1950 in the United States

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1950 in the United States
Years: 1947 1948 194919501951 1952 1953

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Events from the year 1950 in the United States.


Federal Government



February 9: Joseph McCarthy rises to prominence after claiming the State Department employs communists


June 25: North Korea invades South Korea beginning the Korean War


  • August 5 – A bomb-laden B-29 Superfortress crashes into a residential area in California; 17 are killed, 68 injured.
  • August 8 – Winston Churchill supports idea of a pan-European army allied with Canada and the U.S.
  • August 23 – Legendary singer-actor Paul Robeson, whose passport has recently been revoked because of his alleged Communist affiliations, meets with U.S. officials in an effort to get it reinstated. He is unsuccessful, and it is not reinstated until 1958.
  • September 4
  • September 5 – Viking Press publishes On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
  • September 7 – The game show Truth or Consequences debuts on television.
  • September 8 – The Defense Production Act is enacted into law in the U.S., shaping American military contracting for the next 60 years.
  • September 9 – The U.S. state of California celebrates its centennial anniversary.
  • September 15 – Korean WarBattle of Inchon: Allied troops commanded by Douglas MacArthur land in Inchon, occupied by North Korea, to begin a U.N. counteroffensive.
  • September 30 – NSC-68 is enacted by President Truman, setting U.S. foreign policy for the next 20 years.







  1. 1.0 1.1 "Year by Year 1950" – History Channel International

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