What Happened in October 1949

Historical Events

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Oct 1 People's Republic of China proclaimed by Mao Zedong (National Day)

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • Oct 1 Republic of China (Taiwan) forms on island of Formosa
  • Oct 2 St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3
  • Oct 2 USSR recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Oct 2 Yanks & Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yanks win 5-3 & clinch pennant #16
  • Oct 3 WERD, 1st black-owned radio station, opens in Atlanta
  • Oct 4 American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out
  • Oct 4 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated

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Oct 5 WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Oct 5 WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, NY (IND) begins
  • Oct 6 Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose) sentenced to 10 years & $10,000 fine

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Oct 6 US President Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Oct 7 German Democratic Republic formed from Russian occupation zone (National Day). Wilhelm Pieck becomes 1st president, Otto Greatwohl becomes 1st premier
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1 in 46th World Series
  • Oct 10 3rd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Toronto
  • Oct 13 "Touch & Go" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • Oct 14 14 US Communist Party leaders convicted of sedition
  • Oct 14 Chinese Red army occupies Canton

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 14 Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Oct 15 Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian government

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Oct 15 Billy Graham begins his ministry

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • Oct 15 Tripura accedes to Indian union
  • Oct 16 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Red Byron wins
  • Oct 19 A's trade 2nd baseman Nellie Fox to White Sox for Joe Tipton
  • Oct 19 Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds
  • Oct 20 Eugenie Anderson becomes 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)

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Oct 21 Author of 'Brave New World' Aldous Huxley writes to congratulate George Orwell on his new novel '1984'

  • Oct 22 200 killed in train derailment near Nowy Dwor Poland
  • Oct 22 Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:21.2)
  • Oct 24 Contruction begins on the United Nations headquaters in New York
  • Oct 26 US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
  • Oct 28 Georges Bidault elected president of France
  • Oct 29 White Sox trade Joe Tipton to A's for Nellie Fox
  • Oct 30 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 281 performances
  • Oct 30 Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson's musical premieres in NYC
  • Oct 31 "Regina" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • Oct 31 Dutch Nazi Henri 'Hakkie' Holdert, director of Amsterdam paper De Telegraaf and member of the SS, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
  • Oct 31 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Isaac Bonewits, American author

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Oct 2 Annie Leibovitz, American photographer (Rolling Stones), born in Waterbury, Connecticut

Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz
  • Oct 2 Richard Hell, [Richard Myers], Lexington Ky, rock bassist (Television)
  • Oct 3 Yekaterina Aleksandrowna Ivanova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15A)
  • Oct 3 Lindsey Buckingham, Palo Alto, California, American guitarist/lead singer (Fleetwood Mac)
  • Oct 4 Armand Assante, actor (Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 4 Stephen Gyllenhaal, American director
  • Oct 5 Ralph Goodale, Canadian politician

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Oct 5 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • Oct 5 B. W. Stevenson, American singer (d. 1988)
  • Oct 6 Bobby Farrell, Jamaica, rock vocalist
  • Oct 7 Catherine Duggan, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 7 Dave Hope, rock bassist (Kansas)
  • Oct 7 Kieran Kane, singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 8 Hamish Stuart, Scotland, guitarist/singer (Average White Band)
  • Oct 8 Michael Rose, rocker (Average White Band)

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Oct 8 Sigourney Weaver [Susan Alexandra], American actress (Alien, Working Girl), born in Manhattan, New York

  • Oct 9 Shep Messing, Israel, soccer goal tender (NY Cosmos)
  • Oct 10 Jessica Harper, actress (Inserts, Stardust Memories), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 10 Lance Cairns, cricketer (big-hitting NZ medium-pace bowler)
  • Oct 11 Bobby Jones, baseball player
  • Oct 11 Greg Douglas, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 12 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist
  • Oct 12 Stan Hansen, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 13 Craig McGregor, rocker (Foghat)
  • Oct 13 Tom Mees, American sports broadcaster (d. 1996)
  • Oct 13 Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver
  • Oct 13 Marisol Malaret, Miss Universe 1970
  • Oct 14 Katy Manning, English/Australian actress
  • Oct 14 Katha Pollitt, American writer
  • Oct 17 Bill Hudson, Portland Ore, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show)
  • Oct 17 Maurice Willis Wright, composer
  • Oct 18 Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), born in Peoria Illinois, (d. 2015)
  • Oct 18 Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
  • Oct 18 George Hendrick, baseball player
  • Oct 19 Lynn Dickey, American football player
  • Oct 19 Jamie McGrigor, British politician
  • Oct 20 Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Oct 20 Wayne Collett, US, 400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)

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Oct 21 Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Oct 21 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron
  • Oct 21 Shulamit Ran, composer
  • Oct 21 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)
  • Oct 22 Manfred Burgsmuller, WLAF kicker (Rhein Fire)
  • Oct 22 Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys) (d. 1990)
  • Oct 22 Vasilios Magginas, Greek politician
  • Oct 22 Arsène Wenger, French football manager
  • Oct 22 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Oct 23 Michael 'Wurzel' Burston, British musician (Motörhead)
  • Oct 23 Nick Tosches, American writer
  • Oct 24 Robert Pickton, Canadian charged with the first degree murder of twenty-six women
  • Oct 25 Brian Kerwin, actor (Chisholms, King Kong Lives, Lobo), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 25 Walter Hyatt, Musician
  • Oct 25 Réjean Houle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 26 Kevin Sullivan, wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI)
  • Oct 27 Garry W Tallent, rocker (E Street Band)
  • Oct 27 Jack Daniels, Choctaw Oklahoma, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • Oct 27 Jose J P Hageman, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Oct 27 Mike Kopetski, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • Oct 27 Clifford Antone, American businessman (d. 2006)
  • Oct 28 Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, American decathalete (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • Oct 28 Robert Mellors, gay activist
  • Oct 29 Paul Orndorff, wrestler (WCW/SMW/NWA/WWF, Mr Wonderful)
  • Oct 29 James Williamson, American guitarist
  • Oct 30 David Green, Australian rock bassist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 31 Bob Selbenberg, rocker (Supertramp)
  • Oct 31 Dumisa B Ntsebeza, South African attorney/anti-apartheid activist
  • Oct 31 Mike Parker, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
  • Oct 31 Odaline de la Martinez, composer
  • Oct 31 Terrence W Wilcutt, Russellville Ky, Major USMC/astronaut (STS 68, 79)

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 1 Television host and comedian Johnny Carson (23) weds Joan Morrill Wolcott (23) at the North Platte Episcopalian Church

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly (25) weds attorney John Fred Schlafly, Jr.

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 6 Robert Lynd [YY], Irish writer/critic (News Chronicle), dies at 70
  • Oct 9 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 16 Hale Ascher VanderCook, composer, dies at 85
  • Oct 24 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 27 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (b. 1916)
  • Oct 27 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 29 G. I. Gurdjieff, Armenian mystic (b. 1872)
  • Oct 31 Edward R Stettinius, US foreign minister (1944-45)/diplomat, dies