1946 in History
January 1 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
January 1 ENIAC, U.S. 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert
January 1 National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic
January 5 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 417 performances
January 6 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum
January 7 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
January 9 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 77 performances
January 10 U.N. General Assembly meets for 1st time in London
January 10 U.S. Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, New Jersey
January 11 Bert Bell becomes 2nd NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
January 11 Enver Hoxha declares People's Rep of Albania with himself dictator
January 12 Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!," premieres in Rome
January 12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
January 12 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 113 performances
January 14 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
January 17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
January 20 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
January 21 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 16 performances
January 22 U.S. president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
January 23 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
January 25 Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis," premieres in Zurich
January 25 United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor
January 30 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
January 31 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic
February 1 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president
February 1 Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Secretary-General of UN
February 2 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 16 performances
February 4 Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," premieres in New York City
February 6 "Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 142 performances
February 7 Filibuster in U.S. Senate kills FEPC bill
February 8 Bela Bartoks 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia
February 8 Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties
February 9 Dutch Labor Party (Dutch Social Democratic Party) forms
February 10 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum
February 13 "Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 5 performances
February 14 Bank of England nationalized
February 15 Bank of England nationalized
February 16 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Connecticut
February 16 "Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 5 performances
February 17 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
February 19 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
February 21 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
February 24 Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
February 26 2 killed and 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia, Tennessee
February 27 4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (New York City)
March 1 British Government takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years
March 1 Panama accepts its new constitution
March 2 Dutch troops land on East Bali
March 2 Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam
March 2 Kingman Douglass, becomes deputy director of CIA
March 3 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
March 3 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
March 5 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri
March 6 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
March 7 Max Frisch' "Santa Cruz," premieres in Zurich
March 7 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 323 performances
March 8 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (New York City)
March 9 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang
March 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican League, he refuses
March 10 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
March 12 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
March 14 Belgian government of Spaak, forms
March 15 British premier Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
March 16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater New York City after 77 performances
March 19 French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion become overseas depts
March 19 Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as president of U.S.S.R.
March 20 Belgian government of Spaak, resigns
March 21 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
March 21 U.N. set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
March 22 1st U.S. rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
March 22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
March 23 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats North Carolina 43-40
March 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"
March 29 1st Test Cricket between Australia and New Zealand
March 29 Test Cricket debuts of Lindwall, Miller and Tallon
March 30 Australia beats New Zealand in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day
March 30 Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 and 3-19)
March 30 "St. Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 113 performances
March 31 Belgian government of Acker, forms
April 1 400,000 U.S. mine workers strike
April 1 Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
April 1 Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
April 1 Weight Watchers forms
April 5 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
April 7 10th Golf Masters Championship: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282
April 7 Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
April 8 League of Nations assembles for last time
April 9 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
April 10 1st election for Japanese Diet
April 12 Syria gains independence from France
April 13 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage and price freeze over
April 14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater New York City after 167 performances
April 14 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th and final home run
April 16 1st U.S. launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
April 16 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
April 17 Syria declares independence from French administration
April 18 "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater New York City for 734 performances
April 18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals
April 18 League of Nations dissolves, 3 months after United Nations starts
April 18 Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister," premieres in New York City
April 18 U.S. recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
April 19 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
April 20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
April 20 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
April 21 SED, Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
April 22 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
April 23 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
April 24 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, and McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
April 25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent," premieres in London
April 25 "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
April 27 1st radar installation aboard a coml ship installed
April 29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
April 30 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller's 2nd no-hitter beats New York Yankees, 1-0
May 1 Field Marshal Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
May 1 Mrs. Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
May 2 Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die
May 3 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay
May 4 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
May 4 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M. Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)
May 7 William H. Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
May 8 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
May 9 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
May 9 1st variety show on TV "NBC's Hour Glass," premieres
May 9 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by Umberto
May 10 Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yankees 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
May 10 Umberto II succeeds Victor Emmanuel III as king of Italy
May 11 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
May 11 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
May 13 Sarwate and Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians vs. Surrey
May 13 U.S. convicts 58 camp guard of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
May 13 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
May 14 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love," premieres
May 16 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun," starring Ethel Merman premieres in New York City
May 17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
May 17 President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
May 19 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
May 20 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
May 22 Yankees turn triple-play and defeat Tigers' 5-3
May 24 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
May 25 Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
May 25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)
May 26 2-for-42 and hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
May 26 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
May 26 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
May 26 Patent filed in U.S. for H-Bomb
May 28 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yankees 1)
May 29 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
May 30 Braves Bama Rowell double shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field
May 30 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die
June 1 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8
June 1 Spijkenisse soccer team forms in Spijkenisse
June 2 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy, National Day
June 3 1st bikini bathing suit displayed, Paris
June 3 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
June 3 U.S. Supreme Court rules race separation on buses, unconstitutional
June 4 Largest solar prominence, 300,000 mi/500,000 km, observed
June 5 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago, Illinois)
June 6 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
June 6 Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
June 6 Martin Kresses begins publishing "Eric the Viking" comic strip
June 7 U.S. Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel
June 8 "Lute Song" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 142 performances
June 8 Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia
June 9 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire, Dubuque, Iowa
June 9 66,545 fans help Yankees break million attendance mark, the earliest
June 9 Bhumibol Adulyadej, becomes king of Thailand
June 9 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
June 9 New York Giant Mel Ott is 1st manager ejected from both games of a doubleheader
June 10 Italian Republic established
June 10 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, ends term as 1st director of CIA Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, becomes 2nd director of CIA
June 13 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
June 13 King Umberto II of Italy abdicates
June 14 Canadian Library Association established
June 16 46th U.S. Golf Open: Lloyd Mangrum shoots a 284 at Canterbury Golf Club Cleveland
June 16 "Annie Get Your Gun" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 1147 performances
June 17 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St. Louis
June 19 1st TV sports spectacular - Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn
June 20 New York City transit begins using Pennsylvania system - Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
June 21 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas Texas
June 21 Bill Veeck purchases the Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million
June 21 Federal judge rules Seattle club doesn't have to play returning serviceman
June 22 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 vs. India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket
June 24 11.72" (29.77 cm) of rainfall at Mellen Wisconsin (state 24-hour record)
June 24 Georges Bidault elected premier of France
June 26 Dutch Nazi collaborator Arnold Meijer sentenced to 5 years
June 26 Fred Allen's last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny
June 28 Enrico de Nicola becomes 1st President of Italy
June 28 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins
June 29 "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater New York City after 264 performances
June 29 "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 219 performances
June 29 Black Sabbath-Brits arrest 2700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorist
June 29 British mandatory government of Palestine arrests 100 leaders of Yishnuv
July 1 Rajah cedes Sarawak to British crown
July 1 U.S. drops atom bomb on Bikini atoll (4th atomic explosion)
July 2 Dutch Beel government forms
July 2 Harbor workers end strike at Rotterdam and Amsterdam
July 3 1st Dutch government of Beel forms
July 4 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
July 4 Philippines gains independence from U.S.
July 5 Louis Reard's bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show
July 6 53rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats Louise Brough (62 64)
July 6 60th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Yvon Petra beats G Brown (62 64 79 57 64)
July 6 "St. Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 113 performances
July 7 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini canonized as 1st American saint
July 8 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
July 8 "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 8 performances
July 9 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
July 10 Belgian government of Acker, resigns
July 11 Kingman Douglass, ends term as deputy director of CIA
July 12 Vance Dinges hits only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park home run
July 13 "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 8 performances
July 14 Cleveland Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles and a home run but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 home runs with 8 RBIs
July 14 Dr. Ben Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" published
July 14 Mass murder on Jews in Kielce Poland
July 15 British North Borneo Co transfers rights to British crown
July 16 Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (1st time in San Francisco history)
July 16 U.S. court martials 46 SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau
July 21 Jesus T. Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor
July 22 Estelle Bennett, rocker (Ronettes)
July 22 Menachen Begin's opposition group surprise attack on King David hotel
July 23 Menachem Begins opposition group bombs King David Hotel
July 24 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League), die in a bus crash
July 24 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
July 25 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
July 25 U.S. detonates underwater A-bomb at Bikini, 5th atomic explosion
July 26 President Truman orders desegregation of all U.S. forces
July 27 Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs
July 30 1st rocket attains 100 mi (167 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico
August 1 President Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
August 3 Belgian government of Huysmans, forms
August 6 U.S. officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court
August 8 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney and John Galbreath for $25 million
August 8 India agrees to give Bhutan 32 miles
August 9 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
August 13 Britain transfers illegal immigrants bound to Palestine, to Cyprus
August 16 Great Calcutta blood bath - Moslem/Hindu riot (3-4,000 die)
August 17 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique," premieres
August 18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
August 22 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
August 22 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
August 23 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
August 25 28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon
August 26 George Orwell published "Animal Farm"
September 1 1st U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Berg
September 1 Greece votes for monarchy
September 2 Johnny Neun replaces Bill Dickey as Yankee manager
September 2 Nehru forms government in India
September 5 Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game
September 5 "Yours Is My Heart" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 36 performances
September 6 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
September 6 Terence Rattigan's "Winslow Boy," premieres in London
September 8 60th U.S. Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats Patricia Canning (119 63)
September 8 66th U.S. Mens Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Tom Brown, Jr. (97 63 60)
September 8 Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount (CPL) strikes out minors record 456
September 8 Bulgaria ends monarchy
September 8 Jack Kramer wins U.S. Tennis Open
September 8 San Francisco 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to New York Yankees 21-7
September 11 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
September 12 Court martial convicts Henry de Man to 20 years, in Brussels
September 13 Boston Red Sox clinch AL pennant
September 15 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
September 17 "Gypsy Lady," opens at Century Theater New York City for 79 performances
September 17 "If the Shoe Fits," opens at Century Theater New York City for 20 performances
September 18 Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
September 20 Churchill argues for a "US of Europe"
September 21 Indians play their final game in League Park, ending a 55-year stay
September 24 Yankees set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs
September 26 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes until June 1993
September 27 King George II of Greece returns from exile
September 28 Greek king George II back in Athens
September 29 1st time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards and Dodgers)
September 29 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
September 29 Al Couture knockouts Ralph Walton in Lewiston Maine in 10 seconds
September 29 Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
September 29 NPS, Nationale Party Suriname, forms
September 30 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg
September 30 Von Ribbentrop and Goering sentence to death by Nuremberg trial
October 1 12 war criminals sentenced to death in Nuremberg
October 1 1st NL playoffs, Dodgers vs Cards (St. Louis wins 2 games to 0)
October 1 Bob Feller 348th strikeout of season
October 2 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
October 3 Cards beat Dodgers 8-4 at Ebbets Field to win NL playoffs 2-0
October 5 "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 36 performances
October 6 90 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
October 6 President Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine
October 7 Charles Ives' 2nd string quartet, premieres
October 8 Kwo-less-shrew selects General Chiang Kai-shek as president of China
October 8 Military plane crashes at Christian HBS, 24 die
October 9 1st electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50
October 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Iceman Cometh," premieres in New York City
October 10 Max Frisch' "Die Chinesische Mauer," premieres in Zurich
October 14 Netherland and Indonesia sign cease fire
October 15 Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
October 15 Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
October 15 St. Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series
October 16 10 Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials
October 18 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony, premieres
October 20 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs New York Giants
October 22 2 British ships sink near Albania
October 23 U.N. General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st New York City-Flushing Meadows)
October 24 Netherlands and Indonesia sign cease fire
October 25 1st trial against nazi war criminals in Neurenberg
October 27 Georgi Domitrovs National Front wins Bulgaria elections (78%)
October 28 German rocket engineers begin work in U.S.S.R.
November 1 Charles S. Johnson becomes 1st black president of Fisk University
November 1 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck's right foot is amputated
November 1 German "Country" Nedersaksen forms
November 1 Marken soccer team forms
November 1 New York Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66
November 1 WABC becomes WCBS radio in New York City
November 1 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (New York City)
November 1 West German state of Niedersachsen formed
November 3 Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution
November 4 "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 72 performances
November 4 U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization formed
November 5 John F. Kennedy elected to House of Representatives
November 7 "Bal Negre" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 54 performances
November 8 Jean-Paul Sartre's "La Putain Respecteuse," premieres in Paris
November 9 President Truman ends wage/price freeze
November 10 Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election
November 11 New York Knicks' 1st game at Madison Square Garden loses 78-68 to Chicago Stags
November 12 1st "autobank" (banking by car) forms (Chicago)
November 12 Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released
November 13 1st artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mount Greylock, MA
November 13 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI vs. the MCC
November 14 Dutch Dakota flight to Schiphol crashes, kills 11
November 15 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
November 19 Bradman scores 119 South Australia vs. Victoria, 183 minutes, 8 fours
November 20 Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest," premieres in New York City
November 21 Georgi Dimitrov elected premier of Bulgaria
November 21 Harry Truman becomes 1st U.S. president to travel in a submerged sub
November 23 34th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 28-6
November 23 French Navy fire in Haiphong Vietnam, kills 6,000
November 23 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater New York City after 79 performances
November 27 English soccer team beats Netherlands, 8-2
November 28 French government of Bidault, resigns
November 28 Landverrader Anton Mussert to death sentenced
November 29 Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities
November 30 Bradman scores 187 in 1st Test Cricket vs. England at the Gabba
December 1 Australia compile 645 vs. India at the Gabba (Bradman 187)
December 3 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)
December 3 U.S. government asks United Nations to order dictator Franco out of Spain
December 5 President Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order 9808
December 7 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
December 8 Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight
December 11 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label
December 11 Spain suspended from UN
December 11 U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
December 12 Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building and burying 38
December 12 Tide detergent introduced
December 12 U.N. accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr
December 13 Leon Blum elected French premier
December 14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 323 performances
December 14 Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN
December 14 U.N. General Assembly votes to establish United Nations HQs in New York City
December 15 Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
December 15 Giants Filchock and Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
December 17 Bradman and Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea
December 17 U.S. V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM
December 18 TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run
December 19 Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860," premieres in London
December 19 War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
December 20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres
December 21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
December 21 Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," premieres
December 21 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater New York City after 20 performances
December 21 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show," premieres in Indianapolis
December 22 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 54 performances
December 22 Cleveland Browns beat New York Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
December 23 Belgian Council of State forms
December 23 Highest ridership in New York City subway history (8.8 million passengers)
December 23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne U, because they may use a black player in their basketball game
December 24 4th French republic established
December 24 U.S. General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor Nazi's" amnesty
December 25 Constitution accepted in Taiwan
December 26 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
December 26 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 111 performances
December 26 Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
December 26 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater New York City for 60 performances
December 31 French troops leave Lebanon
December 31 President Truman officially proclaims end of WW II