- Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces invadeSouth Korea.
- Sino-Soviet friendship treaty signed.
- Communist Chinese forces invade Tibet.
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I love some of the movie posters from 1950. The one above is a perfect example of the trashy B-Movies that were churned out back then.
- Truman orders development ofhydrogen bomb (Jan. 31).
- Assassination attempt on PresidentTruman by Puerto Rican nationalists (Nov. 1).
- Era of McCarthyism begins.
US GDP (1998 dollars): $294.6 billion
Federal spending: $42.56 billion
Federal debt: $256.9 billion
Consumer Price Index: 24.1
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
World SeriesNY Yankees d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)
NBA ChampionshipMinneapolis Lakers d. Syracuse (4-2) No wonder I’m a Laker fan. It was destiny!
Stanley CupDetroit d. NY Rangers (4-3)
WimbledonWomen: Louise Brough d. M. duPont (6-1 3-6 6-1)
Men: Budge Patty d. F. Sedgman (6-1 8-10 6-2 6-3)
Kentucky Derby ChampionMiddleground
NCAA Basketball Championship CCNY d. Bradley (71-68)
NCAA Football ChampionsOklahoma (10-1-0)
Uruguay d. Brazil (2-1)
- Saturday morning children's programming begins.
- Phonevision, the first pay-per-view service, becomes available.
- Broadway classic Guys and Dollsdebuts at the 46th Street Theatre and becomes an instant hit. The show ran for three years and became one of the Great White Way's longest-running shows, with 1,200 performances.
- Charles Schulz introduces thePeanuts comic strip.
- Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, Born Yesterday, The Third Man
- Paul Bowles, The Delicate Prey
- Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
- Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees
- Mary McCarthy, Cast a Cold Eye
- Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Family Moskat
- Wallace Stevens, The Auroras of Autumn
- Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination
- Col. David C. Schilling (USAF) makes the first nonstop transatlantic jet flight in 10 hours and 1 minute (Sept. 22). Background: Famous Firsts in Aviation
- The first Xerox machine is produced.
- The first self-service elevator is installed by Otis Elevator in Dallas.
- Richard Lawler (US) performs the first successful kidney transplant at Loyola University. Background:Health & Nutrition
Fiction: The Way West, A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
Music: The Consul, Gian Carlo Menotti
Drama: South Pacific, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Joshua Logan
Oscars awarded in 1950
Academy Award, Best Picture: All the King's Men (Robert Rossen Productions; Columbia)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Bertrand Russell (UK)
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Otto Diels and Kurt Alder (both Germany), for discovery of diene synthesis enabling scientists to study structure of organic matter
Physics: Cecil Frank Powell (UK), for method of photographic study of atom nucleus, and for discoveries about mesons
Physiology or Medicine: Philip S. Hench, Edward C. Kendall (both US), and Tadeus Reichstein (Switzerland), for discoveries about hormones of adrenal cortex