January 4 - RMS Caronia of the Cunard Line departs Southampton for New York on her
January 5 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program.
January 11 - Los Angeles, California receives its first recorded snowfall.
January 25 - The first Emmy Awards are presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
January 25 - In the first Israeli election, David Ben-Gurion becomes Prime Minister.
January 26 - Australian Citizenship comes into being.
February 8 - Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced to life imprisonment for
treason against the Hungarian Communist government.
February 12 - The Vatican announces the excommunication of all persons involved in
the trial and conviction of Cardinal Mindszenty.
February 14 - The Knesset (Israeli parliament) first convenes.
February 19 - Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen
Foundation and Yale University.
March 2 - The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II lands in Fort Worth, Texas after
completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight.
March 3 - The Tucker automobile Corporation folds.
March 28 - United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal resigns suddenly.
April 1 - Newfoundland joins Canada.
April 1 - Southern Ireland leaves the Commonwealth and becomes the Republic of Ireland.
April 4 - NATO is formed.
April 18 - Eire formally became the Republic of Ireland.
June - EDSAC, the first stored-program computer, begins operation at Cambridge University.
May 9 - Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
May 11 - Israel is admitted to the U.N. as its 59th member.
May 11 - Siam changes its name to Thailand.
May 12 - Cold War: The Soviet Union lifts its Blockade of Berlin.
May 20 - The AFSA (predecessor of the NSA) is established.
May 22 - After two months in Bethesda Naval Hospital, James Forrestal commits suicide,
under circumstances that seem suspicious to many.
May 23 - The Federal Republic of Germany is established.
August 5 - In Ecuador an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6000.
August 8 - Bhutan becomes independent.
August 29 - Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb.
September 6 - Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets
back to German control.
September 29 - First Plenary Session of the National People's Congress approves
design for the Flag of the People's Republic of China.
September 29 - Mrs. Iva Toguri D'Aquino is found guilty of broadcasting for Japan
as "Tokyo Rose" during World War II.
October 1 - Birth of the People's Republic of China.
November 26 - The Indian Constituent Assembly adopts India's constitution.
December 27 - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants Indonesia sovereignty.
The Fourth Geneva Convention is signed.Year in topic
1949 in film
February 10 - Death of a Salesman opens (Morosco Theatre in New York City).
All the King's Men.
Twelve O'Clock High.
Sands of Iwo Jima starring John Wayne.
1949 in literature
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
1949 in sports
March 1 - World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis announces his
retirement from boxing.
A form of drag racing, using a hand-held stop watch for timing, begins on the
Bonneville Salt Flats.
Red Byron won the inaugural NASCAR Championship.
1949 in television
January 3 - Colgate Theatre premieres on NBC.
January 11 - A 2 hour special on all networks celebrates the linking of the eastern and
midwestern networks via coaxial cable.
January 17 - The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, airs.
January 31 - The first Emmy Awards are presented and broadcasted on
television from Los Angeles.
May - The first telethon, benefitting the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, is hosted by
Milton Berle and lasts for 24 hours.
August 25 - RCA announces the development of a compatible color TV system.
December 29 - KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high
frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.Births
January 6 - Martina Tannetje van den Houten
January 8 - Wolfgang Puck
, celebrity chef.
January 10 - George Foreman
January 10 - James Lapine
, stage director.
January 10 - Linda Lovelace
, pornographic film actress (d. 2002).
January 11 - Anne Marie van den Houten
January 12 - Wayne Wang
January 13 - Brandon Tartikoff
, television executive (d. 1997).
January 14 - Lawrence Kasdan
, director, screenwriter.
January 17 - Andy Kaufman
, comedian (d. 1984).
January 18 - Philippe Starck
, French designer.
January 19 - Robert Palmer
, singer, guitarist.
January 20 - Göran Persson
, prime minister of Sweden.
January 24 - John Belushi
, actor (d. 1982).
January 28 - Janneken van den Houten
January 28 - Johanna van den Houten
January 29 - Florentina Adriana van den Houten
January 29 - Cornelia van den Houten
January 31 - Ken Wilber
February 2 - Brent Spiner
, actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Independence Day).
February 11 - Charlie Hargrett
, rock guitarist.
February 18 - Gary Ridgway
, accused of being the Green River Killer.
February 19 - Dan Bunten
, software developer (d. 1998).
February 22 - Niki Lauda
, Formula One driver.
February 25 - Joke van den Houten
March 2 - Eddie Money
March 13 - Julia Migenes
March 15 - Cornelis Marinus Lokker
March 16 - Erik Estrada
March 16 - Victor Garber
March 17 - Krina Biever
March 17 - Patrick Duffy
March 21 - Jan Kostense
March 22 - Fanny Ardant
March 23 - Ric Ocasek
, musician ("The Cars").
March 24 - Nick Lowe
March 26 - Patrick Süskind
, writer (The Perfume).
March 30 - Lene Lovich
March 31 - Bethel Enproe Adam
, second Angam Baby.
April 1 - Gil Scott-Heron
, musician, composer.
April 3 - Richard Thompson
, musician, songwriter.
April 7 - John Oates
, musician ("Hall and Oates").
April 16 - Sandy Hawley
May 9 - Billy Joel
, American musician.
May 18 - Rick Wakeman
, musician ("Yes"), composer.
May 18 - Bill Wallace
, musician The Guess Who, Winnipeg.
May 19 - Adrianus Martinus (Ad) Cornelisse(n)
May 19 - Archie Manning
, American football quarterback.
May 26 - Philip Michael Thomas
May 26 - Hank Williams Jr
May 31 - Tom Berenger
June 6 - Izaak Leendert van den Houten
June 13 - Ann Druyan
, science fiction writer.
June 18 - André Jacobus de Booij
June 21 - Jane Urquhart
, Canadian author.
July 15 - Carl Bildt
, former prime minister of Sweden.
July 17 - Charlie Steiner
, sports anchor.
July 22 - Alan Menken
August 7 - Walid Jumblatt
, leader of the Lebanese Druze.
August 12 - Mark Knopfler
August 15 - Richard Deacon
August 23 - Shelley Long
August 25 - Martin Amis
August 27 - Robert Marinus van den Houten
September 1 - P.A. Sangma
, Indian politician.
September 7 - Lee McGeorge Durrell
, author, television presenter, zookeeper.
September 7 - Gloria Gaynor
September 17 - Gerardus Jan van den Houten
September 23 - Bruce Springsteen
, singer, songwriter.
September 27 - Mike Schmidt
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
October 1 - Isaac Bonewits
, author, occultist.
October 2 - Lorraine Bracco
October 14 - Ina van den Houten
October 14 - Daughter van den Houten
November 5 - Armin Shimerman
, actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
November 6 - Arturo Sandoval
, Jazz performer.
November 24 - Nicholas Richard Ainger
, British politician.
November 24 - Linda Tripp
, figure in Lewinsky scandal.
December 3 - John Akii-Bua
, Ugandan hurdler.
December 4 - Jeff Bridges
December 4 - Pamela Stephenson
, Comedienne, actress and singer.
December 7 - Tom Waits
, singer, composer, actor.
December 15 - Don Johnson
, actor (Miami Vice).
December 22 - Maurice Gibb
, musician (The Bee Gees) (d. 2003).
December 22 - Robin Gibb
, musician (The Bee Gees).Deaths
January 6 - Victor Fleming
January 11 - Nelson Doubleday
, U.S. book publisher.
January 14 - Joaquín Turina
January 28 - Jean-Pierre Wimille
, race car driver.
February 4 - Gerrit Moermond
February 17 - Barendina Jobse
March 25 - Jacob van Dam
April 19 - Ulrich Salchow
, Swedish figure skater.
May 9 - Louis II
May 22 - James Forrestal
, US secretary of Navy, Defense.
June 10 - Sigrid Undset
, Norwegian author.
July 12 - Douglas Hyde
, first President of Ireland.
July 18- Vitezslav Novák
July 20 - Dina van den Berge
August 18 - Paul Mares
, jazz musician (b. 1900).
October 27 - Marcel Cerdan
, World Champion Boxer.
November 16 - Bastiaan van den Houten
November 24 - Jakob Ringelberg
December 1 - Jacob van den Houten
December 16 - Sidney Olcott
, pioneer film director.
December 28 - Jack Lovelock
, New Zealand athlete.Gerbrand van den Houten
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