Historical Events in 1946

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  • Jan 1 ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert
  • Jan 1 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
  • Jan 1 National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic
  • Jan 1 32nd Rose Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #11 Southern California, 34-14
  • Jan 1 12th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma State beats #7 Saint Mary's (CA), 33-13
  • Jan 1 12th Orange Bowl: Miami (FL) beats #16 Holy Cross, 13-6

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Jan 3 As a reward for his wartime cooperation, Governor Thomas E. Dewey commutes Charles "Lucky" Luciano's pandering sentence on condition that he does not resist deportation to Italy

NYC Gangster Charles
NYC Gangster
Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
  • Jan 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum
  • Jan 6 Vietnam holds its first ever general election
  • Jan 7 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
  • Jan 9 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Jan 10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)
  • Jan 10 US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, NJ
  • Jan 11 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
  • Jan 11 Enver Hoxha declares People's Rep of Albania with himself dictator
  • Jan 12 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Jan 12 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!" premieres in Rome
  • Jan 12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • Jan 14 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
  • Jan 14 1946 NFL Draft: Frank Dancewicz from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Jan 17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • Jan 20 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
  • Jan 21 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Jan 22 US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jan 23 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
  • Jan 25 Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor
  • Jan 29 34th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jan 29 34th Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Dinny Pails (5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2)
  • Jan 30 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
  • Jan 31 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic
  • Feb 1 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zoltán Tildy as its communist president
  • Feb 1 Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Sectary General of the United Nations
  • Feb 2 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 2 The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic is made.
  • Feb 4 Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5 The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.
  • Feb 6 "Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances
  • Feb 7 Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC bill
  • Feb 8 Béla Bartók's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Feb 8 Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties
  • Feb 9 Dutch Labor Party (Dutch Social Democratic Party) forms
  • Feb 10 Charles "Lucky" Luciano is deported to Italy, and never returns to the United States
  • Feb 12 World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
  • Feb 13 "The Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 16 "The Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 16 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct
  • Feb 17 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 19 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
  • Feb 21 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
  • Feb 24 Juan Peron (Labor Party) first elected President of Argentina
  • Feb 26 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia Tenn
  • Feb 27 4th "Road" film "Road to Utopia" premieres (NYC)
  • Mar 1 British government nationalises and takes control of the Bank of England, after 252 years
  • Mar 1 Panama accepts its new constitution
  • Mar 2 Dutch troops land on East Bali

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Mar 2 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Mar 2 Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 3 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 3 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

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Mar 5 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Mar 5 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
  • Mar 6 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
  • Mar 7 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances
  • Mar 7 Max Frisch' "Santa Cruz" premieres in Zurich
  • Mar 7 18th Academy Awards: "The Lost Weekend" Ray Milland & Joan Crawford win
  • Mar 8 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (NYC)
  • Mar 9 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang

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Mar 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 10 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
  • Mar 13 Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms Belgium government - shortest Belgium government (ends 31 March)

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Mar 15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • Mar 16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Mar 19 French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion become overseas "departments" of France
  • Mar 19 Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as president of USSR
  • Mar 21 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • Mar 21 UN set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
  • Mar 22 1st US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
  • Mar 22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
  • Mar 23 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NC 43-40

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Mar 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Mar 28 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • Mar 29 1st Test Cricket between Australia & NZ
  • Mar 29 Test Cricket debuts of Lindwall, Miller & Tallon
  • Mar 30 "St Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Mar 30 Australia beats NZ in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day
  • Mar 30 Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 & 3-19)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 30 3rd Golden Globes: The Lost Weekend, Ray Milland, & Ingrid Bergman win

  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Spaak resigns - shortest ever Belgian government
  • Mar 31 Belgian government of Acker forms
  • Mar 31 The first election is held in Greece after World War II.
  • Apr 1 400,000 US mine workers strike
  • Apr 1 Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
  • Apr 1 Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
  • Apr 1 The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca
  • Apr 3 Netherlands-German postal relations resume
  • Apr 5 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • Apr 5 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre aboard Lovely Cottage wins
  • Apr 7 10th Masters Golf Tournament: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282
  • Apr 7 Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
  • Apr 7 Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • Apr 8 League of Nations assembles for last time
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 10 1st election for Japanese Diet
  • Apr 12 Syria gains independence from France
  • Apr 13 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • Apr 13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham Alabama
  • Apr 14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Apr 14 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th & final HR
  • Apr 16 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • Apr 16 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
  • Apr 17 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 18 "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

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Apr 18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 18 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
  • Apr 18 Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
  • Apr 19 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • Apr 20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • Apr 20 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
  • Apr 21 Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • Apr 22 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
  • Apr 23 Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • Apr 24 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
  • Apr 25 "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • Apr 25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
  • Apr 29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • Apr 30 Cleve Indian Bob Feller's 2nd no-hitter beats NY Yankees, 1-0

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May 1 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • May 1 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • May 1 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • May 1 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • May 2 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • May 3 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • May 4 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • May 4 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • May 7 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • May 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • May 8 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • May 8 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • May 9 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • May 9 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • May 10 Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yanks 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
  • May 11 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • May 11 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
  • May 11 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • May 13 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • May 13 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
  • May 13 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
  • May 14 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres
  • May 16 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC
  • May 17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • May 17 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
  • May 19 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
  • May 20 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • May 21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
  • May 22 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • May 22 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • May 24 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
  • May 25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • May 26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • May 26 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • May 26 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • May 26 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
  • May 28 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)

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May 28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • May 29 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
  • May 30 Braves Bernard Malamud HR shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field
  • May 30 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Robson wins in 4:21:16.711 (184.785 km/h)
  • Jun 1 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 1 Spijkenisse soccer team forms in Spijkenisse
  • Jun 1 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and politician convicted of war crimes, is executed.
  • Jun 2 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
  • Jun 3 1st bikini bathing suit displayed (Paris)
  • Jun 3 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • Jun 4 Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed
  • Jun 5 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago, Ill)
  • Jun 6 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
  • Jun 6 Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
  • Jun 6 Martin Kresses begins publishing "Eric the Viking" comic strip
  • Jun 6 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • Jun 7 Pirates players vote 20-16 to walkout rather than play the Giants
  • Jun 7 US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel
  • Jun 8 "Lute Song" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 142 performances

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Jun 8 Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Jun 9 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Jun 9 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest

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Jun 9 Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 9 NY Giant Mel Ott is 1st mgr ejected from both games of a doubleheader
  • Jun 10 Italian Republic established
  • Jun 10 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, ends term as 1st director of CIA. Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, becomes 2nd director of CIA
  • Jun 13 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
  • Jun 13 King Umberto II of Italy abdicates
  • Jun 14 Canadian Library Association established