1950 Fun Facts, Trivia & History
Top Ten Baby Names of 1950:
Linda, Mary, Patricia, Barbara, Susan, James, Robert, John, Michael, David
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Martine Carol, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Eartha Kitt, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner
Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Humphrey Bogart, Montgomery Clift, Gregory Peck
“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted”
– Aldous Huxley
“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
– Betty Davis, in ‘All About Eve’
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.”
– Gloria Swanson, in ‘Sunset Boulevard’
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
The American Fighting-Man (Korean War Troops)
The FBI made the first ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list in 1950. There were others of course. # 11 was Willie Sutton. He was probably the most successful and famous bank robber of all time, although he was caught several times. He was once quoted by a reporter, when asked why he robbed banks, “because that’s where the money is.”
An articulate man (and snazzy dresser), Mr. Sutton later said that he never said it, although the statement on itself was true. “Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all.”
Minute Rice appeared on the shelves for the first time.
Disposable diapers were invented by Marion Donovan.
Private Kenneth Shadrick was the first U.S. casualty of the Korean War, on July 5th 1950.
Green plastic garbage bags, made from polyethylene, were invented by Harry Wasylyk.
The first metal lunchbox, featuring Hopalong Cassidy, was produced by Aladdin (the company, NOT the 1001 Arabian Nights hero).
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.
Racing pioneer C.J. Hart was credited with creating the first commercial drag racing strip on the runway of the Orange County Airport in Santa Ana, California on June 19.
Watching ‘Your Show of Shows’ on television.
1st appearances & 1950’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Little People and the Safety School Bus, Wooly Willy, official Magic-8 Ball, Silly Putty
Popular and Notable Books From 1950:
Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
The Adventurer by Mika Waltari
The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg
The Egyptian – Mika Waltari
Floodtide by Frank Yerby
Joy Street by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow
The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
Star Money by Kathleen Winsor
The Wall by John Hersey
Best Picture Oscar:
All The King’s Men (presented in 1950)
Broadway Show – Guys and Dolls (Musical) Opened on November 24, 1950 and Closed: November 28, 1953
1950 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Texaco Star Theatre (NBC)
2. Fireside Theatre (NBC)
3. Philco TV Playhouse (NBC)
4. Your Show of Shows (NBC)
5. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
6. Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (NBC)
7. The Lone Ranger (ABC)
8. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
9. Hopalong Cassidy (NBC)
10. Mama (NBC)
World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Cleveland Browns
NBA Champions: Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Ben Hogan
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Arthur Larsen/Margaret Osborne duPont
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Budge Patty/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions: Oklahoma
NCAA Basketball Champions: CCNY
Kentucky Derby: Middleground