What Happened in January 1949

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • Jan 1 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • Jan 1 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14

Knighthood

Jan 1 Arguably cricket's greatest ever batsman, ex-Australian captain Don Bradman is knighted; first time a cricketer is bestowed with the honour solely for his contribution to the game

  • Jan 1 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
  • Jan 2 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Jan 3 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 3 The central bank of the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is founded
  • Jan 3 US Representative William Dawson becomes 1st Black to head congressional committee - Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments (now known as Committee on Oversight and Reform)
  • Jan 3 West Indian cricket batsman Everton Weekes scores 101 in 3rd Test against India in Calcutta; his world record fifth consecutive Test century
  • Jan 5 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra

Historic Event

Jan 5 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

  • Jan 7 1st photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease & Baker
  • Jan 8 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances
  • Jan 8 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • Jan 8 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • Jan 10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 10 RCA introduces 45 RPM record
  • Jan 11 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles

Television Premiere

Jan 12 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV

  • Jan 12 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
  • Jan 13 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • Jan 14 Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • Jan 15 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin

Musical Finale

Jan 16 Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 23 performances

  • Jan 16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 17 Radio series "The Goldbergs" by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS
  • Jan 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • Jan 18 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
  • Jan 19 Cuba recognises Israel.
  • Jan 20 1st inaugural parade televised, for Harry Truman, watched by 10 million people
  • Jan 20 US President Harry Truman announces his four point program
  • Jan 22 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • Jan 22 Chinatown telephone exchange in San Francisco is closed
  • Jan 25 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win

Election of Interest

Jan 25 1st Israeli election won by David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party

  • Jan 26 Australia's Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 comes into force granting Australian citizenship and nationality to all people born or naturalised in Australia including First Nations people
  • Jan 26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27 Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
  • Jan 28 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • Jan 28 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • Jan 29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland recognize Israel
  • Jan 31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman wins 1st of 2 straight Australian titles; beats fellow Australian John Bromwich 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-3, 6-4 for the first of her 6 Grand Slam singles titles


Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • Jan 1 Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Dormer, arts writer
  • Jan 2 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Jan 2 Michael "Chick" Churchill, British blues-rock keyboardist (Ten Years After - "I'm Going Home"), born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
  • Jan 3 Gary Lavelle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1977, 83; SF Giants), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 3 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • Jan 4 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • Jan 5 George Brown, American rock drummer (Kool & the Gang - "Celebration"), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jan 6 Chris Laurence, British classical, jazz and session double bassist, born in London
  • Jan 6 Mike Boit, Kenyan 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • Jan 7 Anne Schedeen, American actress, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 7 Marshall Chapman, American country singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe, West Indian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974), born in Kingston, Jamaica

George ForemanGeorge Foreman (73 years old)

Jan 10 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

  • Jan 10 James Lapine, American stage director, born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Jan 10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 10 Walter S. Browne, Australian-born American chess Grandmaster (1974-78, 1980-84), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 (Frederick) "Denny" Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na, 1968-84), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian pop singer (Sherbert), born in Melbourne
  • Jan 11 Tom Netherton, singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Munich. Germany

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami (73 years old)

Jan 12 Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • Jan 12 James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist, born in Hamilton City, California
  • Jan 12 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • Jan 12 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing; Slam Dance), born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 13 Brandon Tartikoff, American TV executive and president of NBC (1981-91), born in Freeport, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 13 Rakesh Sharma, Indian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11), first Indian in space, born in Patiala, India
  • Jan 14 Christine Belford, American actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210), born in Amityville, New York
  • Jan 14 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Gulfport, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • Jan 14 Lawrence Kasdan, American screenwriter & director (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 14 Mary Robison, American writer (Why Did I Ever), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • Jan 14 Paul Chubb, Australian actor, born in Arncliffe, Australia (d. 2002)
  • Jan 15 Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Lajas, Puerto Rico (d. 2001)
  • Jan 15 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor, born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Jan 16 Caroline Munro, British actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad; Hammer Horror films), and singer ("Tar and Cement"; "Pump Me Up"), born Windsor, England
  • Jan 17 Andy Kaufman, American comedian & actor (Taxi - "Latka Gravas"), born in New York City, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 17 Billy T. James [William James Te Wehi Taitoko], New Zealand Maori comedian and singer (The Billy T. James Show), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • Jan 17 Debbie Watson, American actress (Karen, Tammy), born in La Mirada California,
  • Jan 17 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976), born in Churwalden, Switzerland
  • Jan 17 Sandra Mason, Barbadian politician (1st president of Barbados 2021-), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • Jan 18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor (The Marshall Project)
  • Jan 18 Christian Blackshaw, British concert pianist, born in Cheshire, England
  • Jan 18 Philippe Starck, French designer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 19 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), born in Batley, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • Jan 22 James "J.P." Pennington, American country-pop singer and guitarist (Exile), born in Berea, Kentucky
  • Jan 22 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • Jan 22 Steve Perry, American rock vocalist (Journey, 1977-87; 95-97 - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Open Arms"), born in Hanford, California
  • Jan 22 Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, American drummer (E Street Band, 1972-74), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • Jan 23 Robert Cabana, American astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 23 Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 24 Bart Gordon, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1985-2011), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
  • Jan 24 John Belushi, American comedian, actor, and singer (SNL; Animal House; The Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • Jan 25 John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet, born in Lancashire, England
  • Jan 26 David Strathairn, American actor (LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Derek Holt, British rock guitarist (Curved Air; Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England
  • Jan 26 Jonathan Carroll, American author, born in New York
  • Jan 26 Paul Nurse, English geneticist (Imperial Cancer Research Fund), born in Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 27 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • Jan 27 Jaya Suprana [Phoa Kok Tjiang], Indonesian pianist, composer, conductor, writer, educator, and television presenter, born in Denpasar, Bali
  • Jan 28 Eddie Bayers, American session drummer, based in Nashville, born in Patuxent, Maryland
  • Jan 28 Gene McFadden, American singer, songwriter, and record producer (Philadelphia International Records; McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Olanta, South Carolina (d. 2006) [1]
  • Jan 28 Gregg Popovich, American basketball coach and general manager (San Antonio Spurs; most wins in NBA history), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 28 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), born in Grudzicach, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 28 Thomas J. Downey, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 29 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2014)

Peter AgrePeter Agre (73 years old)

Jan 30 American biologist & Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

  • Jan 30 William King, American singer, trumpet player, songwriter, guitarist, percussionist, and choreographer (The Commodores - "Lady"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jan 31 Carol Hawkins, English actress (Dialing for Dingbats), born in Chipping Barnet, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Frank Ricotti, British jazz and session vibraphonist and percussionist, born in London, England
  • Jan 31 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer & sports journalist, born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 18 South African Rev Andries Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer

Tom Landry

Jan 28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), dies of heart failure at 80

Victor FlemingVictor Fleming (1889-1949)

Jan 6 American film director (The Wizard of Oz; Gone With The Wind), dies at 65

  • Jan 9 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 75
  • Jan 9 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), dies at 61
  • Jan 10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • Jan 15 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, dies at 63
  • Jan 18 Charles Ponzi [Carlo], Italian con-man (Ponzi scheme in the US), dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Joseph Cuypers, architect Dutch (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Henry Slocum, American tennis player (US Nationals 1888-89), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 William Thomas Walsh, American author (Isabella of Spain), dies at 57
  • Jan 25 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • Jan 27 Boris Asafiev, Russian composer and music critic, dies at 64
  • Jan 28 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 31 Henri de Vries [Hendricus Van Walterop], Dutch actor (Cleopatra, White Cargo), dies at 84