What Happened in 1946 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 435

  • Apr 7 Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
  • Apr 7 Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • Apr 8 League of Nations assembles for last time
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 10 1st election for Japanese Diet
  • Apr 12 Syria gains independence from France
  • Apr 13 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • Apr 13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham Alabama
  • Apr 14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Apr 14 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th & final HR
  • Apr 16 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • Apr 16 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
  • Apr 17 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 18 "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

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

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

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May 1 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • May 1 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • May 1 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • May 1 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • May 2 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • May 3 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • May 4 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • May 4 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • May 7 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • May 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • May 8 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • May 8 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • May 9 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • May 9 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • May 10 Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yanks 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
  • May 11 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • May 11 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
  • May 11 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • May 13 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • May 13 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death

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May 13 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 14 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres
  • May 16 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC
  • May 17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • May 17 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
  • May 19 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
  • May 20 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • May 21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
  • May 22 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • May 22 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • May 24 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
  • May 25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • May 26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • May 26 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • May 26 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • May 26 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
  • May 28 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)

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May 28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • May 29 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
  • May 30 Braves Bernard Malamud HR shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field
  • May 30 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Robson wins in 4:21:16.711 (184.785 km/h)
  • Jun 1 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 1 Spijkenisse soccer team forms in Spijkenisse
  • Jun 1 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and politician convicted of war crimes, is executed.
  • Jun 2 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
  • Jun 3 1st bikini bathing suit displayed (Paris)
  • Jun 3 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • Jun 4 Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed
  • Jun 5 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago, Ill)
  • Jun 6 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
  • Jun 6 Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
  • Jun 6 Martin Kresses begins publishing "Eric the Viking" comic strip
  • Jun 6 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • Jun 7 Pirates players vote 20-16 to walkout rather than play the Giants
  • Jun 7 US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel
  • Jun 8 "Lute Song" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 142 performances

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Jun 8 Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Jun 9 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Jun 9 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest

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Jun 9 Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 9 NY Giant Mel Ott is 1st mgr ejected from both games of a doubleheader
  • Jun 10 Italian Republic established
  • Jun 10 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, ends term as 1st director of CIA. Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, becomes 2nd director of CIA
  • Jun 13 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
  • Jun 13 King Umberto II of Italy abdicates
  • Jun 14 Canadian Library Association established

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 870

  • Feb 18 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
  • Feb 19 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 19 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox)
  • Feb 19 Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 20 Brenda Blethyn, actress (Secrets & Lies)
  • Feb 20 J[erome] Geils, rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 20 Mieke H A Boers-Wijnberg, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Feb 20 Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)

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Feb 21 Alan Rickman, actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter)

  • Feb 21 Desmond Lewis, WI cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • Feb 21 Tricia Nixon Cox, Richard Milhaus' daughter (or 0202)
  • Feb 21 Tyne Daly, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 21 Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars - C-3PO)
  • Feb 21 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • Feb 21 Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born alleged mafia boss
  • Feb 23 Rusty Young, California, rock steel guitarist (Poco- In the Heat of the Night)
  • Feb 24 Anthony Mayer, chief executive (Housing Corporation)
  • Feb 24 Michael Radford, director (1984, White Mischief)
  • Feb 24 Grigory Margulis, Russian mathematician
  • Feb 24 John Stapleton, English television presenter
  • Feb 25 F Xaver Kroetz, writer
  • Feb 25 Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari
  • Feb 26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Feb 26 Phyllis Eisenstein, American sci-fi author (Sorcerer's Son, Born to Exile)
  • Feb 26 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, Nobel laureate (1999), born in Damanhur, Egypt (d. 2016)
  • Feb 28 Graham Vivian, cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72)
  • Feb 28 Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 1 Lana Wood, [Svetlana Gurdin], Santa Rosa California, (Diamonds are Forever)
  • Mar 1 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Blackburn (d. 2001)
  • Mar 1 Gerry Boulet, French-Canadian singer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 2 Brian J Donnelly, (Rep-D-MA, 1979- )
  • Mar 3 James C Adamson, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43), born in Warsaw, New York
  • Mar 3 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • Mar 4 Haile Gerima, director (Ashes & Embers)
  • Mar 4 Harvey Goldsmith, impresario
  • Mar 4 Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur/multi-millionaire (Hawley-ADT)
  • Mar 4 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • Mar 4 Robert Raymond, rocker
  • Mar 5 Michael Warren, Indiana, actor (Bobby Hill-Hill Street Blues)
  • Mar 5 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • Mar 5 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 6 David Jon Gilmour, Grantchester Cambridgeshire, English rock guitarist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)
  • Mar 6 Martin Kove, American actor (Victor-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 6 Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)
  • Mar 6 Tony Klatka, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • Mar 7 Matthew Fisher, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • Mar 7 Peter Wolf, rock singer (J Giels Band-Centerfold, Freeze Frame)
  • Mar 8 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (14 Tests 1969-83)
  • Mar 8 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • Mar 9 Gherman Semyonovich Arzamazov, Russian cosmonaut (backup TM-6)
  • Mar 9 Jim Cregan, British rock musician
  • Mar 10 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Reconstruction, Honey Dripper)
  • Mar 10 Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • Mar 11 Brigitte Fossey, Tourcoing France, actress (Man Who Died Twice)

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Mar 12 Liza Minnelli, American singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 12 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 12 Peter Whalley, British television writer and author
  • Mar 13 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda (d. 1976)
  • Mar 14 Jasper Carrott, English comedian (Jane & the Lost City, Detectives)
  • Mar 14 Steve Kanaly, actor (Fleshburn, Ray Krebbs-Dallas), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 14 Wes Unseld, NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, MVP 1969)
  • Mar 15 Bobby Bond, baseball player (Giants, Yankees, etc)
  • Mar 15 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • Mar 15 Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
  • Mar 15 Masaharu Satō, Japanese seiyū
  • Mar 16 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • Mar 17 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 17 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • Mar 18 Michael Reagan, talk show host, and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
  • Mar 18 Martyn Griffiths, British racing driver
  • Mar 18 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • Mar 19 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • Mar 19 Mohammad Ilyas, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in ten Tests 1964-69)
  • Mar 19 Paul Atkinson, rock guitarist (Zombies-Never Even Thought)
  • Mar 19 Ruth Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So Exicted)
  • Mar 20 Ranger Doug, [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • Mar 21 Ray Dorset, rocker (Cold Blue Excursion)
  • Mar 21 Timothy Dalton, North Wales, actor (James Bond films)
  • Mar 22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • Mar 22 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • Mar 22 Rudy/Rudolf [von Bittner] Rucker, US, sci-fi author (Wetware)
  • Mar 22 Serge, [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer/guitarist (Saskia & Serge)
  • Mar 24 Lee Oskar, Denmark, rock harmonicist (War-Why Can't We Be Friends)
  • Mar 24 Paul Williams, climber
  • Mar 24 Klaus Dinger, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk)
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Bedelia [Culkin], American actress (Die Hard, Heart Like a Wheel), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Cliff Balsam, English footballer
  • Mar 25 Maurice Krafft, French vulcanologist (d. 1991)
  • Mar 25 Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Johnny Crawford, actor (Mark-The Rifleman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Alain Madelin, French politician
  • Mar 27 Bill Sudakis, baseball player
  • Mar 27 Carl Weintraub, actor (Harry-Executive Suite)
  • Mar 27 Jerry Lacy, actor (Rev Trask-Dark Shadows)
  • Mar 27 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers)
  • Mar 28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • Mar 28 Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru
  • Mar 28 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, born in Almelo Netherlands, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 29 Bruce Weber, director (Broken Noses)

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 157 of 157

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Sep 3 Carl Emil Paul Lincke, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 4 Paul Lincke, German composer/conductor (Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Paul Zech, German writer, dies at 65
  • Sep 9 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Arthur van Schendel, writer (Holland Drama), dies at 72)
  • Sep 13 Eugene Lanceray, Russian painter (b. 1875)
  • Sep 16 James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (The Mysterious Universe), dies at 69
  • Sep 17 Frank Burke, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Sep 20 Raimu, French actor (b. 1883)
  • Sep 21 Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
  • Sep 21 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (b. 1971)
  • Sep 28 Jean Van de Eeckhoudt, Belgian painter, dies
  • Oct 8 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China), dies

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Oct 15 Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichmarshal, poisons himself in prison at 53

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Oct 16 Alfred G Jodl, Col-Gen/German staff chief weather authority, hanged
  • Oct 16 Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
  • Oct 16 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s), hanged at 54
  • Oct 16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS), hanged
  • Oct 16 Fritz Sauckel, German war criminal, hanged
  • Oct 16 Granville Ransome Bantock, English composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • Oct 16 Hans Frank, former Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland, hanged


Oct 16 Joachim von Ribbentrop, German war criminal, hanged

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • Oct 16 Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal, hanged
  • Oct 16 Wilhelm Keitel, German fieldmarshal, hanged
  • Oct 29 John S Curry, US painter (Baptism in Kansas), dies
  • Nov 5 Sigismond Stojowski, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 14 Herman de Man, [Salomon H Hamburger], author/Radio Orange, dies
  • Nov 14 Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer (b. 1876)
  • Nov 18 Donald Meek, Scotland, actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 John King, cricketer (scored 60 & 4 in only Test Eng v Aus 1909), dies
  • Nov 22 Bertie Rose-Innes, cricketer (South Africa's Test), dies
  • Nov 22 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist (b. 1889)
  • Nov 23 Fawzi Husseini, Arabic High Director for Palestine, murdered
  • Nov 24 Alfonso Broqua, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 7 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)

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Dec 10 Damon Runyon, US journalist/writer, dies at 66

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon

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Dec 10 Walter Johnson, great pitcher (Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Dec 15 Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • Dec 15 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, dies at 84
  • Dec 19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • Dec 23 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • Dec 25 W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Patty Smith Hill, songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud, Dutch actor, dies at 89