Historical Events in December 1949

  • Dec 1 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins
  • Dec 3 14th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-13 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
  • Dec 4 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing 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
  • Dec 7 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)

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Dec 7 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 8 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Dec 8 Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa

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Dec 8 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Indonesian sovereignty
  • Dec 9 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • Dec 11 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • Dec 11 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • Dec 11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 12 AL votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball
  • Dec 13 AL votes down proposal to revive spitball
  • Dec 13 Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem

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Dec 15 Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • Dec 16 Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden.
  • Dec 17 "Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • Dec 17 Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Dec 18 Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 19 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Gareloch, Scotland
  • Dec 19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres
  • Dec 21 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Dec 27 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
  • Dec 28 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs
  • Dec 29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)
  • Dec 29 Hungary nationalized its industries
  • Dec 30 India recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Dec 31 18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia