Events in History in 1946 (Part 2)

  • Oct 9 First electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50
  • Oct 10 Max Frisch' "Die Chinesische Mauer" premieres in Zurich
  • Oct 14 Netherland & Indonesia sign cease fire

Nuremberg Trials

Oct 16 10 Nazi leaders are hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg war trials, including Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Alfred Jodl

  • Oct 22 2 British ships sink near Albania
  • Oct 23 UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows)
  • Oct 24 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket, launched from Whites Sands US, takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
  • Oct 24 Netherlands & Indonesia sign cease fire
  • Oct 27 Georgi Domitrovs National Front wins Bulgaria elections (78%)
  • Oct 28 German rocket engineers begin work in USSR
  • Nov 1 Charles S Johnson becomes 1st black president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Nov 1 Future pope Karol Wojtyla of Poland is ordained to Catholic priesthood
  • Nov 1 West German state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) created

Event of Interest

Nov 3 Emperor Hirohito proclaims a new Japanese constitution

  • Nov 4 United Nations Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) formed

Election of Interest

Nov 5 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

Event of Interest

Nov 6 Karol Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) holds his first Mass as newly ordained Catholic priest in Wawel Cathedral's crypt

Event of Interest

Nov 8 Jean-Paul Sartre's "La Putain Respecteuse" premieres in Paris

Event of Interest

Nov 9 US President Harry Truman ends wage/price freeze

  • Nov 10 Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election
  • Nov 12 A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows
  • Nov 13 First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, Massachusetts
  • Nov 14 Dutch Dakota flight to Schiphol crashes, kills 11
  • Nov 15 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 Lillian Hellman's play "Another Part of the Forest" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 21 Georgi Dimitrov elected premier of Bulgaria
  • Nov 21 Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub
  • Nov 23 French Navy fire in Haiphong, Vietnam, kills 6,000
  • Nov 23 The Workers Party of South Korea is founded

Election of Interest

Nov 27 Peter Fraser's Labour government wins a second term in New Zealand's general elections

  • Nov 28 Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert sentenced to death
  • Nov 28 French Fourth Republic government led by Georges Bidault resigns
  • Nov 29 Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities

Event of Interest

Dec 3 US government asks UN to order dictator Francisco Franco out of Spain

  • Dec 5 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808
  • Dec 7 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
  • Dec 8 US Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

  • Dec 11 Spain suspended from UN
  • Dec 11 United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established by resolution 57(I) of the UN General Assembly
  • Dec 12 'Tide' laundry detergent introduced
  • Dec 12 Abandoned ice plant in Manahttan, New York City, collapses during a fire, shearing a tenement building next door, killing 38

Event of Interest

Dec 12 UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Election of Interest

Dec 13 Léon Blum elected French premier

  • Dec 14 General Assembly of United Nations votes to construct headquarters in New York City [1]
  • Dec 14 Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN

Event of Interest

Dec 16 French fashion designer Christian Dior and his backer Marcel Boussac found fashion house Christian Dior

  • Dec 16 Thailand joins the United Nations
  • Dec 17 US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico
  • Dec 18 TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run in US

Event of Interest

Dec 19 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi

  • Dec 21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • Dec 23 Belgian Council of State forms
  • Dec 23 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)
  • Dec 23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University after they suggested they may use a black player in their basketball game
  • Dec 24 French Fourth Republic is founded
  • Dec 24 US General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor Nazis" amnesty
  • Dec 25 Constitution accepted in Taiwan
  • Dec 26 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
  • Dec 31 French troops leave Lebanon
  • Dec 31 US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II