On This Day

Historical Events in August 1949

  • Aug 3 Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
  • Aug 3 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • Aug 5 6.4 Earthquake strikes Tungurahua Province, Ecuador, killing 5,000 people
  • Aug 6 Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling appears in a MLB record 2,154th (en route to 2,218) game at shortstop for the Chicago White Sox
  • Aug 7 "All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 121 performances
  • Aug 8 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 10 Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 10 US National Military Establishment renamed Depertment of Defense
  • Aug 11 1st Naples-Capri swim, 17 miles (27 km) (Giovanni Gambi)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Gaston Eyskens forms Belgian government

Prime Minister of Belgium Gaston Eyskens
Prime Minister of Belgium
Gaston Eyskens
  • Aug 11 10th Venice Film Festival: "Manon" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Golden Lion (1st one)
  • Aug 12 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • Aug 14 Military coup in Syria under colonel Sami Hinnawi
  • Aug 15 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 18 Hungary adopts constitution
  • Aug 18 Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"
  • Aug 20 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
  • Aug 20 Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution
  • Aug 21 Philadelphia fans cause A's to forfeit game when they riot over a trapped line drive by Rich Ashburn, Giants leading 4-2 in 9th declared winners
  • Aug 24 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • Aug 28 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 28 Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill, New York
  • Aug 29 USSR performs its first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR
  • Aug 30 Roly Jenkins (Worcs v Surrey) takes his 2nd hat-trick of the game
  • Aug 30 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting