On This Day

What Happened on August 11, 1949

Historical Events

  • 10th Venice Film Festival: "Manon" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Golden Lion (1st one)
  • 1st Naples-Capri swim, 17 miles (27 km) (Giovanni Gambi)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Gaston Eyskens forms Belgian government

Prime Minister of Belgium Gaston Eyskens
Prime Minister of Belgium
Gaston Eyskens

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ian Charleson, actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Tim Hutchinson, American politician (Rep-R-Arkansas 1997-2003), born in Bentonville, Arkansas

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

Famous Deaths

  • Karl Weigl, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and educator, dies of bone marrow cancer at 68
1949 Highlights

About August 11, 1949

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 1 month and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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