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1950 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts

US Patents

World Series Champions:

New York Yankees
NFL Champions:

Cleveland Browns
NBA Champions:

Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:

Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf:

Ben Hogan
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):

Arthur Larsen/Margaret Osborne duPont
Wimbledon (Men/Women):

Budge Patty/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions:

NCAA Basketball Champions:

Kentucky Derby:

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:

Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Lana Turner
"The Quote"

"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted"
- Aldous Huxley

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
- Betty Davis, in 'All About Eve'

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
"I am big! It's the pictures that got small."
- Gloria Swanson, in 'Sunset Boulevard'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:

The American Fighting-Man (Korean War Troops)
Miss America:

Nerd News:

The FBI made the first 'Ten Most Wanted' list in 1950. There were others of course. # 11 was Willie Sutton. He was probably the most successful and famous bank robber of all time, although he was caught several times. He was once quoted by a reporter, when asked why he robbed banks, "because that's where the money is."

An articulate man (and snazzy dresser), Mr. Sutton later said that he never said it, although the statement on itself was true. "Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I'd be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that's all."

Minute Rice appeared on the shelves for the first time.

Disposable diapers were invented by Marion Donovan.

Private Kenneth Shadrick was the first U.S. casualty of the Korean War, on July 5th 1950.

Green plastic garbage bags, made from polyethylene, were invented by Harry Wasylyk.

The first metal lunchbox, featuring Hopalong Cassidy, was produced by Aladdin (the company, NOT the 1001 Arabian Nights hero).

John Hopps invented the world's first cardiac pacemaker. It was larger than life and had to be used outside the body of the first recipient.

Racing pioneer C.J. Hart was credited with creating the first commerical drag racing strip on the runway of the Orange County Airport in Sant Ana, California on June 19.

The Habit:

Watching 'Your Show of Shows' on television.
1st appearances & 1950's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:

Little People and the Safety School Bus, Wooly Willy, official Magic-8 Ball, Silly Putty
Best Film Oscar Winner:

All About Eve
1950 Most Popular TV shows:

1. Texaco Star Theatre (NBC)
2. Fireside Theatre (NBC)
3. Philco TV Playhouse (NBC)
4. Your Show of Shows (NBC)
5. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
6. Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (NBC)
7. The Lone Ranger (ABC)
8. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
9. Hopalong Cassidy (NBC)
10. Mama (NBC)
1950 Billboard Number One Songs:

November 26, 1949 - January 6, 1950:

Mule Train - Frankie Laine

January 7 - January 13:

Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry

January 14 - February 10:

I Can Dream, Can't I? - Andrews Sisters

February 11 - March 10:

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine - Red Foley

March 11 - March 17:

The Cry Of The Wild Goose - Frankie Laine

March 18 - March 24:

Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer

March 25 - April 28: If I Knew You Were Comin' Id've Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton

April 29 - May 4:

The Third Man Theme - Anton Karas

May 5 - June 2:

The Third Man Theme - Guy Lombardo

June 3 - June 9:

Hoop - Dee - Doo - Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters

June 10 - July 23:

Sentimental Me - Ames Brothers

June 24 - July 7:

I Wanna Be Loved - Andrews Sisters

July 8 - August 18:

Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole

August 19 - October 27:

Goodnight, Irene - Weavers featuring Gordon Jenkins

October 28 - November 17:

All My Love - Patti Page

November 18 - December 1:

Harbor Lights - Sammy Kaye

December 2 - December 15:

The Thing - Phil Harris

December 16, 1950 - March 2, 1951:

The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page


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