What Happened in July 1949

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 63rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ted Schroeder beat Drobny (3-6 6-0 6-3 4-6 6-4)
  • Jul 1 Bao Dai's Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France
  • Jul 1 WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances
  • Jul 2 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Jul 2 56th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: L Brough beats M duPont (10-8 1-6 10-8)
  • Jul 5 NY Giants purchase Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their 1st African American players
  • Jul 6 Cincinnati Red Walker Cooper gets 10 RBIs
  • Jul 6 Freak heat wave sent central coast of Portugal to 158°F for 2 minutes
  • Jul 7 "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" opens at Broadway NYC for 76 performances
  • Jul 7 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
  • Jul 8 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for NY Giants
  • Jul 8 The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 prohibiting marriage or a sexual relationship between White people and people of other race groups is passed in South Africa
  • Jul 9 Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony premieres
  • Jul 9 78th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 10 1st practical rectangular TV tube announced-Toledo, Ohio
  • Jul 10 WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • Jul 12 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence
  • Jul 12 Dutch KLM Constellation crashes near Bombay, 45 die
  • Jul 12 LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin
  • Jul 13 Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics
  • Jul 15 "Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Jul 15 Czech tennis stars Jaroslav Drobny & Vladimir Cernik defect to US
  • Jul 15 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 Laos becomes associated state within French Union
  • Jul 20 Israel's 19 month war of independence ends
  • Jul 20 Vasil Kolarov elected premier of Bulgaria
  • Jul 21 Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO)
  • Jul 23 Test Cricket debut of England's Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days
  • Jul 24 Inidian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
  • Jul 24 36th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy

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Jul 25 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jul 26 WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 27 1st jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet) flies
  • Jul 29 Moscow ends the blockade of West Berlin
  • Jul 29 BBC radio begins broadcasting
  • Jul 30 British warship HMS Amethyst escapes down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
  • Jul 31 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Fla, kills SS & 3rd baseman

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 John Farnham, Australian singer
  • Jul 2 Roy Bittan, rocker (E Street Band)
  • Jul 2 Hanno Pöschl, Austrian actor
  • Jul 3 Jan Smithers, N actress (Bailey-WKRP), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 3 Susan Penhaligon, Manilla Philippines, actress (Dracula, Nasty Habits)
  • Jul 3 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Tonio K, American singer
  • Jul 5 Benny Stolovitz, fictional character on LA Law
  • Jul 6 Shelley Hack, Greenwich Ct, actress (Tiffany Welles-Charlie's Angel)

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Jul 7 Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas

  • Jul 8 Frank Delima, American comedian
  • Jul 8 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 8 Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef
  • Jul 10 Dave Smally, rocker (Raspberries)
  • Jul 10 Mark Shera, actor (SWAT, Barnaby Jones), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Jul 10 Sunil Gavaskar, Indian cricket player (opener, 10122 Test runs)
  • Jul 10 Wally Bryson, NC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries)
  • Jul 10 Greg Kihn U.S. pop musician & radio personality.
  • Jul 10 John Whitehead, American singer and record producer
  • Jul 12 Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner, and car dealer.
  • Jul 13 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • Jul 14 Joyce Benson, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 14 Lukas D Barnard, head of South Africa secret service (NIS)
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Casken, composer
  • Jul 15 Kerry Short, Vineland Ont, Canad Tour golfer (Highland Amat-1981, 84)
  • Jul 15 Trevor Horn, rock producer (Buggles-Video Killed, Yes, Frankie)
  • Jul 15 WiIlliam Faure, producer
  • Jul 15 Carl Bildt, Swedish politician
  • Jul 16 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • Jul 16 Cyndy Garvey, wife of Steve Garvey, talk show host (AM LA), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • Jul 17 Mick Tucker, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • Jul 17 Mike Vale, rock bassist (Tommy James & The Shondells)
  • Jul 17 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 17 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster
  • Jul 18 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84)
  • Jul 19 Ivar Kants, Australian actor
  • Jul 21 Ludmila Smirnova, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Jul 21 Al Hrabosky, baseball player
  • Jul 22 Dianne Dailey, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
  • Jul 22 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and PM of UAE

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Jul 22 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • Jul 23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 24 Marjanne Sint, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jul 24 Michael Richards, comedian (Fridays, Kramer-Seinfeld), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 26 Roger Taylor, British rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody)
  • Jul 26 William M Shepherd, Oak Ridge Tn, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 27, 41, 52)
  • Jul 27 David Muse, rocker (Firefall)
  • Jul 27 Jeremy Thomas, actor (Family Life)

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Jul 27 Maureen McGovern, singer (Got To Be a Morning After), born in Youngstown, Ohio

  • Jul 27 André Dupont, Quebec ice hockey player
  • Jul 28 Simon Kirke, rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • Jul 28 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • Jul 28 Vida Blue, major-league pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971)
  • Jul 28 Peter Doyle, Australian singer (The New Seekers) (d. 2001)
  • Jul 28 Randall Wallace, American screenwriter and film producer
  • Jul 29 Marilyn Tucker Quayle, novelist/wife of Vice President Dan Quayle (1989-93)
  • Jul 29 Stephen Burleigh, Wheeling WV, actor (Love & Betrayal, Afterburn)
  • Jul 29 Leslie Easterbrook, American actress (The Devil's Rejects, Police Academy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 30 Joyce Jones, US singer (1st Choice)
  • Jul 30 Duck Baker, American guitarist

Famous Weddings


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Jul 13 Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones (30) weds "Rebecca" film producer David O. Selznick (47) in Beverly Hills, California


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Louis Davids, [Simon David], cabaret artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 2 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • Jul 8 Antun Sa'ada, Syrian rightwing politician, executed in Lebanon
  • Jul 8 Riccadro Pick-Mangiagalli, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 12 Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland (b. 1860)
  • Jul 14 Frank Hearne, cricketer (2 Tests for England, 4 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 16 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian poet (b. 1866)
  • Jul 18 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (b. 1870)