On This Day

What Happened on June 8, 1949

Historical Events


Historic PublicationNineteen Eighty-Four Published

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

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The cover of the first edition of George Orwell's classic novel
The cover of the first edition of George Orwell's classic novel
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  • Siam changes name to Thailand

Famous Birthdays

  • Emanuel Ax, Polish-American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Hildegard Falck, German athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972 FRG), born in Nettelrede, Germany
  • Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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


1949 Highlights

About June 8, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 1 month and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini