1950 in history

1950 events chronologically

Jan 1 Standard practice uses this day as the origin of the age scale Before Present
Jan 6 The United Kingdom recognizes the People's Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response
Jan 14 The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight
Jan 17 The Great Brink's Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston
Jan 21 American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury
Jan 23 The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
Jan 26 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

Top 7 most famous people born in 1950

Feb 13 Peter Gabriel an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the The album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. "Sledgehammer" remains the most played music video in the history of MTV
May 13 Stevie Wonder an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11 and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth
Jul 9 Viktor Yanukovych a Ukrainian politician who served as the fourth President of Ukraine from February 2010 until his removal from power in February 2014.
Jul 13 Ma Ying-jeou a Taiwanese politician and the current President of the Republic of China , and the Chairman of the Kuomintang. Previous roles include Justice Minister and Mayor of Taipei. He is also the current Chairman of the Kuomintang , having served in that role since 2005 but stepping down for a period between 2007 and 2009. Ma first won the presidency by 58.45% of the popular vote in the presidential election of 2008, and was re-elected in 2012 with 51.6% of the vote. He was sworn into office as president on 20 May 2008, and sworn in as the Chairman of the Kuomintang on 17 October 2009; he is expected to resign as Chairman on 3 December 2014
Aug 11 Steve Wozniak an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly designed both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. These computers contributed significantly to the microcomputer revolution
Sep 17 Narendra Modi the 15th and current Prime Minister of India, in office since May 2014. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party , previously served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat state from 2001 to 2014. He is currently the Member of Parliament from Varanasi
Oct 29 Abdullah Gül a Turkish politician who served as the 11th President of Turkey, in office from 2007 to 2014. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and concurrently served as both Deputy Prime Minister and as Foreign Minister between 2003 and 2007

Top 7 most famous people died in 1950

Jan 21 George Orwell an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism
Apr 14 Ramana Maharshi widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding Hindu gurus of modern times. He was born Venkataraman Iyer, in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, South India, and given the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi in 1907, by one of his first devotees, Ganapati Muni. This would be the name by which he became known to the world
Jul 22 William Lyon Mackenzie King the dominant Canadian political leader from the 1920s through the 1940s. He served as the tenth Prime Minister of Canada from December 29, 1921 to June 28, 1926; from September 25, 1926 to August 7, 1930; and from October 23, 1935 to November 15, 1948. A Liberal with 22 years in office, he was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Canadian history. Trained in law and social work, he was keenly interested in the human condition , and played a major role in laying the foundations of the Canadian welfare state
Sep 11 Jan Smuts a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher. In addition to holding various cabinet posts, he served as prime minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 until 1924 and from 1939 until 1948. He was a supporter of racial segregation based on separate territory for blacks and whites, but by the time of the 1948 elections he supported a policy of initiating some measures of integration
Oct 23 Al Jolson an American singer, film actor, and comedian. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer"
Nov 2 George Bernard Shaw an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems with a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Issues which engaged Shaw's attention included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege
Dec 15 Vallabhbhai Patel an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. He was a social leader who played a leading role in the country's struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often addressed as Sardar, which means Chief in Hindi, Urdu and Persian. A 'Run for Unity' and pledge taking will mark India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary on Oct 31, being observed as 'Rashtriya Ekta Divas'