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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
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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, American rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 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

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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)