What Happened in January 1946

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert
  • Jan 1 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
  • Jan 1 National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic
  • Jan 1 32nd Rose Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #11 Southern California, 34-14
  • Jan 1 12th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma State beats #7 Saint Mary's (CA), 33-13
  • Jan 1 12th Orange Bowl: Miami (FL) beats #16 Holy Cross, 13-6

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Jan 3 As a reward for his wartime cooperation, Governor Thomas E. Dewey commutes Charles "Lucky" Luciano's pandering sentence on condition that he does not resist deportation to Italy

NYC Gangster Charles
NYC Gangster
Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
  • Jan 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum
  • Jan 6 Vietnam holds its first ever general election
  • Jan 7 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
  • Jan 9 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Jan 10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)
  • Jan 10 US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, NJ
  • Jan 11 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
  • Jan 11 Enver Hoxha declares People's Rep of Albania with himself dictator
  • Jan 12 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Jan 12 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!" premieres in Rome
  • Jan 12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • Jan 14 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
  • Jan 14 1946 NFL Draft: Frank Dancewicz from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Jan 17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • Jan 20 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
  • Jan 21 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Jan 22 US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jan 23 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
  • Jan 25 Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor
  • Jan 29 34th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jan 29 34th Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Dinny Pails (5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2)
  • Jan 30 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
  • Jan 31 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Manfred Stengl, Austria, 2 man lugist (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Jan 1 Carl B. Hamilton, Swedish economist and politician
  • Jan 1 Rivelino, Brazilian football player
  • Jan 2 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)

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Jan 3 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], rock bassist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven)

Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
  • Jan 3 Cissy King, American entertainer
  • Jan 4 Bernard Sumner, rocker (New Order-Round & Round)
  • Jan 4 Arthur Conley, McIntosh County, Georgia, US soul singer (Sweet Soul Music), (d. 2003)
  • Jan 4 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer (d. 2001)

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Jan 5 Diane Keaton [Hall], LA, actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl)

Actress Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
  • Jan 6 Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl)

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Jan 6 Syd Barrett, musician (early Pink Floyd band member), born in Cambridge, England

Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
  • Jan 7 Andy Brown, rock drummer (Fortunes Birmingham)
  • Jan 7 Jann S Wenner, publisher (Rolling Stone)
  • Jan 8 Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 8 Kathleen Noone, actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing)
  • Jan 8 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Tod Brannan, VP (Logos Network Corp)
  • Jan 9 Leo Gullotta, actor (Sinbad of the 7 Seas)
  • Jan 10 Alexis Nihon Jr, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics-1968)
  • Jan 10 Aynsley Dunbar, rocker (Journey, Jefferson Starship)
  • Jan 10 Bob Lang, rock bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)
  • Jan 11 Ludmila Poradnik, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Jan 11 Naomi Judd, [Diana Ellen], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)
  • Jan 11 Tony Kaye, rocker (Yes)
  • Jan 11 John Piper, American theologian
  • Jan 12 Cynthia Robinson, rock trumpeteer (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • Jan 12 George Duke, San Rafael Ca, rocker, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 12 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish judiciary figure
  • Jan 13 Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • Jan 14 Harold Shipman, British serial killer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 16 Michael L Coats, Capt USN/astr (STS 41-D, 29, 39), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 17 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
  • Jan 18 Katia Ricclarelli, actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot)
  • Jan 18 Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • Jan 19 Alexandr Vladimirovich Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 19 Dolly Parton, Sevierville Tn, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5)

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton
  • Jan 19 Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)
  • Jan 20 David Lynch, Missoula Montana, actor/director (Dune, Eraserhead)
  • Jan 21 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • Jan 22 Andrew Rubin, New Bedford Mass, actor (Hometown, Joe Bash) [or Jun 22]
  • Jan 23 Asif Masood, cricketer (Pakistani quick with long & erratic run-up)
  • Jan 23 Don Whittington, American businessman, car & airplane racer and convicted felon

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Jan 23 Arnoldo Aleman, 81st President of Nicaragua (1997-2002), born in Managua

President of Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman
President of Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman
  • Jan 24 Hubert M "Jubi" Kirindongo, Curacaos sculptor/painter
  • Jan 24 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC)
  • Jan 24 Michael Ontkean, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 25 Josephine M Verspaget, sociologist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 25 Ronnie Brandon, rocker (McCoys)
  • Jan 25 Silvio Blatter, writer
  • Jan 26 Christopher Hampton, Azores, playwright (Oviri, Hotel du Lac)
  • Jan 26 Gene Siskel, movie critic (Siskel & Ebert)
  • Jan 26 Timothy Clifford, director (National Galleries of Scotland)
  • Jan 27 Kim Gardner, England, rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)
  • Jan 28 Renne Jarrett, American actress (Nancy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 28 Rick Allen, Ark, rock bassist (Box Tops-Letter)
  • Jan 30 Lord Mackay of Drumadoon, British QC
  • Jan 31 Glynn Turman, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 31 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
  • Jan 31 Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 17 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Joe Darling, cricketer (Aussie captain 21 Tests, won 7 lost 4), dies
  • Jan 3 William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason
  • Jan 4 Barney Oldfield, daredevil, dies at 67
  • Jan 5 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • Jan 7 Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)

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Jan 8 Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • Jan 9 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ, One Way to Heaven), dies at 42
  • Jan 9 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • Jan 16 Johanna HC Albregt, actress/wife of Henri Dons (Paradise), dies at 71
  • Jan 17 Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 23 Feliks Nowowiejski, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)
  • Jan 29 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
  • Jan 29 Sidney James Jones, composer, dies at 84