April 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • Apr 4 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • Apr 5 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed
  • Apr 9 UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages
  • Apr 13 Philip S. Hench at Mayo Clinc announces discovery of cortisone to treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • Apr 14 International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg's last judgment
  • Apr 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • Apr 18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • Apr 23 Chinese Red army conquers Nanjing
  • Apr 23 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF
  • Apr 23 Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
  • Apr 24 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win
  • Apr 25 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel
  • Apr 26 Transjordan is officially renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Apr 28 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman
  • Apr 2 Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
  • Apr 4 Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician
  • Apr 5 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 6 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Scott Turow, American writer
  • Apr 13 Jean-Jacques Favier, Kehl Germany, astronaut (STS 78)
  • Apr 13 Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist
  • Apr 13 Christopher Hitchens, English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2011)
  • Apr 14 DeAnne Julius, American/English economist
  • Apr 19 Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator
  • Apr 19 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • Apr 25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician
  • Apr 25 James Fenton, British poet
  • Apr 28 Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Apr 28 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 António Guterres, 114th Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2017-), born in Lisbon, Portugal

Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres

Deaths in History

  • Apr 13 C V France, dies at 80
  • Apr 14 Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • Apr 16 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • Apr 18 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • Apr 28 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)