On This Day

What Happened on January 12, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestHaruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist, born in Hamilton City, California
  • Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), born in Hong Kong