On This Day

Historical Events in January 1946

  • Jan 1 ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert

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Jan 1 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Jan 1 National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic
  • Jan 1 32nd Rose Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #11 Southern California, 34-14
  • Jan 1 12th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma State beats #7 Saint Mary's (CA), 33-13
  • Jan 1 12th Orange Bowl: Miami (FL) beats #16 Holy Cross, 13-6

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Jan 3 As a reward for his wartime cooperation, Governor Thomas E. Dewey commutes Charles "Lucky" Luciano's pandering sentence on condition that he does not resist deportation to Italy

NYC Gangster Charles
NYC Gangster
Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances

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Jan 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Jan 6 Vietnam holds its first ever general election
  • Jan 7 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
  • Jan 9 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Jan 10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London
  • Jan 10 US Army bounces 1st radar signal off the Moon from Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey
  • Jan 11 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia

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Jan 11 Enver Hoxha declares People's Republic of Albania with himself dictator

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • Jan 12 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Jan 12 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!" premieres in Rome
  • Jan 12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • Jan 14 2 jetties collapse in Ganges, crushing 160 Hindu pilgrims
  • Jan 14 1946 NFL Draft: Frank Dancewicz from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Jan 17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • Jan 20 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
  • Jan 21 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Jan 23 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA

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Jan 25 Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis" premieres in Zurich

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch 6-4, 6-4 for her 3rd Australian singles crown
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: John Bromwich wins his 2nd Australian title; beats fellow Australian Dinny Pails 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
  • Jan 30 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
  • Jan 31 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic