January 21, 1950

January 21, 1950, was a Saturday. It was 74 years, 4 months, and 3 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on January 21, 1950:

  • English novelist George Orwell passes away.
Music charts

Top song: January 21, 1950

The best-selling single on January 21, 1950 was "I Can Dream, Can't I?" by The Andrews Sisters.

Play the top singles from 1950
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1950. Take a trip back to the days of Sammy Kaye, Bing Crosby, Patti Page and Nat King Cole.


This date occurred 27,153 days ago. Approximately 905 months have passed. It was the 21st day of 1950, in week 03. The decade was the fifties. People who were born on January 21, 1950, are now 74 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. 302 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to January 21, 1950

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is January 21, 1950, and it's a Saturday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. The work week is over and Saturday has finally come, so people are spending time with their kids, going to bars, attending dances, shopping, and watching sports.

In music, the song "I Can Dream, Can't I?" by The Andrews Sisters is the best-selling record at the moment. Harry S. Truman is the President of the United States, and Clement Attlee is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Suspense", and "The Lone Ranger".

In fashion, women are sporting the popular "The New Look" by Christian Dior. This formal style includes rounded shoulders, a full-skirted silhouette and a tight waist. Meanwhile, men are beginning to follow a new "Teddy Boy" trend that involves greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. It's 1950, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from artists such as Nat King Cole, Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers, Anton Karas, Gary & Bing Crosby, Teresa Brewer, Guy Lombardo and Red Foley. Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", and "Jim and Judy in Teleland".

Children are playing with toys such as Dimestore soldiers, Spinning Tops, Tiny Tears (doll), and BAS-KET Miniature Basketball.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 21, 1950.

  • Greasers.


    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming

    The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • Movies from 1950.

    Movies from 1950

    The most popular movies in 1950 included the likes of Samson and Delilah, King Solomon's Mines, Annie Get Your Gun, Cheaper by the Dozen, Cinderella and Born Yesterday.
  • Music in 1950.

    Music in 1950

    The radio stations and jukeboxes in 1950 were dominated by Nat King Cole, Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers, Anton Karas, Gary & Bing Crosby, Teresa Brewer, Guy Lombardo, and Red Foley.
  • The American fighting-man.

    The American fighting-man

    "The American fighting man" was named Time Person of the Year in 1950. This represented US troops fighting in the Korean War.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

    More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high

    Cases of Polio were particularly high, and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 21, 1950.

  • January 7, 1950: 41 patients die after a fire breaks out at Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.
  • January 12, 1950: 64 people die after a British submarine collides with the Swedish oil tanker Divina.
  • January 13, 1950: The romantic biblical drama film "Samson and Delilah" is released.
  • January 17, 1950: The "Great Brink's Robbery" takes place when armed robbers steal $2.7 million from the Brink's Building in Boston.
  • This date: January 21, 1950
  • January 25, 1950: American government official Alger Hiss is sentenced to five years in prison for perjury.
  • January 26, 1950: India officially becomes a Republic.
  • January 31, 1950: US President Harry Truman orders the development of the hydrogen bomb.
  • February 2, 1950:
    • Celebrity scandal: Actress Ingrid Bergman gives birth to an illegitimate child after having an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini.
    • The first episode of the panel game show "What's My Line?" is aired on CBS.
  • February 8, 1950: The Stasi is formed in East Germany.
  • February 9, 1950: Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy claims that there are more than 200 communists in the State Department.
  • February 15, 1950: Walt Disney releases the animated film Cinderella.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 21, 1950, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1950 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 21, 1950 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1950

People in January 1950 were watching the following TV series:

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show

Cars in 1950

1950 saw the introduction of cars such as the Nash Rambler, the Henry J, the Alfa Romeo 1900, the Fiat 1400, the Lloyd 300, and the Renault Colorale.

Cars in 1950.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1950

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Jim and Judy in Teleland
Jim and Judy in Teleland
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys in 1950

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)
Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops
Toy Guns
Toy Guns
Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on January 21, 1950?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1950.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 21, 1956, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 21.

Telly Savalas

Telly Savalas

Actor Deceased
Born on January 21, 1922
He turned 28 on this day in 1950.

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

English comedian Deceased
Born on January 21, 1924
He turned 26 on this day in 1950.

Jam Master Jay

Jam Master Jay

Hip Hop DJ Deceased
Born on January 21, 1965
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton

Spice Girls
Born on January 21, 1976
She was born exactly 26 years after this date.

Jerry Trainor

Jerry Trainor

Born on January 21, 1977
He was born exactly 27 years after this date.

Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll

Rugby player
Born on January 21, 1979
He was born exactly 29 years after this date.



Born on January 21, 2005
He was born exactly 55 years after this date.

Luke Littler

Luke Littler

Darts player
Born on January 21, 2007
He was born exactly 57 years after this date.


US President

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on January 21, 1950.


UK Prime Minister

Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 21, 1950 was most likely conceived around April 30, 1949.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 21, 1950 is close to October 14, 1950.

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Stats for January 21, 1950


Here are some interesting statistics about January 21, 1950:

  • 27,153 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,879 weeks have passed.
  • 2,346,015,600 seconds have passed since January 21, 1950.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,737,018,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,210,544,049,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 391,002,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 201,757,342 steps. That's roughly 89,670 miles.
  • 28,152,187 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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