Historical Events for Year 1949

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Jan 1st - KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
Jan 2nd - KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 2nd - Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
Jan 3rd - "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
Jan 5th - General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra
Jan 5th - President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
Jan 7th - 1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker
Jan 8th - "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 perfs
Jan 8th - "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
Jan 8th - "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances
Jan 10th - 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
Jan 10th - RCA introduces 45 RPM record
Jan 11th - Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
Jan 12th - "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV
Jan 12th - Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
Jan 13th - "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 perfs
Jan 14th - Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
33rd US President Harry Truman33rd US President Harry Truman Jan 15th - Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
Jan 16th - "Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 perfs
Jan 16th - KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
Jan 16th - WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, DC (CBS) 1st broadcast
Jan 17th - The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
Jan 18th - "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
Jan 18th - 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
Jan 19th - Cuba recognises Israel.
Jan 20th - J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen
Jan 20th - Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program
Jan 21st - 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
Jan 22nd - "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 perfs
Jan 22nd - Chinatown telephone exchange closed
Jan 25th - 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
Jan 25th - 1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover Jan 26th - WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 27th - Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
Jan 28th - NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
Jan 28th - UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
Jan 29th - Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
Jan 31st - 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
Feb 1st - 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]
Feb 1st - RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
Feb 2nd - Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident
Feb 4th - Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
Feb 5th - Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic
Feb 7th - Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)
Feb 8th - Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison
Feb 10th - Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC
Feb 11th - Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
Playwright Arthur MillerPlaywright Arthur Miller Feb 12th - "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 perfs
Feb 12th - Panic in Quito Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio
Feb 12th - Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
Feb 12th - Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
Feb 14th - 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
Feb 14th - Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
Feb 15th - Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods," premieres in Leningrad
Feb 17th - Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
Feb 17th - Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
Feb 17th - Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
Feb 17th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
Feb 17th - Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
Feb 19th - "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances
Feb 19th - 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound
Feb 19th - Mass arrests of communists in India
Poet Ezra PoundPoet Ezra Pound Feb 20th - 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
Feb 24th - Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
Feb 24th - V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km
Feb 25th - WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
Feb 26th - USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
Feb 27th - Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
Mar 1st - Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ
Mar 1st - The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals
Mar 1st - Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
Mar 2nd - 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
Mar 2nd - Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs
Mar 4th - Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister
Mar 4th - Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player
Mar 4th - Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
Mar 5th - Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30
Mar 5th - The Jharkhand Party is founded in India.
Mar 8th - WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 8th - WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
Mar 9th - Brigadier Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
Mar 9th - England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
Mar 10th - Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
Mar 13th - US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
Mar 13th - US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
Mar 15th - WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 15th - WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 16th - KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 18th - NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
Mar 18th - WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 19th - 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tn
Mar 21st - WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 23rd - Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story," premieres in NYC
Mar 24th - 21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win
Mar 24th - Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
Mar 25th - SS police chief Rauter request for a pardon, denied
Mar 26th - 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36
Mar 29th - Turkey recognizes Israel
Mar 30th - Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.
Mar 31st - Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province
Apr 3rd - KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
Apr 3rd - North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
Apr 3rd - WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
Apr 4th - Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
Apr 4th - North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC)
Apr 4th - WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
Apr 5th - 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital burns, kills 77 (Effingham Ill)
Apr 5th - Fireside Theater debuts on television.
Apr 7th - "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
Apr 9th - UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages
Apr 10th - 13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282
Apr 13th - 3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2
Apr 14th - International Military Tribunal at Neurenberg's last judgment
Apr 15th - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
Apr 16th - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
Apr 18th - Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
Apr 19th - 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8
Baseball Great Babe RuthBaseball Great Babe Ruth Apr 19th - Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
Apr 20th - Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
Apr 23rd - Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
Apr 23rd - Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF
Apr 23rd - Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
Apr 24th - 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win
Apr 25th - Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel
Apr 25th - Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
Apr 28th - Bkln, Commish Chandler suspends Durocher but he is absolved on May 3 NY fan charges Leo Durocher with assault after Giants lose 15-2 to
Apr 28th - Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.
May 1st - A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
May 1st - Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
May 2nd - Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"
May 2nd - Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
May 2nd - Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
Baseball Player and Manager Leo DurocherBaseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher May 3rd - 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
May 4th - Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
May 5th - Council of Europe forms
May 5th - KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
May 5th - Statue of Council of Europe drawn
May 5th - Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
May 7th - 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
May 8th - West German constitution approved
May 9th - Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway London
May 9th - Prince Rainier III becomes leader of Monaco
May 11th - By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
May 11th - Siam renames itself Thailand
May 12th - 1st foreign woman ambassador received in US (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit-India)
May 13th - 1st British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
May 14th - "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi PanditIndian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit May 14th - 75th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56

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