Historical Events in February 1949

  • Feb 1 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]
  • Feb 1 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

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Feb 2 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

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Feb 4 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Feb 5 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

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Feb 7 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Feb 8 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison

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Feb 10 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title

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Feb 11 "Lovesick Blues" single released by Hank Williams (Cashbox "Best Hillbilly Record of the Year", Billboard Song of the Year 1949)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Feb 12 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
  • Feb 12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
  • Feb 12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • Feb 12 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
  • Feb 14 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • Feb 14 Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
  • Feb 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad
  • Feb 17 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy and Ede Kiraly of Hungary
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button of the USA
  • Feb 19 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances

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Feb 19 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

  • Feb 19 Mass arrests of communists in India
  • Feb 20 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
  • Feb 21 US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember" is 1st broadcast on DuMont Television Network
  • Feb 24 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • Feb 24 V-2/WAC-Corporal rocket 1st object to reach 5x the speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • Feb 25 WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
  • Feb 26 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  • Feb 27 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel