1950 in the United States

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1950 in the United States
Years: 1947 1948 194919501951 1952 1953

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Events from the year 1950 in the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

February 9: Joseph McCarthy rises to prominence after claiming the State Department employs communists

April–June[edit]

June 25: North Korea invades South Korea beginning the Korean War

July–September[edit]

  • August 5 – A bomb-laden B-29 Superfortress crashes into a residential area in California; 17 are killed, 68 injured.
  • August 8 – Winston Churchill supports idea of a pan-European army allied with Canada and the U.S.
  • August 23 – Legendary singer-actor Paul Robeson, whose passport has recently been revoked because of his alleged Communist affiliations, meets with U.S. officials in an effort to get it reinstated. He is unsuccessful, and it is not reinstated until 1958.
  • September 4 – The comic strip Beetle Bailey is created by Mort Walker.
  • September 4 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
  • September 5 – Viking Press publishes On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
  • September 7 – The game show Truth or Consequences debuts on television.
  • September 8 – The Defense Production Act is enacted into law in the U.S., shaping American military contracting for the next 60 years.
  • September 9 – The U.S. state of California celebrates its centennial anniversary.
  • September 15 – Korean WarBattle of Inchon: Allied troops commanded by Douglas MacArthur land in Inchon, occupied by North Korea, to begin a U.N. counteroffensive.
  • September 30 – NSC-68 is enacted by President Truman, setting U.S. foreign policy for the next 20 years.

October–December[edit]

Undated[edit]

Ongoing[edit]

Births[edit]

  • January 10 – Roy Blunt, United States Senator from Missouri since 2011.
  • March 2 – Karen Carpenter, singer and drummer (d. 1983)
  • April 1 – Samuel Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 2006.
  • April 29 – Debbie Stabenow, United States Senator from Michigan since 2001.
  • June 18 – Mike Johanns, United States Senator from Nebraska since 2009.
  • July 5 – Huey Lewis, actor, musician and songwriter
  • July 18 – Mark Udall, United States Senator from Colorado since 2009.
  • August 25 – Charles Fambrough, musician and composer (d. 2011)
  • August 31 – Dean Barkley, Senator for Minnesota from 2002 till 2003.
  • October 11 – Patty Murray, United States Senator from Washington since 1993.
  • November 23 – Chuck Schumer, United States Senator from New York since 1999.
  • November 28 – Ed Harris, actor, screenwriter, and director
  • December 10 – John Boozman, United States Senator from Arkansas since 2011.
  • May 5 – Gerry Reynolds[disambiguation needed], Vietnam War Hero.

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Year by Year 1950" – History Channel International

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