On This Day

What Happened on April 13, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • Philip S. Hench at Mayo Clinc announces discovery of cortisone to treat rheumatoid arthritis

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2011)

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • Jean-Jacques Favier, French engineer and astronaut (STS 78), born in Kehl, Germany
  • Philippe Petit, French high-wire artist, born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France
  • Ricardo ZuniƱo, Argentine racing driver, born in San Juan, Argentina

Famous Deaths

  • C. V. France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80