On This Day

What Happened on October 5, 1949

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sportswriter Robert Ruark first reports golfing great Bobby Jones's rare spinal disease (syringomyelia) which prevent him from playing any form of golf again

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, NY (IND) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1988)

Person of interestBill James

Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician (sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • Ralph Goodale, Canadian politician (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1949 Highlights

About October 5, 1949

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 71 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra