On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1949

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • 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 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

  • Carol Hawkins, English actress (Dialing for Dingbats), born in Chipping Barnet, United Kingdom
  • Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer & sports journalist, born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Famous Deaths

  • Henri de Vries [Hendricus Van Walterop], Dutch actor (Cleopatra, White Cargo), dies at 84