THE YEAR OF 1950
Born : JAN 5 Chris Stein, musician. (Blondie)
Born : 7 Erin Gray, actress.
Born : 16 Sharon Duce, actress.
Born : 20 Liza Goddard, English actress.
Born : 20 Paul Stanley, rock artist. (Kiss)
Born : 21 Billy Ocean, singer.
Born : 23 Richard Dean Anderson, actor.
Born : 29 Jody Scheckter, formula 1 driver. (ex-world champ)
Died : 2 Emil Janning, US film actor.
Died : 6 George Orwell, 1984 Animal author.
12 New York water shortage, no shaving or bathing announced.
18 Robbers stole $3 million from Brinks Security in Boston.
26 India becomes a republic ceasing to be a British dominion
JAN 31 President Truman authorizes production of H-Bomb
Born : FEB 3 Morgan Fairchild, US actress.
Born : 6 Mike Batt, pop artist.
Born : 6 Natalie Cole, singer.
Born : 10 Mark Spitz, US swimmer.
Born : 12 Steve Hackett, rock guitarist. (Genesis)
Born : 13 Peter Gabriel, British pop musician.
Born : 18 Cybil Shepherd, actress.
Born : 22 Julie Walters, actress.
Born : 26 Helen Clark, ex New Zealand Prime Minister.
Died : 26 Harry Lauder, Sottish music hall entertainer.
15 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released
22 Senator McCarthy accuses 205 members of State Dept of communism
23 Election results were televised for the first time in Britain.
FEB 23 Labour Party elected in General Election with majority of 5.
24 Clement Atlee elected prime minister (lab).
Born : MAR 2 Karen Carpenter, singer.
Born : 11 Bobby McFerrin, jazz singer.
Born : 13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-born British boxer.
Born : 20 William Hurt, actor.
Born : 21 Rojer Hodgson, rock artist. (Supertramp)
Born : 27 Tony Banks, rock musician. (Genesis)
Born : 30 Robbie Coltrane, actor.
Died : 19 Edgar Rice Burroughs, US novelist, wrote Tarzan stories.
1 British nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs imprisoned as Russian spy
17 Element 98 (Californium) is announced.
26 One party election held in Yugoslavia, Tito won with 93.2% vote.
30 Invention of the Phototransistor is announced at Murray Hill, NJ
Born : APR 5 Agnetha Faltskog, Swedish singer, blond one in ABBA.
Born : 12 David Cassidy, singer.
Born : 13 Al Green, soul singer.
Born : 22 Peter Frampton, rock singer.
Born : 28 Jay Leno, comedian.
4 Nylon stockings worth £80,000 seized at Liverpool docks, they were intended for the black market.
14 First edition of the Eagle comic and hero Dan Dare.
18 First transatlantic jet passenger trip
30 Anti-communist 'Loyalty Day', 5 million Americans join parades.
30 UK Atomic Energy Commission seized 30,000 copies of the
Scientific American magazine explaining how to make an H-bomb.
Born : MAY 3 Mary Hopkin, singer.
Born : 11 Jeremy Paxman, broadcaster.
Born : 12 Bruce Boxleitner, actor.
Born : 12 Gabriel Byrne, actor.
Born : 13 Peter Gabriel, singer, composer.
Born : 13 Stevie Wonder, singer.
Born : 22 Bernie Taupin, composer. (for Elton John mostly)
3 Chinese government bans polygamy and the sale of women.
8 Douglas MacArthur appointed commander of US forces in Korea.
29 First episode of The Archers was broadcast on BBC Radio.
Born : JUN 1 Gemma Craven, actress.
Born : 3 Suzi Quatro, singer.
Born : 5 Laurie Anderson, musician.
Born : 9 David troughton, actor.
Born : 11 Lynsey DePaul, singer.
Born : 15 Noddy Holder, pop singer. (Slade)
25 Dan Dare, comic book space hero, first published.
25 El Al begins air service.
25 Korean War begins; North Korea invades South.
27 President Truman orders Air Force and Navy into Korean conflict.
28 North Korean forces captured Seoul.
Born : JUL 4 David Jensen, disc jockey.
Born : 8 Sarah Kennedy, TV presenter.
Born : 10 Tommy Carmody, juockey
Born : 12 Eric Carr, rock artist. (Kiss)
Born : 14 Bruce Oldfield, British fashion designer.
Born : 18 Richard Branson, British entrepreneur.
Born : 26 Susan George, actress.
Born : 30 Harriet Harman, politician.
Died : 11 Buddy de Sylva, US lyricist and film producer.
Died : 22 Mackenzie King, Canadian statesman.
2 US troops arrive in Korea.
5 Law of Return passes allowing all Jews rights to live in Israel
11 The BBC's children's TV character, Andy Pandy, first broadcast.
JUL 31 Britains first self service store, Sainsbury's opened in Croydon.
Born : AUG 11 Steve Wozniak, co founded Apple Computer
Born : 12 Kid Creole, singer. (and The Coconuts)
Born : 15 Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.
Born : 16 Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer.
Died : 29 Cesare Pavese, Italian novelist.
Born : SEP 5 Cathy Guisewite, cartoonist (Cathy).
Born : 10 Don Powell, musician. (Slade)
Born : 10 Joe Perry, musician. (Aerosmith)
Born : 11 Barry Sheene, British racing motor cyclist.
Born : 14 Paul Kossoff, musician. (Free)
Born : 16 Mickey Rourke, actor.
Born : 21 Bill Murray, actor comedian.
Died : 11 Jan Smuts, South African soldier and politician.
4 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines.
9 Soap rationing ends in the UK.
11 First typesetting machine without metal type is exhibited.
15 UN forces land at Inchon during Korean conflict.
26 UN troops in Korean War recaptured South Korean capital of Seoul
SEP 29 The first automatic telephone answering machine tested by Bell.
Born : OCT 1 Randy Quaid, actor.
Born : 2 Mike Rutherford, rock musician.
Born : 8 Robert "Kool" Bell, R&B singer, (Kool & the Gang).
Born : 12 Susan Anton, actress, singer.
Died : 23 Al Jolson, US singer and actor.
Died : 29 Gustav V, King of Sweden.
1 First credit card issued, Diners Club in NY for 27 restaurants.
1 UN and South Korean troops cross the 38th parallel.
2 Legal aid became available in Britain for the first time.
2 The comic strip 'Peanuts' first appears, in nine newspapers.
21 Tibet was occupied by Chinese forces.
26 Rebuilt (bombed 1941) House of Commons was opened by George VI.
Born : NOV 18 Graham Parker, rock singer.
Born : 22 Tina Weymouth, singer. (Tallking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
Born : 25 Yvonne Kenny, soprano.
Died : 2 George Bernard Shaw died at his home in Hertfordshire.
1 President Truman survives assassination attempt.
18 Ingrid Bergman married Italian director Roberto Rossellini.
Born : DEC 4 Pamela Stevenson, actress, comedian.
Born : 9 Joan Armatrading, singer.
Born : 18 Leonard Maltin, movie reviewer
Died : 12 Peter Fraser, New Zealand politician.
Died : 27 Max Beckmann, German painter.
10 Ralph J. Bunche (first black American) presented Nobel Peace Prize
25 The Stone of Scone stolen by Scottish nationalists from
Westminster Abbey, found 4 months later in Arbroath Abbey.
28 The Peak District became Britain's first National Park.