January 8, 1950 (Sunday)
- Kwame Nkrumah began the "Positive Action" campaign in the British African colony of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), calling for labor strikes against the colonial government. Governor Charles Arden-Clarke would declare a state of emergency three days later.
- in Kosciusko, Mississippi, three black children, Harris, 8-year-old Mary Burnside, and 12-year-old Frankie Thurman are murdered.
- Died: Joseph Schumpeter, 66, Austrian-American economist; and Helene Hathaway Britton, 70, former owner of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals