Arthur Bell dances world premiere of Frederick Ashton’s Illuminations
with New York City Ballet in the March 2, 1950,


Arthur Bell dances in the section “Being Beauteous” of Frederick Ashton’s premiere of Illuminations with the New York City Ballet on March 2, 1950.


In “Being Beauteous” Bell danced alongside with Tanaquil LeClercq, Dick Beard, Jacques d’Amboise, and  Roy Tobias.





Arthur Bell



Other Happenings in 1950

Elma Lewis founds Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Boston MA.

American History

•McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists
•Mar 8th 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)
•Mar 14th FBI’s “10 Most Wanted Fugitives” program begins
•May 25th Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
•Jun 30th US Gen MacArthur visits front in South Korea/asks for US troops
•Aug 11th Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union

World History

•Jan 26th India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion Feb 9th Sen Joseph
•Feb 27th General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
•Jun 25th Korean conflict begins; North Korea invades South Korea
•Sep 19th UN reject membership of China’s People Republic
•Dec 16th US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against “Communist imperialism”
•Dec 19th Gen Eisenhower named NATO commander
•Dec 19th Tibet’s Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion

Arts and Sciences

•Feb 15th Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” released
•Mar 27th Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner’s solo concert (Cleve OH)
•May 1st Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
•Aug 8th Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)
•Aug 10th “Sunset Boulevard”, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall
•Sep 27th Dr Ralph Bunche receives Nobel Peace Prize
•Sep 30th Radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” is broadcasted on TV for 1st time
Oct 2nd 1st strip of Charlie Brown, “Li’l Folks”, later “Peanuts”, by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers

Human and Civil Rights
•Jan 15th 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
•Apr 27th South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
•Jun 5th US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
•Jun 23rd Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women

•Jan 24th Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history
•Jun 21st Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
•Jul 19th NY Yanks obtain their 1st black players, Elston Howard & Frank Barnes
•Aug 25th Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

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