Mean Temp 17.2°C 62.96°F at Taegu
May 19, 1950 (Friday)
- Thirty-six people were killed and over 350 injured in South Amboy, New Jersey when a train carrying munitions exploded at 7:26 pm. Thirty-one were employees of the James Healing Company, an explosives-handling firm.
- An attempt, in the U.S. Senate, to break a Southern Democratic filibuster against the Fair Employment Practices Act failed to gather the necessary 64 votes (two-thirds of the entire membership of 98 Senators), though the margin was 52-32 in favor of cloture.
- Born: Patrick Caddell, American political consultant and pollster, in Rock Hill, South Carolina
- Died: Wattie Holm, 48, former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player, in a murder-suicide
A little communist propaganda: A Statement by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, July 4,1950 follows:
One month before the present developments in Korea, on May 19, 1950, Mr. Johnson, chief American administrator of aid to Korea, told the American Congress House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee that 100,000 officers and men of the South Korean Army, equipped with American weapons and trained by the American Military Mission, bad completed their preparations and could begin war at any time.
It is known that only a few days before the Korean events, the United States Defense Secretary, Mr. Johnson, the Chief of the General Staff of the United States Armed Forces, General Bradley, and the State Department adviser, Mr. Dulles, arrived in Japan and had special conferences with General MacArthur, and that afterwards Mr. Dulles visited South Korea and went to frontier areas on the 38th Parallel.