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

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