December 1949 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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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 Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
  • Dec 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Indonesian sovereignty
  • 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 Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Dec 19 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Gareloch, Scotland
  • Dec 20 Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres
  • Dec 21 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
  • Dec 27 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
  • Dec 29 Hungary nationalized its industries
  • Dec 30 India recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Dec 31 18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia

Birthdays in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 1 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, born in Rionegro, Colombia (d. 1993)

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • Dec 1 Sebastián Piñera, Chilean businessman and presidential candidate
  • Dec 3 Christopher John Seward, aid worker
  • Dec 5 Bruce E Melnick, American Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 5 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist
  • Dec 6 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • Dec 8 Mary Gordon, US, author
  • Dec 8 Robert Sternberg, Proposed the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
  • Dec 9 Nando Parrado, Uruguayan plane crash survivor
  • Dec 13 Nana Alexandria, USSR, International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976)
  • Dec 13 R[oberta] A[nn] MacAvoy, US, sci-fi author (Damiano's Lute, Raphael)
  • Dec 15 Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion
  • Dec 20 Soumaïla Cissé, Malian politician
  • Dec 21 Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
  • Dec 24 Randy Neugebauer, American politician
  • Dec 26 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 30 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • Dec 31 Ellen Datlow, American editor
  • Dec 31 Susan Shwartz, American writer

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Linguist Noam Chomsky (21) weds Carol Doris Schatz (19)

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Elin Pelin, writer, dies
  • Dec 10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • Dec 16 Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed
  • Dec 28 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60