What Happened in April 1949

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • Apr 3 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4 Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • Apr 4 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • Apr 4 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed
  • Apr 5 Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
  • Apr 7 "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
  • Apr 9 UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 13th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • Apr 13 3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2
  • 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 16 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • Apr 18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • Apr 19 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • 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 25 Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer/poet/singer (Whities on the Moon)
  • Apr 1 Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman
  • Apr 1 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 2 Pamela Reed, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 2 Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
  • Apr 3 Jan Keizer, Dutch singer (BZN-Rhythm of My Heart)
  • Apr 3 Lyle Alzado, NFLer (LA Raiders)/actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire)
  • Apr 3 Richard Thompson, vocalist/guitarist (Shoot Out the Lights)
  • Apr 4 Larry Lingle, rocker (The Four Seasons)
  • Apr 4 Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician
  • Apr 5 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 6 Jane Actman, American actress (Barbara-Paul Lynde Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 6 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 7 John Oates, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • Apr 9 Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)
  • Apr 9 Steve Gadd, jazz drummer (Triplet Hop, Complex Jazz)
  • Apr 10 Frank de Leeuw, Dutch rock guitarist (Bob Color)
  • Apr 11 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer
  • Apr 11 Carl Franklin, American actor
  • 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 Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver
  • Apr 13 Christopher Hitchens, English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2011)
  • Apr 14 John Shea, actor (Honeymoon, New Life, Lois & Clark), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • Apr 14 Michael Shea, American actor (Lucas in The New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Glendale, New York
  • Apr 14 DeAnne Julius, American/English economist
  • Apr 15 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
  • Apr 15 Craig Zadan, American film producer
  • Apr 16 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop), born in Inglewood, California (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Apr 18 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • Apr 19 Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator
  • Apr 19 Paloma Picasso, [Gilot], actress (Immoral Tales), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 19 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot (d. 1993)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 20 Jessica Lange, American actress (King Kong, Tootsie, American Horror Stories), born in Cloquet, Minnesota

Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
  • Apr 20 Veronica Cartwright, American actress
  • Apr 21 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York
  • Apr 22 Spencer Haywood, Silver City Ms, NBAer (Oly-gold-1968, Knicks)
  • Apr 23 Blair Brown, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • Apr 23 Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling WV, actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company)
  • Apr 24 Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • Apr 25 Michael Brown, American keyboardist (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician
  • Apr 25 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 25 James Fenton, British poet
  • Apr 26 Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
  • Apr 26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
  • Apr 26 Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 Doug Sheehan, American actor (Ben-Knots Landing, Joe Kelly-General Hospital), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 27 Yoshiaki Fujiwara, wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF)
  • Apr 28 Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Apr 28 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)
  • Apr 28 Bruno Kirby, American actor (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Anita Dobson, England, actress (Annie Watts-EastEnders)
  • Apr 29 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • Apr 30 Phil Garner, baseball manager

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Basil Harwood, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 6 Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC President during WWII), dies
  • Apr 6 Seymour Hicks, British actor and theatrical impresario (Scrooge), dies at 78
  • Apr 13 C V France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80
  • Apr 14 Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) and actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), dies from a heart attack at 64

  • Apr 16 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • Apr 18 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • Apr 18 Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, dies from a stroke at 60
  • Apr 19 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • Apr 19 Stephen Samuel Wise, American Rabbi and President of Zionist Org of America, dies at 75
  • Apr 28 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)