Mean Temp 28.6°C 83.48°F at Taegu
February 13, 1950 (Monday)
- British Columbia B-36 crash - Off the west coast of Canada, the U.S. Air Force lost a Convair B-36 bomber that carried a Mark 4 nuclear bomb. According to reports declassified and released in 1977, the bomb casing contained "no functional nuclear explosive" and exploded on impact with the ocean. Twelve of the 17 crewmen were rescued by a fishing boat, while the others were missing and presumed dead.
- Jim Thorpe was voted "the greatest male athlete of the half century" in a poll of American sportswriters and broadcasters by the Associated Press, named in first place by 252 of 393 voters, well ahead of Babe Ruth (86) and Jack Dempsey (67). The next day, Babe Didrikson Zaharias was voted the greatest female athlete of the half century by the panel, with 319 of 361 first place votes. Tennis star Helen Wills Moody was a distant second.
- Born: Peter Gabriel, British rock musician (Sledgehammer) and former member of rock group Genesis, in Chobham, Surrey
- Died: Rafael Sabatini, 74, Italian novelist
Major General J. H. Burns and Colonel John B. Franks
Today, Maj Gen J. H. Burns, (Personnel Policy Board) sent a letter to Deputy Under Secretaries of State Dean Rusk, with a letter attached from Najeeb Halaby which he had received on the 10th. Burns was asking the State Department if there were any objections to the continued use of Negro troops in stations where they currently were, and he listed the several locations where they were not to be stationed, and the numbers that were currently there. [note]
The Russian 50th Independent Air Division (IAD) is moved from x to the Far East and will be instructing Chinese PLAAF pilots the MiG-15. [note]