April 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • Apr 4 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 5 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital n Effingham, Illinois, catches fire, 77 people killed
  • Apr 9 UN International Court of Justice holds Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel and awards Britain damages
  • Apr 13 Philip S. Hench at Mayo Clinc announces discovery of cortisone to treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • Apr 14 International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg's last judgment
  • Apr 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • Apr 18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • Apr 23 Chinese Red army conquers Nanjing
  • Apr 23 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco
  • Apr 23 Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
  • Apr 24 3rd Tony Awards: "Death of a Salesman" & "Kiss Me Kate" win
  • Apr 25 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel
  • Apr 26 Transjordan is officially renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Apr 28 Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others also killed

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman (Engie), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 1 Paul Manafort, American political consultant (Trump campaign chairman), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • Apr 2 Paul Gambaccini, American-British disc jockey, born in Bronx, New York
  • Apr 3 Greg Calbi, American mastering engineer (associated with Eric Carmen, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Yonkers, New York
  • Apr 4 Shing-Tung Yau, Hong Kong-born American mathematician, born in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
  • Apr 5 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 6 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Scott Turow, American lawyer and author (Presumed Innocent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Jean-Jacques Favier, Kehl Germany, astronaut (STS 78)
  • Apr 13 Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

Apr 13 Christopher Hitchens, English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2011)

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • Apr 14 DeAnne Julius, American/English economist
  • Apr 19 Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator
  • Apr 19 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot (d. 1993)
  • Apr 25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Apr 25 James Fenton, British poet
  • Apr 28 Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Apr 28 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)

Person of interestAntónio Guterres

Apr 30 António Guterres, 114th Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2017-), born in Lisbon, Portugal

Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres

Deaths in History

  • Apr 14 Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • Apr 16 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • Apr 18 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • Apr 19 Stephen Samuel Wise, American Rabbi and President of Zionist Org of America, dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Jankel Adler, Polish painter and printmaker, dies at 53
  • Apr 28 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)