What Happened in April 1946

Historical Events

  • 1st 400,000 US mine workers strike
  • 1st Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
  • 1st Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
  • 1st Weight Watchers forms
  • 1st The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca
  • 3rd Netherlands-German postal relations resume
  • 5th 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • 5th 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre aboard Lovely Cottage wins
  • 7th 10th Masters Golf Tournament: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282
  • 7th Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
  • 7th Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • 8th League of Nations assembles for last time
  • 9th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • 10th 1st election for Japanese Diet
  • 12th Syria gains independence from France
  • 13th Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • 13th Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham Alabama
  • 14th "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 14th Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th & final HR
  • 16th 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • 16th NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
  • 17th Syria declares independence from French administration
  • 18th "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

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18th Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

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  • 18th League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
  • 18th Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" premieres in NYC
  • 18th US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
  • 19th Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • 20th 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • 20th 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
  • 21st Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • 22nd SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
  • 23rd Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 24th 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
  • 25th "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • 25th Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • 27th 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
  • 29th 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • 30th Cleve Indian Bob Feller's 2nd no-hitter beats NY Yankees, 1-0

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • 1st Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1st William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1st Arrigo Sacchi, Italian football coach
  • 2nd Kurt Winter, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 2nd Lynda Carr, educationist
  • 2nd Richard Collinge, cricketer (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee)
  • 3rd Carlos Salinas de Gortari, president (Mexico, 1988-94)
  • 3rd Dee Murray, rocker (Elton John Band)
  • 4th Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist
  • 5th Jane Asher, actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney
  • 5th Jennifer Penney, ballerina
  • 5th Larry Frederick Wendt, composer
  • 5th Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)
  • 6th Paul Beresford, MP
  • 7th Barbara Benary, composer
  • 7th Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • 8th Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • 8th Stuart Pankin, Phila, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs)
  • 8th Tim Thomerson, American actor
  • 9th Alan Knott, great English cricket wicketkeeper (1967-81)
  • 9th Les Gray, vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In)
  • 9th Philip Wright, rocker (Paper Lace)
  • 10th Armand, [Herman van Loenhout], singer (Blommenkinders)
  • 12th Ed O'Neill, actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children)
  • 12th Peter L de Baan, Dutch actor/director/playwright (Leonce & Lena)
  • 12th RenĂ© Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • 13th Al Green, Forest City Arkansas, singer (Lets Stay Together)
  • 13th Roy Loney, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
  • 14th Patrick Fairley, guitarist (Marmalade-Oh La Di Oh La Do)
  • 14th Tom Monteleone, US writer (Dark Star & Illumination)
  • 15th Wayne Gilchrest, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • 16th Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, AK (d. 2014)
  • 17th Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 17th Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • 17th J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
  • 18th Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canada, guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)
  • 18th Anne Boyd, composer
  • 18th Harvey Kagan, rocker
  • 18th Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • 18th Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 19th Leon Wessels, S Afr lawyer/underminister of Law & Order
  • 19th Tim Curry, Cheshire England, actor (Rocky Horror Show)
  • 19th Viktor Viktorovich Zabolotsky, Russia, cosmonaut (BST-02)
  • 19th Mary Jo Slater, American casting director
  • 20th Julien Poulin, French Canadian actor
  • 20th Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver (d. 1982)
  • 21st S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • 22nd Archy Kirkwood, MP (L-D)
  • 22nd Dectuplets, Bacacay Brazil, 8 males & 2 females
  • 22nd John Waters, director (Hairspray)
  • 22nd Louise Harel, Quebec politician
  • 22nd Nicole Garcia, French actress and director
  • 24th Bruce Stuart Saylor, composer
  • 24th Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
  • 25th Digby Fairweather, jazz trumpeter
  • 25th Peter Sutherland, CEO (Allied Irish Banks)
  • 25th Talia Shire, [Coppola], Lake Success NY, actress (Adrienne-Rocky)
  • 25th Vladimir Zhirinovsky, [Edelstein], Russian nationalist/anti-semite
  • 27th John Maclean, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79)
  • 28th Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • 29th Franc Roddam, director (K2, Bride, Aria, Quadrophenia)
  • 30th Donald Schollander, Charlotte NC, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64)
  • 30th Karl XVI Gustav F H, King of Sweden (1973- )
  • 30th Bill Plympton, American animator

Famous Weddings

  • 26th Father Divine, a controversial religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement.

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Noah Beery, actor (Beau Geste, Cimarron Kid, Mammy), dies at 62
  • 3rd Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
  • 5th Vincent Millie Youmans, US composer (Tea For Two), dies at 47
  • 12th August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • 12th F Guicciardi, writer, dies
  • 13th William Henry Bell, composer, dies at 72
  • 16th Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 17th John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • 21st Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for S Afr in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
  • 21st John Maynard Keynes, English economist (b. 1883)
  • 22nd Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice Supreme Court (1941-46), dies at 73
  • 22nd Lionel Atwill, actor (Capt Blood, Great Waltz), dies at 61
  • 23rd Jesus Castillo, composer, dies at 68
  • 25th Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • 25th Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • 26th Hermann Keyserling, count/philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • 28th Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (b. 1870)