On This Day

September 1949 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 1st network detective series-Private Eyes-premieres
  • Sep 2 Fire in riverfront area kills 1,700 (Chungking China)
  • Sep 3 Fire in Chiang-king, China, destroys 7,000 lives
  • Sep 4 Marie Robie sinks 393 yd hole-in-one (1st hole in Furnace Brook)
  • Sep 6 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey

Election of Interest

Sep 12 Theodor Heuss elected 1st President of the German Federal Republic (West Germany) with Konrad Adenauer the 1st Prime Minister

  • Sep 14 India's Constituent Assembly adopts Hindi as an official language. Celebrated today as Hindi Day.
  • Sep 17 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
  • Sep 17 North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time
  • Sep 20 Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3%
  • Sep 21 Chinese Communist leaders proclaim the People's Republic of China

Historic Event

Sep 23 US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation

Historic Event

Sep 25 Evangelist Billy Graham begins his "Los Angeles Crusade" in a circus tent erected in a parking lot

  • Sep 30 American chemist Percy L. Julian at the Glidden Company announces an improved method for producing cortisone

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 1 P.A. Sangma, Indian politician
  • Sep 3 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, born in Sichari, Kyrenia District, Cyprus (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)) (d. 1991)
  • Sep 7 Barry Siegel, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize - A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 9 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian politician
  • Sep 15 Joe Barton, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-2019), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 18 Jim McCrery, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Sep 18 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2005)
  • Sep 19 Barry Scheck, American lawyer and co-founder of Innocence Project, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 22 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist and author (d. 1999)
  • Sep 22 Jim McGinty, Australian politician (Labour), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • Sep 25 Jerry Costello, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Sep 26 Jane Smiley, American novelist (Pulitzer 1991-A Thousand Acres), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 26 Minette Walters, English novelist (The Ice House), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Sep 27 Graham Richardson, Australian politician
  • Sep 30 Michel Tognini, Vincennes France, astronaut (Soyuz TM-15, sk: STS 93)

Weddings in History

  • Sep 29 George Lascelles marries Maria Stein

Deaths in History

  • Sep 7 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)
  • Sep 19 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)