January 1946 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert
  • Jan 1 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
  • Jan 1 National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 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 E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Jan 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum
  • Jan 6 Vietnam holds its first ever general election
  • Jan 7 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
  • Jan 10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)
  • Jan 10 US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, NJ
  • Jan 11 Enver Hoxha declares People's Rep of Albania with himself dictator
  • Jan 12 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!" premieres in Rome
  • Jan 14 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
  • Jan 17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • Jan 20 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
  • Jan 22 US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jan 23 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
  • Jan 25 Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor
  • Jan 30 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
  • Jan 31 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Carl B. Hamilton, Swedish economist and politician
  • Jan 3 Cissy King, American entertainer
  • Jan 8 Tod Brannan, VP (Logos Network Corp)
  • Jan 11 John Piper, American theologian
  • Jan 12 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish judiciary figure
  • Jan 14 Harold Shipman, British serial killer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 16 Michael L Coats, Capt USN/astr (STS 41-D, 29, 39), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 18 Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • Jan 19 Alexandr Vladimirovich Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 19 Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)
  • Jan 21 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • Jan 23 Don Whittington, American businessman, car & airplane racer and convicted felon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 23 Arnoldo Aleman, 81st President of Nicaragua (1997-2002), born in Managua

President of Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman
President of Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman
  • Jan 24 Hubert M "Jubi" Kirindongo, Curacaos sculptor/painter
  • Jan 25 Josephine M Verspaget, sociologist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 25 Silvio Blatter, writer
  • Jan 26 Christopher Hampton, Azores, playwright (Oviri, Hotel du Lac)
  • Jan 26 Timothy Clifford, director (National Galleries of Scotland)
  • Jan 30 Lord Mackay of Drumadoon, British QC

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason
  • Jan 4 Barney Oldfield, daredevil, dies at 67

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • Jan 9 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ, One Way to Heaven), dies at 42
  • Jan 23 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)
  • Jan 29 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55