What Happened on April 13, 1949

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

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England

  • 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
Born in 1949

Famous Deaths

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

About April 13, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 1 month and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries