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May 26, 1950

May 26, 1950, was a Friday. It was 74 years and 20 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on May 26, 1950:

  • Petrol rationing is ended in the United Kingdom.
Music charts

Top song: May 26, 1950

The best-selling single on May 26, 1950 was "The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas.

Play the top songs 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.

Facts

This date was 27,049 days ago. Approximately 902 months have passed. It was the 146th day of 1950, in week 21. The decade was the fifties. People born on this day are currently 74 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. 301 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to May 26, 1950

Let's go back to the fifties.

It is Friday, May 26, 1950. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer of 1950 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In music, the song "The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas 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.

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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Suspense", "What's My Line?", and "Space Patrol".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", and "Jim and Judy in Teleland". Popular toys at the moment include Dimestore soldiers, Toy Guns, Spinning Tops, and BAS-KET Miniature Basketball.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 26, 1950.

  • Greasers.

    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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 26, 1950.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 26, 1950.

  • May 6, 1950:
    • The "Tollund Man" mummy is discovered by peat cutters in Denmark.
    • Soccer: Portsmouth F.C. win the First Division title after beating Aston Villa 5-1.
    • Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton.
  • May 9, 1950: L. Ron Hubbard publishes his book "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health".
  • May 19, 1950: Former Major League Baseball player Wattie Holm shoots his wife dead before committing suicide.
  • This date: May 26, 1950
  • June 16, 1950: The film "Father of the Bride", starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, is released in movie theaters.
  • June 17, 1950: Actress Judy Garland is suspended from the filming of the movie "Royal Wedding" after she fails to report to the set on multiple occasions.
  • June 24, 1950: The 1950 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil.
  • June 25, 1950: The Korean War begins after North Korean forces invade South Korea.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 26, 1950, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • 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: May 26, 1950 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1950

In May 1950, TV audiences were watching the following series:

Space Patrol
Space Patrol
What's My Line?
What's My Line?
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Suspense
Suspense
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

Kids TV shows on May 26, 1950

If you were a kid on May 26, 1950, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

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

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 May 26, 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 May 26, 1956, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 26.

John Wayne

John Wayne

Actor Deceased
Born on May 26, 1907
He turned 43 on this day in 1950.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Musician Deceased
Born on May 26, 1926
He turned 24 on this day in 1950.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

British politician
Born on May 26, 1949
He turned 1 on this day in 1950.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Singer
Born on May 26, 1964
He was born exactly 14 years after this date.

Ashley Massaro

Ashley Massaro

Wrestler Deceased
Born on May 26, 1979
She was born exactly 29 years after this date.

Aaron Chalmers

Aaron Chalmers

TV personality
Born on May 26, 1987
He was born exactly 37 years after this date.

USA

US President

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on May 26, 1950.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 May 26, 1950 was most likely conceived around September 2, 1949.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 26, 1950 is close to February 16, 1951.

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Stats for May 26, 1950

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 26, 1950:

  • 27,049 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,864 weeks have passed.
  • 2,337,033,600 seconds have passed since May 26, 1950.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,726,539,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,205,909,337,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 389,505,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 200,984,890 steps. That's roughly 89,327 miles.
  • 28,044,403 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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