1946 in History – What happened in year 1946

In history, year 1946 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1946.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1946:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 januaryCanadian-American jockey George Woolf, who rode Seabiscuit to a famous victory over War Admiral in 1938, was fatally injured when he fell from his horse during a race.
11 januaryEnver Hoxha, First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania, declared the People's Republic of Albania with himself as head of state.
17 januaryThe United Nations Security Council, the organ of the United Nations charged with the maintenance of international peace and security, held its first meeting at Church House in London.
20 januaryFavouring stronger executive power than the draft constitution for the French Fourth Republic provided, Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of the Provisional Government.
22 januaryIran Crisis: The Republic of Mahabad declared its independence, seeking autonomy for the Kurds within Iran.
12 februaryBlack United States Army veteran Isaac Woodard was severely beaten by a South Carolina police officer to the point that he lost his vision in both eyes, an incident that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.
16 februaryThe Sikorsky S-51, the first helicopter to be built for civilian instead of military use, made its first flight.
24 februaryColonel Juan Perón, founder of the political movement that became known as Peronism, was elected to his first term as President of Argentina .
26 februaryFinnish observers reported the first sightings of unidentified flying objects known as 'ghost rockets', which have not yet been positively identified.
09 marchThirty-three people were killed in a stampede at Burnden Park, a football stadium in Bolton, England.
11 marchRudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, was captured by British troops.
21 marchThe Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League signed Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the league since 1933.
24 marchThe British Cabinet Mission, consisting of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and A. V. Alexander, arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership.
03 aprilImperial Japanese Army officer Masaharu Homma was executed for war crimes relating to the Bataan Death March.
17 aprilFreedom was given to Syria from the French rule.
26 aprilIn Naperville, Illinois, US, two passenger trains collided, leaving 45 people dead and some 125 injured.
29 aprilThe International Military Tribunal for the Far East convened and indicted Hideki Tojo and 27 other Japanese leaders for war crimes.
02 mayBattle of Alcatraz started on May 2, 1946 at San Francisco, California after the murder of two guards and three inmates. The battle lasted from 2 to 4 May 1946.
07 mayMasaru Ibuka founded Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation) on May 7, 1946 with a total of eight employees. In today’s world this company is popularly known as Sony, ranked 105th in the Fortune 500 list of 2014.
11 mayThe United Malays National Organization, Malaysia’s largest political party, was founded on May 11, 1946. Each of Malaysia’s six Prime Ministers has been an UMNO member
21 mayManhattan Project physicist Louis Slotin accidentally triggered a fission reaction at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and gave himself a lethal dose of hard radiation, making him the second victim of a criticality accident in history.
25 mayAbdullah bin Husayn, Emir of the Emirate of Transjordan, was proclaimed King of the renamed 'Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan'.
06 juneNational basketball association was established. The national basketball association NBA starts up with only 11 teams. It is premium men’s professional basketball championship. Nowadays the number of participating teams is raised to 30 which include many international players from different countries of the world.
09 juneBhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning currentmonarch, ascended to the throne of Thailand.
18 juneDr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist, called for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim. Direct Action Day, also known as the Great Calcutta Killings, was a day of widespread riot and manslaughter between Hindus and Muslims in the city of Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) in the Bengal province of British India.
23 juneCanada's largest onshore earthquake, measuring 7.3 Mw, struckVancouver Island, but only caused two casualties since there were noheavily populated areas near its epicenter.
05 julyNamed after Bikini Atoll, the site of the nuclear weapons testOperation Crossroads in the Marshall Islands, the modern bikini wasintroduced at a fashion show in Paris.
07 julyMother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American to becanonized as a saint.
16 augustA day of widespread riot and manslaughter between Hindus andMuslims took place in the city of Calcutta as a result of the MuslimLeague's call for an independent Pakistan.
02 septemberThe interim government of India, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru,formed to assist the transition of India from British rule toindependence.


Famous birthdays in the year 1946:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 DecemberDavid Macaulay / Author / United Kingdom
10 MayGraham Gouldman / Writer / United Kingdom
11 JuneJenny Pitman / Author / United Kingdom
13 MayJean Rondeau / Racing Car Driver / France
13 February Janet Finch / Academic / United Kingdom
14 DecemberStan Smith / Tennis Player / United States of America
15 AugustJimmy Webb / Writer / United States of America
17 AugustPatrick Manning / Politician / Trinidad and Tobago
18 SeptemberMeredith Oakes / Playwright / United Kingdom
19 DecemberRobert Urich / Actor / United States of America
22 JuneLinda Bond / General / Canada
22 JuneStephen Waley-Cohen / Business Man / United Kingdom
23 March Alan Bleasdale / Writer / United Kingdom
23 DecemberRobbie Dupree / Writer / United States of America
23 SeptemberAnne Wheeler / Producer / Canada
24 NovemberPenny Jordan / Author / United Kingdom
25 March Maurice Krafft / Volcanologist / France
27 OctoberPeter Martins / Choreographer / Denmark
28 DecemberLaffit Pincay Jr. / Jockey / Panama
29 JulyXimena Armas / Painter / Chile

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1946:

YearName / Profession / Country
09 DecemberSonia Gandhi / Politician / India
11 OctoberVijay P. Bhatkar / Scientist / India
05 JulyAsghar Wajahat / Writer / India
11 JanuaryAnju Mahendru / Actress / India
09 DecemberSonia Gandhi / Politician / India
16 JanuaryKabir Bedi / Actor / India
27 SeptemberRavi Chopra / Director / India
28 MayK. Satchidanandan / Poet / India
28 SeptemberMajid Khan / Cricketer / India
09 January Mohammad Ishaq Khan / Academic / India
20 SeptemberMarkandey Katju / Lawyer / India
15 OctoberVictor Banerjee / Actor / India
17 MarchPrithviraj Chavan / Politician / India
25 SeptemberBishan Singh Bedi / Cricketer / India
11 AprilNavin Nischol / Actor / India
08 JulyBiplab Chatterjee / Actor / India
07 MayRam Vilas Paswan / Politician / India
12 OctoberAshok Mankad / Cricketer / India
NA NAShamshad Hussain / Artist / India
06 OctoberVinod Khanna / Actor / India

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