What Happened in January 1949

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
  • Jan 1 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14
  • Jan 1 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • Jan 1 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • Jan 2 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Jan 3 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 3 The central bank of the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is founded
  • Jan 5 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra

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Jan 5 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jan 7 1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker
  • Jan 8 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances
  • Jan 8 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • Jan 8 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • Jan 10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 10 RCA introduces 45 RPM record
  • Jan 11 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • Jan 12 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 12 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
  • Jan 13 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • Jan 14 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • Jan 15 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
  • Jan 16 "Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Jan 16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 17 The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
  • Jan 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • Jan 18 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
  • Jan 19 Cuba recognises Israel.

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Jan 20 J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Jan 20 US President Harry Truman announces his four point program
  • Jan 21 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
  • Jan 22 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • Jan 22 Chinatown telephone exchange closed
  • Jan 25 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • Jan 25 1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins
  • Jan 26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27 Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
  • Jan 28 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • Jan 28 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • Jan 29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • Jan 31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • Jan 31 37th Women's Australian Championships: Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jan 31 37th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats John Bromwich (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Dormer, arts writer
  • Jan 1 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • Jan 2 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • Jan 2 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Jan 3 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • Jan 4 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • Jan 5 George Brown, rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration)
  • Jan 6 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Jan 6 Richard Horowitz, composer
  • Jan 7 John Christopher Parry, rocker (Cure)
  • Jan 7 Marshall Chapman, Spartanburg SC, country singer
  • Jan 7 Anne Schedeen, American actress
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)

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Jan 10 George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 10 Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 10 Walter S Browne, US chess champion (1974-78, 1980-84)
  • Jan 10 James Lapine, American stage director
  • Jan 11 Tom Netherton, Munich Germany, singer (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • Jan 11 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer
  • Jan 12 James Dietz I, American rower, born in new York City
  • Jan 12 Wayne Wang, director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)
  • Jan 12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • Jan 12 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist

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Jan 12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto

  • Jan 13 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • Jan 13 Rakesh Sharma, India, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)
  • Jan 14 Christine Belford, actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210), born in Amityville, New York
  • Jan 14 Lawrence Kasdan, director/writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 14 Paul Chubb, Australian actor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 14 Mary Robison, American writer
  • Jan 15 Howard Allen Twitty, Phoenix AZ, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open)
  • Jan 15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1987)
  • Jan 15 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor
  • Jan 16 Caroline Munro, Windsor, Berkshire, English actress, model (The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac) [or 12/16]
  • Jan 17 Andy Kaufman, American comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 17 Debbie Watson, La Mirada California, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • Jan 18 Philippe Starck, French designer
  • Jan 18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor
  • Jan 19 Robert Palmer, Batley England, singer (Power Station)
  • Jan 20 Kieron Walsh, academic
  • Jan 22 James P Pennington, rocker (Exile)
  • Jan 22 Rein P Hummel, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 22 Steve Perry, Hanford California, vocalist (Journey-Open Arms, Oh Sherry)
  • Jan 22 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • Jan 23 Robert Cabana, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 24 Bart Gordon, (Rep-D-TN, 1985- )
  • Jan 24 John Belushi, comedian/actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 25 John Cooper Clarke, English punk-poet
  • Jan 26 Derek Holt, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • Jan 26 Paul Nurse, dr/director-general elect (Imperial Cancer Research Fund)
  • Jan 26 David Strathairn, American actor (LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Jonathan Carroll, American author
  • Jan 27 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • Jan 28 Thomas J Downey, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • Jan 28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • Jan 30 William King, Alabama, soul trumpeteer (Commodores-Easy)

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Jan 30 Peter Agre, American biologist and Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre
  • Jan 31 Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
  • Jan 31 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
  • Jan 31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 18 South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at 63

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Jan 6 Victor Fleming, American film director ("Wizard of Oz", "Gone With Wind"), dies at 65

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • Jan 9 Amilcare Zanella, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • Jan 15 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron/diplomat/senator, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Josephus T J Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 William Thomas Walsh, American author (b. 1891)
  • Jan 25 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • Jan 27 Boris Asafiev, composer, dies at 64
  • Jan 28 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 31 Henri de Vries, [Hendricus Walterop], actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84