January 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Tokelau (Union) Islands formally becomes 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 3 US Representative William Dawson becomes 1st Black to head congressional committee - Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments (now known as Committee on Oversight and Reform)
  • Jan 5 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra

Fair Deal

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

  • 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 22 Chinatown telephone exchange in San Francisco is closed

Election of Interest

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

  • Jan 26 Australia's Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 comes into force granting Australian citizenship and nationality to all people born or naturalised in Australia including First Nations people
  • 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 (d. 1996)
  • Jan 3 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • Jan 10 James Lapine, American stage director, born in Mansfield, Ohio

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami (74 years old)

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

  • Jan 12 James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 12 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist, born in Hamilton City, California
  • Jan 13 Rakesh Sharma, Indian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11), first Indian in space, born in Patiala, India
  • Jan 14 Mary Robison, American writer (Why Did I Ever), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 17 Sandra Mason, Barbadian politician (1st president of Barbados 2021-), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • Jan 18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor (The Marshall Project)
  • Jan 18 Philippe Starck, French designer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 23 Robert Cabana, American astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 24 Bart Gordon, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1985-2011), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
  • Jan 25 John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet, born in Lancashire, England
  • Jan 26 Jonathan Carroll, American author, born in New York
  • Jan 26 Paul Nurse, English geneticist (Imperial Cancer Research Fund), born in Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 27 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • Jan 28 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), born in Grudzicach, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 28 Thomas J. Downey, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93), born in Queens, New York

Peter AgrePeter Agre (74 years old)

Jan 30 American biologist & Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

  • Jan 31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Weddings in History

  • Jan 18 South African Rev Andries Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer

Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist, dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (Doubleday), dies at 49
  • 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)