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Notable Historical Events - 1949

1949J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

1949NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

194913th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

194931st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA

1949People's Republic of China proclaimed by Mao Zedong (National Day)

1949Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

1949"My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

19491st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

1949Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1949WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

1949Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

1949Bkln, Commish Chandler suspends Durocher but he is absolved on May 3 NY fan charges Leo Durocher with assault after Giants lose 15-2 to

1949Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program

1949President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

1949Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

1949Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

1949US Pres Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)

1949Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

1949St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1

1949Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title

1949"On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

1949Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title

1949Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris

1949Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral

1949Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1949US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents

1949US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation

1949Ted Williams, wins AL MVP

1949Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

19491st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

1949 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jan 1
KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting 
Jan 1
Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand 
Jan 2
KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 2
Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico. 
Jan 3
"Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV 
Jan 5
General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra 
Jan 5
President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal" 
Jan 7
1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker 
Jan 8
"Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 perfs 
Jan 8
"My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances 
Jan 8
"Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances 
Jan 10
1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS 
Jan 10
RCA introduces 45 RPM record 
Jan 11
Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles 
Jan 12
"Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV 
Jan 12
Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter 
Jan 13
"Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 perfs 
Jan 14
Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die 
Jan 15
Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin 
Jan 16
"Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 perfs 
Jan 16
KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Jan 16
WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, DC (CBS) 1st broadcast 
Jan 17
The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs. 
Jan 18
"They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont) 
Jan 18
1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson) 
Jan 19
Cuba recognises Israel. 
Jan 20
J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen 
Jan 20
Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program 
Jan 21
1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman) 
Jan 22
"All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 perfs 
Jan 22
Chinatown telephone exchange closed 
Jan 25
1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win 
Jan 25
1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins 
Jan 26
WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 27
Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China 
Jan 28
NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith 
Jan 28
UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia 
Jan 29
Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel 
Jan 31
1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago) 
Feb 1
200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948] 
Feb 1
RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm) 
Feb 2
Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident 
Feb 4
Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia 
Feb 5
Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic 
Feb 7
Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees) 
Feb 8
Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison 
Feb 10
Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC 
Feb 11
Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title 
Feb 12
"Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 perfs 
Feb 12
Panic in Quito Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio 
Feb 12
Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey 
Feb 12
Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem 
Feb 14
1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel) 
Feb 14
Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses 
Feb 15
Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods," premieres in Leningrad 
Feb 17
Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel 
Feb 17
Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN 
Feb 17
Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE 
Feb 17
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA 
Feb 17
Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris 
Feb 19
"Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances 
Feb 19
1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound 
Feb 19
Mass arrests of communists in India 
Feb 20
1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks) 
Feb 24
Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement 
Feb 24
V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to 5x speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, 
Feb 25
WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record) 
Feb 26
USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight 
Feb 27
Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president 
Mar 1
Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ 
Mar 1
The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals 
Mar 1
Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch. 
Mar 2
1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct) 
Mar 2
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 4
Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister 
Mar 4
Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player 
Mar 4
Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel 
Mar 5
Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30 
Mar 5
The Jharkhand Party is founded in India. 
Mar 8
WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 8
WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting 
Mar 9
Brigadier Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA 
Mar 9
England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes 
Mar 10
Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949 
Mar 13
US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman 
Mar 13
US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button 
Mar 15
WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Mar 15
WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Mar 16
KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 18
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified 
Mar 18
WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Mar 19
1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tn 
Mar 21
WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 23
Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story," premieres in NYC 
Mar 24
21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win 
Mar 24
Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win 
Mar 25
SS police chief Rauter request for a pardon, denied 
Mar 26
11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36 
Mar 29
Turkey recognizes Israel 
Mar 30
Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO. 
Mar 31
Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province 
Apr 3
KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS 
Apr 3
North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada 
Apr 3
WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Apr 4
Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement 
Apr 4
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC) 
Apr 4
WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Apr 5
60 year old St Anthony's Hospital burns, kills 77 (Effingham Ill) 
Apr 5
Fireside Theater debuts on television. 
Apr 7
"South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances 
Apr 9
UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages 
Apr 10
13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282 
Apr 13
3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2 
Apr 14
International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg's last judgment 
Apr 15
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri 
Apr 16
Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games 
Apr 18
Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth 
Apr 19
53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8 
Apr 19
Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth 
Apr 20
Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California 
Apr 23
Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing 
Apr 23
Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF 
Apr 23
Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen 
Apr 24
3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win 
Apr 25
Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel 
Apr 25
Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee) 
Apr 28
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 28
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 1
A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game 
May 1
Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune) 
May 2
Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman" 
May 2
Bolivian state of siege proclaimed 
May 2
Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0 
May 3
1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km 
May 4
Air crash at Turin (whole Torino soccer team survives) 
May 5
Council of Europe forms 
May 5
KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
May 5
Statute of Council of Europe drawn up 
May 5
Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame 
May 7
75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2 
May 8
West German constitution approved 
May 9
Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London 
May 9
Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco 
May 11
By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN 
May 11
Siam renames itself Thailand 
May 12
1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India) 
May 13
1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight 
May 14
"Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances 
May 14
75th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56 
May 14
Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral 
May 17
British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State) 
May 18
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates 
May 23
Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day) 
May 25
Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai 
May 27
Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day" 
May 27
Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane 
May 27
Russian stop train traffic West-Berlin 
May 29
Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC 
May 30
East German constitution approved 
May 30
NPS/VHP win 1st general election in Suriname 
May 30
WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: Bill Holland wins in 4:07:15.939 (195.257 km/h) 
May 31
31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA 
May 31
Charley Lupica begins stay on 4 foot square platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, & stays 117 days) 
Jun 1
1st magazine on microfilm offered to subscribers (Newsweek) 
Jun 1
British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence 
Jun 1
KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jun 1
Microfilm copies of "Newsweek" magazine 1st offered 
Jun 2
Transjordan renamed Jordan 
Jun 3
1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown) 
Jun 3
Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles) 
Jun 3
GN Clark becomes 1st female US treasurer 
Jun 4
"Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950 
Jun 6
"It Pays To Be Ignorant" game show debut on CBS-TV 
Jun 6
WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Jun 8
Siam changes name to Thailand 
Jun 9
Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US 
Jun 10
Istvan Dobi becomes Hungarian premier 
Jun 11
49th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah CC ILL 
Jun 11
81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2 
Jun 11
Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2) 
Jun 14
State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor 
Jun 14
WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jun 15
Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel 
Jun 16
Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa 
Jun 18
"Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 perfs 
Jun 20
Central Intelligence Agency Act passes 
Jun 22
Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title 
Jun 23
First twelve women graduate from Harvard Medical School 
Jun 23
Dutch Constellation plunge at Bari in sea, 33 die 
Jun 24
"Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC) 
Jun 24
A M de Jong's murderer, Ton van Gog, arrested in Scheveningen, Netherlands 
Jun 24
Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board 
Jun 25
Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote) 
Jun 25
Long-Haired Hare is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny. 
Jun 26
1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote (CVP gains) 
Jun 27
"Captain Video & His Video Rangers" debut on DUMONT-TV 
Jun 29
South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages 
Jun 29
US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II 
Jun 30
Dutch troops evacuate Djakarta 
Jul 1
63rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ted Schroeder beat Drobny (3-6 6-0 6-3 4-6 6-4) 
Jul 1
Bao Dai's Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France 
Jul 1
WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Jul 1
WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jul 2
"High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 perfs 
Jul 2
"Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV 
Jul 2
56th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: L Brough beats M duPont (10-8 1-6 10-8) 
Jul 5
NY Giants purchase Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their 1st African American players 
Jul 6
Cin Red Walker Cooper gets 10 RBIs 
Jul 6
Freak heat wave sent central coast of Portugal to 158°F for 2 minutes 
Jul 7
"Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" opens at Broadway NYC for 76 perfs 
Jul 7
"Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967 
Jul 8
Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for NY Giants 
Jul 8
The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 prohibiting marriage or a sexual relationship between White people and people of other race groups is passed in South Africa 
Jul 9
Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony premieres 
Jul 9
78th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club 
Jul 10
1st practical rectangular TV tube announced-Toledo, Ohio 
Jul 10
WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jul 12
16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn 
Jul 12
Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence 
Jul 12
Dutch KLM Constellation crashes near Bombay, 45 die 
Jul 12
LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin 
Jul 13
Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics 
Jul 14
USSR explodes its 1st atom bomb 
Jul 15
"Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances 
Jul 15
Czech tennis stars Jaroslav Drobny & Vladimir Cernik, defect to US 
Jul 15
WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jul 19
Laos becomes associated state within French Union 
Jul 20
Israel's 19 month war of independence ends 
Jul 20
Vasil Kolarov elected premier of Bulgaria 
Jul 21
Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO) 
Jul 23
Test Cricket debut of Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days 
Jul 24
Inidian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5 
Jul 25
St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1 
Jul 26
WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jul 27
1st jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet) flies 
Jul 29
Airlift in West-Germany to West-Berlin ends 
Jul 29
BBC radio begins broadcasting 
Jul 30
British warship HMS Amethyst escapes down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff 
Jul 31
Lightning strikes a baseball field in Fla, kills SS & 3rd baseman 
Aug 3
Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire 
Aug 3
Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association 
Aug 4
NBL & NBAA merge into National Basketball Association 
Aug 5
6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6,000 die 
Aug 6
Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop 
Aug 7
"All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 121 perfs 
Aug 8
Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy 
Aug 10
Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title 
Aug 10
Natl Military Establishment renamed Dept of Defense 
Aug 11
1st Naples-Capri swim, 17 miles (27 km) (Giovanni Gambi) 
Aug 11
Gaston Eyskens forms Belgiangovernment 
Aug 12
16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780) 
Aug 14
Military coup under colonel Sami Hinnawi in Syria 
Aug 15
WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Aug 18
Hungary adopts constitution 
Aug 18
Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart" 
Aug 20
78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland 
Aug 20
Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution 
Aug 21
Phila fans cause A's to forfeit game when they riot over a trapped line drive by Rich Ashburn, Giants leading 4-2 in 9th declared winners 
Aug 24
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect 
Aug 28
38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1) 
Aug 28
Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill NY 
Aug 29
USSR performs first nuclear test 
Aug 30
Roly Jenkins (Worcs v Surrey) takes his 2nd hat-trick of the game 
Aug 30
WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 1
1st network detective series-Private Eyes-premieres 
Sep 1
KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 1
Viljo Heino runs world record 10k (29:27.2) 
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 5
63rd US Women's Tennis: M Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart (6-4 6-1) 
Sep 5
69th US Men's Tennis: Pancho Gonzales beat Schroeder (16-18 2-6 6-1 6-2 6-4) 
Sep 6
Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey 
Sep 10
"Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" closes at Broadway NYC after 76 perfs 
Sep 12
Theodor Heuss elected 1st pres/Conrad Adenauer 1st PM of German FR 
Sep 13
Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC 
Sep 15
"Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV 
Sep 15
WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 15
WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 16
KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 17
128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto 
Sep 17
8th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 7-5 at Ganton GC, England 
Sep 17
North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time 
Sep 17
WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 18
Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit 
Sep 20
Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3% 
Sep 20
Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional 
Sep 21
Chinese Communist leaders proclaim People's Republic of China 
Sep 21
Federal Republic of [West] Germany created under 3-power occupation 
Sep 22
WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast 
Sep 23
Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant 
Sep 23
US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation 
Sep 25
4th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs 
Sep 25
Despite 71 injuries, Yankees have been in 1st place all season until Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place 
Sep 28
"My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis 
Sep 29
"Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV 
Sep 29
"Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV 
Sep 29
Elia Kazan's "Pinky" starring Ethel Waters opens at Rivoli 
Sep 30
Berlin Airlift ends after 277,000 flights 
Sep 30
Pirates Ralph Kiner hits his 54th HR & NL record 16th in September 
Oct 1
People's Republic of China proclaimed by Mao Zedong (National Day) 
Oct 1
Republic of China (Taiwan) forms on island of Formosa 
Oct 2
St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3 
Oct 2
USSR recognizes People's Republic of China 
Oct 2
Yanks & Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yanks win 5-3 & clinch pennant #16 
Oct 3
WERD, 1st black-owned radio station, opens in Atlanta 
Oct 4
American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out 
Oct 4
United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated 
Oct 5
WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 5
WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, NY (IND) begins 
Oct 6
Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose) sentenced to 10 years & $10,000 fine 
Oct 6
US Pres Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO) 
Oct 7
German Democratic Republic formed from Russian occupation zone (National Day). Wilhelm Pieck becomes 1st president, Otto Greatwohl becomes 1st premier 
Oct 9
NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1 in 46th World Series 
Oct 10
3rd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Toronto 
Oct 13
"Touch & Go" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 176 performances 
Oct 14
14 US Communist Party leaders convicted of sedition 
Oct 14
Chinese Red army occupies Canton 
Oct 14
Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title 
Oct 15
Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian government 
Oct 15
Billy Graham begins his ministry 
Oct 15
Tripura accedes to Indian union 
Oct 16
WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 19
A's trade 2nd baseman Nellie Fox to White Sox for Joe Tipton 
Oct 19
Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds 
Oct 20
Eugenie Anderson becomes 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark) 
Oct 22
200 killed in train derailment near Nowy Dwor Poland 
Oct 22
Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:21.2) 
Oct 26
US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents 
Oct 28
Georges Bidault elected president of France 
Oct 29
White Sox trade Joe Tipton to A's for Nellie Fox 
Oct 30
"Lost in the Stars" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 281 perfs 
Oct 30
Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson's musical premieres in NYC 
Oct 31
"Regina" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 86 performances 
Oct 31
Dutch Nazi Henri 'Hakkie' Holdert, director of Amsterdam paper De Telegraaf and member of the SS, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment 
Oct 31
WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Nov 2
Netherland recognizes Indonesia as a sovereign state 
Nov 2
NL scheme for national distribution of textiles, meat and cheese disbands 
Nov 4
"One Man's Family" premieres on TV 
Nov 6
Greek civil war ends 
Nov 7
King Faruk disbands Egyptian parliament 
Nov 9
Costa Rica adopts Constitution 
Nov 11
WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast 
Nov 15
KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 15
WSAZ TV channel 3 in Huntington-Charleston, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Nov 18
NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP 
Nov 19
Prince Rainier III coronation as 30th ruling Prince of Monaco 
Nov 20
Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000 
Nov 21
Bill Veeck sells Indians for $22 million 
Nov 24
British steel & iron industry nationalised 
Nov 24
Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs 
Nov 25
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts 
Nov 25
Ted Williams, wins AL MVP 
Nov 26
37th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15 
Nov 26
India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic 
Nov 28
"Texas, Li'l Darlin'" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 293 perfs 
Nov 29
Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa 
Nov 29
Uranium mine explosions in East Germany kills 3,700 
Nov 30
Chinese Communists captured Chungking 
Nov 30
KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 1
WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 1
WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Dec 3
KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins 
Dec 4
Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run 
Dec 5
Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title 
Dec 7
15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E) 
Dec 7
Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan 
Dec 8
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 perfs 
Dec 8
Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa 
Dec 8
Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" premieres in NYC 
Dec 8
"On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released 
Dec 9
Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Indonesian sovereignty 
Dec 9
NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC 
Dec 11
Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29) 
Dec 11
Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game 
Dec 11
WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Dec 12
AL votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball 
Dec 13
AL votes down proposal to revive spitball 
Dec 13
Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem 
Dec 15
Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris 
Dec 16
Sukarno becomes President of Indonesia, Mohammed Hatta Premier 
Dec 16
Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knows as SAAB, is founded in Sweden. 
Dec 17
"Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances 
Dec 17
Burma recognizes People's Republic of China 
Dec 18
Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game 
Dec 19
Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Gareloch, Scotland 
Dec 19
WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 20
Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres 
Dec 21
Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia 
Dec 27
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia 
Dec 28
20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs 
Dec 29
1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct) 
Dec 29
Hungary nationalized its industries 
Dec 30
India recognizes People's Republic of China 
Dec 31
18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia 
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