On This Day

June 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
  • Jun 3 1st African American to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)
  • Jun 3 Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)
  • Jun 3 GN Clark becomes 1st female US treasurer
  • Jun 4 "Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950

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Jun 5 Enid Blyton's wooden toy character Noddy first appears in the "Sunday Graphic"

Children's writer Enid Blyton
Children's writer
Enid Blyton
  • Jun 6 Orapin Chaiyakan becomes the first Thai woman to be elected to the Parliament of Thailand
  • Jun 8 Siam changes name to Thailand
  • Jun 9 Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US
  • Jun 10 Istvan Dobi becomes Hungarian premier
  • Jun 11 Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)

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Jun 14 French-allied State of Vietnam is officially formed during the First Indochina War, Bảo Đại installed as Emperor

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại
  • Jun 15 Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel
  • Jun 16 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated at Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 20 Central Intelligence Agency Act passes
  • Jun 23 First twelve women graduate from Harvard Medical School
  • Jun 23 Dutch Constellation aircraft plunges into the sea near Bari, 33 die
  • Jun 24 A M de Jong's murderer, Ton van Gog, arrested in Scheveningen, Netherlands
  • Jun 24 Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board
  • Jun 25 Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote)
  • Jun 26 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote (CVP gains)
  • Jun 27 "Captain Video & His Video Rangers" debut on DUMONT-TV
  • Jun 29 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
  • Jun 29 US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II
  • Jun 30 Dutch troops evacuate Jakarta

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night). born in Wallesey, England (d. 2020)
  • Jun 3 David Evenett, MP (Conservative)

Person of interestKen Follett

Jun 5 Ken Follett, Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

Author Ken Follett
Author
Ken Follett
  • Jun 10 John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
  • Jun 11 George Willig, American stuntman (The Human Fly, Spiderman) who climbed the World Trade Center in 1977, born in Queens, New York City
  • Jun 11 Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist, born in Sovetsky, Kirov Oblast, Russia
  • Jun 12 Yuri Baturin, Russian cosmonaut (SK:Soyuz TM-28), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 14 Bob Frankston, American programmer (VisiCalc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 14 Harry Turtledove, American author (The Guns of the South), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18 William Randolph Hearst III, American publisher and editor
  • Jun 18 Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
  • Jun 18 Lech Kaczyński, Polish president (2005-10), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jun 18 Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish lawyer and politician (head of Law and Justice party), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jun 21 Jim Bacchus, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestElizabeth Warren

Jun 22 Elizabeth Warren, American academic and US Senator (D-Massachusetts 2013-), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Jun 27 Vera Wang, American fashion designer (Vera Wang Fashions), born in New York City
  • Jun 28 Edward Totah, art dealer
  • Jun 29 Joan Clos, Spanish politician (116th Mayor of Barcelona & Minister of Industry), born in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
  • Jun 29 Ann Veneman,5th Executive Director of UNICEF and 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture, born in Modesto, California
  • Jun 30 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, born in Hanoi, Vietnam (d. 1981)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones

Deaths in History


Person of interestAmadeo Giannini

Jun 3 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), dies at 79

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • Jun 10 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • Jun 11 Koci Xoxe, Albanian vice-premier, executed
  • Jun 11 Oton Zupanic, Slavs poet (Zimzelen pod snegom), dies at 71
  • Jun 19 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian-Pakistani Prominent Muslim philosopher, dies at 64
  • Jun 26 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), dies at 72