Historical Events in January 1949

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

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

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

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