January 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
  • Jan 2 Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Jan 3 The central bank of the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is founded
  • Jan 5 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jan 7 1st photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease & Baker
  • Jan 10 RCA introduces 45 RPM record
  • Jan 11 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • Jan 12 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
  • Jan 14 Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • Jan 15 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
  • Jan 18 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
  • Jan 19 Cuba recognises Israel.
  • Jan 20 US President Harry Truman announces his four point program
  • Jan 20 1st inaugural parade televised, for Harry Truman, watched by 10 million people
  • Jan 22 Chinatown telephone exchange in San Francisco is closed

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 25 1st Israeli election won by David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Jan 27 Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
  • Jan 28 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • Jan 29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland recognize Israel

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Dormer, arts writer
  • Jan 3 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • Jan 10 James Lapine, American stage director
  • Jan 12 James Dietz I, American rower, born in new York City
  • Jan 12 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist

Person of interestHaruki Murakami

Jan 12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • Jan 13 Rakesh Sharma, India, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)
  • Jan 14 Mary Robison, American writer
  • Jan 18 Philippe Starck, French designer
  • Jan 18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor
  • Jan 20 Kieron Walsh, academic
  • Jan 23 Robert Cabana, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 24 Bart Gordon, (Rep-D-TN, 1985- )
  • Jan 25 John Cooper Clarke, English punk-poet
  • Jan 26 Jonathan Carroll, American author
  • Jan 27 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • Jan 28 Thomas J Downey, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • Jan 30 William King, Alabama, soul trumpeteer (Commodores-Easy)

Person of interestPeter Agre

Jan 30 Peter Agre, American biologist and Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre
  • Jan 31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher

Weddings in History

  • Jan 18 South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer

Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 15 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, dies at 63
  • Jan 18 Charles Ponzi [Carlo], Italian con-man (Ponzi scheme in the US), dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Joseph Cuypers, architect Dutch (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 William Thomas Walsh, American author (Isabella of Spain), dies at 57
  • Jan 25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)