What Happened in April 1949

Historical Events

  • 3rd KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 3rd North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
  • 3rd WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 4th Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • 4th North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • 4th WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 5th 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed
  • 5th Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
  • 7th "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
  • 9th UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages

Sport awardGolf Major

10th 13th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 13th 3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2
  • 14th International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg's last judgment
  • 15th Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • 16th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • 18th Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 19th 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

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19th Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 20th Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • 23rd Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
  • 23rd Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF
  • 23rd Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
  • 24th 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win
  • 25th Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel
  • 25th Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
  • 28th Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Gill Scott-Heron, US, writer/poet/singer (Whities on the Moon)
  • 1st Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman
  • 1st Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 2nd Pamela Reed, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 2nd Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
  • 3rd Jan Keizer, Dutch singer (BZN-Rhythm of My Heart)
  • 3rd Lyle Alzado, NFLer (LA Raiders)/actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire)
  • 3rd Richard Thompson, vocalist/guitarist (Shoot Out the Lights)
  • 4th Larry Lingle, rocker (The Four Seasons)
  • 4th Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician
  • 5th Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 6th Jane Actman, actress (Barbara-Paul Lynde Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 6th Mary Maples Dunn, college president (Smith College)
  • 7th John Oates, rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • 8th Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 9th Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)
  • 9th Steve Gadd, jazz drummer (Triplet Hop, Complex Jazz)
  • 10th Frank de Leeuw, Dutch rock guitarist (Bob Color)
  • 11th Bernd Eichinger, German film producer
  • 11th Carl Franklin, American actor
  • 12th Scott Turow, American writer
  • 13th Jean-Jacques Favier, Kehl Germany, astronaut (STS 78)
  • 13th Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist
  • 13th Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver
  • 13th Christopher Hitchens, English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 14th John Shea, North Conway NH, actor (Honeymoon, New Life, Lois & Clark)
  • 14th Michael Shea, Glendale NY, actor (Lucas- New Dick Van Dyke Show)
  • 14th DeAnne Julius, American/English economist
  • 15th Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
  • 15th Craig Zadan, American film producer
  • 16th Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop), born in Inglewood, California (d. 2015)
  • 17th Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 18th Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • 19th Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator
  • 19th Paloma Picasso, [Gilot], actress (Immoral Tales), born in Paris, France
  • 19th Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot (d. 1993)
  • 20th Jessica Lange, Cloquet Minnesota, actress (King Kong, Tootsie)
  • 20th Veronica Cartwright, American actress
  • 21st Patti LuPone, Northport NY, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On)
  • 22nd Spencer Haywood, Silver City Ms, NBAer (Oly-gold-1968, Knicks)
  • 23rd Blair Brown, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 23rd John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • 23rd Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling WV, actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company)
  • 24th Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • 25th Michael Brown, keyboardist (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee), born in NYC, New York
  • 25th Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician
  • 25th Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer
  • 25th James Fenton, British poet
  • 26th Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
  • 26th Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
  • 26th Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 27th Doug Sheehan, American actor (Ben-Knots Landing, Joe Kelly-General Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 27th Yoshiaki Fujiwara, wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF)
  • 28th Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 28th Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)
  • 28th Bruno Kirby, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 29th Anita Dobson, England, actress (Annie Watts-EastEnders)
  • 29th Eddie Hart, US, 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • 30th Phil Garner, baseball manager

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

30th Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

Famous Deaths

  • 3rd Basil Harwood, composer, dies at 89
  • 6th Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC Pres during WWII), dies
  • 13th C V France, dies at 80
  • 14th Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • 15th Wallace Beery, US actor (The Champ), dies at 64
  • 16th Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • 18th Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • 18th Will Hay, English comedian and actor (b. 1888)
  • 19th Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 28th Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)