Friday, February 5, 2010

Here’s what was happening in 1950 – the year I was born

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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. 

    World Events

  • Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces invadeSouth Korea.
  • Sino-Soviet friendship treaty signed.
  • Communist Chinese forces invade Tibet.

British atomic physicist Klaus Fuchs is convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Background: The Cold War

World Statistics

Population: 2.556 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize:
Ralph J. Bunche (US)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Harry S Truman
Vice President: Alben W. Barkley
Population: 152,271,417
Life expectancy: 68.2 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.3
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US GDP (1998 dollars):  $294.6 billion
Federal spending:  $42.56 billion
Federal debt:  $256.9 billion
Consumer Price Index:  24.1
Unemployment:  5.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.03

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World Series
NY Yankees d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)
NBA Championship
Minneapolis Lakers d. Syracuse (4-2) No wonder I’m a Laker fan. It was destiny!
Stanley Cup
Detroit d. NY Rangers (4-3)
Women: 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 Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship CCNY d. Bradley (71-68)
NCAA Football Champions
Oklahoma (10-1-0)
World Cup

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.
  • Movies
    • Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, Born Yesterday, The Third Man
    • Books
      • 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
      • 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


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