On This Day

What Happened on April 18, 1949

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gösta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8
  • Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan, Kate Bush- "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, dies from a stroke at 60