What Happened in July 1946

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jul 1 The last White Rajah, Charles Vyner Brooke cedes Sarawak to the British Crown

  • Jul 1 US drops atom bomb on Bikini atoll (4th atomic explosion)
  • Jul 2 Dutch Beel government forms
  • Jul 2 Harbor workers end strike at Rotterdam and Amsterdam
  • Jul 3 1st Dutch government of Louis Beel forms
  • Jul 3 The Cape Passive Resistance Council is formed at a mass meeting in Cape Town, attended by 1,500 people
  • Jul 4 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
  • Jul 4 Philippines gains independence from US

Historic Event

Jul 4 President Manuel Roxas inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the Third Republic at the Independence Grandstand, Manila

British Golf Open

Jul 5 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: In first post-WWII Championship, Sam Snead wins his only Open title, 4 strokes clear of runners-up Johnny Bulla & Bobby Locke

  • Jul 5 Louis Reard's design for a bikini swimsuit debuts at the Paris fashion show
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frenchman Yvon Petra beats Australian Geoff Brown 6-2, 6-4, 7-9, 5-7, 6-4 for his only Wimbledon title
  • Jul 6 "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 113 performances
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-American matchup Pauline Betz beats Louise Brough 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon crown
  • Jul 7 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Catholic nun (Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,) canonized as 1st American saint
  • Jul 8 "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jul 8 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
  • Jul 9 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 10 Belgian government of Acker resigns
  • Jul 11 Kingman Douglass ends term as deputy director of CIA

Music Premiere

Jul 12 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival

  • Jul 12 Vance Dinges hits only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park HR
  • Jul 13 Musical revue "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC. after 8 performances

Sports History

Jul 14 Cleveland's Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles & HR, but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 HR with 8 RBIs

Historic Publication

Jul 14 Dr Benjamin Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care" published

  • Jul 14 Kielce pogrom: Mob of civilians, police and soldiers investigating false kidnapping allegation attack Jewish Holocaust survivors in Kielce, Poland; 42 killed, 40+ injured [1]
  • Jul 15 British North Borneo Company transfers its rights to modern day Sabah to the British Crown
  • Jul 16 Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (1st time in San Francisco history)
  • Jul 16 US court martial sentences 46 members of the SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau
  • Jul 21 Jesus T Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor
  • Jul 22 Militant Zionist organization Irgun bombs the British administrative headquarters for Palestine in southern wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91 people of various nationalities injuring 46

Historic Event

Jul 23 Menachem Begin's Zionist militant group Irgun bombs the King David Hotel, the then British administrative headquarters for Palestine

  • Jul 24 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash
  • Jul 24 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island

Music History

Jul 25 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team at 500 Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey

  • Jul 25 US detonates an underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands (5th atomic explosion)
  • Jul 26 Aloha Airlines began service from Honolulu International Airport
  • Jul 27 45th Women's French Championships: Margaret Osborne beats Pauline Betz (1-6, 8-6, 7-5)
  • Jul 27 Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs

French Open Men's Tennis

Jul 27 French Championships Men's Tennis: Marcel Bernard beats Jaroslav Drobný 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3

  • Jul 30 1st rocket attains 100 mi (167 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 June Montiero, American pop vocalist (Toys - "A Lover's Concerto"), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 2 Richard Axel, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Jul 2 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop) and political activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 3 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 3 Johnny Lee [Ham], American country music singer ("Lookin' For Love"), born in Texas City, Texas
  • Jul 3 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author (World Fantasy Award: Nifft the Lean, Growlimb), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • Jul 4 Ed O'Ross, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 4 Michael Milken, American financier and partner (Intl Capital Access Group), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 Ron Kovic, American anti-war activist and writer (Born on the Fourth of July), born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin
  • Jul 5 Gerard 't Hooft, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1999-for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions), born in July 5, 1946 (age 72) Den Helder, Netherlands
  • Jul 5 Paul Smith, British fashion designer (Paul Smith), born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Jul 5 Pierre-Marc Johnson, Québéc lawyer, physician and politician (24th Premier of Quebec), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 6 Fred Dryer, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1975; First-team All-Pro 1974; NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter), born in Hawthorne, California

George W. Bush

Jul 6 George W. Bush, American businessman and Republican politician (43rd President of the United States, 2001-09; 46th Governor of Texas, 1995-2000), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • Jul 6 Jamie Wyeth, American artist (An American Vision-Boston), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jul 6 Peter Singer, Australian philosopher (specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective), born in Melbourne, Australia

Sylvester Stallone

Jul 6 Sylvester Stallone, American actor and director (Rocky, Rambo, Cobra), born in NYC, New York

  • Jul 7 Jim Day, Canadian equestrian show jumper (Olympic gold, 1968), born in Thorn Hill, Ontario
  • Jul 7 Joe Spano, American actor (Hill Street Blues - "Lt. Henry Goldblume"; NCIS), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 8 Cynthia Gregory, American ballerina (NY Ballet Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 8 Pentti "Whitey" Glan, Finnish-Canadian touring and session drummer (Lou Reed; Alice Cooper - "Welcome To My Nightmare"), born in Finland (d. 2017)
  • Jul 9 (Ronald) "Bon" Scott, Scottish-Australian rock lead singer and lyricist (AC/DC - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"; "Highway To Hell"), born in Forfar, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • Jul 9 Joe Micelli, American rocker, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jul 9 Natasha Pyne, English actress, born in Crawley, Sussex
  • Jul 10 Sue Lyon, American actress (Lolita, Night of the Iguana), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jul 11 Beverly Todd, American actress (Roots; Having Babies: The Redd Foxx Show; Six Feet Under), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 11 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, born in County Durham, England (d. 2017)
  • Jul 11 Edward Markey, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1976-2013, Senator MA 2013-), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Jul 11 John Lawton, British rock singer (Lucifer's Friend, 1970-76, 1981-82, 2014–21; Uriah Heep, 1977-79), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)
  • Jul 12 Graham Roope, Englishcricketer (England batsman in 21 Tests 1972-78), born in Fareham, Hampshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Jul 12 Sian Barbara Allen, American actress (Scream Pretty Peggy), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 13 (Richard) "Cheech" Marin, Chicano-American comedian (Cheech & Chong), actor (The Golden Palace; Nash Bridges), and art collector, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 13 Andrew Pryce Jackman, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger and composer (The Syn), born in England (d. 2003)
  • Jul 13 Bob Kauffman, American NBA basketball forward, 1968-75, 3X All-Star (Buffalo Braves and 3 other teams), and coach, 1977-78 (Detroit Pistons), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jul 13 Rodney Mills, American mastering engineer (The Doobie Brothers; Pearl Jam; Gucci Mane), born in Douglas, Georgia
  • Jul 14 John Wood, Australian actor (Blue Heelers), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 14 Maureen O'Connor, American politician, first female Mayor of San Diego, born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 15 Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei (1967-), born in Brunei Town, Brunei

Linda Ronstadt

Jul 15 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer ("Different Drum"; "It's So Easy"; "What's New?") and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

  • Jul 16 Barbara Lee, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 16 John Hollins, British retired footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey
  • Jul 16 Richard LeParmentier, American actor (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Jul 16 Ron Yary, American football player (Minnesota Vikings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 17 Alun Armstrong, English actor (New Tricks), born in Anfield Plain, County Durham
  • Jul 17 Jeffrey Holland [Parkes], British comic actor (Hi-de-Hi!; You Rang, M'Lord?; Oh, Doctor Beeching!), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England
  • Jul 18 Leo Madder, Belgian actor (Spoed), born in Lier, Flanders, Belgium
  • Jul 18 Tim Lynch, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
  • Jul 19 Alan Gorrie, Scottish rock bassist and singer (Average White Band), born in Perth, Scotland

Ilie Năstase

Jul 19 Ilie Năstase, Romanian tennis player (US Open 1972), born in Bucharest, Romania

  • Jul 21 Barry "Bean" Whitwam, British drummer (Herman's Hermits), born in Manchester, England
  • Jul 21 Jüri Tarmak, Estonian athlete (Olympic gold USSR high jump 1972), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2022)

Ken Starr

Jul 21 Ken Starr, American lawyer who investigated sitting US President Bill Clinton (Starr Report), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 2022)

  • Jul 21 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Polish lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)

Danny Glover

Jul 22 Danny Glover, American actor (Lethal Weapon; The Color Purple), and human rights activist, born in San Francisco, California

  • Jul 22 Mireille Mathieu, French pop and 'chanson réaliste' singer ("Pourquoi mon amour"; "La dernière valse"; "So Ein Schoner Abend"), born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • Jul 22 Paul Schrader, American film director (Blue Collar) and screenwriter (Taxi Driver), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jul 22 Steve Friedman, American Emmy Award-winning TV news executive (NBC, 1977-87, 1990-95; CBS, 1997-2002), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 22 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • Jul 23 Andy MacKay, British rock saxophone and oboe player (Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • Jul 23 Keith Ferguson, American blues-rock bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Jul 23 Khan Jamal [Warren Cheeseboro], American jazz vibraphonist and marimba player (Sounds of Liberation; Creative Art Ensemble), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2022) [1]
  • Jul 25 John Gibson, American media host (The John Gibson Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 25 José Areas, Nicaraguan percussionist (Santana, 1969-77, 1987-89), born in Leon, Nicaragua
  • Jul 25 Rita Marley (née Alpharita Anderson), Jamaican singer (I Threes), and the widow of Bob Marley, born in Santiago de Cuba
  • Jul 26 Anne Wright, British academic and Vice-Chancellor (Sunderland University)
  • Jul 27 Gwynne Gilford, American actress (Linda Harris-Waverly Wonders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 27 Rade Šerbedžija, Croatian actor (Taken 2), born in Bunić, Croatia
  • Jul 27 Toktar Ongarbajewitch Aubakirov, Kazakhstan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13)
  • Jul 28 Douglas H. Bosco, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-91), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 28 Fahmida Riaz, Pakistani writer and feminist, born in Meerut, India
  • Jul 28 Jonathan Edwards, American singer-songwriter ("Sunshine"), born in Aitkin, Minnesota
  • Jul 28 Linda Kelsey, American actress (Billie-Lou Grant, Kate-Day by Day), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 29 Bill Forsyth, Scottish director (Local Hero, Gregory's Girl), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 29 Diane Keen, English actress (The Cuckoo Waltz, Doctors), born in London, England
  • Jul 29 Neal Doughty, American rock piano, Hammond organ, and Moog synthesizer player (REO Speedwagon - "Can't Fight This Feeling"'; "One Lonely Night"), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Jul 30 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 30 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, born in Hueytown, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • Jul 31 Gary Lewis [Levitch], American drummer, and singer (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 31 Karen Zerby, American religious leader, born in Camden, New Jersey

Famous Weddings

Jimmy Carter

Jul 7 Naval cadet and future 39th US President Jimmy Carter (21) weds Rosalynn Smith (18) in Plains, Georgia

Howard Hanson

Jul 24 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York


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Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
  • Jul 4 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concentration camp overseer (b. 1922)
  • Jul 4 Othenio Able, Austrian artist, fossil creator and founder of paleobiology, dies at 71
  • Jul 6 Jeanne Lanvin, French fashion designer and perfumer (Lavin), dies at 79
  • Jul 8 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian composer {Alexnadrov Ensemble}, dies at 63
  • Jul 10 Sidney Hillman, Lithuanian-American union leader (Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union; Congress of Industrial Organizations), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jul 12 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist (Puliter Prize 1940), dies at 76

Alfred Stieglitz

Jul 13 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer and art dealer (Camera Work), dies at 82

  • Jul 15 Razor Smith, English cricket spin bowler (245 first class matches, Surry CCC), dies at 68
  • Jul 17 Draža Mihailović, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal, executed at 53
  • Jul 20 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies of a stroke at 42
  • Jul 21 Gualberto Villarroel, President of Bolivia (b. 1908)
  • Jul 23 James Maxton, Scottish politician, Leader of the Independent Labour Party, dies at 61
  • Jul 25 Narziss Ach, German psychologist (Analyse des Willens), dies at 74
  • Jul 26 Morris Hirshfield, Polish/American painter, dies
  • Jul 27 Gertrude Stein, US/Fren author/poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), dies at 72