What Happened in February 1949

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]
  • Feb 1 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

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Feb 2 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Feb 4 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
  • Feb 5 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

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Feb 7 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Feb 8 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison

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Feb 10 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • Feb 12 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
  • Feb 12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
  • Feb 12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • Feb 12 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
  • Feb 14 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • Feb 14 Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
  • Feb 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad
  • Feb 17 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 17 Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
  • Feb 19 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances

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Feb 19 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

  • Feb 19 Mass arrests of communists in India
  • Feb 20 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
  • Feb 24 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • Feb 24 V-2/WAC-Corporal rocket 1st object to reach 5x the speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • Feb 25 WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
  • Feb 26 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  • Feb 27 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jimmy Lee Thorpe, Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)
  • Feb 2 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • Feb 2 Ross Valory, SF, rock bassist (Journey - Who's Crying Now, Open Arms)
  • Feb 2 Sherry Mathis, actress (Search for Tomorrow)
  • Feb 2 Tom Tripplehorn, rocker (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Feb 2 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 2 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • Feb 3 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • Feb 3 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Feb 3 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • Feb 4 Michael Beck, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 5 David Sullivan, English softporno/newspaper publisher (Sunday Sport)
  • Feb 5 Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup)
  • Feb 5 Nigel Olsson, rock guitarist/drummer (Elton John Band)
  • Feb 6 Frank Rich, US politician (?)
  • Feb 6 Manuel Orantes, tennis champ (US Open-1975)
  • Feb 6 Richie Zisk, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Alan Lancaster, bassist (Status Quo-Down Down, On the Level)
  • Feb 7 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • Feb 7 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • Feb 8 Brooke Adams, American actress (Cynthia-OK Crackerby, Body Snatchers), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 8 Julia Barr, Ft Wayne Ind, actress (Brooke-All My Children)
  • Feb 8 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • Feb 9 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer
  • Feb 9 Janet Issaca Ashford, writer
  • Feb 9 Judith Light, (Angela-Who's the Boss, 1 Life to Live), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Feb 10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • Feb 10 Harold Sylvester, American actor
  • Feb 11 Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 12 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • Feb 12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • Feb 12 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • Feb 14 Ewa Aulin, actress (Candy, Fiorina LeVacca), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Jimmy Randell, rocker
  • Feb 14 Richard E Neal, (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • Feb 15 Christopher Rouse, composer
  • Feb 15 George Howard, 13th Earl of Carlisle, English hereditary peer
  • Feb 15 Jess Walton, Mich, actress (Jill Foster Abbott-Young & Restless)
  • Feb 15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 15 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
  • Feb 16 Dorus Vrede, Surinam poet (Otobanda; the Other Bank)
  • Feb 17 Fred Frith, English guitarist/violinist/bassist (Skeleton Crew)
  • Feb 18 Gary Ridgway, American serial killer
  • Feb 19 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • Feb 19 Ewa Aulin, actress (Candy), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 19 Dan Bunten, American software developer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer
  • Feb 20 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • Feb 20 Ivana Trump, Czech-American model and ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club), born in Gottwaldov, Moravia, Czechoslovak Republic
  • Feb 21 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • Feb 22 Nikki Lauda, Austria, formula 1 auto racer (world champ 1975, 77, 84)
  • Feb 22 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player
  • Feb 23 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Feb 23 Larry Demps, US R&B vocalist (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)

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Feb 23 Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut (STS 13, 77), born in Quebec City, Québec

Astronaut Marc Garneau
Astronaut
Marc Garneau
  • Feb 23 Maureen Hicks, British MP
  • Feb 23 Terry "Tex" Comer, bassist/guitarist
  • Feb 24 John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)
  • Feb 25 Ric Flair, American professional wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 26 Emma Kirkby, British(?) soprano
  • Feb 26 Elizabeth George, American novelist
  • Feb 28 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings


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Feb 6 Diplomat Henry Kissinger (25) weds Ann Fleisher (23) in Washington Heights, Manhattan

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger

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Feb 22 Future Portuguese President Mário Soares (24) weds actress Maria de Jesus Barroso (24) at the 3rd Conservatory of the Civil Register of Lisbon

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Herbert Stothart, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 5 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • Feb 8 Franco Leoni, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 9 Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 12 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
  • Feb 14 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • Feb 18 Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 21 Ernest Walker, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 22 Russell Porter, actor (Betsy, Hanna's War, British Empire), dies
  • Feb 28 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65