1950

The British Prime Minister as of 1950, Winston Churchill, said that America sat on the summit of the world.

1950

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.

Discover how the world looked like in 1950

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 23rd edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

All about Eve

All about Eve

All about Eve

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Best director

Joseph Mankiewicz

All About Eve

All About Eve

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Country: United States of America

Best actor

José Ferrer

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

Directed by: Michael Gordon

Starring: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Judy Holliday

Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday

Directed by: George Cukor

Starring: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

George Sanders

All About Eve

All About Eve

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Josephine Hull

Harvey

Harvey

Directed by: Henry Koster

Starring: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1950 ?
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The Mature Mind by Harry Allen Overstreet

The Mature Mind

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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.

The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier

The Parasites

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"Wickedly readable... Daphne du Maurier has instinct, with the result that every woman instinctively wants to read her." -New York Times Book ReviewMaria, Niall and Celia have grown up in the

Look Younger, Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser

Look Younger, Live Longer

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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.

The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot

The Cocktail Party

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A modern verse play about the search for meaning, in which a psychiatrist is the catalyst for the action. “An authentic modern masterpiece” (New York Post).

The Peabody Sisters Of Salem by Louise Hall Tharp

The Peabody Sisters Of Salem

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Reviews the colorful lives, divergent personaliteis, and literary friendships of the three Salem sisters

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1950


Peace Prize

  • Ralph Bunche

Literature

  • Bertrand Russell

Physics

  • C. F. Powell

Chemistry

  • Otto Diels
  • Kurt Alder

Physiology or Medicine

  • Philip Showalter Hench
  • Edward Calvin Kendall
  • Tadeus Reichstein
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1950?


Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Rashomon

Rashomon

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Country: United States of America

All About Eve

All About Eve

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Country: United States of America

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Country: United States of America

Night and the City

Night and the City

Directed by: Jules Dassin

Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe

Country: United States of America

Harvey

Harvey

Directed by: Henry Koster

Starring: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne

Country: United States of America

Popular names

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history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1950?


Events

  • 01 Jan Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo-China.
  • 05 Jan U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of organized crime in the U.S.
  • 06 Jan Happy as Larry opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 07 Jan Happy as Larry closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 09 Jan The Israeli government recognizes the People's Republic of China.
  • 11 Jan Huk guerrillas manhandle the town of Hermosa, Bataan in the Philippines.
  • 12 Jan Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die.
  • 13 Jan Finland forms diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
  • 14 Jan As the Girls Go closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • 15 Jan 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington DC.
  • 16 Jan Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands recognize Israel.
  • 17 Jan Alive & Kicking opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 20 Jan Dance Me a Song opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • 21 Jan Lend an Ear closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 22 Jan Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
  • 23 Jan The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
  • 24 Jan Jackie Robinson signs highest contract (US$35,000) in Brooklyn Dodgers' history.
  • 26 Jan The Constitution of India comes into force, forming a republic. Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as its first President of India. Observed as Republic Day in India.
  • 27 Jan 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show and Texaco Star Theater win
  • 28 Jan Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud
  • 29 Jan Lord Balfour criticizes the fact that rationing is still in force in Britain.
  • 30 Jan Robert Montgomery Presents dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • 31 Jan US President Harry Truman reveals that he ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to develop the hydrogen bomb.
  • 01 Feb Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland.
  • 02 Feb Arms & the Girl opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • 03 Feb American Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spy charges.
  • 04 Feb Ingrid Bergman's illegitimate child arouses ire in the U.S.
  • 06 Feb First Cabinet Secretary N.R.Pillai appointed in India.
  • 07 Feb Georges Bidault forms French government.
  • 08 Feb Payment first made by Diners Club card, in New York, first use of a charge card.
  • 09 Feb Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Department infested with 205 communists
  • 12 Feb US Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees.
  • 14 Feb USSR and China sign peace treaty.
  • 15 Feb KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Feb 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center, New York.
  • 18 Feb Dance Me a Song closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 19 Feb Konrad Adenauer tries unsuccessfully to negotiate with East Germany to begin unification.
  • 20 Feb Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour
  • 21 Feb WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Feb Brockway and Weinstock publish Men of Music (rev ed)
  • 23 Feb United Kingdom general election, 1950 : The Labour Party, led by Clement Attlee remains in office but the Tories, led by Winston Churchill increase their seats in the House of Commons.
  • 24 Feb Labour wins British parliamentary election.
  • 25 Feb Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen
  • 27 Feb General Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China.
  • 28 Feb Alive & Kicking closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 01 Mar USSR issues golden ruble coins.
  • 03 Mar 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • 06 Mar Silly Putty invented
  • 07 Mar Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy and P Kennedy (USA)
  • 08 Mar 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)
  • 09 Mar Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of US$64,000 in New York City, New York.
  • 12 Mar Pope Pius XII encyclical On combating atheistic propaganda
  • 13 Mar General Motors reports 1949 net earnings of US$656,434,232 (record).
  • 14 Mar American FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins.
  • 15 Mar Consul opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • 16 Mar 1st annual National Book Awards
  • 17 Mar Belgian government of Eyskens resigns.
  • 18 Mar Touch & Go closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • 19 Mar City College of New York defeats Bradley 69-61 to win the NIT championship.
  • 20 Mar The Polish government decides to confiscate the property of the Polish Catholic Church.
  • 22 Mar Egypt demands that Britain remove all its troops in the Suez Canal.
  • 23 Mar Great to Be Alive opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 24 Mar Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship.
  • 27 Mar WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Mar Phototransistor invention announced, in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.
  • 02 Apr WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 04 Apr Dirk Stikker becomes Chairman of OES
  • 06 Apr John F Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Dean Acheson.
  • 08 Apr Miss Liberty closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 09 Apr 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party and South Pacific win.
  • 11 Apr US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia.
  • 14 Apr 1st edition of British strip Eagle
  • 15 Apr Belgian King Leopold III announces that he is ready to abdicate in favor of his son Baudouin.
  • 18 Apr 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • 19 Apr 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39.
  • 20 Apr Baltimore's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League.
  • 23 Apr 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • 24 Apr Peter Pan opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 25 Apr Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA
  • 26 Apr Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Maryland is run.
  • 27 Apr Tickets, Please opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • 30 Apr Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane.
  • 01 May Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry)
  • 02 May Carlo Terrons Giuditta, premieres in Milan
  • 05 May Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 06 May Great to Be Alive closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 08 May China's Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons.
  • 09 May French Foreign minister Robert Schuman announces the Schuman Plan for European integration.
  • 10 May 1st Neth-US telex sent
  • 11 May Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die.
  • 12 May Darius Milhauds opera Bolivar, premieres in Paris
  • 13 May The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 14 May Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • 17 May Celal Bayar becomes the third president of Turkey.
  • 18 May Liar opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 19 May New York Times reports of worlds smallest and dumbest mechanical brain
  • 20 May 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2.
  • 21 May Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia.
  • 22 May Dutch Poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • 24 May Maritime Administration (under Department of Commerce).
  • 25 May Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel opens in New York City, New York.
  • 27 May Arms & the Girl closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 30 May Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open.
  • 31 May Due to rain, Indianapolis 500 shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins.
  • 01 Jun WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Jun St. Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs. Washingston Senators
  • 03 Jun French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • 04 Jun CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election
  • 05 Jun US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation.
  • 06 Jun German DR and Poland sign treaty about Oder-Neisse border
  • 08 Jun Boston Red Sox beat St. Louis Browns 29-4 (win by record 25 runs)
  • 10 Jun 50th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania
  • 11 Jun Ben Hogan wins US Open golf tournament
  • 12 Jun 2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die
  • 13 Jun South African parliament accept Groups Area Act
  • 15 Jun Dutch police seize condoms
  • 17 Jun 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
  • 20 Jun Dutch Air Force base Tjililitan given to Indonesia
  • 21 Jun Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
  • 23 Jun Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women
  • 24 Jun French government-Bidault resigns
  • 25 Jun Johnny Pramesa (Reds) and Hank Thompson (Giants) hit inside the park HRs
  • 26 Jun The South African Parliament passes the Suppression of Communism Act, No. 44 of 1950.
  • 27 Jun Liar closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 28 Jun Korean War: North Korean forces capture Seoul.
  • 29 Jun US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994)
  • 30 Jun US General MacArthur visits front in South Korea / asks for US troops
  • 01 Jul Lost in the Stars closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances
  • 02 Jul Indian Bob Feller, wins his 200th game, 5-3 over Detroit
  • 03 Jul Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1st base (handles 13 chances)
  • 04 Jul Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4
  • 05 Jul Private Kenneth Shadrick of West Virginia becomes first US fatality in Korean War.
  • 06 Jul German DR recognizes Oder-Neisse borders with Poland
  • 07 Jul 1st Farnborough airshow held
  • 08 Jul 33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record)
  • 09 Jul 13.15 inches (33.40 cm) of rainfall, York, Nebraska (state 24-hour record).
  • 10 Jul Your Hit Parade premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV
  • 11 Jul 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chicago Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game
  • 12 Jul ILTF re-admits Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland and Hungary withdraw.
  • 13 Jul Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams elbow
  • 14 Jul RE Wayne awarded first Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea.
  • 16 Jul Single day 16-team home run record set at 37 (National League-25, American League-12).
  • 17 Jul Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka
  • 19 Jul French / Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh
  • 20 Jul Arthur Murray Party premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 22 Jul Frank Worrell completes 261 vs. England at Trent Bridge
  • 24 Jul V-2 / WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
  • 26 Jul KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites
  • 27 Jul President Truman promises aid to Taiwan
  • 29 Jul Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run
  • 01 Aug Guam adopts constitution (Organic Act)
  • 05 Aug Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title
  • 06 Aug Monarchist demonstrations lead to a riot in Brussels.
  • 07 Aug Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, and Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
  • 08 Aug Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • 09 Aug Lusty Song wins Hambletonian
  • 11 Aug 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • 12 Aug Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis
  • 13 Aug Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 15 Aug Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 16 Aug West Indies complete historic 3-1 series win against England
  • 17 Aug Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) and Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
  • 19 Aug ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic and Acrobat Ranch).
  • 22 Aug Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • 23 Aug Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
  • 24 Aug 1st US Negro delegate to UN appointed-ES Sampson
  • 25 Aug Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title.
  • 26 Aug 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • 27 Aug 1st transmission of a TV program from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • 31 Aug Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs and a single in a game vs. Braves
  • 01 Sep 13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines
  • 03 Sep ''Nino'' Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers' champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.
  • 04 Sep D McI Hodgson of St. Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna
  • 05 Sep 64th US Womens Tennis: Margaret Osborne duPont beats D Hart (63 63)
  • 07 Sep Monasteries shut down in Hungary
  • 08 Sep The Defense Production Act is enacted into law in the U.S., shaping American military contracting for the next 60 years.
  • 09 Sep Massive arrests of communists in France
  • 10 Sep Joe DiMaggio becomes first to hit three home runs in a game at Griffith Stadium.
  • 11 Sep Beetle Bailey comic strip debuts
  • 12 Sep Belgian government dismisses all communist civil servants
  • 14 Sep Western allies rearm West Germany
  • 15 Sep East German Premier Grotewohl pleads for German reunification
  • 16 Sep Viet Minh-offensive against French bases in Vietnam
  • 17 Sep San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play first NFL game, lose 21-17.
  • 18 Sep Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher, receives dharma transmission
  • 19 Sep European Payment Union forms in Paris
  • 20 Sep In Murray, Kentucky, USA, several buildings are struck by falling meteorites.
  • 22 Sep Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph J Bunche (1st black winner)
  • 23 Sep Patty Berg wins LPGA Sunset Hills Golf Open
  • 24 Sep Operation Magic Carpet - 45,000 Jews from Yemen move to Israel.
  • 26 Sep Australia wins Davis Cup tennis tournament
  • 27 Sep Dr Ralph Bunche receives Nobel Peace Prize
  • 28 Sep Indonesia joins the United Nations.
  • 29 Sep Tin Pan Alley TV, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 30 Sep WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Oct Browns lose to Giants, setting club record for fewest points scored by both teams (tied in 1979), New York 6, Cleveland 0
  • 02 Oct Mao Tse Tung proclaims in telegram to Stalin, China intervenes Korea
  • 03 Oct 1st black lead (Ethel Waters) on TV (Beulah)
  • 04 Oct French troops vacate Cla Afraid Vietnam
  • 05 Oct Pardon Our French opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • 07 Oct Walter Bedell Smith replaces Roscoe H Hillenkoetter as 4th CIA head
  • 08 Oct 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
  • 09 Oct Goyang Geumjeong Cave Massacre started.
  • 11 Oct Television: CBS's mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • 12 Oct Call Me Madam opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances
  • 19 Oct Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated
  • 20 Oct Australia passes the Communist Party Dissolution Act, which is later struck down by the High Court.
  • 21 Oct Death penality abolished in Belgium
  • 25 Oct Dutch NSB leader C van Gelderen sentenced to life
  • 26 Oct 630 Dutch volunteers depart (on)to Korea
  • 28 Oct Torcida Split is founded.
  • 29 Oct British Minister of Finance Stafford Cripps resigns
  • 30 Oct The Jayuya Uprising is started by Puerto Rican Nationalists against the United States.
  • 31 Oct Collazo and Torresola attempt to kill Truman in Washington, DC
  • 01 Nov Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempt to assassinate US President Harry S. Truman at Blair House.
  • 02 Nov Barrier opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 04 Nov Barrier closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 05 Nov Philippines President Quirino ends emergency crisis
  • 06 Nov Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP / GM of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 07 Nov French women and children leaves Hanoi / Tonkin-delta
  • 08 Nov 1st jet-plane battle ever, in Korean War
  • 09 Nov Boston Brave Sam Jethroe wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 10 Nov After 9 years, Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau
  • 11 Nov The Mattachine Society is founded in Los Angeles as the first gay-liberation organization.
  • 12 Nov Gene Roberts sets NFL New York Giants rushing record (218 yards) against Chicago Cardinals.
  • 13 Nov US win 1st world championship bridge contest
  • 15 Nov 1st Negro player in organized hockey-Arthur Dorrington signed
  • 16 Nov Egyptian King Faruk demands departure of all British troops
  • 18 Nov South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions
  • 19 Nov US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe
  • 20 Nov T. S. Eliot speaks against television in the UK.
  • 22 Nov 7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18
  • 24 Nov Guys & Dolls opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 1200 performances
  • 25 Nov Tickets, Please closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 26 Nov China enters Korean conflict, sending troops across Yalu River.
  • 27 Nov Red Sox sign shortstop Lou Boudreau as a player to 2-year contract
  • 29 Nov Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force United Nations forces to retreat from North Korea.
  • 30 Nov US President Truman threatens China with atom bomb
  • 03 Dec Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast
  • 05 Dec Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India.
  • 06 Dec Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud
  • 10 Dec Ralph J Bunche (1st black American) presented Nobel Peace Prize
  • 11 Dec Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres
  • 12 Dec 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB).
  • 13 Dec James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial.
  • 14 Dec Bless You All opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 15 Dec Ezzard Charles knocks out Nick Barone to retain heavyweight boxing title.
  • 16 Dec US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism".
  • 17 Dec The F-86 Sabre's first mission over Korea.
  • 19 Dec Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander
  • 20 Dec Harvey, starring James Stewart, premieres in New York
  • 21 Dec Out of This World opens at New Century Theater NYC for 157 performances
  • 22 Dec Two self-propelled trains of Long Island, New York, railroad collide, killing 77.
  • 24 Dec Cleveland Browns win NFL championship, beat LA 30-28
  • 25 Dec Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart
  • 26 Dec Gillette and Mutual buy All Star and World Series advertising rights (US$6 million for six years).
  • 28 Dec Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel into South Korea.
  • 30 Dec Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia become Independent states in French Union.
  • 31 Dec Jockeys W Shoemaker and Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year