What Happened on April 13, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2
  • 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, Kehl Germany, astronaut (STS 78)
  • Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist
  • Ricardo ZuniƱo, Argentine racing driver

Famous Deaths

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