Mean Temp 28.6°C 83.48°F at Taegu
February 18, 1950 (Saturday)
- U.S. businessman Robert A. Vogeler, a telephone company executive in Hungary, pleaded guilty to charges of espionarge and told a Budapest court that he had tried to help atomic scientists escape from the Communist-controlled nation. Three days later, Voegeler, who had asked the court for mercy, was given a 15-year prison sentence. Vogeler would finally be released on April 27, 1951, after "concessions" were made by the United States, and would write a book about the experience, I Was Stalin's Prisoner.
- Born: John Hughes, American film director, producer, and writer, in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009); Bebe Moore Campbell, American novelist, in Philadelphia; and Cybill Shepherd, American film and TV actress, in Memphis, Tennessee
On 14 November last year CMC authorized the creation of four (4) all black units. The Director of Personnel and the Marine Quartermaster had opposed this move on the grounds that the new units would require technical billets, particularly in the supply specialties, which would be nearly impossible to fill with available enlisted black marines. Either school standards would have to be lowered or white marines would have to be assigned to the units. In keeping with the order "Designation of Units for Assignment of Negro Marine," approved by CMC, 2 Dec 49 the mixing of black and white Marines was allowed while On-The-Job (OJT) was taking place.