January 2, 1950 (Monday)
- 1949 college football season: The post-season bowl games were played the day after New Year's Day because January 1 had fallen on Sunday. In the Rose Bowl, previously unbeaten (10-0-0) #3 California was upset by #6 Ohio State before a crowd of 100,963 Unbeaten (10-0-0) #2 Oklahoma won 35-0 over #9 LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The other two unbeaten college teams of 1949, #1 Notre Dame and #4 Army, did not play in a bowl game. The final AP and UPI polls had already been taken prior to the bowl games, with Notre Dame being the unofficial national champion.
- Born: David Shifrin, American clarinet artist
- Died: Emil Jannings (Theodor Emil Janenz), 65, Swiss-born film star, winner of the first (1929) Academy Award for Best Actor, and later the star of German propaganda films
Stalin and Mao
Mao is in Moscow and in an interview with a TASS correspondent he says:
"Among those problems [I have in mind] the foremost are the matters of the current treaty of Friendship and Alliance between China and the Soviet Union, and of the Soviet Union's loan to the People's Republic of China, and the matter of trade and of a trade agreement between our two countries."
(1) We may sign a new Sino-Soviet alliance treaty. This will be very favorable to us. [By doing this], Sino-Soviet relations will be consolidated on the basis of the new treaty; China's workers, peasants, intellectuals, and leftist nationalist bourgeois will be greatly encouraged while rightist nationalist bourgeoisie be isolated; internationally we will have more political strength [zhenzhi ziben] to deal with imperialist countries and to examine all treaties signed by China and imperialist countries in the past.
(2) We may ask our news agencies to issue a joint communiqué, only mentioning that our two sides have exchanged views on the old Sino-Soviet Friendship and Alliance treaty and other problems, and we have reached a consensus on all important problems....
(3) We may sign an open statement, but not a treaty, to list the principles underlying our relationship.
Mao made it clear that only if the first choice was to be implemented would Zhou be called to Moscow; otherwise, Zhou would not come.
Molotov confirmed immediately that he believed the first option was best and Zhou should come to Moscow. Mao then asked if a new treaty would be signed to replace the old treaty.
Molotov's answer was again affirmative. Mao decided that it was time for Zhou Enlai to come to Moscow. [note]
On March 5, 1946 Churchill made his now famous "Iron Curtin Speech" at Fulton College, in Fulton Missouri, a week later on March 12, 1946 Truman in a speech before a joint session of congress, announced what has become know as the Truman Doctrine. These two speeches were then followed by General Marshall's Harvard University speech June 5, 1947 which formulated the European Aid Program commonly known as the Marshall Plan.
The 13 page article in this weeks Time Magazine, recounts Churchill's life, his writings and his warnings. [note]