Historical Events in August 1949

  • Aug 3 Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
  • Aug 3 Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
  • Aug 4 NBL & NBAA merge into National Basketball Association
  • Aug 5 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6,000 die
  • Aug 6 Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop
  • Aug 7 "All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 121 performances
  • Aug 8 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 10 Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 10 US National Military Establishment renamed Depertment of Defense
  • Aug 11 1st Naples-Capri swim, 17 miles (27 km) (Giovanni Gambi)
  • Aug 11 Gaston Eyskens forms Belgian government
  • Aug 11 10th Venice Film Festival: "Manon" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Golden Lion (1st one)
  • Aug 12 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • Aug 14 Military coup in Syria under colonel Sami Hinnawi
  • Aug 15 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 18 Hungary adopts constitution
  • Aug 18 Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"
  • Aug 20 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
  • Aug 20 Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution
  • Aug 21 Philadelphia fans cause A's to forfeit game when they riot over a trapped line drive by Rich Ashburn, Giants leading 4-2 in 9th declared winners
  • Aug 24 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • Aug 28 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 28 Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill NY
  • Aug 29 USSR performs its first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR
  • Aug 30 Roly Jenkins (Worcs v Surrey) takes his 2nd hat-trick of the game
  • Aug 30 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting