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February 16, 1950 (Thursday)
- Electoral reform was enacted by Turkey's Parliament, adopting for the first time the secret ballot, open counting of ballots, and oversight of the selection of election judges. In the next election three months later, the Republican People's Party would lose its majority in Parliament after 27 years.
- France requested American economic and military assistance to aid French efforts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
- Born: Roman Tam, renowned Hong Kong singer nicknamed "Godfather of Cantopop", in Guiping, China (d. 2002); and Peter Hain, British cabinet minister, Leader of the House of Commons 2003-05, in Nairobi, Kenya, British East Africa
- Died: Charles "Mile-a-Minute" Murphy, 79, American cyclist who was the first person (in 1899) to ride a bicycle at more than 60 miles an hour; and S. Otis Bland, 67, U.S. Congressman since 1918