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1950 Trivia

<< - 1949
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:
Oklahoma
NCAA Basketball Champions:
CCNY
Kentucky Derby:
Middleground
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:
none
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 he supposedly said, "because that's where the money is."

THE REAL STORY: 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
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)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1950 include:
Ames Brothers, Andrews Sisters, Anton Karas, Bing Crosby, Eileen Barton, Esther Phillips, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Guy Lombardo, Ivory Joe Hunter, Jimmy Wakely, Jo Stafford, Johnny Otis, Lloyd Glenn, Louise Jordan, Lowell Fulson, Margaret Whiting, Nat 'King' Cole, Patti Page, Perry Como, Phil Harris, Red Foley, The Robins, Roy Brown, Sammy Kaye, Teresa Brewer, Roy Brown, Dinah Washington, Weavers with Gordon Jenkins

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1950:
November 26, 1949 - January 6, 1950: Frankie Laine - Mule Train

January 7, 1950 - January 13, 1950: Gene Autry - Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer

January 14, 1950 - February 10, 1950: The Andrews Sisters - I Can Dream, Can't I

February 11, 1950 - February 17, 1950: Ames Brothers - Rag Mop

February 18, 1950 - March 17, 1950: Red Foley - Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

March 18, 1950 - April 14, 1950: Teresa Brewer - Music! Music! Music!

April 15, 1950 - April 28, 1950: Eileen Barton - If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake

April 29, 1950 - July 14, 1950: Anton Karas - The Third Man Theme

July 15, 1950 - August 18, 1950: Nat King Cole - Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole song)

August 19, 1950 - November 17, 1950: Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers - Goodnight Irene

November 18, 1950 - December 1, 1950: Sammy Kaye - Harbor Lights

December 2, 1950 - December 29, 1950: Phil Harris - The Thing

December 30, 1950 - March 2, 1951: Patti Page - The Tennessee Waltz