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Cost of Living 1950How Much things cost in 1950 Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.09% Yearly Inflation Rate UK 2.8% Average Cost of new house $8,450.00 Average wages per year $3,210.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 18 cents Average Cost of a new car $1,510.00 Stromburg Black and White Television $249.95 Ball Point Pen 25 cents Samsonite Case $25.00 Clock Radio $59.95
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 1,940
Popular Culture 1950
- James Dean gets his break when he appears in a Pepsi Commercial
- Samson and Delilah
- Sunset Blvd
- Father of The Bride
- King Solomon's Mines
- Annie Get Your Gun
Born This YearLoyd Grossman September 16th
Tom Petty October 20th
Stevie Wonder May 13th
Jay Leno April 28th
- First TV remote control, Zenith Radio's Lazy Bones is marketed
- Diners Club Issues First Credit Cards
- President Truman authorizes production of hydrogen bomb
- 8 million homes in the US now own Televisions
Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
Credit Card USA by Ralph Schneider
Transistor USA by William Shockley ( Bell Telephone )
What Events Happened in 1950North Korea
- Communist China provides additional military forces to Communist North Korea
- North Korea invades South Korea capturing Seoul
- Great Brinks Robbery on January 17th in Boston
- President Truman approved U.S. construction of the hydrogen bomb
- US Defense Production Act starts wage and price controls.
- US leads UN in Korean War
- Persecution of Communists is initiated by Senator McCarthy
- The Eastern United States suffers 7 days of Blizzard Conditions and strong winds leaving more than 1 million homes without power.
- The Diner's Club issues the first credit cards.
1. The first independent credit card company is created by Frank McNamara in February of 1950.
2. The first cards were made with cardboard and the plastic versions did not appear until the 1960s.
3. The Diners Club credit card was the first multi-purpose charge card and within a year of beginning operations the company had over 40,000 members.
4. Soon after that businesses in other countries began to accept the Diners Club Card as a form of payment, making it the first international credit membership in 1953.
5. By the end of the decade, over one million people were members in 1959.
6. In 1981 Citicorp took over Diners Club and it continued to be a popular choice for businesses and travelers.
7. In 2008 it was taken over by Discover and in 2009 BMO Financial Group was given the right to issue Diners Club credit cards in North America.
- Belgian citizens vote in a referendum to determine whether or not to allow the controversial King Leopold III to return to the throne.
The citizens of Belgium vote in a referendum to decide whether or not to allow the exiled King Leopold III to return to the throne. The vote took place on March 12th of 1950 and the result was that 57.68% of the Belgian voters were in favor of his return. King Leopold III had first come into power in 1934 and had given Belgium’s unconditional surrender to Nazi Germany when they invaded in 1940, an unpopular and controversial decision. In 1944, Leopold III and his family were deported to Germany and then to Austria, only to be liberated by the Allies in May of 1945. After the March 1950 referendum, the king returned on July 22nd of 1950. In the next year King Leopold III renounced the throne in an effort to resolve issues over his controversial return. His son, Prince Baudouin, took over the crown after he left.
- Chinese invasion of Tibet
- 12 nations agree to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization / NATO for the defense of the United States and Europe.
- Formation of the Warsaw Pact in answer to the wests NATO
- Volcanic cloud kills 5000 in Mount Lamington, New Guinea
- Albert Einstein warns that nuclear war could lead to mutual destruction
- In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races
- Violent storms and a tornado devastate southern England
- India's new constitution officially takes effect on January 26th.
India’s new constitution officially takes effect on January 26th of 1950 when the new President Dr. Rajendrea Prasad took the oath of office. The original draft of the constitution was submitted during November of 1947 and was re-worked until it was finally approved by the Constituent Assembly in November of 1949. The new constitution declared that the country of India would be a sovereign socialist and democratic republic that would be organized as a federal union of territories and states, ruled under a parliamentary system. As the constitution of India took effect, the newly self-governing country became the most populous democracy in the world.
- The evacuation of Hungnam takes place during the Korean War and is largely successful.
After the Chinese intervene in the Korean conflict on behalf of North Korea, United Nations and Republic of Korea troops are overrun and left with no land evacuation options during December of 1950. The UN and ROK forces decided to attempt a “reverse amphibious operation” to evacuate over 100,000 troops and hundreds of thousands of tons of supplies and vehicles. They did so by ferrying from the Port of Hungnam out to sea and back to Korean locations south of the 38th parallel. The plan faced complications as nearly 100,000 refugees showed up, asking for evacuation as well. The operation began on December 10th and it lasted until December 24th. They were miraculously successful in their efforts as the troops and most of the refugees were transported by ship to safety. The UN Troops also demolished the port and destroyed all of the left over supplies that could have been useful to the enemy as they left.
- Earthquake and floods in Assam, India - 574 deaths, 5,000,000 believed homeless
- President Harry Truman sends United States military personnel to Vietnam to aid French forces
- President Harry S. Truman places America’s railroads under the control of the U.S. Army
- Two Long Island commuter trains collide in the Richmond Hills section of Queens killing 79 people
- The British Labour party wins the 1950 general election
- Petrol Rationing Ends in Great Britain after 11 years
- Uruguay wins the 1950 World Cup in Brazil
- Fangio wins the Monaco Grand Prix his first Grand Prix of a total of 24 Grand Prix victories
Major World Political LeadersAustralia Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies Brazil President Gaspar Dutra Canada Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent
China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Mao Zedong
France President Vincent Auriol
Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
India Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru
Italy Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi
Japan Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida Mexico President Miguel Alemán Valdés Russia / Soviet Union
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars Joseph Stalin South Africa Prime Minister Daniel François Malan United States President Harry S. Truman United Kingdom Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British General Election 1950 Clement Attlee ( Labour ) defeats Winston Churchill ( Conservative ) and Clement Davies ( Liberal )