Historical Events in 1946

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

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

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Mar 2nd Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam

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

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

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

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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

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

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 18th League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
  • Apr 18th Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18th US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
  • Apr 19th Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • Apr 20th 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • Apr 20th 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
  • Apr 21st Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • Apr 22nd SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
  • Apr 23rd Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • Apr 24th 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
  • Apr 25th "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • Apr 25th Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • Apr 27th 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
  • Apr 29th 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • Apr 30th Cleve Indian Bob Feller's 2nd no-hitter beats NY Yankees, 1-0
  • May 1st Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
  • May 1st Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • May 1st Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • May 1st The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • May 2nd The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • May 3rd International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • May 4th 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • May 4th 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • May 4th Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • May 6th Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • May 7th William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • May 7th Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • May 8th Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • May 8th Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • May 9th 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • May 9th King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • May 10th Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yanks 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
  • May 11th 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • May 11th 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
  • May 11th United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • May 13th Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • May 13th US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
  • May 13th Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
  • May 14th Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres
  • May 16th Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC
  • May 17th KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • May 17th US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
  • May 19th Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
  • May 20th Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • May 21st 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 22nd Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • May 22nd First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • May 24th Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
  • May 25th Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • May 26th 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • May 26th Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • May 26th Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • May 26th Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
  • May 28th 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)

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

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Jun 8th Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia

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

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Jun 9th 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 9th 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 9th NY Giant Mel Ott is 1st mgr ejected from both games of a doubleheader
  • Jun 10th Italian Republic established
  • Jun 10th 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 13th 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
  • Jun 13th King Umberto II of Italy abdicates