Other not-so-eventful facts of 1950:
President: Harry S Truman
Vice President: Alben W. Barkley
Population: 152,271,417 (including the great John Rolander)
Life expectancy: 68.2 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.3
US GDP (1998 dollars): $294.6 billion
Federal spending: $42.56 billion
Federal debt: $256.9 billion
Consumer Price Index: 24.1
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
Also, in 1950:
U.N. World Meteorological Organization established
Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces invade South Korea.
Sino-Soviet friendship treaty signed.
Communist Chinese forces invade Tibet.
British atomic physicist Klaus Fuchs is convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.
22nd Academy Awards - "All King's Men," Crawford and De Havilland win
"Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 52 performances
Col. David C. Schilling (USAF) makes the first nonstop transatlantic jet flight in 10 hours and 1 minute (Sept. 22).
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.
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
Paul Bowles, The Delicate Prey
Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees
Mary McCarthy, Cast a Cold Eye
Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Family Moskat
Wallace Stevens, The Auroras of Autumn
Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination