Saturday, February 15, 2014



We've entered the fifties! We're shaking off an old decade and leaving the terrible twos behind us. Some of us will be beginning our threes this year, and some of us will turn four. The late forties that bred us has become history that may or may not interest us in coming years. But, our memories will be full of the fifties. These were our growing and knowing years.


Historical Events Year 1950
Jan 6th - Britain recognizes Communist government of China
Jan 7th - Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
Jan 15th - 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
Jan 17th - The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 21st - NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury
Jan 23rd - Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
Jan 31st - President Harry Truman publicly announces development of H-bomb
Jan 31st - Pres Harry Truman OKs building of hydrogen bomb

Feb 2nd - 1st broadcast of "What's My Line," on CBS-TV
Feb 7th - US & Great-Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
Feb 9th - Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists
Feb 15th - Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released
Feb 25th - "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Mar 6th - Silly Putty invented
Mar 8th - 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)
Mar 16th - 1st annual National Book Awards
Mar 14th - FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
Mar 23rd - UN World Meteorological Org established

Apr 9th - Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance
Apr 11th - Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
Apr 11th - US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia

Apr 24th - Pres Harry Truman denies there are communists in US government
Apr 24th - Jordan formally annexes the West Bank

May 1st - Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry)
May 13th - Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards

Jun 5th - US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
Jun 15th - Dutch police seize condoms
Jun 17th - 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
Jun 23rd - Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women
Jun 25th - Israeli airline El Al begins service
Jun 25th - Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea
Jun 27th - US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam
Jun 30th - US Gen MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops

Jul 1st - 1st 407 US soldiers flown to South Korea
Jul 4th - The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
Jul 5th - Law of Return passes, guarantees all Jews right to live in Israel

Jul 10th - "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV
Jul 19th - French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh

Aug 1st - Territory of Guam created
Aug 7th - Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
Aug 13th - Pres Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime Bao-Dai
Aug 15th - 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000

Aug 19th - ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
Aug 22nd - Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in natl tennis competition
Aug 24th - Edith Sampson named 1st black US delegate to UN
Aug 24th - Operation Magic Carpet concludes transporting 45,000 Yemenite Jews
Aug 25th - Pres Harry Truman orders army to seize control of RR to avert a strike

Sep 4th - Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
Sep 7th - Monasteries shut down in Hungary
Sep 9th - 1st use of TV laugh track-Hank McCune
Sep 11th - "Beetle Bailey" comic strip debuts
Sep 11th - Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
Sep 22nd - Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph J Bunche (1st black winner)
Sep 29th - Telephone Answering Machine created by Bell Laboratories

Sep 30th - Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcasted on TV for 1st time
Oct 1st - South Korean troops cross 38th parallel into North Korea

Oct 2nd - Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz first published
Oct 3rd - 1st black lead (Ethel Waters) on TV (Beulah)

Oct 7th - US forces invade Korea by crossing 38th parallel
Oct 11th - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS
Oct 26th - Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

Nov 1st - 1st negro player in NBA, (Celtic's Charles Cooper) Ft Wayne Ind

Nov 1st - Puerto Rican nationalists try to kill Pres Harry Truman at Blair House
Nov 7th - French women & children leaves Hanoi/Tonkin-delta
Nov 8th - 1st jet-plane battle ever, in Korean War

Nov 13th - US win 1st world championship bridge contest

Dec 3rd - Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast
Dec 13th - James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial
Dec 16th - Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"
Dec 19th - Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander
Dec 19th - Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion

Dec 28th - Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
 American Fighting-Man
Representing U.S. troops 
involved in the Korean War 

 1950 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts

  • Minute Rice appeared on the shelves for the first time.
  • Disposable diapers were invented by Marion Donovan.
  • Green plastic garbage bags, made from polyethylene, were invented by Harry Wasylyk.
    The first metal lunchbox, featuring Hopalong Cassidy, was produced by Aladdin
  • John Hopps invented the world's first cardiac pacemaker. It was larger than life and had to be used outside the body of the first recipient.
Do You Remember 1950?
 SLANG FROM THE FIFTIES,_handouts_files/1950s%20Slang.htm
Ape: (used with “go”) to explode or be really mad
Bash: great party
Blast: a good time
Bread: money
Bug: “you bug me” – to bother
Burn rubber: to accelerate hard and fast
Classy chassis: great body
Cloud 9: really happy
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’: looking for trouble
Cut out: leave
Daddy-o: term of address (Beats)
Dibs: a claim – as in “got dibs” on that seat
Dig: to understand; to approve
Don’t have a cow: don’t get so excited
Drag: (hot-rodders) a short car race (Beats); a bore
Eyeball: look around
Flat-top: men’s hairstyle (a crewcut which is flat across the top)
Flick: a movie
Flip: to get very excited
Floor it: push the accelerator to the floor
Haul ass: drive very fast
Kick: a fun or good thing; a fad
Kill: to really impress
Knuckle sandwich: a fist in the face
Later: goodbye
No sweat: no problem
Party pooper: no fun at all
Rattle your cage: get upset
Souped up: a car modified to go fast
Wheelie: lift the car’s front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration
BORN IN 1950
Bill Murray
Jay Leno
Stevie Wonder
Dr. Phil McGraw
Princess Anne
Peter Frampton
Huey Lewis
Joan Lunden
Jane Pauley
Rick Perry
Patti Austin
Victoria Tennant
 1950 PRICES
  • House: $14,500
  • Average income: $3,216
  • Ford car: $1339-$2262
  • Philco model 1403 TV: $199
  • Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
  • 12" records: $4.85
  • 10" records: $2.85
  • Milk: $.82
  • Gas: $.20
  • Bread $.14
  • Postage stamp: $.03
  • Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
  • Campbell’s Pork & Beans - (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25
  • Sirloin steak: $.77 lb
  • Kraft Mayonnaise - quart jar: $.62.
  • Monopoly the game cost $4 (1950)
  • One bottle of aspirin cost $0.54  Chevy Corvette cost about $3,000
  • one-way flight from New York to California cost $88
  • One pound of coffee cost $0.79







Goofy in Motor Mania (1950) 

Goofy stars as a Jekyll/Hyde character, Mr. Walker/Mr. Wheeler. As a pedestrian he's mild-mannered and rational; As a driver he's mad and bad.

D.O.A. (Edmond O'Brien) 1950

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.
List of Billboard number-one singles of 1950
1950 Billboard Number One Songs
November 26, 1949 - January 6, 1950:
Mule Train - Frankie Laine

January 7 - January 13:
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry

January 14 - February 10:
I Can Dream, Can't I? - Andrews Sisters

February 11 - March 10:
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine - Red Foley

March 11 - March 17:
The Cry Of The Wild Goose - Frankie Laine

March 18 - March 24:
Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer

March 25 - April 28: If I Knew You Were Comin' Id've Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton
April 29 - May 4:
The Third Man Theme - Anton Karas

May 5 - June 2:
The Third Man Theme - Guy Lombardo

June 3 - June 9:
Hoop - Dee - Doo - Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters

June 10 - July 23:
Sentimental Me - Ames Brothers

June 24 - July 7:
I Wanna Be Loved - Andrews Sisters

July 8 - August 18:
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole

August 19 - October 27:
Goodnight, Irene - Weavers featuring Gordon Jenkins

October 28 - November 17:
All My Love - Patti Page

November 18 - December 1:
Harbor Lights - Sammy Kaye

December 2 - December 15:
The Thing - Phil Harris

December 16, 1950 - March 2, 1951:
The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page

  Billboard Top 30 Songs of 1950 - Year End Charts

US Number One Songs - 1950
Teresa Brewer - Music Music Music 

Perry Como - Fontane Sisters - Hoop-Dee-Doo - 1950

Number one hits
(As certified by Billboard magazine)

  Hank Snow - I'm Moving On - Johnny Cash Show


  Hank Williams Sr - Long Gone Lonesome Blues


Hank Williams - Why Don´t You Love Me

 1950 RECIPE
Here's the 1950 recipe for Square Dance Party Cake from Dexo all-vegetable shortening.

1/2 cup Dexo (Crisco works, too)
2 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/12 tsp double-action baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
7/8 cup milk (1 cup minus 2 tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, unbeaten

Measure Dexo into bowl. Sift flour once, measure; add baking powder, salt, sugar; sift onto Dexo. Add vanilla to milk; add 2/3 milk; blend; beat 1 min. Add eggs and remaining milk; beat 2 1/2 min. Pour 1 3/4 cups batter into greased and floured 8 x 8 x2-inch pan. Bake in 350 F, for 30 min. When cool cut each layer in half. Arrange alternate colors to form 'squares.' Use butter frosting between layers, halves, sides and top. Dot with sweet chocolate.