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1949

Eric Lensher immigrates to America, sees the Statue of Liberty for the first time. (New York - X-Men)

Thursday 20th January: Truman announces Point Four program. (Truman)

Tuesday 8th February: Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty is convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Communist People's Court. (Hungary - Guilty of Treason)

Wednesday 9th February: Shakka Holland, alias Shakka Kupor is born of wealthy parents; a spoiled woman who kills without provocation. (Tangiers, Morocco - Nighthawks)

Thursday 12th May: Berlin Blockade lifted. (Berlin - The Big Lift)

Friday 20th May: Clinton Brown is born. (Courageous)

Monday 6th June: George Orwell's "1984" is published. (The Road to 1984)

Wednesday 8th June: FBI report names Hollywood figures as Communists. (Hoover)

Sunday 19th June: Albert R. Miller is born. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Cast Away)

Wednesday 3rd August: Diane Huber born. (Bobby)

Wednesday 10th August: Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Bill, which establishes the Department of Defense. (Truman)

Monday 15th August: Nicholas Lundy, veteran of two wars, father of nine children, drowns. (Caspian Sea - The Royal Tenenbaums)

Sunday 16th October: In an act of loyalty to the Yamamori Family, Shozo Hiirono guns down Yakuza boss Kiyoshi Doi in the streets of Hiroshima; abandoned by everything and everyone, his only path is to go back to prison. (Hiroshima, Japan - The Yakuza Papers)

Monday 17th October: Barbara Hummel, wife of General Francis Hummel, born. (The Rock)

Wednesday 26th October: Harry Allen tries to mercifully murder his wife, Pat, by mixing the darkroom developing chemical altrapeine into her antacid medication, later discovering his mistress, Kay, is dumping him after being carefully seduced by his best friend, Richard Langley. (USA - Married Life)

Saturday 17th December: Hiroshi Wakasugi, Doi Family Captain, kills Seiichi Kanbara gangland-style for betraying his bloodbrother, Shozo Hirono; Wakasugi is killed in a gun battle with police later that night. (Japan - The Yakuza Papers)

Tuesday 27th December: Department of Defense, Office of Public Information Bulletin 629-49 regarding item 6700 extract 75,131 reads, "The Air Force discontinues investigating and evaluating reported flying saucers on the basis that there is no evidence. The Air Force said that all evidence indicates that the reports of unidentified flying objects are a result of: 1) misinterpretation of various conventional objects 2) a mild form of mass hysteria 3) they are jokes. (Washington, DC - The Thing From Another World)

1950

Benjamin L. Willard obtains a master's degree after completing his thesis, The Philippines Insurrection: American Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia, 1898-1905. (Cambridge, Massachusetts - Apocalypse Now)

Verona De Tessant's mother is born. (Away We Go)

The Shoebridges die in a house fire. (Family Plot)

Michael killed Solozzo and Captain McCluskey (Louis italian restaurant , Bronx, New York City - The Godfather)

Irene Butterman is born. (Hot Fuzz)

Heini Hediger says, "When two creatures meet, the one that is able to intimidate its opponent is recognized as socially superior, so that a social decision does not always depend on a fight; an encounter in some circumstances may be enough." (Life of Pi)

14th Street Station established. (The Midnight Meat Train)

Lars Olfen (future head of PBN TV network) is born. (Sweden - A Mighty Wind)

Ray Robinson becomes Ray Charles and begins recording songs. (Ray)

No Way Out is released. (Six Degrees of Separation)

Pete's mother and father Larry are born. (Los Angeles, California - This Is 40)

Sharon Hughes is born. (Los Angeles, California - We Bought a Zoo)

Brushy Bill Roberts, who claimed to be Billy the Kid, dies. (Young Guns 2)

Tuesday 17th January: The Great Brinks Robbery (Boston, Massachusetts - The Brink's Job)

Tuesday 24th January: Chucky "born". (Child's Play)

Wednesday 25th January: John Wayne on the Walk of Fame. (Hollywood, CA - Rush Hour)

Tuesday 31st January: U.S. President Harry S. Truman publicly announces his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb, a weapon theorized to be hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. (Truman)

Monday 6th February: Arthur Weasley is born. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

Thursday 9th February: Senator Joseph McCarthy claims that he has a list with the names of over 200 members of the Department of State that are "known communists." (Wheeling, West Virginia - Citizen Cohn)

Friday 10th February: Adrianna Pennino is born. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Rocky Balboa)

Monday 20th February: Welsh poet Dylan Thomas arrives for his first reading tour of the United States. (New York - Dylan Thomas: Return Journey)

April: Andy does half the guards' tax returns. (The Shawshank Redemption)

Monday 29th May: Preston Tucker's lawsuit against his former prosecutors is thrown out of court. (Tucker: The Man and His Dream)

June: Mohammad Mosaddegh is elected prime minister. (Iran - Argo)

June: World War III started. (Global - A Boy and His Dog)

Tuesday 6th June: The son born to Robert and Katherine Thorn is murdered minutes after birth. Robert secretly adopts Damien to spare his wife from knowing the truth, but not even he knows what really happened. (Rome - The Omen)

Thursday 22nd June: Radio contest winner Mrs. Hattie O'Malley sings in a New York nightclub. (New York City, New York - Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone)

Friday 30th June: President Harry S. Truman orders U.S. armed forces to assist in defending that South Korea from invading North Korean armies. (Truman)

Saturday 8th July: General Douglas MacArthur is appointed head of the United Nations Command in Korea by U.S. President Harry S. Truman. (MacArthur)

Friday 14th July: Pierre Perrault is born. (Illinois - Source Code)

Friday 25th August: In anticipation of a crippling strike by railroad workers, President Harry S. Truman issues an executive order putting America (Truman)

Wednesday 1st November: Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman at the Blair House. (Washington, D.C. - Truman)

Saturday 4th November: Grover Cleveland Alexander dies. (St. Paul, Nebraska - The Winning Team)

Tuesday 28th November: The newspaper Daily Fact runs the headline "Pact with Commissar" with the sub-headline "Comrade Zero M." (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

1951

Norman Osborne is born. (new york - The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

After spending a year in U.S. Command and touring combat zones, Benjamin L. Willard requests a transfer to Intelligence, and he will be sent to the U.S. for special training. After getting married, he returns to active duty, debriefing and evaluating information from American agents returning from Northern missions. He is promoted captain. (Seoul, Korea - Apocalypse Now)

Dahlia's mother dies of typhus. (Black Sunday)

The Hudson Hornet wins the Piston Cup in auto racing. (Cars)

Michael Corleone marries college sweetheart Kay Adams, and their son Anthony is born. (The Godfather)

Norman Dale hired to coach Hickory Huskers basketball team. (Indiana - Hoosiers)

Laura Brown can't put down 'Mrs Dalloway' while planning her husband's birthday party. (The Hours)

Dan Thompkins is born. (Jeff, Who Lives at Home)

'When Worlds Collide' premieres. (LA Confidential)

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