What Happened in 1949

Significant Events

  • Jan 5 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
  • Jan 25 1st Israeli election won by David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party
  • Apr 4 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • May 2 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"
  • May 23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
  • Jun 29 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
  • Jul 29 Moscow ends the blockade of West Berlin
  • Sep 14 India's Constituent Assembly adopts Hindi as an official language. Celebrated today as Hindi Day.
  • Sep 21 Chinese Communist leaders proclaim People's Republic of China
  • Dec 27 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
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World Leaders in 1949

Famous People in 1949

Would You Believe?

Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles

On January 11, 1949

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 18 South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer
  • Jan 28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Diplomat Henry Kissinger (25) weds Ann Fleisher (23) in Washington Heights, Manhattan
  • Feb 22 Future Portuguese President M├írio Soares (24) weds actress Maria de Jesus Barroso (24) at the 3rd Conservatory of the Civil Register of Lisbon
  • Mar 11 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois

Famous Divorces

  • May 31 Actress Doris Day (27) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage
  • Jun 8 Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage
  • Sep 7 Actress Janet Leigh (22) divorces Stanley Reames after 4 years of marriage
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