February 1950 in history

February 1950 events chronologically

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

Top 7 most famous people born in February 1950

Feb 10 Mark Spitz an American former swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record holder. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, an achievement only surpassed by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed, a record that still stands. Since the year 1900, no other swimmer has ever gained so great a percentage of all the medals awarded for Olympic events held in a single Games
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
Feb 18 Cybill Shepherd an American actress, singer and former model. Her better known roles include starring as Jacy in The Last Picture Show , as Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid , as Betsy in Taxi Driver , as Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting , as Cybill Sheridan in Cybill , as Phyllis Kroll in The L Word and as Madeleine Spencer in Psych
Feb 22 Julius Erving a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association , and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association after the 1975–76 season
Feb 22 Julie Walters an English actress and writer. She has won two BAFTA Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2014
Feb 25 Néstor Kirchner an Argentine politician who served as President of Argentina from 25 May 2003 until 10 December 2007. Previously, he was Governor of Santa Cruz Province since 10 December 1991. He briefly served as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations and as a National Deputy of Argentina for Buenos Aires Province. Kirchner's four-year presidency was notable for presiding over a dramatic fall in poverty and unemployment, following the economic crisis of 2001, together with an extension of social security coverage, a major expansion in housing and infrastructure, higher spending on scientific research and education, and substantial increases in real wage levels
Feb 26 Helen Clark the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. She was the first woman elected, at a general election, as the Prime Minister, and was the fifth longest serving person to hold that office. She has been Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme , the third-highest UN position, since 2009

Top 7 most famous people died in February 1950

Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory a Greek mathematician who spent most of his professional career in Germany. He made significant contributions to the theory of functions of a real variable, the calculus of variations, and measure theory. His work also includes important results in conformal representations and in the theory of boundary correspondence. In 1909, Carathéodory pioneered the Axiomatic Formulation of Thermodynamics along a purely geometrical approach
Feb 3 Karl Seitz an Austrian politician of the Social Democratic Workers' Party, member of the Imperial Council, President of the National Council and the first President of Austria.
Feb 10 Marcel Mauss a French sociologist. The nephew of Émile Durkheim, Mauss's academic work traversed the boundaries between sociology and anthropology. Today, he is perhaps better recognised for his influence on the latter discipline; particularly with respect to his analyses of topics such as magic, sacrifice and gift exchange in different cultures around the world. Mauss had a significant influence upon Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of structural anthropology. His most famous book is The Gift
Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure.
Feb 14 Karl Guthe Jansky an American physicist and radio engineer who in August 1931 first discovered radio waves emanating from the Milky Way. He is considered one of the founding figures of radio astronomy
Feb 25 George Minot to be confused with American historian and judge George Richards Minot.
Feb 26 Harry Lauder a Scottish music hall & vaudeville theatre singer and comedian. He was perhaps best known for his long-standing hit "I Love a Lassie" and for his international success. He was described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador!" He became a familiar world-wide figure promoting images like the kilt and the cromach to huge acclaim, especially in America. Other songs followed, including "Roamin' in the Gloamin", "A Wee Deoch-an-Doris", and "Keep Right on to the End of the Road"