1950 was a very good year – after all, it was the year I was born! That makes me one of the baby boomer generation. In fact, I’m about smack dab in the middle of that generation. It was an interesting time.

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Tuesday, August 22, 1950

Top News Headlines This Week

Aug 22 – Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
Aug 22 – Rotterdam harbor strike end
Aug 22 – Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in natl tennis competition
Aug 23 – Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
Aug 23 – West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
Aug 24 – Edith Sampson named 1st black US delegate to UN

Top Songs for 1950

1950 Prices

Bread:  $0.14/loaf
Milk:  $0.82/gal
Eggs:  $0.70/doz
Car:  $1,750
Gas:  $0.27/gal
House:  $14,500
Stamp:  $0.03/ea
Avg Income:  $3,815/yr
Min Wage:  $0.75/hr
DOW Avg:  235

United States President

Harry S. Truman

United States Vice President

Alben W. Barkley

Academy Award Winners

Best Motion Picture:    All the King’s Men – Robert Rossen Productions
Best Actor:    Broderick Crawford – All the King’s Men
Best Actress:    Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress
Best Supporting Actor:     Dean Jagger – Twelve O’Clock High
Best Supporting Actress:     Mercedes McCambridge – All the King’s Men

People Born on August 22

  • 1862 – Claude Debussy, French pianist and composer (d. 1918)
  • 1893 – Dorothy Parker, American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist (d. 1967)
  • 1920 – Ray Bradbury, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1949 – Diana Nyad, American swimmer and author
  • 1950 – Ray Burris, American baseball player and coach
  • 1950 – Scooter Libby, American lawyer and politician, Chief of Staff to the Vice President Dick Cheney

Popular Toys in 1950


Happi Time Doll

The Happi-Time doll is dressed in only a diaper and knit shirt. But she's ready for visiting in a jiffy, because she has her own complete layette, carrying case, and nursing bottle.

Clue Board Game

The classic detective game! In Clue, players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery of: who done it, with what, and where?


Mechanical engineer Richard James invented the Slinky by accident when accidentally knocked some springs off a shelf. He watched in amazement as they gracefully “walked” down instead of falling.

On TV in 1950

Series Debut Ended
The Ed Sullivan Show June 20, 1948 June 6, 1971
Howdy Doody December 27, 1947 September 24, 1960
The Lone Ranger September 15, 1949 June 6, 1957
What’s My Line? February 2, 1950 1975