The British Prime Minister as of 1950, Winston Churchill, said that America sat on the summit of the world.
George Lewis was the prominent artist in the revived popularity of the traditional forms of Jazz. This year also saw the emergence of internationally acclaimed rock and roll.
On 17 January, a gang of eleven thieves stole more than $2 million. The theft took place at the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston. Anthony Pino nicknamed Fats was the mastermind of the robbery, and he recruited ten other men to pull off the crime. The plan was one of a kind as Pino’s men infiltrated the car depot and made away with the plans for the motor vehicle depot’s alarm system. The gang of 11 thieves filled 14 bags with cash, coins, money orders and checks. The crime was almost perfect, as their arrest came six years later before the statutes of limitations of the theft expired.
The Korean War rudely interrupted the joy of world peace after the end of the Second World War. The Communist-backed North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25. Under the guidance of the United Nations, the United States of America came to the defense of South Korea. The war raged for three years, and it was bloody and frustrating. The Soviets had helped the North establish a communist regime while the United States of America had given the South military and financial support.
In a rather sad turn of events, a train fell off the bridge in Brazil on April 6. 110 people died in the accident that happened in Tangua. Torrential rains had undermined the foundation of the bridge, and the lack of a warning system was absent to stop the train.
At the end of the World War II, most people were eager to have children with the prospect of a better future being imminent. This led to the baby boom, which resulted in the suburban growth.
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Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: George Cukor
Starring: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John
Country: United States
Directed by: Henry Koster
Starring: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Starring: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky
Directed by: Alberto Gout
Starring: Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Andrea Palma, Rubén Rojo
Which were the top hits of 1950 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1950 ?
By: Harry Allen Overstreet
First published in 1949, this book is still well regarded today, and frequently cited by readers as one of the best books they ever read.
By: Henry Morton Robinson
On its first publication, The Cardinal was an immediate bestseller. A selection of the Literary Guild, it was published in more than a dozen languages and sold over two million copies.
By: Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer
Chicago is the hurly-burly, rough-and-tumble, guns-and-girls, front-page town of the U.S. - and this is an impudent, uncensored, shocking account of the fast, fabulous, fascinating city.
By: Gayelord Hauser
Every man and woman, young or old, will find in this book sane and sound advice that should make the mature years of life a healthier and happier time.
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1950 in the USA ?
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