October 20th, 1950, was a Friday. It was Day 293 of 1950. The decade was the Fifties.
72 years, 7 months, and 8 days have passed since October 20th, 1950.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on October 20th, 1950 was "Goodnight Irene" by Gordon Jenkins.
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is October 20th, 1950, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Most people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.
The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. There is also a fresh, earthy scent in the air. Halloween of 1950 is quickly approaching.
In music, the song "Goodnight Irene" by Gordon Jenkins 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. In Asia, the Korean War is raging on between South Korea and North Korea. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Lone Ranger", "What's My Line?", "The Gene Autry Show", and "The Colgate Comedy Hour".
Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", "Jim and Judy in Teleland", and "Crusader Rabbit". Popular toys at the moment include Foto-Electric Baseball, Toy Guns, Spinning Tops, and BAS-KET Miniature Basketball.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 20th, 1950.
During this time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
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.
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" was named Time Person of the Year in 1950. This represented US troops fighting in the Korean War.
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%.
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.
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Television shows that people were watching in October 1950.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
Comedy series starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah Brown.
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.
Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.
Anthology series that was hosted by Rex Marshall.
The Ed Sullivan Show
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1950.
Jim and Judy in Teleland
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1950.
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
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 October 20th, 1956, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 20th.
Baseball player. Deceased
Born on October 20th, 1931
He turned 19 on this day in 1950.
Born on October 20th, 1958
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.
US Vice President.
Born on October 20th, 1964
She was born exactly 14 years after this date.
Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on October 20th, 1950.
Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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