What Happened in August 1946

Historical Events

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Aug 1 US President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Aug 3 Belgian government of Huysmans forms
  • Aug 4 An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.
  • Aug 6 US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court

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Aug 7 1st US commemorative coin of an African American, Booker T. Washington (half dollar)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Aug 8 India agrees to give Bhutan 32 sq miles
  • Aug 8 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million
  • Aug 8 First flight of the Convair B-36.
  • Aug 9 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
  • Aug 13 Britain diverts illegal emmigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus
  • Aug 16 Direct Action Day: Widespread riots erupt in Calcutta between Muslims and Hindus over whether Pakistan should be a separate state, killing over 4,000 and leaving 100,000 homeless
  • Aug 17 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres

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Aug 17 George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom

  • Aug 18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • Aug 22 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
  • Aug 22 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
  • Aug 23 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
  • Aug 23 Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • Aug 23 "The Big Sleep" directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall first premieres

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 25 28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland GC Portland Ore

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Frederick C Boucher, (Rep-D-Virginia, 1983- )
  • Aug 1 J Guillermo, ex-husband of princess Christina of Netherlands
  • Aug 1 Richard O Covey, Fayetteville Ar, USAF/astro (STS 51I, 26, 38, 61)
  • Aug 1 Tom Loeffler, (Rep-R-TX, 1979- )
  • Aug 1 Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist
  • Aug 3 Jack Straw, British politician
  • Aug 4 Maureen Cox Starkey, 1st wife of Beatle Ringo Starr
  • Aug 5 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 5 Erika Slezak, actress (Viki-One Life to Live), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 5 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption)
  • Aug 5 Ron Silliman, American poet
  • Aug 6 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics-1996)
  • Aug 6 Allan Holdsworth, British musician
  • Aug 6 Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean politician
  • Aug 6 Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
  • Aug 7 Ed Seykota, American commodities and futures trader
  • Aug 8 French W Weisglas, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • Aug 8 Robin M Tallon, (Rep-D-SC, 1983- )
  • Aug 8 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist
  • Aug 9 Rinus Gerritsen [Marinus], Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring)
  • Aug 9 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • Aug 11 John Conlee, Versailles Ky, country singer (Common Man)
  • Aug 11 Marilyn Vos Savant, writer/world's highest IQ (228), born in St Louis, Missouri

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Aug 13 Janet Yellen, American economist (Chair of US Federal Reserve), born in Brooklyn,New York

15th Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
15th Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen
  • Aug 14 Alexander Curly, [Harm Breemer], Dutch artist
  • Aug 14 Antonio Fargas, actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 14 Larry Graham Jr, bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Aug 14 Marga van Praag, Dutch radio hostess
  • Aug 14 Susan Saint James, [Miller], actress (Kate & Allie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 15 Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)
  • Aug 15 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 15 Tony Robinson, English actor and television presenter
  • Aug 16 Lesley Ann Warren, actress (Cinderella, Mission Impossible), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Massoud Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician
  • Aug 16 Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Aug 17 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • Aug 19 Charles F Bolden Jr, astronaut (STS 61C, 31, 45, 60), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Aug 19 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)

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Aug 19 Bill Clinton [William Jefferson], 42nd US President (Democrat, 1993-2001), born in Hope, Arkansas

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Aug 19 Beat Raaflaub, Swiss conductor
  • Aug 20 Connie Chung, TV news anchor (NBC, CBS)
  • Aug 20 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Aug 20 N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • Aug 21 Lev Alburt, USSR, International Chess Master (1976)
  • Aug 22 Felix Meurders, Dutch radio host

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Aug 23 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • Aug 24 Richard "Dick" N Richards, Key West, USN/astr (STS 28, 41, 50, 64)
  • Aug 25 Larry LaRocco, (Rep-D-Idaho)
  • Aug 25 Rollie Fingers, relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, MVP/Cy Young-1981)
  • Aug 25 Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and Children's Author
  • Aug 25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Aug 26 Alison Steadman, actress (Life is Sweet), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 26 Valerie Simpson, singer, (Ashford & Simpson- "Like a Rock"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 26 Mark Snow, American composer
  • Aug 26 Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
  • Aug 27 Tony Howard, cricketer (WI off-spinner one Test v NZ 1972)
  • Aug 29 Bob Beamon, Jamaica NY, high jumper (Olympics-gold-68, 29' 2½" 8.9m)
  • Aug 30 Anne-Marie, Danish princess/daughter of Frederik IX
  • Aug 30 Peggy Lipton [Margaret Ann], American actress (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 31 Jerome Corsi, American writer

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 10 Pulp fiction author and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (35) weds Sara Northrup Hollister

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 8 Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel (40) after 17 years of marriage

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Bugsy Siegel

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Andrei Vlasov, Russian general (Red Army, Wehrmacht) executed at 45
  • Aug 5 Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)
  • Aug 6 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • Aug 9 A E E Vogler, cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies
  • Aug 13 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer, dies at 33

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Aug 13 H. G. Wells, English sci-fi author (The War of the Worlds, Time Machine), dies at 79

Author H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
  • Aug 16 Herman Harrell Horne, philosopher (idealism)
  • Aug 26 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • Aug 29 J E Feenstra, Nazi military police commandant, executed
  • Aug 29 Milan Harasta, composer, dies at 26
  • Aug 30 Grigory Semyonov, Russian counter-revolutionary (executed) (b. 1890)
  • Aug 31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63