1950 Hit Parade

The White House was remodeled.

New York’s United Nations Secretariat building was completed.

Miss Clairol hair coloring was introduced.

Orlon was introduced by E.I du Pont

Movies of the year included
Sunset Boulevard starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden
All About Eve starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter.

Fiction included Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, Budd Schulberg’s The Disenchanted, Ernest Hemingway’s Across the River and Into the Trees.

Popular songs included Bing Crosby’s “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” Eileen Barton’s “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake,” Bill Snyder and His Orchestra’s “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” and Nat “King” Cole’s “Mona Lisa.”

Basquet-Banquet by Karl Knaths won the $3,500 first prize at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “American Painting Today - 1950.”

Prevention magazine, advocating folk remedies, began circulation.

William J. Levitt expanded his mass-production techniques of building houses in Levittown, New York.  It is near Hicksville, Long Island and adds a new suburban home every fifteen minutes.

Look Younger, Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser was published, starting a yogurt craze.

Smoky the Bear became the symbol of the U.S. Forestry Service after a black bear cub is burned and orphaned in a New Mexico forest fire.

Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts premiered in a comic strip by Charles Schulz.

Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook was published by General Mills, even though she didn’t actually exist.

A court of appeals ruled in Alberty Food Products Co Versus the U.S. that medicine labels must state the purpose of the drug.

January:  Charlie Parker ended his month-long series of performances at Birdland.

January 5:  Carson McCullers’s novel The Member of the Wedding was dramatized and began a run of 501 performances at New York’s Empire Theater.

March:  Roberta Peters debuted at the metropolitan Opera.

The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art with the New York Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney Museum issued a statement against “any attempt to make art or opinion about art conform to a single point of view.”

July 17:  The University of Michigan library’s survey indicated that almost half of the United States population does not read books.

November 24:  Guys and Dolls with words and music by Frank Loesser opened at the 46th Street Theater.

December 10:  William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in literature.