News and Events of 1950

World Events

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


World Series
NY Yankees d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)
NBA Championship
Minneapolis Lakers d. Syracuse (4-2)
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)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
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)

1950 Emmy Awards

1950 Tony Awards

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  • Saturday morning children's programming begins.
  • Phonevision, the first pay-per-view service, becomes available.
  • Broadway classic Guys and Dolls debuts 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 the Peanuts comic strip.


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



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

  • 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


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