January 29, 1950 (Sunday)
- The French National Assembly voted 401-193 to approve limited self-government for the State of Vietnam, with the former Emperor Bao Dai designated as "head of state" rather than as a monarch. The French state largely controlled the South, while the Soviet-supported Democratic Republic of Vietnam controlled the North.
- At a convention in Jacksonville, the Federated Klans of Alabama, the Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Association of Carolina Klans united into one Ku Klux Klan organization. Not participating was the Association of Georgia Klans.
- Born: Ann Jillian, American actress, as Ann Jura Nauseda in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Miklós Vámos, Hungarian writer, in Budapest; and Jody Scheckter, South African auto racing driver, 1979 Formula One World Champion, in East London
- Died: Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 64, Sheik of Kuwait since 1921. He was succeeded by his brother, Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, who would become the nation's first Emir on Kuwait's independence in 1961.
- Died: General Sudirman, 34, first Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces