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January 21st, 1950.

January 21st, 1950, was a Saturday. It was day 21 of 1950. The decade was the Fifties.

72 years, 5 months and 7 days have passed since January 21st, 1950.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on January 21st, 1950.

  • English novelist George Orwell passes away.
Music charts

Top song: January 21st, 1950

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

Play the top singles from the year 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.

Take me back to January 21st, 1950!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is January 21st, 1950, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

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 currently the President of the United States, and Clement Attlee is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as George Orwell would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Lone Ranger".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry" and "Jim and Judy in Teleland". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Dimestore soldiers, Tonka trucks, Tiny Tears (doll) and BAS-KET Miniature Basketball.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 21st, 1950.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks Ass", which is what many people liked to call the style.

  • Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    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.

    During the 1950s, 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.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were 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 in 1950 were dominated by the likes of 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 as the 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.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. 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 during this period of time 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 72 years, 5 months and 7 days have passed since January 21st, 1950.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1950.
  • Leap Year: 1950 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 21st, 1950, will be 72 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1950 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around January 21st, 1950.

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

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 21st, 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 21st, 1950 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 21st, 1950.

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Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1950.

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety 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

Kids' TV shows on January 21st, 1950.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1950.

Jim and Judy in Teleland
Jim and Judy in Teleland

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1950.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1950.

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 this date?

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 from their early childhood.

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

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Jam Master Jay

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

Emma Bunton

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

Brian O'Driscoll

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

USA

US President.

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

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 21st, 1950.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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

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Stats for January 21st, 1950

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 21st, 1950.

  • A total of 26,457 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,779 weeks have passed.
  • 2,285,881,200 seconds have passed since the January 21st, 1950.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,666,861,400 times.
  • Since January 21st, 1950, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,179,514,699,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 380,980,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 196,585,783 steps. That's about 87,371 miles!
  • Since this date, 27,430,574 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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