Life in 1950

The year 1950 began on a Sunday. It ushered in a new decade and a move away from the war years of the 1940s. 

1950 In The News 

Korean War 195014th February – China and the USSR signed a treaty of mutual defence.

25th June – North Korea invaded South Korea beginning the Korean War.

7th October – China invaded Tibet and made it part of the People’s Republic of China. 

 

1950 Price Check

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £1,900; USA – $8,450
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.15; USA – $0.20
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.02; USA – $0.14
Gold per ounce:
UK – $34.72, USA – $40.25

1950 Population

World Map

World: – 2,556,506,583
Australia: – 8,267,337
Canada: – 14,011,422
China: – 562,579,776
India: – 369,880,000
Soviet Union: 101,936,816
United States: – 151,868,000
United Kingdom: – 50,127,000

 

1950 Popular Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – No data – Charts began 1952
USA – Goodnight Irene – Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers
AUS – Quicksilver – Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
CAN – No data – Charts began 1964

Best Selling Album:
UK – No data – Charts began 1956
USA – South Pacific – Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza
AUS – No data – Charts began 1966
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
Andrew Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Frankie Lane, Frank Sinatra

 

On the Bookshelves

BookshelfPublished in 1950:

I Robot – Isaac Asimov
A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
Frosty the Snowman – Annie North
A Town Like Alice – Neville Shute

At the Movies

Movies FilmsHighest grossing movies 1950 (USA box office figures):

1. King Solomon’s Mines – $5 million
2. Annie Get Your Gun – $4.7 million
3. Cheaper by the Dozen – $4.4 million 4. Cinderella – $4.3 million
5. Born Yesterday – $5.1 million

 

World Leaders

World Leader Harry TrumanAustralia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – Louis St Laurent
China President – Mao Zedong
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru
Soviet Union Leader – Joseph Stalin
United States President – Harry S Truman
United Kingdom Prime Minister – Clement Attlee

 

Born in 1950

Julie Walters born 1950

22nd February – Julie Walters (Actress)
11th May – Jeremy Paxman (Broadcaster)
13th May – Stevie Wonder (Musician)
18th July – Richard Branson (Businessman)
15th August – Princess Anne (Royal Family)

Died in 1950

21st January – George Orwell (Author)
11th September – Jan Smuts (Leader South Africa)
23rd October – Al Jolson (Singer)
29th October – Gustav V (King of Sweden)
12th December – Peter Fraser (Prime Minister of New Zealand)

 

1950 Sporting Highlights

1950 World CupFootball – World Cup – Uruguay beat Brazil 
Tennis – Budge Patty USA won the French Open and Wimbledon
Cycling – Ferdinand Kubler (SUI) won the Tour de France
Golf – Ben Hogan won the US Open, Bobby Locke won the British Open
Rugby Union – Wales won the Five Nations Championship
Horse Racing – Comic Court won the Melbourne Cup, Galcador won the Epsom Derby, Middleground won the Kentucky Derby

 

Christmas Wishlist

1950 top toys dolls house

Toy guns
Toy soldiers
Fisher Price Little People
Dolls and Dolls House
Fuzzy Felt

What Was New?

Diners Club

Diners Club – First Credit Card invented
Alan Turing published feasibility of Artificial Intelligence
Birth Control pill first developed
Antihistamines were developed

 

 

Published May 18, 2020 @ 2:43 pm – Updated – May 4, 2021 @ 4:02 pm