January 6, 1950 (Friday)
- The United Kingdom gave diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China and the Communist regime of Mao Zedong as the legitimate government of the nation of 460,000,000 people. Norway, Denmark and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) followed suit.
- Workmen renovating the White House found a small marble box that had been buried underneath a floor slab commemorating the last renovation. The box, which contained three Washington, D.C. newspapers, 27 cents and the label from a bottle of Maryland rye whiskey, had apparently been placed there on December 2, 1902. President Truman ordered that the contents, along with current newspapers, be sealed up again and that the box be reburied "somewhere in the reconstruction now going on."
- Born: Louis Freeh, American judge, FBI Director 1993-2001; in Jersey City, New Jersey; and his immediate successor, Thomas J. Pickard, Acting FBI Director June 25 to September 4, 2001, in Woodside, New York
- Died: Isaiah Bowman, 71, Canadian-American geographer
Deputy chief of staff, personnel, General Idwal H. Edwards of the Air Force who was worried that the restrictions would become public knowledge and reflect badly on the service. Wanted the State Department to negotiate with the countries concerned to lift the restrictions or at least to establish a clear-cut, defensible policy. Secretary of the Air Force William Stewart Symington discussed the matter with Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, and his assistant Najeeb E. Halaby, knowing Deputy Under Secretary of State Dean Rusk's particular interest in having men assigned without regard to race, agreed to take the matter up with Rusk. [note]
Songs of the week
- Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Dinah Shore
- A Dreamerís Holiday - Perry Como
- The Old Master Painter - Snooky Lanson
- Mule train - Tennessee Ernie Ford