August 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 3 Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
  • Aug 5 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6,000 die
  • Aug 8 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy
  • 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 14 Military coup in Syria under colonel Sami Hinnawi
  • Aug 18 Hungary adopts constitution
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan
  • Aug 2 Bertalan Farkas, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35)
  • Aug 2 James Fallows, American journalist
  • Aug 3 Reed Waller, American comic book author
  • Aug 6 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • Aug 6 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • Aug 6 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • Aug 7 Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader
  • Aug 8 Bela Magyari, Hungary, cosmonaut
  • Aug 9 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer
  • Aug 11 Tim Hutchinson, (Rep-R-Arkansas)
  • Aug 12 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • Aug 12 Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil (1990-92)
  • Aug 12 Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • Aug 12 Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek politician
  • Aug 13 Peter J Visclosky, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- )
  • Aug 14 John Tarrant, Tasmania, 1st Australian born Zen teacher
  • Aug 15 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • Aug 15 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 15 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor
  • Aug 17 Norm Coleman, American politician
  • Aug 22 Þórarinn Eldjárn, Icelandic writer
  • Aug 22 Alfred Musema, Rwandan genocidaire
  • Aug 23 Norah Ellen O'Neill, airline pilot (Flying Tigers)
  • Aug 23 Pieter J Biesheuvel, lawyer/Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Aug 23 Rick Springfield, Australia, (General Hospital, Jessie's Girl)
  • Aug 24 Anna Lee Fisher, St Albans NY, MD/astronaut (STS 51-A)
  • Aug 25 Martin Amis, English novelist
  • Aug 26 Robert (Bob) Cowsill, (The Cowsills - Hair, We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Aug 27 Andrew McKay, conservative MP
  • Aug 27 Edmund Weiner, lexicographer
  • Aug 30 Ted Ammon, American financier (d. 2001)
  • Aug 30 Don Boudria, Canadian politician

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

Deaths in History

  • Aug 9 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • Aug 14 Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

  • Aug 17 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • Aug 26 Nico van Suchtelen, publisher, dies at 70
  • Aug 31 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies