12
Hague Council of Annulment convicts German war criminals W Lages, FH Van de Funten & F Fischer to death 
Jul 13
Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow 
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 16
Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 for soccer's 4th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro 
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 20
"Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC) 
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
Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game 
Jul 26
KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites 
Jul 27
Pres Harry Truman promises aid to Taiwan 
Jul 29
Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run 
Aug 1
1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons) 
Aug 1
American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule 
Aug 1
Guam Organic Act by establishes Guam as US territory 
Aug 1
King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King 
Aug 5
Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title 
Aug 7
Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League 
Aug 8
Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23) 
Aug 8
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open 
Aug 9
Lusty Song wins Hambletonian 
Aug 10
"Sunset Boulevard", starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall 
Aug 11
17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885) 
Aug 11
Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0 
Aug 11
Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time 
Aug 11
King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium 
Aug 12
NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa 
Aug 12
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis 
Aug 13
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship 
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
Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title 
Aug 15
Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium 
Aug 15
Constitution of India goes into effect 
Aug 15
Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier 
Aug 15
Pres Sukarno proclaims unity of Indonesia 
Aug 15
Rotterdam harbor 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 17
Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs 
Aug 18
Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements. 
Aug 19
ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch) 
Aug 22
Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50) 
Aug 22
Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in a US national tennis competition 
Aug 22
Rotterdam dock strike ends 
Aug 23
Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12) 
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 25
Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title 
Aug 26
39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1) 
Aug 27
1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC 
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 
Aug 29
International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952 
Aug 31
Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves 
Sep 1
13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines 
Sep 1
West Berlin granted a constitution 
Sep 3
"Nino" Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers' champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix. 
Sep 4
First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines 
Sep 4
D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna 
Sep 4
Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250 
Sep 4
Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race. 
Sep 5
64th US Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne duPont beats D Hart (6-3 6-3) 
Sep 5
70th US Men's Tennis: Art Larsen beats Herbert Flam (6-3 4-6 5-7 6-4 6-3) 
Sep 5
98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record) 
Sep 7
Monasteries shut down in Hungary 
Sep 9
"Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 perfs 
Sep 9
"Where's Chartev?" closes at St James Theater NYC after 792 perfs 
Sep 9
1st use of TV laugh track-Hank McCune 
Sep 9
Mass arrests of communists in France 
Sep 10
Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium 
Sep 11
"Beetle Bailey" comic strip debuts 
Sep 11
1st typesetting machine to dispense with metal type exhibited 
Sep 11
33 die in a train crash in Coshocton Ohio 
Sep 11
Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence 
Sep 12
Belgian government dismisses all communist civil servants 
Sep 14
Western allies rearm West Germany 
Sep 15
During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea 
Sep 15
East German premier Grotewohl pleads for German reunification 
Sep 15
For a record 6th time, NY Yankee Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game 
Sep 15
Longest game in Phila's Shribe Park, Phils beat Reds 8-7 in 19 
Sep 15
UN lands at Inchon to drive North Korean troops out of the south 
Sep 15
US troop land on Wolmi-Do island off of Seoul 
Sep 16
Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Phila 35-10) 
Sep 16
Viet Minh-offensive against French bases in Vietnam 
Sep 17
San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17 
Sep 18
Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher, receives dharma transmission 
Sep 19
European Payment Union forms in Paris 
Sep 19
Great Three acknowledge Bond government as only German government 
Sep 19
UN reject membership of China's People Republic 
Sep 21
George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States. 
Sep 22
Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph J Bunche (1st black winner) 
Sep 22
Omar N Bradley promoted to rank of 5-star general 
Sep 23
Patty Berg wins LPGA Sunset Hills Golf Open 
Sep 23
Phila A's Joe Astroth is 4th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (6th) 
Sep 23
US Air Force Mustangs accidentally bomb British on Hill 282 Korea, 17 killed 
Sep 24
"Operation Magic Carpet" - all Jews from Yemen move to Israel 
Sep 26
Because of forest fire in Br Columbia, blue moon appears in England 
Sep 26
Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year 
Sep 26
UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul 
Sep 27
Dr Ralph Bunche receives Nobel Peace Prize 
Sep 27
Ezzard Charles beats Joe Louis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 27
Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY. 
Sep 28
Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN 
Sep 29
"Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV 
Sep 29
Telephone Answering Machine created by Bell Laboratories 
Sep 29
Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel 
Sep 30
1st congress of International Astronautical Federation opens in Paris 
Sep 30
Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcasted on TV for 1st time 
Sep 30
WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 1
Phillies win NL pennant on last day of season (10th inning HR) 
Oct 1
Browns lose to Giants, setting club record for fewest points scored by both teams (tied in 1979), NY 6, Cleveland 0 
Oct 1
South Korean troops cross the 38th parallel into North Korea 
Oct 2
1st strip of Charlie Brown, "Li'l Folks", later "Peanuts", by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers 
Oct 2
Red Sox Dom DiMaggio leads AL with only 15 stolen bases 
Oct 2
Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions 
Oct 2
Chic Cards Jim Hardy passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (55-13) 
Oct 3
1st black lead (Ethel Waters) on TV (Beulah) 
Oct 3
Indonesian army opens assault on Ambon, South Moluccas 
Oct 3
Baseball rules Phils lefty Curt Simmons cannot play in World Series despite his being on furlough from Army 
Oct 4
French troops vacate Cla Afraid Vietnam 
Oct 5
"Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 perfs 
Oct 7
NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series 
Oct 7
US forces invade Korea by crossing 38th parallel 
Oct 7
Walter Bedell Smith replaces Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as 4th CIA head 
Oct 7
Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2 
Oct 7
William H Jackson becomes deputy director of CIA 
Oct 7
Yanks win 13th world championship sweeping Phillies 
Oct 8
4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit 
Oct 8
Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17 
Oct 11
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS 
Oct 12
"Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances 
Oct 14
Rev Sun Young Moon liberated from Hung Nam prison 
Oct 16
The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London 
Oct 18
Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years 
Oct 19
Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated 
Oct 19
UN forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea 
Oct 20
Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry. 
Oct 21
Chinese forces occupy Tibet 
Oct 21
Death penalty abolished in Belgium 
Oct 21
Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation 
Oct 21
Tom Powers of Duke scores 6 touchdowns 
Oct 22
LA Rams beat Baltimore Colts 70-27 
Oct 23
President Elpidio Quirino issued Executive Order No. 355 which replaced the National Land Settlement Administration with Land Settlement Development Corporation (LASEDECO) which takes over the responsibilities of the Agricultural Machinery Equipment Corporation and the Rice and Corn Production Administration 
Oct 25
Dutch NSB leader C van Gelderen sentenced to life 
Oct 25
Jean Anouilh's "La Repetition, ou L'Amour Pani" premieres in Paris 
Oct 25
Sukarno appointed president of Republic Indonesia 
Oct 26
Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island) 
Oct 26
630 Dutch volunteers depart for Korea 
Oct 26
Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president 
Oct 26
Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India 
Oct 26
South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary 
Oct 27
Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony "Triumph of St Joan" premieres 
Oct 29
British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) Stafford Cripps resigns 
Oct 29
Wally Triplett avgs 735 yards on 3 kickoff returns 
Oct 29
Cleveland Browns' Marion Motley sets record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7 
Oct 30
David Diamond's 3rd Symphony, premieres 
Oct 30
Pope Pius XII witnesses "The Miracle of the Sun" while at the Vatican. 
Oct 31
Collazo & Torresola attempt to kill Harry Truman in Washington, DC 
Nov 1
1st negro player in NBA, (Celtic's Charles Cooper) Ft Wayne Ind 
Nov 1
82°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Nov 
Nov 1
Puerto Rican nationalists try to kill Pres Harry Truman at Blair House 
Nov 1
Pope Pius XII witnesses "The Miracle of the Sun" while at the Vatican. 
Nov 1
Pope Pius XII claims Papal Infallibility when he formally defines the dogma of the Assumption of Mary. 
Nov 2
"Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances 
Nov 2
Phillies reliever Jim Konstanty wins NL MVP 
Nov 2
The Clover Dairy Company test-market the first concentrated milk (Sealtest) in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware 
Nov 4
"Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances 
Nov 4
"Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 269 performances 
Nov 4
Indonesian troops reconquer Ambonese capital Ambon 
Nov 4
US troops vacate Pyongyang North Korea 
Nov 5
Cleveland Browns' Tommy James intercepts 3 passes, club record 
Nov 5
Philippines president Quirino ends emergency crisis 
Nov 6
Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates 
Nov 6
Chinese offensive halts at Chongchon River, North Korea 
Nov 6
King Tribhuvana of Nepal flees to India 
Nov 7
Carlo Terron's "Processo Agli Innocenti" premieres in Milan 
Nov 7
French women & children leaves Hanoi/Tonkin-delta 
Nov 8
1st jet-plane battle ever, in Korean War 
Nov 8
Boston Red Sox 1B Walt Dropo wins AL Rookie of Year 
Nov 8
Walt Dropo of Boston Red Sox selected AL Rookie of Year 
Nov 9
Boston Brave Sam Jethroe wins NL Rookie of Year 
Nov 9
Phillies skipper Eddie Sawyer selected as Manager of Year 
Nov 9
White Sox release Luke Appling, who had been a Sox since 1930 
Nov 10
After 9 years, Cleve Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau 
Nov 10
Clifford Odet's "Country Girl" premieres in NYC 
Nov 10
Jacobo Arbenz Guzman elected president of Guatemala 
Nov 10
Nobel for literature awarded to William Faulkner 
Nov 12
Gene Roberts sets NFL NY Giant rushing record (218 yds) vs Chic Cards 
Nov 13
US win 1st world championship bridge contest 
Nov 13
General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas. 
Nov 15
Arthur Dorrington, 1st black man in organized hockey is signed (Atl City Seagulls of Eastern Amateur Hockey League) 
Nov 16
Egyptian King Faruk demands departure of all British troops 
Nov 16
UN gets US government approval to issue postage stamps 
Nov 16
US president Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat 
Nov 18
South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions 
Nov 19
US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe 
Nov 22
7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18 
Nov 22
79 die in a train crash in Richmond Hills NY 
Nov 23
Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres 
Nov 24
"Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances 
Nov 24
UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas 
Nov 24
US infantry division conquerors Chonju Korea 
Nov 25
"Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances 
Nov 25
38th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 13-0 
Nov 25
UN gives Eritrea to Ethiopia 
Nov 26
China enters Korean conflict, sends troops across Yalu River 
Nov 27
Red Sox sign shortstop Lou Boudreau as a player to 2-year contract 
Nov 27
Trial against RC clergy "imperialistic conspiracy" begins in Prague 
Nov 28
Walter O'Malley fires Burt Shotton as Dodgers manager 
Nov 29
National Council of Church of Christ in US forms 
Nov 30
US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb 
Dec 2
Vic Toweel knocks down Danny O'Sullivan 14 times in a title fight 
Dec 3
Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Phila 13-7) 
Dec 3
Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast 
Dec 3
Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 12 punts 
Dec 5
Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
Dec 5
Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India 
Dec 6
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud 
Dec 10
Ralph J Bunche (1st black American) presented Nobel Peace Prize 
Dec 11
Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract 
Dec 11
Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres 
Dec 12
16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB) 
Dec 12
Baseball owners vote to drop 4-year old bonus & high school rule 
Dec 13
"Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 perfs 
Dec 13
James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial 
Dec 14
"Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 perfs 
Dec 14
UN Gen Assembly establishes High Comm for Refugees (Nobel 1954) 
Dec 14
Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner 
Dec 15
NYC's Port Authority opens 
Dec 16
"Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 perfs 
Dec 16
Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism" 
Dec 19
Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander 
Dec 19
Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion 
Dec 20
"Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in NY 
Dec 21
Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 perfs 
Dec 22
2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77 
Dec 24
Cleveland Browns win NFL championship, beat LA 30-28 
Dec 25
Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams 30-28 in NFL championship game 
Dec 25
Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland 
Dec 26
Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs) 
Dec 28
Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea 
Dec 28
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park. 
Dec 30
Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states in France Union 
Dec 31
Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year 
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