Historical Events in 1949

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

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

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

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Jan 20th 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 20th US President Harry Truman announces his four point program
  • Jan 21st 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
  • Jan 22nd "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • Jan 22nd Chinatown telephone exchange closed
  • Jan 25th 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • Jan 25th 1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins
  • Jan 26th WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27th Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
  • Jan 28th NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • Jan 28th UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • Jan 29th Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • Jan 31st 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • Jan 31st 37th Women's Australian Championships: Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jan 31st 37th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats John Bromwich (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Feb 1st 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]
  • Feb 1st RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

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Feb 2nd Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Feb 4th Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
  • Feb 5th Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

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Feb 7th Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Feb 8th Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison

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Feb 10th Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11th Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • Feb 12th "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
  • Feb 12th Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
  • Feb 12th Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • Feb 12th Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
  • Feb 14th 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • Feb 14th Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
  • Feb 15th Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad
  • Feb 17th Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • Feb 17th Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
  • Feb 17th Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
  • Feb 17th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 17th Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
  • Feb 19th "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances

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Feb 19th 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

  • Feb 19th Mass arrests of communists in India
  • Feb 20th 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
  • Feb 24th Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • Feb 24th V-2/WAC-Corporal rocket 1st object to reach 5x the speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • Feb 25th WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
  • Feb 26th USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  • Feb 27th Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel

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Mar 1st Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 1st The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals
  • Mar 1st Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
  • Mar 2nd 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
  • Mar 2nd Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs
  • Mar 4th Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister
  • Mar 4th Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player
  • Mar 4th Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel

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Mar 5th Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 5th The Jharkhand Party is founded in India.
  • Mar 8th WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8th WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Mar 9th Brigadier Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 9th England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
  • Mar 10th Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • Mar 13th US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 13th US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 15th WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15th WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16th KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16th 6th Golden Globes: Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman win
  • Mar 18th NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
  • Mar 18th WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19th 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tn
  • Mar 21st WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 23rd Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 24th 21st Academy Awards: "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win
  • Mar 24th Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
  • Mar 24th SS police chief in the Netherlands Hanns Albin Rauter's request for a pardon denied, executed by firing squad
  • Mar 26th 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36
  • Mar 26th 103rd Grand National: Leo McMorrow aboard Russian Hero wins
  • Mar 29th Turkey recognizes Israel
  • Mar 30th Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.
  • Mar 31st Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province
  • Apr 3rd KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • Apr 3rd North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
  • Apr 3rd WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4th Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • Apr 4th North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • Apr 4th WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5th 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed
  • Apr 5th Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
  • Apr 7th "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
  • Apr 9th UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10th 13th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • Apr 13th 3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 14th International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg's last judgment
  • Apr 15th Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • Apr 16th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • Apr 18th Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • Apr 19th 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

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Apr 19th Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 20th Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • Apr 23rd Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
  • Apr 23rd Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF
  • Apr 23rd Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
  • Apr 24th 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win
  • Apr 25th Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel
  • Apr 25th Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
  • Apr 28th Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.
  • May 1st A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
  • May 1st Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
  • May 2nd Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"
  • May 2nd Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • May 2nd Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • May 3rd 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
  • May 4th Air crash at Turin (whole Torino soccer team survives)
  • May 5th Council of Europe forms
  • May 5th KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 5th Statute of Council of Europe drawn up
  • May 5th Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
  • May 7th 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • May 8th West German constitution approved
  • May 9th Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • May 9th Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco
  • May 11th By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • May 11th Siam renames itself Thailand

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May 12th 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • May 13th 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • May 14th "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • May 14th 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56
  • May 14th US President Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral
  • May 17th British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • May 18th Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • May 23rd Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
  • May 23rd Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
  • May 25th Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
  • May 27th Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
  • May 27th Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • May 28th 48th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Budge Patty (6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4)
  • May 28th 48th Women's French Championships: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Nelly Adamson (7-5, 6-2)
  • May 29th Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
  • May 29th 1st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Best Years of Our Lives" Best Film
  • May 29th 2nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Hamlet" Best Film
  • May 30th East German constitution approved
  • May 30th NPS/VHP win 1st general election in Suriname
  • May 30th WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Bill Holland wins in 4:07:15.939 (195.257 km/h)
  • May 31st 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA
  • May 31st Charley Lupica begins stay on 4 foot square platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, & stays 117 days)
  • Jun 1st 1st magazine on microfilm offered to subscribers (Newsweek)
  • Jun 1st British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
  • Jun 1st KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1st Microfilm copies of "Newsweek" magazine 1st offered
  • Jun 2nd Transjordan renamed Jordan
  • Jun 3rd 1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)
  • Jun 3rd Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)
  • Jun 3rd GN Clark becomes 1st female US treasurer
  • Jun 4th "Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950
  • Jun 6th "It Pays To Be Ignorant" game show debut on CBS-TV
  • Jun 6th WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 8th Siam changes name to Thailand
  • Jun 9th Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US
  • Jun 10th Istvan Dobi becomes Hungarian premier
  • Jun 11th 49th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah CC ILL
  • Jun 11th 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 11th Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)
  • Jun 14th State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor
  • Jun 14th WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15th Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel
  • Jun 16th Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa
  • Jun 18th "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • Jun 20th Central Intelligence Agency Act passes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22nd Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe