What Happened in June 1949

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
  • Jun 1 KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 3 1st African American to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)
  • Jun 3 Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)
  • Jun 3 Georgia Neese Clark Gray becomes the 1st female Treasurer of the United States

Cavalcade of Stars

Jun 4 "Cavalcade of Stars" television variety program debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950

Event of Interest

Jun 5 Enid Blyton's wooden toy character Noddy first appears in the "Sunday Graphic"

  • Jun 6 "It Pays To Be Ignorant" game show debut on CBS-TV
  • Jun 6 Orapin Chaiyakan becomes the first Thai woman to be elected to the Parliament of Thailand
  • Jun 6 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast

Nineteen Eighty-Four Published

Jun 8 Secker & Warburg publishes George Orwell's seminal novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four", set in the totalitarian state of Oceania

  • Jun 8 Siam changes name to Thailand
  • Jun 9 Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US
  • Jun 10 Istvan Dobi becomes Hungarian premier
  • Jun 11 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 11 Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)

US Golf Open

Jun 11 US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Cary Middlecoff wins the first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of Clayton Heafner and Sam Snead

Ghana's Convention People's Party

Jun 12 Kwame Nkrumah announces the formation of Ghana's Convention People's Party (CPP), the word "convention" chosen "to carry the masses with us"

Event of Interest

Jun 14 French-allied State of Vietnam is officially formed during the First Indochina War, Bảo Đại installed as Emperor

  • Jun 14 WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel
  • Jun 16 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated at Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 18 "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • Jun 20 Central Intelligence Agency Act passes

'Gorgeous Gussie' Shocks Wimbledon

Jun 20 Tennis star Gussie Moran shocks Wimbledon by wearing a short dress "to look good and "move more freely on the court"

  • Jun 23 Dutch Constellation aircraft plunges into the sea near Bari, 33 die
  • Jun 23 First twelve women graduate from Harvard Medical School
  • Jun 24 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • Jun 24 A. M. de Jong's murderer, Ton van Gog, arrested in Scheveningen, Netherlands
  • Jun 24 Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board
  • Jun 25 "Long-Haired Hare", animated short starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters
  • Jun 25 Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote)
  • Jun 26 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote (CVP gains)
  • Jun 27 "Captain Video & His Video Rangers" debut on DUMONT-TV - Television's first sci-fi series
  • Jun 29 US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II
  • Jun 30 Dutch troops evacuate Jakarta
1949 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 2 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), born in Wallesey, England (d. 2020)
  • Jun 2 Stewart Ginn, Australian golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2002), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 3 David Evennett, British politician (Conservative), born in Romford, England
  • Jun 3 Stephen Ruppenthal, American trumpet player and composer (Kakao - Poetic Lippudenies of the Ungumptious)
  • Jun 4 Gabriel Arcand, French Canadian actor (The Crime of Ovide Plouffe), born in Deschambault, Quebec, Canada

Ken Follett (74 years old)

Jun 5 Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle; Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

  • Jun 6 Edgar Warren Williams, American composer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 6 Holly Near, American folk singer, actress and activist, born in Ukiah, California
  • Jun 7 Jack Ryland, American rock bassist (Three Dog Night, 1973-75 - "The Show Must Go On"; "Play Something Sweet") (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 Emanuel Ax, Polish-American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine)
  • Jun 8 Hildegard Falck, German athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972 FRG), born in Nettelrede, Germany
  • Jun 8 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • Jun 9 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air; Sky), born in Hampstead, North London
  • Jun 9 George Bunnell, American rock songwriter, guitarist and bass player (Strawberry Alarm Clock - "Incense And Peppermints"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Jun 10 John Sentamu, Ugandan-British bishop (Archbishop of York), born near Kampala, Uganda
  • Jun 10 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 11 Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist, born in Sovetsky, Kirov Oblast, Russia
  • Jun 11 Frank Beard, American blues-rock drummer (ZZ Top - "Legs"), born in Frankton, Texas
  • Jun 11 George Willig, American stuntman (The Human Fly, Spiderman) who climbed the World Trade Center in 1977, born in Queens, New York City
  • Jun 12 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia; King Crimson, 1972-74; Roxy Music, 1974-75; U.K.), born in Willington, England (d. 2017)
  • Jun 12 Marc Tardif, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Granby, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 12 Yann Piat [née Marie], French politician (National Assembly, 1986-94 - FN/PR), born in Saigon, French Cochinchina (now Vietnam) (d. 1994)
  • Jun 12 Yuri Baturin, Russian cosmonaut (SK:Soyuz TM-28), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 13 Dennis Locorriere, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Dr. Hook - "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"), born in Union City, New Jersey
  • Jun 14 Alan White, British rock drummer (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band; Yes, 1972-2022; solo - Ramshackled), born in Pelton, County Durham, England (d. 2022)
  • Jun 14 Bob Frankston, American programmer (VisiCalc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 14 Harry Turtledove, American author (The Guns of the South), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 14 Jim Lea, British rock musician and songwriter (Slade - "Cum On Feel the Noize"), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
  • Jun 14 Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", born in the Kasai region, Belgian Congo (d. 2016)
  • Jun 14 Rochelle Firestone, American actress (Hellhole), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 15 Dusty Baker, American baseball manager (World Series 2022 Houston Astros; SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals; NL Manager of Year 1993, 97, 2000) and outfielder (MLB All Star 1981, 82; LA Dodgers), born in Riverside, California
  • Jun 15 Jim Varney, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail; Hey Vern: The Beverly Hillbillies movie), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • Jun 15 Michael Lutz, American bassist, singer, guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), and producer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 15 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 15 Simon Callow, English actor (Four Weddings and a Funeral; A Room With A View), born in London, England
  • Jun 16 Caju [Paulo César Lima], Brazilian footballer (Marseille), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 16 Kale Browne, American actor (Michael Hudson-Another World), born in San Rafael, California
  • Jun 16 Peppy Castro [Emil Thielhelm], American rock vocalist (Balance), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 17 Snakefinger [Philip Lithman], British singer and songwriter. guitarist, and violinist (The Residents), born in Tooting, England (d. 1987)
  • Jun 18 "Prince" Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter ("Humanity"; "Daughters Of Zion"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • Jun 18 Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
  • Jun 18 Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish lawyer and politician (head of Law and Justice party), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jun 18 Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician (President of Poland, 2005-10), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2010)
  • Jun 18 William Randolph Hearst III, American publisher and editor
  • Jun 20 Bob Andrews, English rock keyboardist and producer (Brinsley Schwarz; The Rumour), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 20 Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan politician (President of Sri Lanka 2019-22), born in Palatuwa, Ceylon

Lionel Richie (74 years old)

Jun 20 American singer (Commodores, 1968-82; "Easy"; "Three Times A Lady"; solo -"Hello"; "All Night Long"), and TV personality (American Idol, 2018-22), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • Jun 21 Jim Bacchus, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 22 Alan Osmond, American pop singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah

Elizabeth Warren (74 years old)

Jun 22 American academic and US Senator (D-Massachusetts 2013-), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Jun 22 Gary Moffet, Canadian rock guitarist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 22 Junior Marvin [Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr.] Jamaican reggae and session guitarist (The Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jun 22 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Jun 22 Lindsay Wagner, American actress (Bionic Woman, Paper Chase, Nighthawks), born in Los Angeles, California

Meryl Streep (74 years old)

Jun 22 American actress (French Lieutenant's Woman, Sophie's Choice), born in Summit, New Jersey

  • Jun 22 Russell Ebert, Australian Rules midfielder (4 x Magarey Medals; 6 x Port Adelaide FC B&F; Australian Football HOF) and coach (SA 1996-98), born in Berri, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 23 Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 24 John Illsley, British rock bassist (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • Jun 25 Brenda Sykes, American actress (Ozzie's Girls; Getting Straight), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jun 25 Kene Holliday, American actor (Tyler-Matlock, Carter Country), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 25 Michael Barbiero, American disco and heavy metal sound engineer, mixer, record producer, and studio owner, born in New York City
  • Jun 25 Patrick Tambay, French auto racer (Can Am Challenge Cup Series 1977, 80; 123 x F1 GP 1977-86), born in Paris, France (d. 2022)
  • Jun 25 Phyllis George, American beauty queen (Miss America, 1971), sportscaster (CBS, 1974-85), and First Lady of Kentucky, 1979-83, born in Denton, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jun 26 Curtis Bryant, American composer (Requiem for September Eleven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 27 Vera Wang, American fashion designer (Vera Wang Fashions), born in New York City
  • Jun 28 Don Baylor, American baseball player (Rockies, 1979 AL RBI leader, 267 HBP), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jun 28 Edward Totah, art dealer
  • Jun 29 Ann Veneman, 5th Executive Director of UNICEF and 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture, born in Modesto, California
  • Jun 29 Dan Dierdorf, American football offensive lineman and sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 29 Joan Clos, Spanish politician (116th Mayor of Barcelona & Minister of Industry), born in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
  • Jun 30 Andy Scott, Welsh guitarist and songwriter (The Sweet - "Love Is Like Oxygen"; "The Ballroom Blitz"), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • Jun 30 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, born in Hanoi, Vietnam (d. 1981)
  • Jun 30 Eric Goetz, American shipbuilder (America's Cup 1995), born in NYC, New York
Born in 1949

Famous Weddings

Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz

Jun 1 Lucille Ball & Arnaz">Desi Arnaz wed for the second time

Hattie McDaniel

Jun 11 American Actress Hattie McDaniel (54) weds interior decorator Larry Williams in Yuma, Arizona; divorce in 1950

Pete Rozelle

Jun 11 American NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (23) weds American artist Jane Coupe; divorce in 1972

Jim Jones

Jun 12 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin

Milton Berle

Jun 16 American "Mr. Television" Milton Berle (40) weds actress Joyce Matthews (29) for the second time; divorce for the second time in 1950

Billy Wilder

Jun 30 Austrian-American filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds American actress and singer Audrey Young (27), until his death in 2002

Famous Divorces

Burgess Meredith

Jun 8 Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82

Amadeo Giannini (1870-1949)

Jun 3 American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), dies at 79

  • Jun 10 John T. McCutcheon, American cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931), dies at 79
  • Jun 10 Sigrid Undset, Danish-born Norwegian writer (Kristin Lavransdatter, 1928 Nobel Prize for Literature), dies at 67
  • Jun 11 Koci Xoxe, Albanian vice-premier, executed
  • Jun 11 Oton Zupanic, Slavs poet (Zimzelen pod snegom), dies at 71
  • Jun 19 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian-Pakistani Prominent Muslim philosopher, dies at 64
  • Jun 25 Buck Freeman, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1903; HR leader 1899, 1903; AL RBI leader 1902, 03; Boston Americans), dies at 77
  • Jun 26 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), dies at 72
  • Jun 29 Walter Giffen, Australian cricketer "one of the worst Test batsmen of all time" (brother of George, 3 Tests), dies at 87