On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1949

Historical Events

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


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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand

Famous Birthdays

  • Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Peter Dormer, arts writer

Famous Deaths

  • William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), dies of heart failure at 80
1949 Highlights

About January 1, 1949

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 8 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn