1949 in History
January 1 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 1 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, California (MET) begins broadcasting
January 1 Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
January 2 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 3 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
January 5 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra
January 5 President Harry S Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
January 7 1st photo of genes taken at University of South California by Pease and Baker
January 8 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 429 performances
January 8 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 95 performances
January 8 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater New York City after 134 performances
January 10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
January 10 RCA introduces 45 RPM record
January 11 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
January 12 "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" premieres on CBS TV
January 12 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
January 13 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 180 performances
January 14 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
January 15 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
January 16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, California (NBC) 1st broadcast
January 16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
January 18 South African Reverend Andries P. Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer
January 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
January 20 J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen
January 20 President Truman announces his point 4 program
January 21 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
January 22 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 121 performances
January 22 Chinatown telephone exchange closed
January 25 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale and Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
January 25 1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins
January 26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 27 Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
January 28 New York Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin and Ford Smith
January 28 U.N. Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
January 29 England, Belgium, Lux, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland recognize Israel
January 31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
February 1 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used
February 1 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
February 2 1st 45 RPM record released
February 2 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident
February 4 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
February 5 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic
February 7 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (New York Yankees)
February 8 Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison
February 10 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, New York City
February 11 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
February 12 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 1147 performances
February 12 Panic in Quito Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio
February 12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
February 12 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
February 14 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
February 14 Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
February 15 Dmitri Shostakovich' "Song of the Woods," premieres in Leningrad
February 17 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
February 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
February 17 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
February 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
February 17 Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
February 19 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound
February 19 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater New York City after 339 performances
February 19 Mass arrests of communists in India
February 20 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
February 24 Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
February 24 V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km
February 25 WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
February 26 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
February 27 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
March 1 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ
March 1 The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals
March 2 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
March 2 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Texas, covering 23,452 miles in 94 hours
March 4 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister
March 4 Piet Van de Pol (Netherlands) becomes world champion billiard player
March 4 Security Council of United Nations recommends membership for Israel
March 5 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30
March 8 WAGeorgia TV channel 5 in Atlanta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 8 WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
March 9 Brigadier General Edwin K. Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
March 9 England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
March 10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
March 13 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
March 13 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
March 15 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, Pennsylvania (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 15 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 18 NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, treaty ratified
March 18 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 19 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
March 21 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, Florida (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
March 23 Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story," premieres in New York City
March 24 21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet," Laurence Olivier and Jane Wyman win
March 24 Walter and John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
March 25 SS police chief Rauter request for a pardon, denied
March 26 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36
March 29 Turkey recognizes Israel
March 31 Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province
April 3 KQW-AM in San Francisco, California changes call letters to KCBS
April 3 North Atlantic Treaty, pact signed by U.S., Britain, France and Canada
April 3 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
April 4 Israel and Jordan sign armistice agreement
April 4 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Washington D.C.)
April 4 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
April 7 "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 1928 performances
April 9 U.N. International Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel and awards Britain damages
April 10 13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282
April 13 3rd NBA Championship: Minnesota Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 4 games to 2
April 14 International Military Tribunal at Neurenberg's last judgment
April 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
April 16 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
April 18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
April 19 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8
April 19 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
April 20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
April 23 Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
April 23 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco
April 23 Netherlands annexes Elten and Tudderen
April 24 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman and Kiss Me Kate win
April 25 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse," premieres in Basel
April 25 Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
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 U.S. Viking rocket; reached 80 km
May 4 Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
May 5 Council of Europe forms
May 5 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
May 5 Statue of Council of Europe drawn
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 leader of Monaco
May 11 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 in New York City
May 11 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of U.N.
May 11 Siam renames itself Thailand
May 12 1st foreign woman ambassador received in U.S. (S V L Pandit India)
May 12 West begins Berlin Airlift to get supplies around Soviet blockade
May 13 1st British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
May 14 75th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56
May 14 "Love Life" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 252 performances
May 14 Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral
May 17 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland
May 18 Antiquarian Booksellers Assoc 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 Variety, moves to NBC
May 30 East Germans 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 31 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA
May 31 Charley Lupica begins stay on 4' platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, and stays 117 days)
June 1 1st magazine on microfilm offered to subscribers (Newsweek)
June 1 British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
June 1 KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting
June 1 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz wed for the second time
June 1 Microfilm copies of "Newsweek" magazine 1st offered
June 2 Transjordan renamed Jordan
June 3 Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio, KFI in Los Angeles
June 3 GN Clark becomes 1st female U.S. treasurer
June 4 "Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950
June 6 "It Pays To Be Ignorant," game Show, debut on CBS-TV
June 6 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast
June 8 Siam changes name to Thailand
June 9 Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of U.S.
June 10 Istvan Dobi becomes Hungarian premier
June 11 49th U.S. Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah CC ILL
June 11 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2
June 11 Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m, 29:28.2
June 14 State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor
June 14 WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
June 15 Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel
June 16 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa
June 18 "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 180 performances
June 20 Central Intelligence Agency Act, passes
June 22 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for hw boxing title
June 23 1st 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School
June 23 Dutch Constellation plunge at Bari in sea, 33 die
June 24 A M de Jong's murderer, Ton van Gog arrested in Scheveningen, Netherlands
June 24 Cargo airlines 1st licensed by U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board
June 24 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
June 25 Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote)
June 26 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote (CVP gains)
June 27 "Captain Video and His Video Rangers," debut on DUMONT-TV
June 29 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
June 29 U.S. troops withdraw from Korea after WW II
June 30 Dutch troops evacuate Djakarta
July 1 63rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ted Schroeder beat Drobny (36 60 63 46 64)
July 1 Bao Dai's Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France
July 1 WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
July 1 WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 2 56th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: L Brough beats M duPont (10-8 16 10-8)
July 2 "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater New York City after 727 performances
July 2 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
July 5 New York Giants purchase Monty Irvin and Henry Thompson, their 1st blacks
July 6 Cincinnati Red Walker Cooper gets 10 RBIs
July 6 Freak heat wave sent central coast of Portugal to 158 degrees F for 2 minutes
July 7 "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" opens at Broadway New York City for 76 performances
July 7 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 and 1967
July 8 Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for New York Giants
July 9 Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony, premieres
July 10 1st practical rectangular TV tube announced-Toledo, Oh
July 10 WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting
July 12 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
July 12 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence
July 12 Dutch KLM Constellation crashes near Bombay, 45 die
July 12 Los Angeles Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin
July 13 Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics
July 14 U.S.S.R. explodes their 1st atom bomb
July 15 Czechoslovakian tennis stars Jaroslav Drobny and Vladimir Cernik, defect to US
July 15 "Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 308 performances
July 15 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 19 Laos becomes associated state within French Union
July 20 Israel's 19 month war of independence ends
July 20 Vasil Kolarov elected premier of Bulgaria
July 21 Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO)
July 23 Test Cricket debut of Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days
July 24 Inidian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 home runs to beat Senators, 7-5
July 25 St. Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Brooklyn 14-1
July 26 WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 27 1st jet-propelled airline, De Havilland Comet, flies
July 29 Airlift in West-Germany to West-Berlin ends
July 29 BBC radio begins broadcasting
July 30 British warship HMS Amethyst escape down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
July 31 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Florida, kills SS and 3rd baseman
August 3 Basketball Assoc of America and National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
August 3 Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
August 4 NBL and NBAA merge into National Basketball Association
August 5 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6000 die
August 6 Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop
August 7 "All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 121 performances
August 8 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy
August 10 Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
August 10 National Military Establishment renamed Department of Defense
August 11 1st Naples-Capri swim, 17 miles (27 km) (Giovanni Gambi)
August 11 Gaston Eyskens forms Belgiangovt
August 12 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
August 14 Military coup under colonel Sami Hinnawi in Syria
August 15 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
August 18 Hungary adopts constitution
August 18 Ralph Flanagan and his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"
August 20 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
August 20 Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution
August 21 Philadelphia 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
August 24 NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, goes into effect
August 28 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
August 28 Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill, New York
August 29 U.S.S.R. explodes its 1st atomic bomb
August 30 Roly Jenkins (Worcs vs. Surrey) takes his 2nd hat-trick of the game
August 30 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 1 1st network detective series-Private Eyes-premieres
September 1 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
September 1 Viljo Heino runs world record 10k (29:27.2)
September 2 Fire in riverfront area kills 1,700 (Chungking China)
September 3 Fire in Chiang-king, China, destroys 7,000 lives
September 4 Marie Robie sinks 393 yd hole-in-one (1st hole in Furnace Brook)
September 5 63rd U.S. Womens Tennis: M Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart (64 61)
September 5 69th U.S. Mens Tennis: Pancho Gonzales beat Schroeder (1618 26 61 62 64)
September 6 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes
September 10 "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" closes at Broadway New York City after 76 performances
September 12 Theodor Heuss elected 1st president, Conrad Adenauer 1st Prime Minister of West Germany
September 13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in New York City
September 15 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV
September 15 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
September 15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
September 16 KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 17 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
September 17 8th Ryder Cup: U.S. beats Europe, 7-5 at Ganton GC, England
September 17 North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time
September 17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 18 Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit
September 20 Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3%
September 20 Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional
September 21 Chinese Communist leaders proclaims People's Republic of China
September 21 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created under 3-power occupation
September 22 WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina (CBS) 1st broadcast
September 23 Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant
September 23 Truman announces evidence of U.S.S.R.'s 1st nuclear device detonation
September 25 4th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs
September 25 Despite 71 injuries, Yankees have been in 1st place all season until Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place
September 28 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
September 29 Elia Kazan's "Pinky" starring Ethel Waters opens at Rivoli
September 29 "Front Page," debuts on CBS-TV
September 29 George Lascelles marries Maria Stein
September 29 "Inside USA With Chevrolet," debuts on CBS-TV
September 30 Berlin Airlift ends after 277,000 flights
September 30 Pirates Ralph Kiner hits his 54th home run and NL record 16th in September
October 1 People's Rep of China proclaimed by Mao Tse-tung (National Day)
October 1 Republic of China (Taiwan) forms on island of Formosa
October 2 St. Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3
October 2 U.S.S.R. recognizes People's Republic of China
October 2 Yankees and Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yankees win 5-3 and clinch pennant #16
October 3 WERD, 1st black-owned radio station, opens in Atlanta
October 4 American Contract Bridge League votes 58 % to keep blacks out
October 4 United Nations' permanent New York City headquarters is dedicated
October 5 WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 5 WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, New York (IND) begins
October 6 Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose) sentenced to 10 years and $10,000 fine
October 6 President Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)
October 7 German Dem Rep formed from Russian occupation zone (National Day)
October 7 Otto Greatwohl becomes 1st premier of East Germany
October 7 Wilhelm Pieck becomes 1st president of East Germany
October 9 New York Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1 in 46th World Series
October 10 3rd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Toronto
October 12 Eugenie Anderson becomes 1st woman ambassador nominated in US
October 13 "Touch and Go" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 176 performances
October 14 14 U.S. Communist Party leaders convicted of sedition
October 14 Chinese Red army occupies Canton
October 14 Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
October 15 Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian government
October 15 Billy Graham begins his ministry
October 15 Tripura accedes to Indian union
October 16 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, Missouri (NBC) begins broadcasting
October 19 A's trade 2nd baseman Nellie Fox to White Sox for Joe Tipton
October 19 Yankees trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds
October 22 200 killed in train derailment near Nowy Dwor Poland
October 22 Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:21.2)
October 26 President Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
October 28 Eugenie Anderson is 1st woman U.S. ambassador
October 28 Georges Bidault elected president of France
October 29 White Sox trade Joe Tipton to A's for Nellie Fox
October 30 Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical premieres in New York City
October 30 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 281 performances
October 31 Amsterdam Telegraph-director/SS'er Henri Holdert sentenced to 12 years
October 31 "Regina" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 86 performances
October 31 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
November 2 Netherland recognizes Indonesia as a sovereign state
November 4 "One Man's Family" premieres on TV
November 6 Greeks civil war ends
November 7 King Faruk disbands Egyptian parliament
November 9 Costa Rica adopts Constitution
November 11 WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast
November 15 KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 15 WSAZ TV channel 3 in Huntington-Charleston, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
November 18 NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP
November 19 Prince Rainier III coronation as 30th ruling Prince of Monaco
November 20 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
November 21 Bill Veeck sells Indians for $22 million
November 24 Britain nationalizes it's steel and iron industry
November 24 Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs
November 25 "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts
November 25 Ted Williams, wins AL MVP
November 26 37th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15
November 26 India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic
November 28 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" opens at Mark Hellinger New York City for 293 performances
November 29 Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
November 29 Uranium mine explosions in East Germany kills 3,700
November 30 Chinese Communists captured Chungking
November 30 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 1 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 1 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 3 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (CBS) begins
December 4 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
December 5 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title
December 7 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
December 7 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
December 8 Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
December 8 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 740 performances
December 8 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," premieres in New York City
December 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Indonesian sovereignty
December 9 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, San Francisco '49ers and Baltimore Colts from AAFC
December 11 Chicago Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Chicago Cards (52-29)
December 11 Cleveland Browns beat San Francisco '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
December 11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, Texas (NBC) 1st broadcast
December 12 AL votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball
December 13 AL votes down proposal to revive spitball
December 13 Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem
December 15 Albert Camus' "Les Justes" premieres in Paris
December 16 Sukarno becomes president Indonesia, Mokammed Hatta premier
December 17 Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
December 17 "Regina" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 86 performances
December 18 Philadelphia Eagles beat Los Angeles Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
December 19 Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Garelock Scotland
December 19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 20 Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty and the Beast," premieres
December 21 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
December 27 Queen Juliana (Netherlands) grants sovereignty to Indonesia
December 27 United States of Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
December 28 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs
December 29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)
December 29 Hungary nationalized its industries
December 30 India recognizes People's Republic of China
December 31 18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia