What Happened in December 1949

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins
  • Dec 3 14th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-13 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
  • Dec 4 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Dec 7 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 8 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Dec 8 Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 8 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Indonesian sovereignty
  • Dec 9 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • Dec 11 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • Dec 11 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • Dec 11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 12 AL votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball
  • Dec 13 AL votes down proposal to revive spitball
  • Dec 13 Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • Dec 16 Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden.
  • Dec 17 "Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • Dec 17 Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Dec 18 Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 19 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Gareloch, Scotland
  • Dec 19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres
  • Dec 21 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Dec 27 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
  • Dec 28 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs
  • Dec 29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)
  • Dec 29 Hungary nationalized its industries
  • Dec 30 India recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Dec 31 18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 1 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, born in Rionegro, Colombia (d. 1993)

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • Dec 1 Sebastián Piñera, Chilean businessman and presidential candidate
  • Dec 2 Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
  • Dec 3 Christopher John Seward, aid worker
  • Dec 3 Heather Menzies, actress (Jessica-Logan's Run), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 3 Mickey Thomas, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Starship)

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Dec 4 Jeff Bridges, actor (Stay Hungry, Against All Odds), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Dec 4 Mary Bea Porter-King, LPGA golfer (1975 Golf Inns Classic), born in Everett, Washington
  • Dec 4 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live)
  • Dec 5 Bruce E Melnick, American Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 5 Lanny [Jerry Lanston] Wadkins PGA golfer (1972 Sahara), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 5 Lewis Arlt, actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), born in Kingston, New York
  • Dec 5 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist
  • Dec 6 Peter Willey, cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's)
  • Dec 6 Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
  • Dec 6 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • Dec 7 Tom Waits, California, rocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)
  • Dec 8 Mary Gordon, US, author
  • Dec 8 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • Dec 8 Robert Sternberg, Proposed the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
  • Dec 9 Thomas O Kite Jr, PGA golfer (1978 BC Open, Crosby 1983), born in Austin, Texas
  • Dec 9 Nando Parrado, Uruguayan plane crash survivor
  • Dec 10 Linda Galloway, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 12 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 12 Bill Nighy, English actor
  • Dec 13 Nana Alexandria, USSR, International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976)
  • Dec 13 R[oberta] A[nn] MacAvoy, US, sci-fi author (Damiano's Lute, Raphael)
  • Dec 13 Randy Owen, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • Dec 13 Tom Verlaine, [Miller], Mt Morris NJ, rock vocalist (Television)
  • Dec 13 Walter "Clyde" Owen, rocker
  • Dec 13 Paula Wilcox, English actress
  • Dec 14 Bill Buckner, California, 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series
  • Dec 14 Cliff Williams, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 15 Don Johnson, Flatt Creek, Missouri, American actor (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges)
  • Dec 15 Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion
  • Dec 15 Adrian Belew, American musician (King Crimson), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Dec 16 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 17 Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm)
  • Dec 17 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • Dec 18 Joni Flynn, Assam India, actress (Octopussy)
  • Dec 19 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-silver-1964)
  • Dec 19 Lenny White, American jazz drummer (Chick Corea's Return to Forever), born in New York City
  • Dec 19 Nancy Kyes, American actress
  • Dec 19 Sebastian, Danish musician
  • Dec 20 Claudia Jennings, [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], Minn, playmate (Nov, 1969)
  • Dec 20 Soumaïla Cissé, Malian politician
  • Dec 20 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician

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Dec 22 Maurice Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2003)

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Dec 22 Michael Osborne, rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe)

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Dec 22 Robin Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • Dec 23 Luther Grosvenor, rocker (Spooky Tooth)
  • Dec 23 Wally Edwards, cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974)
  • Dec 24 Cameron Seward, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 24 Randy Neugebauer, American politician
  • Dec 24 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver
  • Dec 25 Dan Pastorini, NFL QB (Raiders) [or May 26]

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 25 Sissy Spacek, American Actress (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Quitman, Texas

Actress Sissy Spacek
Actress
Sissy Spacek
  • Dec 25 Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Singer and icon of the Brazilian music
  • Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker, American musician
  • Dec 26 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 26 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 29 Syed Kirmani, cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer)
  • Dec 30 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Dec 30 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • Dec 31 Ellen Datlow, American editor
  • Dec 31 Susan Shwartz, American writer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Linguist Noam Chomsky (21) weds Carol Doris Schatz (19)

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky
  • Dec 25 British born actor "Notorious" Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Elin Pelin, writer, dies
  • Dec 3 Maria Ouspenskaya, actress (Spookies), dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 6 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Dec 10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • Dec 16 Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed
  • Dec 17 David Stanley Smith, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 28 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39
  • Dec 28 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60