January 4 - Theodore Schurch becames the last person to be executed for offences
committed under the Treachery Act of 1940.
January 7 - Allied recogninze Austrian republic with 1937 borders - the country is divided
into four occupation zones.
January 10 - First meeting of the United Nations.
January 11 - Enver Hoxha declares the people's republic of Albania with himself as dictator.
January 17 - The UN Security Council holds its first session.
January 20 - Charles De Gaulle resigns from the post of French president.
January 20 - Charles De Gaulle resings as president of France.
January 25 - The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor.
January 28 - Bluenose founders on a Haitian reef.
January 31 - Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six
constituent republics (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
February 1 - Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.
February 2 - Kingdom of Hungary becomes a republic.
February 14 - The Bank of England nationalized.
February 14 - ENIAC (for "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer"), the first
general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
February 15 - Canada indicts 22 communist agents.
February 24 - Juan Peron is elected a president of Argentina.
February 24 - Juan Peron elected president of Argentina.
February 28 - In Philadelphia, strikers of General Electric and police clash.
March 2 - British troops retreat from Iran - Soviet troops do not.
March 2 - British troops withdraw from Iran according to treaty - Soviets do not.
March 2 - Ho Chi Minh elected the President of North Vietnam.
March 4 - Carl Gustaf Mannerheim resigns from the post of president of Finland.
March 5 - In his speech in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill talks about Iron Curtain.
March 6 - Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with France which recognizes
Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
March 9 - Juho Kusti Paasikivi becomes president of Finland.
March 10 - British troops begin withdrawal from Lebanon.
March 15 - Clement Attlee promises independence to India as soon as they can agree
March 19 - Soviet Union and Switzerland reform diplomatic relations.
March 19 - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion become overseas
départements of France.
March 22 - Transjordan gains independence.
March 29 - Gold Coast has an African majority in the parliament.
March 31 - Herbert Hoover visits Finland.
April 1 - 14-meter high tsunami strikes Hilo, Hawaii - 173 dead, thousands injured.
April 1 - Singapore becomes a Crown colony.
April 3 - Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed outside Manila in the
Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.
April 7 - Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
April 10 - In Japan, women vote for the first time in parliamentarian elections.
April 18 - USA recognizes Josip Broz Tito's government.
April 18 - Last meeting of League of Nations - its transfers its mission to United Nations.
April 18 - USA recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia.
April 18 - League of Nations disbands itself.
April 29 - Trial against war criminals begin in Tokyo.
April 29 - War crimes trial begins in Tokyo - accused include Hideki Tojo, Shegenori
Togo and Hiroshi Oshima.
May 7 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with
about 20 employees.
May 9 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Humbert II.
May 9 - Victor Emanuel III of Italy abdicates in favor of his son Umberto.
May 10 - Nehru elected leader of the Congress Party in India.
May 10 - Nehru elected to lead Indian Congress Party.
May 20 - In Britain, the House of Commons decides to nationalize mines.
May 21 - Radiation accident in Los Alamos laboratory; Dr Louis Slotin saves his
coworkers but receives a fatal dose of radiation. Incident is initially classified.
May 22 - Kingdom of Transjordan founded.
May 25 - The parliament of Transjordan makes emir Abdullah their king.
May 28 - K. Satchidanandan Malayalam poet.
May 29 - Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000).
May 31 - Greece referendum supports return of monarchy.
June 2 - In a referendum Italians decide to turn Italy from a monarchy into a
Republic. After this referendum the king of Italy Umberto II di Savoia was exiled.
Women vote for the first time.
June 6 - The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
June 8 - In Indonesia, Sukarno incites his supporters to fight Dutch colonial occupation.
June 9 - In Thailand, king Rama IX accedes the throne.
June 10 - Italy declared republic.
June 13 - Humbert II of Italy leaves the country - Alcide de Gasperi becomes head of state.
June 17 - Tornado on the Detroit river - 17 dead.
July 4 - After over 400 years, the Philippines achieves full independence.
July 5 - The bikini is introduced.
July 7 - Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini becomes the first American saint to be canonized.
July 21 - Bomb of Irgun Zvai Leumi explodes in Jerusalem.
July 22 - King David Hotel bombing: Irgun bombs King David Hotel in Jerusalem,
headquarters of the British civil and military administration killing 90.
July 25 - Nuclear testing: In the first underwater test of the atomic bomb, the surplus USS
Saratoga is sunk near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean when the United States detonates
the "Baker Day" device.
July 25 - At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their
first show as a comedy team.
August 19 - Violence between Muslims and Hindus in Calcutta - 3000 dead.
August 25 - Ben Hogan wins PGA Championship.
September 4 - Street violence between Muslims and Hindus in Bombay.
September 8 - Bulgaria declared a People's Republic after a referendum - King
Simeon II leaves.
September 28 - George II of Greece returns to Athens.
October 2 - Communists take over in Bulgaria.
October 13 - France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic.
October 15 - Nuremberg Trials: Founder of the Gestapo and recently convicted Nazi
war criminal, Hermann Göring, poisons himself hours before his scheduled execution.
October 23 - United Nations' first meeting in Long Island.
November 8 - Vietnamese riot in Haiphong and clash with French troops. French cruiser
Suffren opens fire. 6000 Vietnamese killed.
November 12 - Truce between Indonesian nationalist troops and Dutch army in Indonesia.
November 12 - A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens
the first ten drive-up teller windows.
November 15 - Netherlands recognized Republic of Indonesia.
November 19 - Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden joins the United Nations.
November 27 - Cold War: Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru appeals to the United
States and the Soviet Union to end nuclear testing and to start nuclear disarmament,
stating that such an action would "save humanity from the ultimate disaster."
December 11 - UNICEF founded.
December 12 - United Nations severs relations with Franco's Spain and recommends the
member countries to sever diplomatic relations.
December 12 - Leon Blum founds a government of socialist parties in France.
December 19 - Martial law in Vietnam.
November 15 - Netherlands recognizes independence of Indonesian republic.
December 24 - France's Fourth Republic founded.
December 26 - Flamingo Hotel opens in Las Vegas.
December 31 - President Harry Truman officially proclaims an end of hostilities in
World War II.Unknown dates
Phantom rockets over Sweden.
The 20mm M61 Vulcan gatling gun is invented.
Devil's Island penal colony closes permanently.
Female suffrage in Belgium, Romania, Yugoslavia, Argentina and Canadian province of
Quebec. First female police officers in Korea and Japan.
Chinese Civil War intensifies between Kuomintang and Communist Party of China.
First Tupperware sold in department and hardware stores
Grantley Adams becomes
the premier of Barbados.
Alcatraz Island prison riot.
The British government takes emergency powers to deal with the balance-of-payments crisis.Year in topic
1946 in film
The Best Years of Our Lives.
Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart
The Razor's Edge.
Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious starring Cary Grant.
The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
1946 in literature
The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill.
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski.
Animal Farm by George Orwell - becomes book of the year in USA.
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren.
1946 in television
February 4 - RCA demonstrates all-electronic color television system.
February 18 - The first Washington-New York telecast through AT&T coaxial cable is
termed success by engineers and viewers.
April 22 - CBS color television program is successfully transmitted over a 450-mile coaxial
cable link from New York to Washington.
May 9 - The first variety show premieres, Hour Glass, on NBC.
June 7 - The BBC begins broadcasting again and reshows the Mickey Mouse cartoon,
that had been interrupted seven years earlier at the start of the World War II.
June 19 - The first televised heavyweight title fight between Joe Louis and Billy Conn is
broadcast from Yankee Stadium. The fight was seen by 141,000 people, the largest
television audience to see a fight.
October 2 - The first TV network soap opera, Faraway Hill, airs on the DuMont Network.
December 24 - The first church service is telecast, Grace Episcopal Church in New York,
ToKyo Tushin Kogyo founded, which would later become Sony
Zoomar introduces the
first professional zoom lens.Science
Benjamin Spock - Baby and child care.Births
January 3 - John Paul Jones
, bassist from Led Zeppelin.
January 5 - Diane Keaton
January 6 - Syd Barrett
, guitarist and singer.
January 8 - Robby Krieger
, musician ("The Doors").
January 11 - Naomi Judd
, country music singer.
January 12 - George Duke
January 14 - Harold Shipman
, British serial killer.
January 16 - Kabir Bedi
January 16 - Ronnie Milsap
January 16 - Katia Ricciarelli
, opera singer.
January 18 - Joseph Deiss
, member of the Swiss Federal Council.
January 19 - Dolly Parton
, singer, actress.
January 20 - David Lynch
, film director.
January 22 - Serge Savard
, Hall of Fame ice hockey player, executive.
January 24 - Michael Ontkean
January 26 - Gene Siskel
, film critic (d. 1999).
January 31 - Terry Kath
, musician (d. 1978).
February 9 - Boudewina Johanna (Bouke) van den Houten
February 11 - M C Walker
, CEO of Iceland Frozen Foods.
February 11 - Timothy Chambers
February 14 - Bernard Dowiyogo
, president of Nauru (d. 2003).
February 14 - Gregory Hines
, dancer, actor (d. 2003).
February 20 - Jerome Geils
of the J Geils band.
February 20 - Brenda Blethyn
February 21 - Tyne Daly
February 21 - Alan Rickman
February 24 - Barry Bostwick
February 25 - Franz Xaver Kroetz
February 28 - Robin Cook
, British politician.
March 3 - Leszek Miller
, Prime Minister of Poland.
March 6 - David Gilmour
, musician ("Pink Floyd").
March 7 - Peter Wolf
, musician ("J Geils Band").
March 12 - Liza Minnelli
, singer and actress.
March 21 - Timothy Dalton
, actor ("James Bond").
March 22 - André Heller
April 7 - Colette Besson
, French runner.
April 9 - Johan (Hans) van Herwijnen
April 25 - Talia Shire
April 30 - Carl XVI Gustav
of Sweden, Swedish monarch (1973- ).
May 7 - Thelma Houston
May 9 - Candice Bergen
May 10 - Elizabeth Laurina van den Houten
May 10 - Donovan Leitch
May 10 - Dave Mason
, musician ("Traffic").
May 11 - Robert Jarvik
, physicist, inventor.
May 17 - Udo Lindenberg
May 18 - Reggie Jackson
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
May 19 - André the Giant
, wrestler (d. 1993).
May 20 - Cher
, American singer.
May 22 - George Best
May 23 - David Graham
, golf champion.
May 26 - Mick Ronson
, guitarist (d. 1993).
May 29 - Elly Johanna Leonora van den Houten
June 1 - Cornelius André (André) van den Houten
June 6 - Peter Sutcliffe
, the Yorkshire Ripper.
June 14 - Donald Trump
, American real estate magnate.
June 24 - Ellison Onizuka
, astronaut (d. 1986).
June 26 - Willem Jan Hanse
July 6 - George W. Bush
, president of the United States.
July 6 - Sylvester Stallone
July 8 - Elizabeth Gomez
, minister and poet.
July 9 - Bon Scott
, lead singer of AC/DC (d. 1980).
July 14 - Adriana Jannetje (Adrie) van den Houten
July 15 - Linda Ronstadt
, singer, songwriter.
July 22 - Mireille Mathieu
, French singer.
July 27 - Anna Pieternella van den Houten
July 30 - Neil Bonnett
, NASCAR driver (d. 1994).
August 3 - Johannes Gerrit van den Houten
August 3 - Jack Straw
, British politician.
August 7 - Anneke Louise (Anneke) van den Houten
August 19 - Bill Clinton
, 42nd President of the United States.
August 19 - Beat Raaflaub
, swiss conductor.
August 20 - N.R. Narayana Murthy
, Indian businessman.
August 25 - Rollie Fingers
, baseball pitcher.
August 29 - Bob Beamon
, American long jumper.
September 5 - Freddie Mercury
, British singer.
September 7 - Francisco Varela
September 10 - Jim Hines
, American athlete.
September 15 - Tommy Lee Jones
, actor (The Fugitive, Men in Black).
September 15 - Oliver Stone
, American film director (Platoon, Born on the
Fourth of July, JFK).
September 19 - Leanarda Mackaij
September 21 - Moritz Leuenberger
, member of the Swiss Federal Council.
September 23 - Franz Fischler
September 24 - Lars Emil Johansen
, Prime Minister of Greenland.
September 30 - Hector Lavoe
, salsa music singer.
October 1 - Tim O'Brien
, American author.
October 9 - Madeleine Nicole van den Houten
October 17 - Bob Seagren
, American pole vaulter and actor.
October 27 - Dirk Jan van de Velde
October 27 - Ivan Reitman
, movie director, producer.
October 30 - Suzanna Alida Kleyn
November 5 - Herman Brood
, Dutch rock 'n' roll artist.
November 5 - Gram Parsons
, country music/rock musician.
November 24 - Ted Bundy
, American serial killer.
November 26 - Marianne van den Houten
December 18 - Steven Spielberg
, American film director.
December 22 - Cornelia Maatje van den Houten
January 29 - Harry Hopkins
February 5 - George Arliss
February 11 - Cornelia Wilhelmina Bodbijl
March 23 - Gilbert N. Lewis
, physical chemist.
March 24 - Alexander Alekhine
, chess champion.
April 1 - Noah Beery
April 10 - Paulus van Westervoort
April 22 - Harlan F. Stone
, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1872).
May 17 - William Jefferson Blythe III
, father of U.S. President Bill Clinton, is born in
Sherman, Grayson County, Texas (b. 1918).
May 19 - Booth Tarkington
, American novelist.
June 1 - Ion Antonescu
June 10 - Jack Johnson
, African-American boxer.
July 8 - Orrick Glenday Johns
, poet & playwright.
August 13 - H.G. Wells
, science fiction writer.
September 29 - Maria Dina Dalebout
October 15 - Hermann Göring
, prominent Nazi leader, marshall of the Third Reich, head
of the Airforce (suicide).
October 16 - Arthur Seyss-Inquart
, Austrian Nazi leader, governor of The Netherlands
during the German occupation (1940-1945) (executed).
October 18 - Dina van den Houten
November 14 - Manuel de Falla
November 24 - Neeltje van den Houten
December 10 - Walter Johnson
, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1887).
December 28 - Johannes Smits
, wife of Richard Feynman.
August - Alfred Stock
, German chemist.To my Homepage