On This Day

What Happened on May 4, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Plane carrying the entire Torino Serie A soccer squad crashes on the outskirts of Turin, Italy; 31 killed; Torino awarded League title at the request of their rivals

Famous Birthdays

  • Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • John Force, American drag racer (16 NHRA Championships), born in Bell Gardens, California
  • Sybil Danning, Austrian-American actress (Chained Heat), born in Wels, Austria
  • Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow