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xx L’Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1950-1959  
  Timeline: 1950 [Decade of Bigger and Better Things]  

The decade of the 40's, a time of destruction and devastation, was over and the decade of the 50's, a time of promising things to come, was just beginning. The World searched for a better way to live.

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 18, 1950 Milan-San Remo Gino Bartali (Ita) 282 km
April 2, 1950 Tour of Flanders Fiorenzo Magni (Ita) 273 km
April 9, 1950 Paris-Roubaix Fausto Coppi (Ita) 247 km
April 23, 1950 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Prosper Depredomme (Bel) 263 km
May 24-June 13, 1950 Giro d'Italia Hugo Koblet (Sui) 18 Stages, 3,981 km
July13-Aug 7, 1950 Tour de France Ferdi Kubler (Sui) 22 Stages, 4,755 km
Aug 20-Sept 21, 1950 Vuelta a Espana Emilio Rodriguez (Spa) 22 Stages, 3,984 km
August 20, 1950 World Championships Brik Schotte (Bel) Moorslede, Belgium 284 km
October 22, 1950 Giro di Lombardia Renzo Soldani (Ita) Milan-Milan, 222 km

•  Sports Color Barriers Fell in the USA- 1950's, Chuck Cooper joined the NBA's Boston Celtics in 1950, Althea Gibson was the first Black to win Wimbledon in 1957, and Willie O'Ree made it to the NHL in 1957.

•  The Great Brink's Robbery - January 17 - an 11 member gang stole $2.775 million from the Brink's armored car company headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. At the time it was then the largest bank robbery in the history of the United States.

•  The Korean War - June 25, 1950, North Korea mounted a massive attack on South Korea. The conflict between communist North Korea and anti-communist South Korea was started. The US and a large multi-national peace keeping force entered the conflict two weeks later.

•  TV - What's My Line debuted on CBS.

• Silverstone, England - May 13, 1953, the first race in the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone, England.

• The Strait of Dover, England - Florence Chadwick, an American swimmer, became the first woman to swim across the 33.3 km (20.7 mi) English Channel. She completed the swim in 13 hours, 22 minutes.

•  USA -November 24, 1950, a strong winter storm cause havoc in the northeastern region of United States. Between 30 to 50 inches of snow fell with cold temperatures below zero, the storm killed 323 people.

Notable Deaths -
Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950,
known by his pen name George Orwell, died in London at the age of 46 after a three-year battle against tuberculosis. He was the author of Animal Farm (in 1945), and 1984 (in 1949).

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1950-1959
L'Equipe's athlete of the decade was Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina, a champion Formula One race car driver. Fangio dominated in a time of great growth of Formula One auto racing. In 1954, he won 8 championships in 12 races and scored enough points to win his second World Championship. Fangio would go on to win four World Titles in a row and gain the nickname "the Maestro." His record of wins per start will probably never be challenged.



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