What Happened on September 17, 1949

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
  • 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time
  • Ryder Cup Golf, Ganton GC: US beats Great Britain, 7-5; Americans win 6 of 8 singles matches to claim victory
  • WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Road Runner, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • Wile E. Coyote, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"