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Gregorian calendar 1946

Ab urbe condita 2699
Armenian calendar 1395
Bahá'í calendar 102 – 103
Buddhist calendar 2490
Coptic calendar 1662 – 1663
Ethiopian calendar 1938 – 1939
Hebrew calendar 5706 5707
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2001 – 2002
 - Shaka Samvat 1868 – 1869
 - Kali Yuga 5047 – 5048
Holocene calendar 11946
Iranian calendar 1324 – 1325
Islamic calendar 1365 – 1366
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 21年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2606
Julian calendar 1991
Korean calendar 4279
Thai solar calendar 2489
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  • January 6 – A revised and streamlined revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat opens on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
  • January 7 – The Allies recognize the Austrian republic with 1937 borders, and divide the country into 4 occupation zones.

January 10: First meeting of UN.

January 10: Project Diana

  • January 10
    • The first meeting of the United Nations is held in London.
    • Project Diana bounces radar waves off the Moon, measuring the exact distance between the Earth and the Moon, and proving that communication is possible between Earth and outer space, effectively opening the space age.
  • January 11
    • Enver Hoxha declares the People's Republic of Albania, with himself as prime minister.
    • Porfirio Barba-Jacob's ashes go back to Colombia.
  • January 16Charles de Gaulle resigns as a head of a French provisional government.
  • January 17
    • The UN Security Council holds its first session.
    • Senator Dennis Chavez (D-NM) calls for a vote on an FEPC bill which calls for an end to discrimination in the workplace. A filibuster prevents it from passing.
  • January 19 – The Bell X-1 is launched for the first time.
  • January 20Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France.
  • January 22Iran: Qazi Muhammad declares the independent people's Republic of Mahabad at the Chuwarchira Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. He is the new president, Hadschi Baba Scheich is the prime minister.

January 28: Bluenose founders.


  • February 1
    • Trygve Lie of Norway is selected as the first United Nations Secretary General.
    • The Kingdom of Hungary becomes a republic.
  • February 14
    • The Bank of England is nationalized.
    • ENIAC (for "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer"), an early general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • February 15 – Canada indicts 22 communist agents.
  • February 20 – An explosion kills more than 400 coal miners in West Germany.
  • February 24Juan Perón is elected president of Argentina.
  • February 28 – In Philadelphia, General Electric strikers and police clash.


  • March 2
    • British troops withdraw from Iran according to treaty; the Soviets do not.
    • Ho Chi Minh is elected President of North Vietnam.
  • March 4C.G.E. Mannerheim resigns as president of Finland.
  • March 5 – In his speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill talks about the Iron Curtain.
  • March 6Vietnam 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 7 – The 18th Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • March 9
    • Juho Kusti Paasikivi becomes president of Finland.
    • Bolton Wanderers stadium disaster at Burnden Park, Bolton, England, 33 killed and hundreds amongst the injured
  • March 10 – British troops begin withdrawing from Lebanon.
  • March 15Clement Attlee promises independence to India as soon as they can agree on a constitution.
  • March 19
  • March 22 – The United Kingdom grants Transjordan, as it is then known, its independence; 3 years later the country changes its name to Jordan.[1]
  • March 29 – The Gold Coast has an African majority in its parliament.


  • April 1
    • A 14-meter high tsunami strikes Hilo and Laupāhoehoe on the Big Island of Hawaii; 173 are killed, thousands injured.
    • The Malayan Union is formed.
    • Singapore becomes a Crown colony.
  • April 3 – Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed outside Manila, the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.
  • April 10 – In Japan, women vote for the first time, during elections for the House of Representatives of the 90th Imperial Diet.
  • April 17Syria's independence from France is officially recognized.
  • April 18
    • The inaugural session of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) occurs.
    • The United States recognizes Josip Broz Tito's government in Yugoslavia.
    • The League of Nations, in its last meeting, transfers its mission to the United Nations and disbands itself.
  • April 23 – The Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League (Which is now the CBA) is founded.
  • April 27FA Cup: Derby County beat Charlton Athletic in the first FA Cup final since the end of the war
  • April 28Pestalozzi Children’s Village (Kinderdorf Pestalozzi) established at Trogen in Switzerland to accommodate and educate orphans of World War II according to Pestalozzian principles.[2]
  • April 29 – Trial against war criminals begin in Tokyo; the accused include Hideki Tōjō, Shigenori Tōgō and Hiroshi Ōshima.


  • May 1 – At least 800 Indigenous Australian pastoral workers walk off the job in Northwest Western Australia, starting one of the longest industrial strikes in Australia.
  • May 2 – Six inmates unsuccessfully try to escape from Alcatraz Prison. A riot occurs, the so-called "Battle of Alcatraz".
  • 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 his son Humbert II.
  • May 10
    • Nehru is elected leader of the Congress Party in India.
    • The first V-2 rocket is successfully launched at the White Sands Missile Range.
  • May 20 – The British House of Commons decides to nationalize mines.
  • May 21 – At the Los Alamos Laboratory, Dr. Louis Slotin saves his coworkers but receives a fatal dose of ionizing radiation (the incident is initially classified).
  • May 22 – The Kingdom of Transjordan is founded.
  • May 25 – The parliament of Transjordan makes emir Abdullah their king.
  • May 26Czechoslovak parliamentary election, with Communist victory (38%), last before communist take power
  • May 31 – A Greek referendum supports the return of the monarchy.


  • June 1Ion Antonescu, prime minister and "Conducator" (Leader) of Romania during World War II is executed; he was found guilty of betraying the Romanian people for benefits of Germany and sentenced to death by the Bucharest People's Tribunal.
  • June 2 – In a referendum, Italians decide to turn Italy from a monarchy into a republic. Women vote for the first time.
  • June 3 – The Interpol organization re-founded, telegraphic address “Interpol” adopted.
  • 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 Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) accedes the throne after the mysterious death of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII).
  • June 10 – Italy is declared a republic.
  • June 13Humbert II of Italy leaves the country and goes into exile in Portugal; Alcide de Gasperi becomes head of state.
  • June 14 – The Baruch Plan is proposed to the United Nations
  • June 17
    • A tornado on the Detroit River kills 17.
    • Laurence Olivier's Henry V opens in the United States nearly 2 years after its release in England. It is the first Shakespeare film in color, and critics hail it as the finest film of a Shakespeare play ever made.
  • June 231946 Vancouver Island earthquake.
  • June 25International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (World Bank) begins operations.
  • June 30 – The War Relocation Authority is abolished.


  • July 1Nuclear testing: Operation Crossroads, a series of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in Micronesia, is initiated by detonation of Able at an altitude of 520 feet (158 m).
  • July 4
    • Ankara University is founded in Turkey.
    • After over 381 years of Western dominance, the Philippines attains full independence.
  • July 5Bikinis go on sale in Paris.
  • July 7
    • Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini becomes the first American saint to be canonized.
    • Howard Hughes nearly dies in a test flight of the Hughes XF-11 and crashes it in a suburban Beverly Hills neighborhood because of a propeller malfunction.
  • July 16Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within Department of the Interior (formed by merger of Grazing Service and General Land Office).
  • July 21 – An Irgun bomb explodes in Jerusalem because of secretive talks between Jews and Britain to consolidate the state of Israel.
  • July 22King David Hotel bombing: The Irgun bombs the King David Hotel (headquarters of the British civil and military administration) in Jerusalem, 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 device during Operation Crossroads.
    • At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.
    • In the last mass lynching in the United States, a mob of white men shoot and kill two African-American couples near Moore's Ford Bridge in Georgia.


  • August 1
    • The Atomic Energy Commission is established.
    • The Hungarian Forint is introduced in Hungary by the government, ending the world's biggest hyperinflation in the country.
  • August 3Holiday World, originally called Santa Claus Land, opens to the public. It became the 1st themed park preceding Disneyland by 9 years.
  • August 4 – The 1946 Dominican Republic earthquake (magnitude 8.0) hits the northern Dominican Republic, killing 100, and leaving 20,000 homeless.
  • August 16 The Kurdistan Democratic Party is founded in South Kurdistan.
  • August 18 – The Vergarolla explosion in Croatia kills 70.
  • August 19 – Violence between Muslims and Hindus in Calcutta leaves 3,000 dead.
  • August 25Ben Hogan wins the PGA Championship.



  • October 1Mensa International is founded in the United Kingdom.
  • October 2 – Communists take over in Bulgaria.
  • October 10 – Commencement of the Noakhali genocide of Hindus in Bengal at the hands of Muslim mobs.
  • October 13 – France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic.
  • October 14International Organization for Standardization (ISO) founded.
  • October 15Nuremberg Trials: Hermann Göring, founder of the Gestapo and recently convicted Nazi war criminal, poisons himself hours before his scheduled execution.
  • October 16
    • Nazi War criminals convicted in the Nuremberg Trials are executed by hanging in a gymnasium in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice premises.
    • The United Nations' first meeting in Long Island is held.


  • November 1 – In the first Basketball Association of America game, the New York Knicks defeat the Toronto Huskies 68–66 at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.
  • November 4UNESCO established as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
  • November 5Senate and House elections in the United States both give majorities to the Republicans.
  • November 10
    • At least 1,400 people are killed in an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale, in the Ancash Region and Quiches District in Peru.
    • The Slimbridge Wetland Reserve opens in England.
  • November 12
    • A truce is declared between Indonesian nationalist troops and the Dutch army in Indonesia.
    • In Chicago, a branch of the Exchange National Bank (now part of the LaSalle Bank) opens the first 10 drive-up teller windows.
  • November 15 – The Netherlands recognizes the Republic of Indonesia.
  • November 17 – Eight British servicemen are killed in Jerusalem by Jewish nationalists.
  • November 19
    • Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations.
    • Romanian general election, 1946: The Romanian Communist Party wins 79.86% of the vote through widespread intimidation tactics and electoral fraud.
  • November 22Tony Benn is elected as Treasurer of the Oxford Union.
  • November 23
    • Vietnamese riot in Haiphong and clash with French troops. The French cruiser Suffren opens fire, killing 6,000 Vietnamese.
    • The Workers Party of South Korea is founded.
  • November 27Cold 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 1Miguel Alemán Valdés takes office as President of Mexico.
  • December 2 The International Whaling Commission was signed in Washington to "provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry".
  • December 7 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, United States kills 119.
  • December 11UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund) is founded.
  • December 12
    • The United Nations severs relations with Franco's Spain and recommends that member countries sever diplomatic relations.
    • Léon Blum founds a government of socialist parties in France.
    • Iranian troops recapture the Azerbaijan province and the Kurdish Republic of Mahabad, both of which had seceded earlier in the year.
  • December 14 – The International Labour Organization becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
  • December 16Siam joins the United Nations (changes name to Thailand in 1949).
  • December 19Viet Minh forces begin a war against French occupying forces in Vietnam, succeeding in 1954 with France's surrender at Dien Bien Phu.
  • December 20
    • Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, and Thomas Mitchell, is released in New York.
    • At least 1,362 people are killed in an earthquake and associated tsunami in Japan.
  • December 22 – The Havana Conference begins between U.S. organized crime bosses in Havana, Cuba.
  • December 24 – France's Fourth Republic is founded.
  • December 25 – The first artificial, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in Europe was initiated within the Soviet (Russian) nuclear reactor F-1.
  • December 26
    • The Flamingo Hotel opens on the Las Vegas Strip.
    • David Lean's Great Expectations, based on the Charles Dickens novel, and featuring John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Martita Hunt, Alec Guinness, Francis L. Sullivan, Jean Simmons, and Finlay Currie, is released to great acclaim in the UK.
  • December 31 – President Harry Truman delivers Proclamation 2714, which officially ends hostilities in World War II.

Date unknown[]

  • The 20 mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun contract is released.
  • Female suffrage is enacted in Belgium, Romania, Yugoslavia, Argentina and the Canadian province of Quebec.
  • The first female police officers are hired in Korea and Japan.
  • The Chinese Civil War intensifies between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China.
  • The first Tupperware is sold in department and hardware stores.
  • The British government takes emergency powers to deal with the balance-of-payments crisis.
  • Eva Perón tours Spain, Italy and France on behalf of Argentina, a circuit called the Rainbow Tour.
  • The NFL team San Francisco 49ers is formed.
  • The Casio Company is founded by engineer Tadao Kashio.
  • Binghamton University is founded.



  • January 1
    • Roberto Rivelino, Brazilian football player
    • Alain Voss, Brazilian-French comics artist (d. 2011)
  • January 3
    • John Paul Jones, English rock bassist (Led Zeppelin)
    • Cissy King, American dancer and singer
  • January 5Diane Keaton, American actress and film director
  • January 6Syd Barrett, English rock guitarist and singer (Pink Floyd) (d. 2006)
  • January 8
    • Stanton Peele, American psychologist
    • Robby Krieger, American rock musician (The Doors)
  • January 9Mogens Lykketoft, Danish politician
  • January 11
    • Ha Yu, Hong Kong actor
    • Naomi Judd, American country singer
    • John Piper, American theologian
  • January 12George Duke, American musician
  • January 14Harold Shipman, British serial killer (d. 2004)
  • January 16
    • Kabir Bedi, Indian actor
    • Katia Ricciarelli, Italian singer
  • January 18Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councillor
  • January 19
    • Julian Barnes, English novelist
    • Dolly Parton, American country singer and actress
  • January 20David Lynch, American film director
  • January 21Johnny Oates, American baseball player and manager (d. 2004)
  • January 22
    • Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (d. 2010)
    • Serge Savard, Canadian hockey player and executive
  • January 24Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor
  • January 26Gene Siskel, American film critic (d. 1999)
  • January 27Nedra Talley, American singer (Ronettes)
  • January 29Bettye Lavette, American soul singer-songwriter
  • January 31Terry Kath, American rock musician (d. 1978)
  • February 1Elisabeth Sladen, English actress (d. 2011)
  • February 2
    • Blake Clark, American actor and comedian
    • Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea
  • February 5Charlotte Rampling, British actress
  • February 6Jim Turner, American politician
  • February 7Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (d. 2011)
  • February 9Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • February 13Colin Matthews, British composer
  • February 14
    • Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (d. 2003)
    • Gregory Hines, American dancer and actor (d. 2003)
  • February 19Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
  • February 20Brenda Blethyn, English actress
  • February 21
    • Tyne Daly, American actress
    • Alan Rickman, English actor
    • Anthony Daniels, English actor
  • February 25
    • Franz Xaver Kroetz, German dramatist
    • Jean Todt, French motorsport boss
  • February 26Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • February 28
    • Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
    • Don Francisco, American Christian musician


  • March 1
    • Jan Kodes, Czech tennis player
    • Lana Wood, American actress and producer
  • March 4
    • Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur
    • Haile Gerima, Ethiopian filmmaker
    • Harvey Goldsmith, British impresario
  • March 5Lova Moor, French singer and dancer
  • March 6David Gilmour, English rock musician (Pink Floyd)
  • March 7Peter Wolf, American rock musician (The J. Geils Band)
  • March 10Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • March 12Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress
  • March 13Yonatan Netanyahu, American-born Israeli Army officer, killed in Operation Entebbe (d. 1976)
  • March 15Bobby Bonds, American baseball player and manager (d. 2003)
  • March 17Georges J. F. Kohler, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1995)
  • March 21
    • Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor
    • Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of Yemen
  • March 25Cliff Balsam, English footballer
  • March 26Johnny Crawford, American child actor and musician
  • March 27Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers)
  • March 28Alejandro Toledo, former President of Peru
  • March 29Billy Thorpe, English-born Australian singer-songwriter (d. 2007)
  • March 30Carolyn Simpson, judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • March 31Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player (d. 1984)
  • April 4Dave Hill, English guitarist (Slade)
  • April 5
    • Jane Asher, English actress
    • Björn Granath, Swedish actor
  • April 7
    • Colette Besson, French track and field athlete (d. 2005)
    • Léon Krier, Luxembourgian architect
  • April 12Ed O'Neill, American actor
  • April 16Margot Adler, American journalist
  • April 19Tim Curry, British actor, singer and composer
  • April 20Julien Poulin, Canadian actor
  • April 25
    • John Fox, British statistician
    • Talia Shire, American actress
    • Strobe Talbott, American journalist
    • Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russian politician
  • April 30 – King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden


  • May 1Joanna Lumley, English actress and author
  • May 2Lesley Gore, American rock singer
  • May 4John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • May 7Thelma Houston, American singer
  • May 9
    • Candice Bergen, American actress
    • Drafi Deutscher, German Schlager singer (d. 2006)
  • May 10
    • Donovan Leitch, Scottish rock musician
    • Dave Mason, English rock musician (Traffic)
  • May 11Robert Jarvik, American physicist and artificial heart inventor
  • May 12Richard Bruce Silverman, John Evans Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University
  • May 16Robert Fripp, British musician
  • May 17Udo Lindenberg, German musician
  • May 18Reggie Jackson, American baseball player
  • May 19
    • André the Giant, French professional wrestler (d. 1993)
    • Claude Lelièvre, Belgian Commissioner for Children Rights
  • May 20Cher, American actress and rock singer
  • May 22George Best, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2005)
  • May 23Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • May 26Mick Ronson, English guitarist (d. 1993)
  • May 28 – K. Satchidanandan, Malayalam poet
  • May 29Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • May 30Candy Lightner, American founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • June 2Peter Sutcliffe, English serial killer
  • June 7
    • Robert Tilton, American televangelist and author
    • Jenny Jones, Palestinian-Canadian comedienne and talk show hostess
  • June 8Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of St. Lucia
  • June 10Fernando Balzaretti, Mexican actor (d. 1998)
  • June 14Donald Trump, American real estate magnate
  • June 15
    • Demis Roussos, Greek singer
    • Noddy Holder, English rock singer (Slade)
    • Janet Lennon, American singer (The Lennon Sisters)
  • June 17Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative for the Ninth Congressional District of Ohio
  • June 18
    • Russell Ash, British author
    • Fabio Capello, Italian football player and manager
  • June 20Xanana Gusmão, first President of East Timor
  • June 22Kay Redfield Jamison, American psychiatrist
  • June 23Ted Shackelford, American actor
  • June 24
    • Ellison Onizuka, American astronaut (d. 1986)
    • Robert Reich, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor
  • June 28Gilda Radner, American comedienne and actress (d. 1989)
  • June 29Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (d. 2004)


  • July 2Richard Axel, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • July 4
    • Ed O'Ross, American actor
    • Michael Milken, American financier
    • Sam Hunt, New Zealand poet
  • July 6
  • July 9
    • Bon Scott, Australian rock singer (AC/DC) (d. 1980)
    • Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience) (d. 2008)
  • July 11Jack Wrangler, American porn star (d. 2009)
  • July 13Cheech Marin, American actor and comedian
  • July 14John Wood, Australian actor
  • July 15Linda Ronstadt, American singer and songwriter
  • July 16
    • Dave Goelz, American puppeteer
    • Ron Yary, American football player
    • Toshio Furukawa, Japanese voice actor
  • July 17Alun Armstrong, English actor
  • July 19Ilie Năstase, Romanian tennis player
  • July 22
    • Danny Glover, American actor and film director
    • Mireille Mathieu, French singer
  • July 23Sally Flynn, American singer
  • July 25Rita Marley, Jamaican singer
  • July 29Ximena Armas, Chilean painter
  • July 30Neil Bonnett, American race car driver (d. 1994)
  • August 1
    • Mike Emrick, American sportscaster
    • Sandi Griffiths, American singer
  • August 3Jack Straw, British politician
  • August 5Ron Silliman, American poet
  • August 9Jim Kiick, American football player
  • August 12Terry Nutkins, British Naturalist (d. 2012)
  • August 16Lesley Ann Warren, American actress and singer
  • August 17Drake Levin, guitarist for the band Paul Revere & The Raiders.
  • August 19
  • August 20
    • Ralf Hütter, German techno singer and musician (Kraftwerk)
    • N. R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • August 23Keith Moon, English rock drummer (The Who) (d. 1978)
  • August 24John Grahl, British economist
  • August 25
    • Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and children's author
    • Rollie Fingers, American baseball player
  • August 26
    • Valerie Simpson, American singer
    • Mark Snow, American composer
    • Zhou Ji, education minister of the People's Republic of China
  • August 29
    • Bob Beamon, American athlete
    • Leona Gom, Canadian novelist and poet
    • Dimitris Christofias, sixth president of Cyprus


  • September 1
    • Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea
    • Barry Gibb, British/Australian rock musician (Bee Gees)
  • September 2Luis Avalos, Cuban-born American character actor
  • September 3Francisco Trois, Brazilian chess player
  • September 4
    • Gary Duncan, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
    • Greg Elmore, American rock drummer (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
  • September 5
    • Dennis Dugan, American actor and director
    • Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born English singer (Queen) (d. 1991)
  • September 7
    • Willie Crawford, American baseball player (d. 2004)
    • Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist (d. 2001)
  • September 9
    • Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (d. 2004)
    • Doug Ingle, American rock vocalist (Iron Butterfly)
    • Billy Preston, American soul musician (d. 2006)
  • September 10
    • Jim Hines, American athlete
    • Don Powell, English rock drummer (Slade)
  • September 15
    • Tommy Lee Jones, American actor
    • Oliver Stone, American film director and producer
  • September 18Akira Kamiya, Japanese voice actor
  • September 19Connie Kreski, American model (d. 1995)
  • September 21
    • Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councilor
    • Mikhail Kovalchuk, Russian physicist and official
    • Richard St. Clair, American musician and composer
  • September 23Franz Fischler, Austrian politician
  • September 24Lars Emil Johansen, Prime Minister of Greenland
  • September 25
    • Jerry Penrod, American bass player
    • Felicity Kendal, British actress
    • Morari Bapu, Hindu Kathakaar
  • September 26
    • Christine Todd Whitman, American politician
    • Radha Krishna Mainali, Nepalese politician
    • Andrea Dworkin, American feminist and writer (d. 2005)
  • September 28Jeffrey Jones, American actor
  • September 30
    • Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (d. 1993)
    • Claude Vorilhon, French-born 'messenger' of Raelism
  • October 1Tim O'Brien, American author
  • October 2
    • Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, President of the Council for National Security and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army
    • Marie-Georges Pascal, French actress
  • October 3P. P. Arnold, American singer
  • October 4Susan Sarandon, American actress
  • October 6
    • Lloyd Doggett, American politician
    • Renate Holub, German philosopher
  • October 7
    • Xue Jinghua, Chinese ballerina
    • Catharine MacKinnon, American feminist
  • October 8
    • Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian scholar
    • John T. Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (d. 2005)
  • October 9Tansu Çiller, Turkish politician
  • October 10
    • Anne Boyd, Australian musician
    • Chris Tarrant, British radio and TV personality
    • Naoto Kan, Japanese politician
    • Mildred Grieveson (aka: Anne Mather, Caroline Fleming, Cardine Fleming), British writer
  • October 11
    • Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
    • Daryl Hall, American rock musician (Hall & Oates)
    • Sawao Kato, Japanese gymnast
  • October 13
    • Demond Wilson, American actor and minister
    • Edwina Currie, English politician
    • Dorothy Moore, American singer
  • October 14
    • Justin Hayward, English rock singer and songwriter (The Moody Blues)
    • François Bozizé, President of the Central African Republic
  • October 15
    • Richard Carpenter, American pop musician and composer (The Carpenters)
    • John Getz, American actor
    • Marsha Hunt, American singer and novelist
  • October 16
    • Suzanne Somers, American actress and singer
    • Elizabeth Witmer, Dutch-born politician
  • October 17
    • Vicki Hodge, English actress and model
    • Bob Seagren, American athlete and actor
  • October 18
    • James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
    • Howard Shore, Canadian film composer
    • Andrea Zsadon, Hungarian soprano
  • October 19Philip Pullman, English author
  • October 20
    • Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
    • Marty Gervais, Canadian writer,
  • October 21Lyn Allison, Australian politician
  • October 22Eileen Gordon, British politician
  • October 25Edith Leyrer, Austrian actress
  • October 26Pat Sajak, American game-show host
  • October 27
    • Leslie L. Byrne, American politician
    • Ivan Reitman, Slovakian-born film director and producer
  • October 28Sharon Thesen, Canadian poet
  • October 29Kathryn J. Whitmire, Mayor of Houston, Texas
  • October 30
    • Lynne Marta, American actress
    • Andrea Mitchell, American journalist
  • October 31Stephen Rea, Northern Irish actor


  • November 1
    • Ric Grech, British rock bassist (Family, Blind Faith, Traffic) (d. 1990)
    • Lynne Russell, American newsreader
  • November 2Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (d. 2001)
  • November 4Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States
  • November 5
    • Herman Brood, Dutch artist (d. 2001)
    • Loleatta Holloway, American singer
    • Gram Parsons, American musician (d. 1973)
  • November 6Sally Field, American actress and singer
  • November 7Diane Francis, Canadian journalist
  • November 8
    • Stella Chiweshe, Zimbabwean musician
    • John Farrar, Australian guitarist, singer and songwriter (The Shadows & Marvin, Welch & Farrar)
    • Guus Hiddink, Dutch football player and manager
  • November 10Alaina Reed Hall, American actress (d. 2009)
  • November 11Corrine Brown, American politician
  • November 12P. P. Arnold, English singer
  • November 13Ohara Reiko, Japanese actress
  • November 14Carola Dunn, English writer
  • November 15
    • Gwyneth Powell, British actress
    • Sandy Skoglund, American photographer
  • November 16
    • Mahasti, Iranian singer (d. 2007)
    • Terence McKenna, Writer, Philosopher, ethnobotanist and shaman(d. 2000)
  • November 17Petra Burka, Canadian figure skater
  • November 18Andrea Allan, Scottish actress
  • November 20
    • Greg Cook, American football player (d, 2012)
    • Judy Woodruff, American television reporter
  • November 21
    • Emma Cohen, Spanish actress
    • Chaviva Hosek, Czech-born feminist
    • Ulla Jessen, Danish actress
    • Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
    • Marina Warner, English writer
  • November 22Anne Wheeler, Canadian television and film director
  • November 23Diana Quick, English actress
  • November 24Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)
  • November 25Marika Lindstrom, Swedish actress
  • November 26Ottilia Borbath, Romanian actress
  • November 27Nina Maslova, Russian actress
  • November 28Regina Braga, Brazilian actress
  • November 29
    • Brian Cadd, Australian singer-songwriter
    • Suzy Chaffee, American singer and actress
  • November 30
    • Barbara Cubin, U.S. Congresswoman from Wyoming
    • Marina Abramovic, Yugoslavian performance artist


  • December 2Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (d. 1997)
  • December 3
    • Marjana Lipovšek, Slovenian singer and actress
    • Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • December 4
    • Sherry Alberoni, American actress and voice artist
    • You Inoue, Japanese voice actress (d. 2003)
  • December 5
    • José Carreras, Spanish tenor
    • Eva-Britt Svensson, Swedish politician
  • December 6
    • Chelsea Brown, American actress
    • Nancy Brinker, American health activist and diplomat
  • December 8
    • Jacques Bourboulon, French photographer
    • John Rubinstein, American actor
    • Sharmila Tagore, Indian actress
  • December 9Sonia Gandhi, Indian politician
  • December 10
    • Chrystos, American poet
    • Thomas Lux, American poet
  • December 11
    • Ellen Meloy, American writer (d. 2004)
    • Susan Kyle, American writer
  • December 12
    • Gloria Loring, American singer
    • Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing car driver
  • December 14
    • Lynne Marie Stewart, American actress (Pee-wee's Playhouse)
    • Jane Birkin, English actress and singer
    • Patty Duke, American actress
  • December 16
    • Alice Aycock, American sculptor
    • Benny Andersson, Swedish rock singer and songwriter (ABBA)
    • Trevor Pinnock, English harpsichordist and conductor
  • December 17
    • Bel Mooney, English broadcast journalist
    • Eugene Levy, Canadian actor, comedian and director
  • December 18
    • Nina Skottova, Czech politician and member of the European Parliament
    • Steven Spielberg, American film director
    • Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 1977)
  • December 19
    • Candace Pert, American neuroscientist
    • Robert Urich, American actor
  • December 20
    • Lesley Judd, English television presenter
    • John Spencer, American actor (d. 2005)
    • Dick Wolf, American television producer
  • December 21
    • Carl Wilson, American musician (d. 1998)
    • Brian Davison, Rhodesian cricketer and Tasmanian politician
  • December 23
    • Edita Gruberova, Slovakian soprano
    • Susan Lucci, American actress
  • December 24
    • Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, French politician and member of the European Parliament
    • Brenda Howard, American bisexual activist (d. 2005)
    • Jan Akkerman, Dutch rock guitarist (Focus)
  • December 25
    • Jimmy Buffett, American rock singer and songwriter
    • Larry Csonka, American football player
    • Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • December 27
    • Lenny Kaye, American guitarist
    • Janet Street Porter, English broadcast journalist
  • December 28Edgar Winter, American rock musician
  • December 29
    • Marianne Faithfull, English singer and actress
    • Ruth Shady, Peruvian archaeologist
  • December 30
    • Patti Smith, American poet and singer
    • Berti Vogts, German football player and manager
  • December 31Diane von Fürstenberg, Belgian-American fashion designer

Date unknown[]

  • Tyler Burge, American philosopher
  • Jacques Hiron, French journalist and writer
  • Kebby Musokotwane, Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 1996)
  • Afsaneh Najmabadi, Iranian historian and gender theorist
  • Pete Price, Merseyside radio disc jockey
  • Rhie Won-bok, South Korean artist




  • April 1
    • Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (b. 1882)
    • Edward Sheldon, American playwright (b. 1886)
  • April 2Kate Bruce, veteran silent screen actress, made many films with D.W. Griffith (b. 1858)
  • April 3
    • Alf Common, English footballer (b. 1880)
    • Masaharu Homma, Japanese general (executed) (b. 1887)
  • April 5Vincent Youmans, American composer (b. 1898)
  • April 8Qin Bangxian, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1907)
  • April 14Otto Dowling, United States Navy Captain, and the 25th Governor of American Samoa (b. 1881)
  • April 20Mae Busch, American actress (b. 1891)
  • April 21John Maynard Keynes, British economist (b. 1883)
  • April 22
    • Lionel Atwill, English actor (b. 1885)
    • Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1872)
  • May 1Bill Johnston, American tennis champion (b. 1894)
  • May 19Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • May 20Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  • May 31Picoğlu Osman, Turkish kemenche player (b. 1901)
  • June 1
  • June 3Chen Gongbo, 2nd President of Republic of China during Nanjing regime (executed) (b. 1892)
  • June 6Gerhart Hauptmann, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • June 9Ananda Mahidol, King of Siam (b. 1925)
  • June 10Jack Johnson, African-American boxer (b. 1878)
  • June 13Charles Butterworth, American actor (b. 1896)
  • June 14
    • John Logie Baird, Scottish television pioneer (b. 1888)
    • Edward Bowes, American radio personality (b. 1874)
  • June 20Wan Rong, Empress of China (b. 1906)
  • June 23William S. Hart, stage actor and silent film cowboy star (b. 1864/or 65)
  • June 28Antoinette Perry, American actress and director (b. 1888)


  • July – Howard Hyde Russell, Founder, Anti-Saloon League (b. 1855)
  • July 2Mary Alden, American stage & screen actress (b. 1883)
  • July 8Orrick Glenday Johns, American writer (b. 1887)
  • July 12Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist and author (b. 1870)
  • July 13Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer (b. 1864)
  • July 15Razor Smith, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • July 17Campbell Tait, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (b. 1886)
  • July 27Gertrude Stein, American writer (b. 1874)
  • July 30Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov, Russian poet, scientist and revolutionary (b. 1854)
  • August 5Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)
  • August 9Leon Gaumont, French film pioneer (b. 1864)
  • August 13H.G. Wells, English science fiction writer and historian (b. 1866)
  • August 20Rags Ragland, American comedian and actor (b. 1905)
  • August 26Jeanie MacPherson, American actress (b. 1887)
  • August 28Florence Turner, American actress (b. 1885)
  • September 17Frank Burke, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • September 25Heinrich George, German actor (b. 1893)
  • September 29Raimu, French actor (b. 1883)
  • September 30Takashi Sakai, Japanese general (executed) (b. 1887)


  • October 2Ignacy Mościcki, former President of Poland (b. 1867)
  • October 4Barney Oldfield, American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • October 6Per Albin Hansson, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1885)
  • October 12Joseph Stilwell, American World War II general (b. 1883)
  • October 15Hermann Göring, German Nazi Reichsmarschall (suicide) (b. 1893)
  • October 16 (executed):
    • Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian Nazi leader (b. 1892)
    • Hans Frank, German Nazi Governor General of Poland (b. 1900)
    • Wilhelm Frick, German Nazi Minister of the Interior (b. 1877)
    • Alfred Jodl, German Nazi Chief of the OKW (b. 1890)
    • Ernst Kaltenbrunner, German Nazi Police General (b. 1903)
    • Wilhelm Keitel, German Nazi Generalfeldmarschall (b. 1882)
    • Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Nazi foreign minister (b. 1893)
    • Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi ideologist (b. 1893)
    • Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General Plenipotentiary (b. 1892)
    • Julius Streicher, German Nazi propaganda publisher (b. 1885)
  • November 5Joseph Stella, Italian-American painter (b. 1877)
  • November 7Henry Lehrman, American actor (b. 1886)
  • November 11Nikolai Burdenko, Russian surgeon, founder of Russian neurosurgery (b. 1876)
  • November 14Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer (b. 1876)
  • November 18Donald Meek, Scottish actor (b. 1878)
  • November 25George Gandy, American entrepreneur (b. 1851)
  • December 5Louis Dewis, Belgian Post-Impressionist painter (b. 1872)
  • December 7
    • Laurette Taylor, American actress (b. 1884)
    • Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • December 10
    • Walter Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1887)
    • Damon Runyon, American writer (b. 1880)
  • December 12Renee Falconetti, French actress (b. 1892)
  • December 14Tom Dowse, Irish major league baseball player in the 1890s (b. 1866)
  • December 23John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • December 25W.C. Fields, American actor and comedian (b. 1880)
  • December 28Carrie Jacobs-Bond, American singer and songwriter (b. 1862)

Date unknown[]

  • Curtis Hidden Page, New Hampshire politician (b. 1870)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsPercy Williams Bridgman
  • ChemistryJames B. Sumner, John Howard Northrop, Wendell Meredith Stanley
  • Physiology or MedicineHermann Joseph Muller
  • LiteratureHermann Hesse
  • PeaceEmily Greene Balch, John Mott


  1. ^ "Year by Year 1946" – History Channel International
  2. ^ Wezel, Fritz (1948-10-01). "Pestalozzi Children Village at Trogen". UNESCO. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 

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People of the year 1946 at Familypedia

74 people were born in 1946

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Naomi Achs (1946)Samuel Achs (1919-2014)Ruth Silbowitz (c1920-1968)
Brian Ross Ashley (1946-)Walter Donald Ashley (1922-)Evelyn Juanita Ross (1923-2006)
Alexander Babel (1946-2009)Paul Babel (1913-2000)Samantha Baskerville (1919-1990)
Carl XVI Gustaf av Sverige (1946-)Gustaf Adolf av Sverige (1906-1947)Sibylla von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1908-1972)
Jordanna Blank (1946-2006)
William Jefferson Blythe (1946)William Jefferson Blythe (1918-1946)Virginia Dell Cassidy (1923-1994)
Martha Wilhelmina Bos (1946)Johannes Bos (1911-1992)Martha Beijen (1916-2009)
Trevor Frank Brownen (1946)Cyril Frank Brownen (1922-1999)Lilian Hill (c1924-1999)
Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)Bomi Rustomji Bulsara (1908-2003)Jer Bulsara (1922-2016)
George Walker Bush (1946)George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018)Barbara Pierce (1925-2018)
Francisco Cabrera Santos (1946-2010)Francisco CabreraMaría Santos
Denis Clark (1946-1946)Clarence Alfred Roy Clark (1906-1976)Gladys Jean Edmonds (1911-1975)
Cheryl DeeRussell Dee CrosierEsther Leet
Henny Cruijff (1946)Hermanus Cornelis Cruijff (1913-1959)Petronella Bernarda Draaijer (1917-2007)
Jean Davis (1946)Norman Davis (c1920)Edith Jenner (c1920)
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22 children were born to the 35 women born in 1946

208 people died in 1946

 FatherMotherAge at death
George Underwood Alley (1877-1946)Ernest Underwood Alley (1847-1935)Elizabeth Winifred Gale (1857-1941)
Florence Beatrice Anson (1860-1946)Thomas George Anson, 2nd Earl of Lichfield (1825-1892)Harriet Georgiana Louisa Hamilton (1834-1913)
Leonardo Arditi (1879-1946)Raymond Arditi (1857-1913)Emily Aust (1854-1900)
Alice Mary Aris (1868-1946)William Aris (1833-1906)Jane (c1835-)
Lou Birchie Ayers (1893-1946)Simpson Green Ayers (1820-1897)Hattie Hayes (1858-1935)
Alfred George Back (1897-1946)John Back (1860-1937)Lydia Matilda Jane Bright (1875-1939)49
Peter Roughley Backhouse (1883-1946)William Backhouse (1839-1919)Ellen Roughley (1843-1926)63
William Baird (1849-1946)John Baird (1827-1907)Elizabeth Marshall (1827-1905)
Sarah Jane Baker (1860-1946)Charles Baker (1814-1897)Maria Cramp (1829-1888)
Julian Eleanor Adelaide Balfour (1867-1946)Charles Balfour (c1823-1872)Minnie Georgiana Liddell (1843-1927)
Orange Decator Barnum (1904-1946)Aschel James Barnum (1881-1944)Elmira Leavitt (1883-1948)
Hannah Beaven (1849-1946)William Beaven (1810-1887)Isabella Hannah (c1820-1904)
Annie May Bellamy (1873-1946)John Thomas Bellamy (1851-1905)Susan Hockley (1849-1918)73
Douglas Birrell (1891-1946)Charles George Birrell (1867-1923)Mary Esther Seline Mylecharane (1871-1916)55
Maria Bisping von Gallen (1912-1946)Jan Nepomucen Bisping von Gallen (1880-1947)Maria Józefa Zamoyska h. Jelita (1887-1961)
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11153 people lived in 1946

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Geertje Aangeenbrug (1871-1947)Pieter Aangeenbrug (1834-1908)Grietje Breed (1845)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Dominique Abasolo (1882-1947)Rafael Abasolo (1849-1900)Nancy Haugen (1855-1929)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)
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Events of the year 1946 at Familypedia

125 people were married in 1946.

 Joined with
Elva Alice Abercrombie (1921-1985)Eric Douglas Forlong (1924-2011)
Anthony John Allen (1927-2006)Peggy Avis Bass (1926-1996)
Arthur Calvin Allred (1918-1998)Gladys Lawana Andrus (1928-2001)
Jack Dean Allred (1927-2010)Thelma Drury (1927-2006)
Leath Allred (1921-2011)Dorothy Daniels (1927-1963) + Mary Barlow (1926-2016)
Carl David Anderson (1905-1991)Lorraine Bergman
Shirley Mae Anderson (1925-1983)Gale Boyd 'Bud' Beccue (1922-2007)
Gladys Lawana Andrus (1928-2001)Arthur Calvin Allred (1918-1998)
Ava Alice Muriel Astor (1902-1956)Sergei Platonovich Obolensky (1890-1978)+Raimund Hofmann von Hofmannsthal (1906-1974)+Philip John Ryves Harding (1906-1972)+David Bartholomew Pleydell-Bouverie (1911-1994)
Edith Condie Baird (1920-2005)Delwin Erwin Bartlett (1914-1960)+Eldon Delbert Tolley (1916-2000)
Harold Evion Beard (1928-2007)Daisy Vermell Brumfield
Gale Boyd 'Bud' Beccue (1922-2007)Shirley Mae Anderson (1925-1983)+ Irene Jane Stern (1927-2007)
Aubrey Edward Jack Beckham (1925-)Doris May Hamilton (1929-1971)
Robina Bell (1924-1992)James Richard (Jim) O'Neill (1912-1980)
Grace Mary Blunt (1915-1996)Charles Bland
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There were 0 military battles in 1946.

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