From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Yes, it would be worthwhile to study clinically, in detail, the steps taken by Hitler and Hitlerism and to reveal to the very distinguished, very humanistic, very Christian bourgeois of the twentieth century that without his being aware of it, he has a Hitler inside him, that Hitler inhabits him, that Hitler is his demon, that if he rails against him, he is being inconsistent and that, at bottom, what he cannot forgive Hitler for is not the crime in itself, the crime against man, it is not the humiliation of man as such, it is the crime against the white man, the humiliation of the white man, and the fact that he applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the 'coolies' of India and the 'niggers' of Africa." --Discourse on Colonialism (1950) by Aimé Césaire
1950 (MCML) was the 950th year of the 2nd millennium, the 50th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1950s decade.
Art and culture
- Notre-Dame Affair in Paris France
- G-Spot described by Ernst Grafenberg
- Fawcett Publications' Gold Medal Books began publishing original works in paperback.
- Symphonie pour un homme seul, first concert of musique concrète
- "Don't Roll Your Bloodshot Eyes At Me" by Hank Penny
- "Mambo No. 5" by Pérez Prado
- Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa
- Treatise on Slime and Eternity by Isidore Isou
- Un chant d'amour by Jean Genet
- Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollock
- Patrick Cowley (1950 - 1982), American singer.
- Gwen Guthrie (1950 - 1999), American singer.
- Stevie Wonder (1950 - ), American musician.
- John Sayles (1950 - 2022), American filmmaker.
- Andres Serrano (1950 - ), American artist.
- Tony Wilson (1950 - 2007), English record label owner.
- Jenny Holzer (1950 - ), American artist.
- Sandra Julien (1950 - ), French actress.
- Corinne Cléry (1950 - ), French actress.
- Marie Liljedahl (1950), a Swedish actress.
- Patrick Keiller (1950), British film director, writer and lecturer.
- March 17 - Patrick Adams, American record producer and songwriter (d. 2022)
- March 26 - Teddy Pendergrass, African-American singer (d. 2010)
- December 28 - Alex Chilton, American musician (Box Tops) (d. 2010)
- January 8 – Joseph Schumpeter, Czech economist, political scientist (b. 1883)
- January 21 – George Orwell, British author (b. 1903)
- February 13 – Rafael Sabatini, Italian writer (b. 1875)
- March 4 – Sid Grauman, American theatre entrepreneur (b. 1895)
- March 19 - Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author (Tarzan) (b. 1875)
- March 24 - Harold Laski, British political theorist, economist (b. 1893)
- April 1 – F. O. Matthiessen, American historian, literary critic (b. 1902)
- April 3 – Kurt Weill, German-born composer (b. 1900)
- April 8 – Vaslav Nijinsky, Soviet ballet dancer, choreographer (b. 1889)
- July 1 – Eliel Saarinen, Finnish architect (b. 1873)
- August 27 – Cesare Pavese, Italian poet, novelist (b. 1908)
- September 6 – Olaf Stapledon, British author, philosopher (b. 1886)
- October 23 – Al Jolson, American musician, actor (The Jazz Singer) (b. 1886)
- November 2 – George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)
- December 5 – Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru (b. 1872)
- December 26 – Liane de Pougy, French vedette and dancer (b. 1869)
- December 27 – Max Beckmann, German painter (b. 1884)