1950 events in history

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
Jan 31 President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb
Feb 8 The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, is established
Feb 9 Second Red Scare: Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists
Feb 14 Chinese Civil War: The National Revolutionary Army instigates the unsuccessful Battle of Tianquan against the People's Liberation Army
Mar 1 Cold War: Klaus Fuchs is convicted of spying for the Soviet Union by disclosing top secret atomic bomb data
Mar 7 Cold War: The Soviet Union issues a statement denying that Klaus Fuchs served as a Soviet spy
Mar 12 The Llandow air disaster occurs near Sigingstone, Wales, in which 80 people die when their aircraft crashed, making it the world's deadliest air disaster at the time
Mar 16 Communist Czechoslovakia's ministry of foreign affairs asks nuncios of Vatican to leave the country
Mar 17 Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "californium"
Apr 8 India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact
Apr 19 Argentina becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
Apr 27 Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races
Apr 28 Bhumibol Adulyadej marries Queen Sirikit after their quiet engagement in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 19, 1949
May 1 Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth
May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned King Rama IX of Thailand
May 9 Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, which according to him was indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union
May 13 The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone
May 19 Egypt announces that the Suez Canal is closed to Israeli ships and commerce
May 19 A barge containing munitions destined for Pakistan explodes in the harbor at South Amboy, New Jersey, devastating the city
May 25 Public Transport: Green Hornet disaster. A Chicago Surface Lines streetcar crashes into a fuel truck, killing 33
May 29 The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 3 The first successful ascent of an Eight-thousander; the summit of Annapurna is reached by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal
Jun 8 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Australian-born Field Marshal in Australian history
Jun 25 The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea
Jun 27 The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War
Jun 28 Korean War: North Korean Army conducted Seoul National University Hospital Massacre
Jun 28 Korean War: Seoul is captured by North Korean troops
Jun 28 Korean War: Suspected communist sympathizers, argued to be between 100,000 and 200,000 are executed in the Bodo League massacre
Jun 28 Korean War: Packed with its own refugees fleeing Seoul and leaving their 5th Division stranded, South Korean forces blow up the Hangang Bridge to in attempt to slow North Korea's offensive
Jul 2 The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down
Jul 4 Radio Free Europe first broadcasts
Jul 5 Zionism: The Knesset passes the Law of Return which grants all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel
Jul 5 Korean War: Task Force Smith: American and North Korean forces first clash, in the Battle of Osan
Jul 11 Pakistan joins the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank
Jul 14 Korean War: North Korean troops initiate the Battle of Taejon
Jul 16 Chaplain–Medic massacre: American POWs were massacred by North Korean Army
Jul 20 Cold War: In Philadelphia, Harry Gold pleads guilty to spying for the Soviet Union by passing secrets from atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs
Jul 24 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket
Jul 29 Korean War: After four days, the No Gun Ri Massacre ends when the US Army 7th Cavalry Regiment is withdrawn
Aug 12 Korean War: Bloody Gulch massacre—American POWs are massacred by North Korean Army
Aug 17 Hill 303 massacre: American POWs are shot to death by the North Korean Army
Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements
Aug 20 Korean War: United Nations repel an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Naktong River and assault the city of Taegu