December 16, 1950

December 16, 1950, was a Saturday. It was 73 years, 5 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on December 16, 1950:

  • Shirley Temple announces her retirement.
Music charts

Top song: December 16, 1950

The best-selling single on December 16, 1950 was "The Thing" by Phil Harris.

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 26,846 days ago. Approximately 895 months have passed. It was the 350th day of 1950, in week 50. The decade was the fifties. The end of 1950 was just 15 days away. People born on this day are currently 73 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. We have gone through approximately 298 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to December 16, 1950

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Saturday, December 16, 1950. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. 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.

The Christmas season of 1950 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations and festive songs are playing on the radio. In music, the song "The Thing" by Phil Harris 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 "Suspense", "The Lone Ranger", "The Colgate Comedy Hour", and "The Jack Benny Program". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Jim and Judy in Teleland", "Crusader Rabbit", and "Telecomics". Popular toys at the moment include Dimestore soldiers, Tonka trucks, Tiny Tears (doll), and BAS-KET Miniature Basketball.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 16, 1950.

  • Christmas 1950.

    Christmas 1950

    The Christmas period of 1950 was in full swing by this stage. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were feeling stressed, retail stores were filled with shoppers, and everyone was making plans for the big day.
  • 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 December 16, 1950.

  • November 17, 1950: Phil Harris' novelty song "The Thing" reaches the Billboard charts.
  • November 22, 1950: 78 people are killed after two trains collide during the evening rush hour in Queens, New York City.
  • November 24, 1950: The film "King Solomon's Mines", starring Deborah Kerr, is released in movie theaters.
  • November 25, 1950: The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950 hits the United States. Over the next six days, 383 people lose their lives and millions of dollars in damage is caused.
  • December 4, 1950: American mass murderer Victor Licata hangs himself in prison.
  • December 5, 1950:
    • Korean War: China captures the North Korean capital Pyongyang as UN forces retreat.
    • Boxing: Ezzard Charles retains his heavyweight championship after knocking out Nick Barone in the 11th round.
  • This date: December 16, 1950
  • December 24, 1950: NFL: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Los Angeles Rams 30-28 to win the 1950 NFL Championship Game.
  • December 25, 1950: The comedy-drama film "Born Yesterday" is released.
  • December 31, 1950: Korean War: Chinese begin their attack on Seoul.
  • January 3, 1951: Korean War: An ongoing attack by Chinese forces the UN to withdraw from Seoul.
  • January 7, 1951: Korean War: Chinese forces capture the city of Seoul.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16, 1950, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1950 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16, 1950 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV series on December 16, 1950

TV audiences were watching the following shows on December 16, 1950:

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
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 December 16, 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

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
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 December 16, 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 December 16, 1956, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 16.

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Born on December 16, 1955
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian Deceased
Born on December 16, 1961
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Michael McCary

Michael McCary

Boyz II Men
Born on December 16, 1971
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

Brodie Lee

Brodie Lee

Wrestler Deceased
Born on December 16, 1979
He was born exactly 29 years after this date.

Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels

German soccer player
Born on December 16, 1988
He was born exactly 38 years after this date.

Kai Cenat

Kai Cenat

Born on December 16, 2001
He was born exactly 51 years after this date.


US President

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on December 16, 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 December 16, 1950 was most likely conceived around March 25, 1950.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16, 1950 is close to September 8, 1951.

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Stats for December 16, 1950


Here are some interesting statistics about December 16, 1950:

  • 26,846 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,835 weeks have passed.
  • 2,319,490,800 seconds have passed since December 16, 1950.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,706,072,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,196,857,252,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 386,581,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 199,476,209 steps. That's roughly 88,656 miles.
  • 27,833,890 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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