On This Day

What Happened in September 1949

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st network detective series-Private Eyes-premieres
  • Sep 1 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 Finnish long distance runner Viljo Heino runs 10,000m world record 29:27.2 in Kouvola, Finland
  • Sep 2 Fire in riverfront area kills 1,700 (Chungking China)

Film Release

Sep 2 "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950)

  • Sep 3 Fire in Chiang-king, China, destroys 7,000 lives
  • Sep 4 Marie Robie sinks 393 yd hole-in-one (1st hole in Furnace Brook)
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Pancho Gonzales beats fellow American Ted Schroeder 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4; longest singles final match by games (67), before tiebreaker introduction
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Margaret Osborne duPont beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-4, 6-1
  • Sep 6 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey
  • Sep 10 "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" closes at Broadway NYC after 76 performances

Election of Interest

Sep 12 Theodor Heuss elected 1st President of the German Federal Republic (West Germany) with Konrad Adenauer the 1st Prime Minister

  • Sep 13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC
  • Sep 14 India's Constituent Assembly adopts Hindi as an official language. Celebrated today as Hindi Day.
  • Sep 15 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
  • Sep 15 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
  • Sep 17 Ryder Cup Golf, Ganton GC: US beats Great Britain, 7-5; Americans win 6 of 8 singles matches to claim victory
  • Sep 17 North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time
  • Sep 17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Sep 18 Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit
  • Sep 19 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • Sep 20 Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3%
  • Sep 20 Top American tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional
  • Sep 21 Chinese Communist leaders proclaim the People's Republic of China
  • Sep 22 WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast

Sports History

Sep 23 Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant

Historic Event

Sep 23 US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation

US Women's Golf Open

Sep 25 US Open Women's Golf, Prince George's CC: Louise Suggs leads wire-to-wire to win by 14 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Babe Zaharias

  • Sep 25 Despite 71 injuries, Yankees have been in 1st place all season until Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place

Historic Event

Sep 25 Evangelist Billy Graham begins his "Los Angeles Crusade" in a circus tent erected in a parking lot

Hollywoodland

Sep 26 Groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, Los Angeles; old Hollywoodland sign torn down, reconstruction of a replacement begins with just Hollywood

Film Premiere

Sep 28 "My Friend Irma" premieres, 1st of 16 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

  • Sep 29 "Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 Elia Kazan's "Pinky" starring Ethel Waters opens at Rivoli
  • Sep 30 Pirates Ralph Kiner hits his 54th HR & NL record 16th in September
  • Sep 30 American chemist Percy L. Julian at the Glidden Company announces an improved method for producing cortisone

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 P.A. Sangma, Indian politician
  • Sep 2 Albert West[laken], Dutch singer (Dumb Willie)
  • Sep 3 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, born in Sichari, Kyrenia District, Cyprus (d. 2004)
  • Sep 3 José Pékerman, Argentine football manager (Columbia 2012-18), born in Villa Domínguez, Argentina

Tom Watson

Sep 4 Tom Watson, American golfer (8-time major winner; British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • Sep 4 Dean Pees, American football coach, born in Dunkirk, Ohio
  • Sep 4 Dado Topić, Croatian musician (Time; Dragonfly), born in Nova Gradiška, Croatia
  • Sep 5 David "Clem" Clempson, British rock guitarist (Colosseum; Humble Pie), born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Litherland, English rocker (Mitarbeit), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Sep 6 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)) (d. 1991)
  • Sep 7 Barry Siegel, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize - A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 9 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • Sep 9 John Curry, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1994)
  • Sep 9 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian politician
  • Sep 10 Barriemore Barlow, English drummer (Jethro Tull, 1971-80 - "Skating Away"; "Bungle In the Jungle"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 10 Don Muraco, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Sunset Beach, Hawaii
  • Sep 10 Bill O'Reilly, American TV host and commentator (The O'Reilly Factor), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 10 Rick Rosas, American session and touring bassist (Neil Young; Joe Walsh; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), born in East Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • Sep 11 Marty Liquori, American runner (AAU 3 mile-1979 (13:14.7)), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Sep 11 Roger Uttley, English rugby union player, born in Blackpool, England
  • Sep 11 Bill Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Sep 12 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Sep 12 Tony Stevens, English rocker (Foghat; Savoy Brown), born in London
  • Sep 13 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • Sep 14 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1976-77 - "You Got That Right"), born in Miami, Oklahoma (d. 1977)
  • Sep 14 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician and singer (Sir Henry and His Butlers), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • Sep 14 Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese rock singer and songwriter, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Sep 14 Ed King, American psychedelic rock guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (Strawberry Alarm Clock, 1967-71 - "Incense and Peppermints"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1972-75 & 1987-96 - "Sweet Home Alabama"; "Saturday Night Special"), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • Sep 15 Joe Barton, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-2019), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 16 Ed Begley Jr, American actor (Eating Raoul, St Elsewhere, Parenthood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 16 Susan Ruttan, American actress (Roxanne Melman-LA Law), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • Sep 17 Wile E. Coyote, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • Sep 17 Road Runner, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • Sep 18 Jim McCrery, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Sep 18 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Sep 18 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2005)
  • Sep 18 Peter Shilton, English football goalkeeper, born in Leicester, England

Twiggy

Sep 19 Twiggy [Leslie Hornby], English model and actress (Boyfriend, W), born in Neasden, Middlesex, England

  • Sep 19 Barry Scheck, American lawyer and co-founder of Innocence Project, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 19 Chi Shangbin, Chinese soccer midfielder (58 caps; Liaoning) and coach (Dalian Wanda: Chinese Jia-A League champions & Coach of the Year 1996, 97), born in Dalian, China (d. 2021)
  • Sep 20 Jan Hendriks, Dutch guitarist (Doe Maar), born in Mill, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
  • Sep 20 Anthony Denison, American actor (The Closer), born in New York
  • Sep 20 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • Sep 21 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Sep 21 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 2001)
  • Sep 22 David Coverdale, British rock singer (Whitesnake;, Deep Purple), born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England
  • Sep 22 Harold Carmichael, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 22 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist and author (d. 1999)
  • Sep 22 Jim McGinty, Australian politician (Labour), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia

Bruce Springsteen

Sep 23 Bruce Springsteen, American singer, songwriter and rock musician, known as "The Boss" (Born to Run;, Born in the USA), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Sep 25 Anson Williams, American actor (Potsie-Happy Days), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 25 Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (big-spinning WI chinaman bowler 1971-77), born in Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1995)
  • Sep 25 Jerry Costello, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Sep 25 Mimi Kennedy, American actress (Spencer, 3 girls 3, Under 1 Roof), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 25 Pedro Almodovar, Spanish filmmaker (Women the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador), born in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
  • Sep 26 Martin Delray, American country singer ("Get Rhythm"), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Sep 26 Jane Smiley, American novelist (Pulitzer 1991-A Thousand Acres), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 26 Minette Walters, English novelist (The Ice House), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Sep 26 Toby Myers, American session and touring bass player (Roadmaster; John Mellencamp, 1982-99), born in Indiana

Mike Schmidt

Sep 27 Mike Schmidt, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (NL MVP 1980-81, 86; 12-time MLB All Star), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • Sep 27 Robb Weller, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Home Show)
  • Sep 27 Graham Richardson, Australian politician
  • Sep 27 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian pop-rock singer (Popol Ace; Eurovison Song Contest, 1978, 1982 & 1983), born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 2020)
  • Sep 29 Steve Busby, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1972-80, 2X All-Star (Kansas City Royals), born in Burbank, California
  • Sep 29 Tony Hoty, American actor (Ransom, Paper), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 29 George Dalaras, Greek singer and musician, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • Sep 30 Michel Tognini, Vincennes France, astronaut (Soyuz TM-15, sk: STS 93)
  • Sep 30 Eleanor Alberga, Jamaican contemporary music composer, based in London (Arise, Athena!), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Famous Weddings

Sonja Henie

Sep 15 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr.

  • Sep 29 George Lascelles marries Maria Stein

Famous Divorces

Janet Leigh

Sep 7 Actress Janet Leigh (22) divorces Stanley Reames after 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)

Richard Strauss

Sep 8 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), dies at 85

  • Sep 11 Henri Rabaud, French composer and conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • Sep 12 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), dies at 82
  • Sep 18 Frank Morgan [Francis Wuppermann], American silent and sound film character actor (The Wizard of Oz; The Affairs of Cellini), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Sep 19 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), dies at 65
  • Sep 19 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)
  • Sep 20 Nikolaos Skalkottas, Greek composer, dies at 45
  • Sep 20 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Sep 22 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution", dies at 31
  • Sep 22 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 66
  • Sep 24 Pierre de Bréville, French composer, author and professor (Une histoire du théâtre lyrique en France), dies at 88