October 20, 1950

October 20, 1950, was a Friday. It was the 293rd day of 1950. The decade was the fifties.

73 years, 4 months, and 13 days have passed since October 20, 1950.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.


Born on October 20, 1950

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: October 20, 1950

The best-selling single on October 20, 1950 was "Goodnight Irene" by Gordon Jenkins.

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.


This date was 26,797 days ago. Approximately 893 months have passed. It was the 293rd day of 1950, in week 42. The decade was the fifties. People born on this day are currently 73 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. 298 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to October 20, 1950

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Friday, October 20, 1950. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Libra. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. Halloween 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", "Space Patrol", "You Bet Your Life", and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Jim and Judy in Teleland", "Crusader Rabbit", and "Telecomics". Popular toys at the moment include Tonka trucks, Toy Guns, Spinning Tops, and Tiny Tears (doll).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 20, 1950.

  • The Korean War.

    The Korean War

    During this time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.
  • 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?

Notable events that happened close to October 20, 1950.

  • September 22, 1950: Korean War: UN forces begin an assault on the city of Seoul.
  • September 24, 1950: The Chinchaga forest fire in Canada covers the eastern United States in a thick haze of smoke.
  • September 27, 1950: Boxing: Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis to retain his World Heavyweight Championship.
  • September 29, 1950: Korean War: The city of Seoul is recaptured by UN forces.
  • October 7, 1950: Baseball: The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies by 4-0 to win the 1950 World Series.
  • October 12, 1950: The first episode of "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" is aired on CBS.
  • October 13, 1950: The drama film "All About Eve", starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter, is released in movie theaters.
  • This date: October 20, 1950
  • October 25, 1950: Korean War: Chinese troops cross over into North Korea.
  • October 28, 1950: The first episode of "The Jack Benny Program" is aired on television.
  • November 13, 1950: Venezuelan president Carlos Delgado Chalbaud is kidnapped and murdered in Caracas.
  • November 17, 1950: Phil Harris' novelty song "The Thing" reaches the Billboard charts.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20, 1950, will have the star sign Libra.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20, 1950 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 20, 1950

People in October 1950 were watching the following TV series:

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Space Patrol
Space Patrol
What's My Line?
What's My Line?
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

Kids TV shows on October 20, 1950

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

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit
Jim and Judy in Teleland
Jim and Judy in Teleland

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1950

Toys and games that were popular 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 October 20, 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 October 20, 1956, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 20.

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle

Baseball player Deceased
Born on October 20, 1931
He turned 19 on this day in 1950.

Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Wrestler Deceased
Born on October 20, 1958
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Born on October 20, 1958
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

US Vice President
Born on October 20, 1964
She was born exactly 14 years after this date.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Born on October 20, 1971
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

John Krasinski

John Krasinski

Born on October 20, 1979
He was born exactly 29 years after this date.

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

Born on October 20, 1988
She was born exactly 38 years after this date.


US President

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on October 20, 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 October 20, 1950 was most likely conceived around January 27, 1950.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20, 1950 is close to July 13, 1951.

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Stats for October 20, 1950


Here are some interesting statistics about October 20, 1950:

  • 26,797 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,828 weeks have passed.
  • 2,315,264,400 seconds have passed since October 20, 1950.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,701,141,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,194,676,430,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 385,877,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 199,112,738 steps. That's roughly 88,495 miles!
  • Since this date, 27,783,173 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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