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Ab urbe condita 2702
Armenian calendar 1398
Bahá'í calendar 105 – 106
Buddhist calendar 2493
Coptic calendar 1665 – 1666
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Hebrew calendar 5709 5710
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2004 – 2005
 - Shaka Samvat 1871 – 1872
 - Kali Yuga 5050 – 5051
Holocene calendar 11949
Iranian calendar 1327 – 1328
Islamic calendar 1368 – 1369
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(昭和 24年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2609
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Korean calendar 4282
Thai solar calendar 2492
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Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.



  • January 1 – UN sponsored ceasefire brings an end to the Indo-Pakistan War of 1947. The war results in a stalemate and the division of Kashmir, which is still continuing as of 2012.
  • January 2Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • January 4RMS Caronia of the Cunard Line departs Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage.
  • January 4 – February 22 – Series of winter storms in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado and Nevada – winds of up to 72 mph – tens of thousands of cattle and sheep perish.
  • January 5 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program.
  • January 11
    • Los Angeles, California receives its first recorded snowfall.
    • KDKA-TV becomes the first local, on-air television station in the US.
  • January 16Şemsettin Günaltay forms the new government of Turkey. (18th government, last single party government of CHP)

January 17: Beetle in U.S.

  • January 17 – The first VW Type 1 to arrive in the United States, a 1948 model, is brought to New York by Dutch businessman Ben Pon. Unable to interest dealers or importers in the Volkswagen, Pon sells the sample car to pay his travel expenses. Only two 1949 models were sold in America that year, convincing Volkswagen chairman Heinrich Nordhoff the car had no future in the U.S. (The Type 1 went on to become an automotive phenomenon.)
  • January 19 – The Poe Toaster first appears at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • January 20U.S. President Harry S. Truman begins his full term.
  • January 25
    • Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA or COMECON) established by Soviet Union and other communist nations.
    • The first Emmy Awards are presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
    • In the first Israeli election, David Ben-Gurion becomes Prime Minister.
  • January 26 – Australian citizenship comes into being and Constitution of India was prepared.
  • January 31 – Forces from the Communist Party of China enter Beijing.


  • February 1Rationing of clothes ends in Britain.
  • February 10Death of a Salesman opens in the Morosco Theatre and runs for 742 performances.
  • February 13António Óscar Carmona is re-elected president of Portugal for lack of an opposing candidate.
  • February 19Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
  • February 22
    • Cincinnati Gardens opens in Cincinnati.
    • Grady the Cow, a 1,200-pound cow, gets stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahoma and garners national media attention in the United States.


  • March 1
    • World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires.
    • Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
  • March 2 – The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II under Captain James Gallagher lands in Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight (it was refueled in flight 4 times).
  • March 17 – The Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, owned by oil tycoon Glenn McCarthy, has its grand opening.
  • March 20 – The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Denver & Rio Grande Western, and Western Pacific railroads inaugurate the California Zephyr passenger train between Chicago and Oakland, California, as the first long distance train to feature Vista Dome cars as regular equipment.
  • March 25 – An extensive deportation campaign is conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Soviet authorities deport more than 92,000 people from the Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union.
  • March 26 – The first half of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida, conducted by legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini, and performed in concert (i.e. no scenery or costumes), is telecast by NBC, live from Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center. The second half is telecast a week later. This is the only complete opera that Toscanini ever conducts on television.
  • March 28
    • United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal resigns suddenly.
    • English astronomer Fred Hoyle coins the term Big Bang during a BBC Third Programme radio broadcast.[1][2][3]
  • March 29 – The 21st Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • March 31 – The former British colony of Newfoundland joins Canada as its 10th province.


  • April 1
    • Éire leaves the British Commonwealth and becomes the Republic of Ireland.
    • The Tokyo Stock Exchange is founded.
  • April 4 – The North Atlantic Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., creating the NATO defense alliance.
  • April 7Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, starring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, opens on Broadway and goes on to become R&H's second longest-running musical. It becomes an instant classic of the musical theatre. The score's biggest hit is the song "Some Enchanted Evening".
  • April 8Kathy Fiscus, 3½ years old, dies from falling down an abandoned well in San Marino, California.
  • April 14 – The day the N'Ko alphabet is held to have been completed by Solomana Kante.
  • April 18Éire formally becomes the Republic of Ireland.
  • April 20 – The Royal Navy frigate Amethyst goes up the Yangtze River to evacuate British Commonwealth refugees escaping the advance of Mao's Communist forces. Under heavy fire, she grounds off Rose Island. After an abortive rescue attempt on April 26, she anchors 10 miles upstream. Negotiations with the Communists to let the ship leave drag on for weeks.
  • April 23 – Chinese Communist troops take Nanjing.
  • April 27British Commonwealth of Nations renamed The Commonwealth.
  • April 28
    • India issues the London Declaration, enabling it (and, thereafter, any other nation) to remain in the British Commonwealth despite becoming a republic, creating the position of 'Head of the Commonwealth', and renaming the organisation as the 'Commonwealth of Nations'.
    • Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.
  • April 29 – The News Review reveals neither Selhurst College nor its headmaster H. Rochester Sneath exist.


  • May 1Nereid, a moon of Neptune, is discovered by Gerard P. Kuiper.
  • May 5 – The Council of Europe is founded by the signing of the Treaty of London.
  • May 6EDSAC, the first practicable stored-program computer, runs its first program at Cambridge University.[4]
  • May 9Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco, upon the death of his maternal grandfather Louis II.
  • May 11
    • Israel is admitted to the United Nations as its 59th member.
    • Siam officially changes its French name to "Thaïlande" (English name to "Thailand"), having officially changed its Thai name to "Prated Thai" since 1939.
  • May 12Cold War: The Soviet Union lifts its Blockade of Berlin.
  • May 20
    • The AFSA (predecessor of the NSA) is established.
    • The Kuomintang regime declares Taiwan under martial law.
  • May 22 – After two months in Bethesda Naval Hospital, James Forrestal commits suicide, under circumstances that seem suspicious to many.
  • May 23 – The Federal Republic of Germany is established.


  • June 2Transjordan becomes the Kingdom of Jordan.
  • June 5Thailand elects Orapin Chaiyakan, the first Thai female member of Thailand's Parliament.
  • June 6 – With the passage of the Bodh Gaya Temple Act by the Indian government, Mahabodhi Temple is restored to partial Buddhist control.
  • June 8
    • Red Scare: Celebrities including Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI report as Communist Party members.
    • George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
  • June 14 – Albert II, a rhesus monkey, becomes the first primate to enter space, on U.S. Hermes project V-2 rocket Blossom IVB, but is killed on impact at return.
  • June 19Glenn Dunnaway wins the inaugural NASCAR race at Charlotte Speedway, a 3/4 mile oval in Charlotte, North Carolina, but is disqualified due to illegal springs. Jim Roper is declared the official winner.
  • June 24 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, airs on NBC.
  • June 29
    • Dock workers strike in the UK.
    • Apartheid: The South African Citizenship Act suspends the granting of citizenship to British Commonwealth immigrants after 5 years and imposes a ban on mixed marriages.


  • July 1 – The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India was established
  • July 11Pamir is the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn under sail alone.
  • July 19 – The Kingdom of Laos is officially formed but is not independent from the French Army.
  • July 20Israel and Syria sign a truce to end their 19-month war.
  • July 27 – The de Havilland Comet, the Worlds First Jet-Powered Airliner, makes its first flight.
  • July 30 – Birth of legal aid in England and Wales.
  • July 31 – Captain Kerans of the HMS Amethyst decides to make a break after nightfall, under heavy fire from the Chinese People's Liberation Army on both sides of the Yangtze River, and successfully rejoins the fleet at Woosung the next day.


  • August 5 – A 6.75 Richter scale earthquake in Ecuador kills 6,000 and destroys 50 towns.
  • August 8Bhutan becomes independent
  • August 12 – The Fourth Geneva Convention is agreed to.
  • August 14
    • The Salvatore Giuliano Gang explodes mines under a police barracks outside Palermo, Sicily.
    • A military coup in Syria ousts the president.
  • August 21Deportivo Saprissa enters Costa Rica – soccer's first division.
  • August 22 – The Queen Charlotte earthquake is Canada's largest earthquake since the 1700 Cascadia earthquake.
  • August 24North Atlantic Treaty Organization established.
  • August 28 – The last 6 surviving veterans of the American Civil War meet in Indianapolis.
  • August 29
    • The Council of Europe meets for the first time.
    • The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, code named "Joe 1". Its design imitates the American plutonium bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.
  • August 31 – The retreat of the Greek Democratic Army in Albania after its defeat at Mount Grammos marks the end of the Greek Civil War.



October 1: People's Republic of China founded.


December 15: Typhoon at Korea.

Dec. 16: Sukarno, first President of Indonesia.


Date unknown[]

  • The Malta Labour Party is founded.
  • The Vatican announces that bones uncovered in its subterranean catacombs could be the apostle Peter; 19 years later, Pope Paul VI announces confirmation that the bones belong to this first pope.[6]
  • The first 20 mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun prototypes are completed.
  • 1949 was the first year in which no African-American was reported lynched in the USA.[7]
  • Joseph Stalin launches a savage attack on Soviet Jews, accusing them of being pro-Western and antisocialist.
  • Samuel Putnam publishes his new translation of Don Quixote, the first in what we would consider modern English. It is instantly acclaimed and, in 2008, is still in print.
  • Fernand Braudel's La Méditerranée et le Monde Méditerranéen à l'Epoque de Philippe II is published.



  • January 1
    • Vehbi Akdağ, Turkish wrestler
    • Max Azria, French fashion designer
  • January 2Christopher Durang, American playwright
  • January 3Sylvia Likens, American murder victim (d. 1965)
  • January 7Chavo Guerrero, Sr., professional wrestler
  • January 8Wolfgang Puck, Austrian chef
  • January 10
    • George Foreman, American boxer
    • Linda Lovelace, American actress (d. 2002)
  • January 12
    • Haruki Murakami, Japanese author
    • Wayne Wang, Hong Kong-born film director
    • Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football player and coach
  • January 13Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive (d. 1997)
  • January 14Lawrence Kasdan, American director and screenwriter
  • January 16Caroline Munro, English actress and model
  • January 17Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (d. 1984)
  • January 18Philippe Starck, French designer
  • January 19
    • Robert Palmer, English singer (d. 2003)
    • Dennis Taylor, Irish snooker player
  • January 20Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden
  • January 22Steve Perry, American rock singer
  • January 24John Belushi, American actor and comedian (d. 1982)
  • January 28Gregg Popovich, American basketball coach
  • January 29Tommi Salmelainen, Helsinki, FIN
  • January 30Peter Agre, American biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • January 31
    • Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
    • Ken Wilber, American philosopher


  • February 2
    • Brent Spiner, American actor
    • Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish entrepreneur
  • February 3Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • February 4Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (d. 2010)
  • February 6Jim Sheridan, Irish film director
  • February 7
    • Joe English, American drummer
    • Alan Lancaster, English bassist
  • February 8Brooke Adams, American actress
  • February 9Judith Light, American actress
  • February 10
    • Michael Weiss, jazz pianist and composer
    • Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • February 15Ken Anderson, American NFL player
  • February 16Lyn Paul, English singer
  • February 17Dennis Green, American football coach
  • February 18Gary Ridgway, American serial killer
  • February 19Dan Bunten, American computer game designer (d. 1998)
  • February 20Ivana Trump, Czech businesswoman
  • February 21Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • February 22Niki Lauda, Austrian race car driver
  • February 25Ric Flair, American professional wrestler
  • February 28Ilene Graff, American actress and singer


  • March 2
    • Eddie Money, American rock guitarist and singer
    • Gates McFadden, American actress and choreographer
    • JPR Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • March 3Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • March 6
    • Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan
    • Martin Buchan, Scottish footballer
  • March 7Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
  • March 9Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer
  • March 10Larry Wall, American computer programmer
  • March 12
    • Rob Cohen, American film director, producer and writer
    • Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • March 13Julia Migenes, American soprano
  • March 16
    • Elliott Murphy, American singer-songwriter
    • Erik Estrada, Puerto Rican actor
    • Victor Garber, Canadian actor
  • March 17
    • Patrick Duffy, American actor
    • Michael Finnissy, British composer and pianist
    • Pat Rice, Irish footballer and football manager
  • March 18Alex Higgins, Irish snooker player (d. 2010)
  • March 19Hirofumi Hirano, Japanese politician and Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • March 22Fanny Ardant, French actress
  • March 23Ric Ocasek, American rock musician
  • March 24Nick Lowe, English musician
  • March 26
    • Patrick Süskind, German writer
    • Vicki Lawrence, American comedienne and game show hostess
  • March 29Michael Brecker, American jazz musician (d. 2007)
  • March 30
    • Marcia Ball, American blues musician
    • Lene Lovich, American singer
    • Naomi Sims, American model and businesswoman
    • Elijah Harper, Canadian Aboriginal activist


  • April 1
    • Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman
    • Sammy Nelson, Irish footballer
    • Gil Scott-Heron, American musician and composer. (d.2011)
  • April 3Richard Thompson, English musician and songwriter
  • April 6Horst Ludwig Störmer, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • April 7John Oates, American rock singer and guitarist
  • April 8Brenda Russell, American-Canadian singer, songwriter and keyboardist
  • April 10Daniel Mangeas, French bicycle commentator
  • April 11Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (d. 2011)
  • April 13Christopher Hitchens, English-American writer (d. 2011)
  • April 14John Shea, American actor
  • April 15
    • Alla Pugacheva, Russian musical performer
    • Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, Polish born writer
  • April 16Sandy Hawley, Canadian jockey
  • April 18Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • April 19Sergey Nikolayevich Volkov, Russian figure skater (d. 1990)
  • April 20
    • Jessica Lange, American actress
    • Veronica Cartwright, English-born actress
  • April 21Patti Lupone, American actress
  • April 23Joyce DeWitt, American actress
  • April 24Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • April 26Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
  • April 28Bruno Kirby, American actor (d. 2006)


  • May 2Alan Titchmarsh, English gardener
  • May 3Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer player
  • May 4John Force, American race car driver
  • May 9Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • May 13Zoë Wanamaker, English-American actress
  • May 14Sverre Årnes, Norwegian writer
  • May 18
    • Rick Wakeman, English rock musician and songwriter
    • Bill Wallace, Canadian rock musician (The Guess Who)
  • May 19
    • Dusty Hill, American bassist (ZZ Top)
    • Archie Manning, American football player
  • May 20Dave Thomas, Canadian actor and comedian
  • May 23Alan Garcia Perez, President of Peru
  • May 24Tomaž Pisanski, Slovenian mathematician
  • May 26
    • Philip Michael Thomas, American actor
    • Hank Williams, Jr., American country singer
    • Pam Grier, American actress
  • May 27Jo Ann Harris American actress
  • May 29Francis Rossi, English rock guitarist/singer (Status Quo)
  • May 31Tom Berenger, American actor


  • June 2Heather Couper, British astronomer
  • June 4Mark B. Cohen, Pennsylvania legislative leader
  • June 8Emanuel Ax, Polish-born pianist
  • June 11Frank Beard, American drummer (ZZ Top)
  • June 13Ann Druyan, American popular science writer
  • June 14Harry Turtledove, American historian and novelist
  • June 15Jim Varney, American actor (d. 2000)
  • June 17Andrei Fursenko, Russian politician, scientist and businessman
  • June 18
    • Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland (d. 2010)
    • Jarosław Kaczyński, Polish Prime Minister (2006–2007)
    • Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • June 19Hassan Shehata, Egyptian footballer and coach
  • June 20Lionel Richie, American singer-songwriter (Commodores)
  • June 21Jane Urquhart, Canadian author
  • June 22
    • Alan Osmond, American pop singer
    • Meryl Streep, American actress
  • June 25Kene Holliday, American actor
  • June 27Vera Wang, American fashion designer


  • July 2David Eaton, American composer/conductor/producer
  • July 3
    • Jan Smithers, American actress
    • Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American vocalist (d. 2006)
  • July 6Noli de Castro, Filipino broadcast journalist and radio commentator, Vice President of the Philippines
  • July 7Shelley Duvall, American actress
  • July 9
    • Jesse Duplantis, American televangelist
    • Nigel Lythgoe, British television personality
  • July 11
    • Ingrid Newkirk, animal rights activist
    • Émerson Leão, Brazilian footballer
  • July 13Helena Fibingerova, Czech athlete
  • July 15
    • Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, former Prime Minister of Sweden
    • Trevor Horn, British singer and producer
  • July 17
    • Charlie Steiner, American sportscaster
    • William C. Faure, South African film director
    • Geezer Butler, British heavy metal bassist (Black Sabbath)
  • July 22
    • Alan Menken, American composer
    • Lasse Viren, Finnish long-distance runner
  • July 26
    • Roger Meddows-Taylor, English rock musician (Queen)
    • Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai businessman and former Prime Minister


  • August 2Fernando Collor de Mello, former President of Brazil
  • August 4John Riggins, American football player
  • August 6Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • August 7Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze
  • August 11Sandra Scheuer, Kent State University shooting victim (d. 1970)
  • August 12
    • Mark Knopfler, British rock guitarist (Dire Straits)
    • Fernando Collor de Mello, President of Brazil
    • Mark Essex, American mass murderer (d. 1973)
  • August 15Beverly Lynn Burns, American pilot, first woman in the world to captain the Boeing 747
  • August 16Barbara Goodson, American actress/voice actress
  • August 20Philip Lynott, Irish rock musician (d. 1986)
  • August 21Loretta Devine, American actress
  • August 23
    • Shelley Long, American actress
    • Rick Springfield, Australian rock singer and actor
  • August 24Charles Rocket, American actor (d. 2005)
  • August 25
    • Martin Amis, English novelist
    • Gene Simmons, American rock musician (Kiss)
  • August 28Svetislav Pešić, Serbian basketball player and coach
  • August 31
    • Richard Gere, American actor
    • H. David Politzer, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate


  • September 7
    • Lee McGeorge Durrell, American author, television presenter, and zookeeper
    • Gloria Gaynor, American singer
  • September 9
    • Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, current President of Indonesia
    • Joe Theismann, American football player
    • Alain Mosconi, French swimmer, Olympic medalist and previous world record holder
  • September 10Bill O'Reilly, American conservative radio and television commentator
  • September 13John W. Henry, American foreign exchange advisor, Boston Red Sox owner
  • September 14Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese singer
  • September 15Joe Barton, American politician
  • September 16Ed Begley, Jr. American actor and environmentalist
  • September 18
    • Mo Mowlam, British politician (d. 2005)
    • Peter Shilton, English goalkeeper
  • September 19Twiggy Lawson, English model
  • September 23Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter
  • September 25Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (d. 1995)
  • September 26Jane Smiley, American novelist
  • September 27Mike Schmidt, American baseball player


  • October 1Isaac Bonewits, American author and occultist
  • October 2
    • Richard Hell, American musician and writer
    • Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
  • October 4Armand Assante, American actor
  • October 6Bobby Farrell, West Indian-born dancer (Boney M.) (d. 2010)
  • October 7Ronnie Mund, American television personality
  • October 8
    • Jerry Bittle, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
    • Sigourney Weaver, American actress
  • October 12
    • Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan-born mercenary
    • Stan Hansen, American professional wrestler
  • October 14
    • Katy Manning, English actress
    • Katha Pollitt, American writer
  • October 17Bill Hudson, American musician
  • October 20Valeriy Borzov, Ukrainian athlete
  • October 21Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
  • October 22Arsène Wenger, French football (soccer) manager
  • October 26Antonio Carpio, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • October 27Cheryl Keeton, American murder victim


  • November 3Larry Holmes, American boxer
  • November 5
    • Armin Shimerman, American actor
    • Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)
  • November 6
    • Nigel Havers, British actor
    • Joseph C. Wilson, former United States diplomat
  • November 7
    • Aiswarya, Queen of Nepal (d. 2001)
    • Judi Bari, American environmental activist (d. 1997)
  • November 8Bonnie Raitt, American country singer and guitarist
  • November 15David Rubinstein, American pianist and composer
  • November 19Ahmad Rashād, American sportscaster and television personality
  • November 22Shaun Garnett, English footballer and coach
  • November 24
    • Nick Ainger, British politician
    • Pierre Buyoya, former President of Burundi
  • November 25Kerry James O'Keeffe, Australian cricketer and commentator
  • November 26
    • Juanin Clay, American actress (d. 1995)
    • Shlomo Artzi, Israeli singer
  • November 28
    • Alexander Godunov, Russian-born dancer and actor (d. 1995)
    • Paul Shaffer, Canadian-American musician
  • November 29
    • Jerry Lawler, American professional wrestler and commentator
    • Stan Rogers, Canadian musician (d. 1983)
    • Garry Shandling, American comedian


  • December 1
    • Kurt Schmoke, American Dean, Howard Law School, Mayor of Baltimore
    • Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
  • December 3John Akii-Bua, Ugandan hurdler (d. 1997)
  • December 4
    • Jeff Bridges, American actor
    • Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born comedienne, actress, and singer
  • December 7
    • Tom Waits, American singer, composer, and actor
    • Cathy Wayne, Australian pop entertainer (d. 1969)
  • December 8Mary Gordon, American writer
  • December 12Rajinikanth, Indian actor
  • December 13
    • Robert Lindsay, English actor
    • Randy Owen, American country lead vocalist, rhythm guitar player
    • Tom Verlaine, American rock singer/guitarist (Television)
  • December 14Bill Buckner, American baseball player
  • December 15Don Johnson, American actor
  • December 16Billy Gibbons, American guitarist (ZZ Top)
  • December 17Paul Rodgers, British rock singer
  • December 19Sebastian, Danish musician
  • December 20Claudia Jennings, American model (d. 1979)
  • December 22
    • Maurice Gibb, British rock musician (The Bee Gees) (d. 2003)
    • Robin Gibb, British rock musician (The Bee Gees) (d. 2012)
  • December 24Randy Neugebauer, American politician
  • December 25
    • Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Brazilian singer
    • Sissy Spacek, American actress
    • Joe Louis Walker, American musician
  • December 26José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • date unknown
    • Suthep Po-ngam, Thai comedian, actor, film director and screenwriter
    • Mu Tiezhu, Chinese basketball player and coach (d. 2008)



  • January 6Victor Fleming, American director (b. 1883)
  • January 9Tommy Handley, British radio comedian (born 1892)
  • January 11Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1889)
  • January 14
    • Harry Stack Sullivan, American psychiatrist (b. 1892)
    • Joaquín Turina, Spanish composer (b. 1882)
  • January 28Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (b. 1908)
  • February 1Herbert Stothart, American composer (b. 1885)
  • February 12Imam Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
  • February 17Ellery Harding Clark, American athlete (b. 1874)
  • February 21Tan Malaka, Indonesian nationalist activist and communist leader (b. 1894)
  • March 7Bradbury Robinson, American who threw the first forward pass in American football history in 1906 (b. 1884)
  • March 11Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • March 17Felix Bressart, German-American actor (b. 1892)
  • March 19James Somerville, British admiral (b. 1882)
  • March 25Jack Kapp, president of the U.S. branch of Decca Records (b. 1901)
  • March 28Grigoraş Dinicu, Romanian composer (b. 1889)
  • March 30
    • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
    • Prince Harald of Denmark (b. 1876)


  • April 6Seymour Hicks, British actor (b. 1871)
  • April 8Kathy Fiscus, girl who became famous after falling down a well in San Marino, California (b. 1945)
  • April 15Wallace Beery, American actor (b. 1885)
  • April 18Will Hay, English comedian and actor (b. 1888)
  • April 19Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • April 22Charles B. Middleton, American actor (b. 1874)
  • April 28Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)
  • May 6Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • May 9Louis II, Prince of Monaco (b. 1870)
  • May 22
    • James Forrestal, U.S. Secretary of Navy and Defense (suicide) (b. 1892)
    • Klaus Mann, German writer (suicide) (b. 1906)
  • May 23Jan Frans De Boever, Belgian painter (b. 1872)
  • May 27Robert Ripley, American creator of Ripley's Believe It or Not! (b. 1890)
  • June 10Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1882)
  • June 14Russell Doubleday, American author and publisher (b. 1872)
  • June 19Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian/Pakistani Muslim philosopher (b. 1885)
  • June 25Buck Freeman, American baseball player (b. 1871)


  • July 9Fritz Hart, English-born composer (b. 1874)
  • July 12Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland (b. 1860)
  • July 18Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (b. 1870)
  • July 26Linda Arvidson, American actress (b. 1884)
  • August 5Ernest Fourneau, French chemist and pharmacologist (b. 1872)
  • August 9
    • Gustavus M. Blech, German-American physician and surgeon (b. 1870)
    • Harry Davenport, American actor (b. 1866)
    • George Edward MacKenzie Skues, British inventor of nymph fly fishing (b. 1858)
  • August 16Margaret Mitchell, American writer (b. 1900)
  • August 17Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • August 18Paul Mares, American musician (b. 1900)
  • August 23Domingo Díaz Arosemena, President of Panama (b. 1875)
  • August 30Arthur Fielder, English cricketer (b. 1877)



  • November – Maria Josepha Sophia de Iturbide, head of the Imperial House of Mexico (b. 1872)
  • November 2
    • Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (b. 1872)
    • William Desmond, Irish actor (b. 1878)
  • November 3Solomon R. Guggenheim, American philanthropist (b. 1861)
  • November 5Abdolhossein Hazhir, Prime Minister of Iran (b. 1899)
  • November 15 (executed):
    • Nathuram Godse, assassin of Mohandas Gandhi(b. 1910)
    • Narayan Apte, Hindu activist, Godse's accomplice (b. 1911)
  • November 25Bill Robinson, American dancer (b. 1878)
  • November 30Irene Vanbrugh, English actress (b. 1872)
  • December 3Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian actress (b. 1876)
  • December 6Leadbelly, American blues musician (b. 1888)
  • December 11Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya, Indian philosopher (b. 1875)
  • December 16Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (b. 1873)
  • December 25Leon Schlesinger, American producer and filmmaker (b. 1884)
  • December 28Hervey Allen, American author (b. 1889)
  • December 28Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (b. 1910)
  • December 31Raimond Valgre, Estonian composer and musician (b. 1913)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsYukawa Hideki
  • ChemistryWilliam Francis Giauque
  • MedicineWalter Rudolf Hess, Antonio Caetano De Abreu Freire Egas Moniz
  • LiteratureWilliam Faulkner
  • PeaceJohn Boyd Orr


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  2. ^ Croswell, Ken (1995). "Chapter 9". The Alchemy of the Heavens. Anchor Books. ISBN 0-385-47213-7. 
  3. ^ Mitton, Simon (2005). Fred Hoyle: a Life in Science. Aurum Press. p. 127. ISBN 1-85410-961-8. 
  4. ^ (Lent 2011) "Pioneer computer to be rebuilt". Cam 62. 
  5. ^ "Address given by Winston Churchill (London, 28 November 1949)". european navigator The first digital library on the history of Europe. 28 November 1949. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Year by Year 1949" – History Channel International.
  7. ^ From Harding to Hiroshima by Barrington Boardman (1988), p. 14. ISBN 0-934878-94-3

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People of the year 1949 at Familypedia

67 people were born in 1949

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Bryce Ackerman (1949-1999)Abraham Ackerman (1900-1968)Martha Apter (1899-1958)
Fausto Xavier Aguilera (1949)
Roger Charles Allers (1949-)George Allers (1923-1990)Shirley Williams (1924-2021)
Kiyoko Atsumi (1949-2017)
Louise Jeanne Bellavance (1949)Jean-Antoine Bellavance (1916-1991)Jeanne Gaudet (1917-2000)
Pauline Robinson Bush (1949-1953)George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018)Barbara Pierce (1925-2018)
Fidel Ángel Castro (1949-2018)
Diana Margaretha Coster (1949)Cornelis Johannes Coster (1920-2008)Dina Margaretha Stolte (1924-2012)
Massimo D'Alema (1949)Giuseppe D'Alema (bef1949)
Gregory Davlin (1949-2008)Alan Davlin (1920-2001)Audrey Chantal (1923-2000)
Emilio Luis Diaz (1949-2008)Emilio Cadiz Diaz (1915-1999)Gertrudes Lavin García (1912-1989)
Jeffries Diggs (1949)Anthony Diggs (1922-2000)Patricia Lombard (1930-1979)
Michael Dubov (1949-2009)Stephen Dubov (1918-1989)Sally Bettelheim (1919-1999)
Alexander Ellis (1949)Alexander B. Ellis (1922-1989)Nancy Walker Bush (1926)
Gabriel Filotti (1949-2009)Alexandru Gabriel Filotti (1924)Eliza Manolescu (1928)
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29 children were born to the 30 women born in 1949

241 people died in 1949

 FatherMotherAge at death
Yui Adachi (1864-1949)
William Henry Adair (1883-1949)Jedediah Grant Adair (1859-1937)Florence Ellen Fowler (1860-1946)
Albert Victor Adams (1884-1949)Henry Daniel Adams (1844-1920)Eliza Agnes Bradley (1846-1925)65
Donald Admiral (1890-1949)Nicholas Admiral (1853-1918)Virginia Moseby Holton (1848-1928)
Anthony Adorf (1896-1949)
Agnes Aldridge (1861-1949)Edward Aldridge (1826-1909)Elizabeth Blackman (1837-1929)
Brigham Young Allred (1862-1949)James Tillmon Sanford Allred (1825-1905)Elizabeth Bridget Manwaring (1821-1866)
Alexander Burto Andrus (1875-1949)James Andrus (1835-1914)Manomas Lovina Gibson (1842-1940)
Ruth Ann Andrus (1907-1949)Heber Andrus (1868-1914)Ann Ireland Bawden (1869-1955)
Lionel Stanley Angel (1890-1949)Harkless Angel (1853-1931)Elizabeth Witt (1857-1932)
James William George Apps (1867-1949)Moses Baker Apps (1833-1875)Harriet Eggins (1838-1875)82
Daniel Gunner Ashworth (1876-1949)James Edward Ashworth (1831-1910)Ellen E. Ramsbottom (1843-1910)
Emily Attfield (1860-1949)Francis Attfield (1830-1889)Ann Fludder (1827-1896)
Hannah Auffarth (1880-1949)
Emma Mae Austin (1871-1949)Pollard Austin (1825-1899)Harriet P. Alger (1838-1871)78
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10537 people lived in 1949

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)
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)
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)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
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Events of the year 1949 at Familypedia

81 people were married in 1949.

 Joined with
Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín (1927-2009)María Lorenza Barreneche (1926-2016)
Roland Neal Anderson (1929-2017)LaVurne Marcella Grone (1930-2013)
Thomas Edward Anson, 4th Earl of Lichfield (1883-1960)Evelyn Maud Keppel (1887-1945)+Violet Margaret Dawson-Greene (-1988)
Erzsébet Apor de Altorja (1924-2005)István Bánffy de Losoncz (1919-2006)
Kenneth Allen Bell (1906-1980)Violet Doras Nelson (1898-1978)
Mervyn Sharp Bennion (1925-2003)LaRee Stradling (1925-1999)
Johannes Wilhelmus Bergman (1928)Adriana Henriëtte Meijers (1930-2006)+Roelie Bouma (-)
Arthur Michael Cosmo Bertie (1886-1957)Aline Rose Arbuthnot-Leslie (1888-1948)+Lilian Isabel Cary-Elwes (1902-2000)
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950)Eileen O'Shaughnessy+Sonia Brownell
William George Blunt (1876-1960)Winifred Mabel Hodges (c1879-1945)+Louisa M Evans (c1882-1958)
Charles Henry Bowden (1902-1989)Frances Pearl Swan (1908-1944)+Melba Maud Bullen (1921-1994)
Harman Russell Boxsell (1879-1951)Eva J Ladmore (1883-1947)+Ruth Evelyn Vidler (1917-2006)
Carl Haverson BrumfieldIris Broom
Melvin John Bubley (1926-2012)Marion Risberg (1928-2018)
Nicolae Bucuroiu (1921-c2005)Otilia unknown (c1930-c2010)
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There were 0 military battles in 1949.

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