1949 in History – What happened in year 1949

✅ Published on April 8th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1949 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 1949.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1949 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 januaryLuis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically electedGovernor of Puerto Rico.
03 januaryThe first Central Bank of the Philippines was formally inaugurated with Miguel Cuaderno, Sr. as the first governor.
25 januaryThe Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the first Emmy Awards to honor excellence in the American television industry.
26 januaryThe Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory in California, the largest aperture optical telescope in the world for 28 years, saw firstlight.
14 februaryThe Knesset, the legislature of Israel, convened for the firsttime, succeeding the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned asthe Jewish community's parliament during the British Mandate Era.
15 februaryGerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux began excavationsat Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves in the West Bank region of Jordan, thelocation of the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
17 februaryChaim Weizmann began his term as the first President of Israel.
02 marchThe B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
25 marchThe Soviet Union began mass deportation of over 90,000 people from the Baltic states to Siberia.
04 aprilTwelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty, creating NATO,an organization that constitutes a system of collective defense wherebyits member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack byany external party.
18 aprilIreland officially left the British Commonwealth and became republic.
28 aprilFormer First Lady of the Philippines Aurora Quezon, her daughter, and ten bystanders were assassinated by the military arm of the Philippine Communist Party.
05 mayCouncil of Europe was incorporated on May 5, 1949 by the Treaty of London that includes Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherland, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. The organization is an independent body to promote co-operation between European countries.
09 mayRainier III became Prince of Monaco, beginning a 56-year reign,which would make him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20thcentury.
11 mayIsrael became a member of the Unites Nations on May 11, 1949. UN was the first international body to recognize the State of Israel as formally legitimate Jewish State. UN is being criticized by other countries for its baseness towards Israel.
23 mayThe Federal Republic of Germany was established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed. This period is also referred to as the Bonn Republic by academic historians. The Germany was divided into East Germany and West Germany by Berlin Wall.
08 juneNineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian political novel by Englishwriter George Orwell about life under the fictional totalitariangovernment of Oceania, was first published.
14 juneAlbert II, a rhesus monkey, rode a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 134 km (83 mi), thereby becoming the first monkey in space. Albert II became the first monkey in space as his flight reached 134 km (83 mi) - past the Kármán line of 100 km taken to designate the beginning of space.
25 juneLong-Haired Hare, starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters. Long-Haired Hare is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1949, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. In addition to including the homophones "hair" and "hare", the title is also a pun on "longhairs", a characterization of classical music lovers. Nicolai Shutorov provides the singing voice of Giovanni Jones.
01 july1,000 years of princely rule of the Cochin Royal Family ended. This happened due to the merger of two princely states, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi which was after re-organized as Kerala in the Indian Union.
27 julyThe de Havilland Comet, the world's first commercial jetairliner to reach production, made its maiden flight.
03 augustThe Basketball Association of America agreed to merge with theNational Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association.
05 augustA magnitude 6.8 ML earthquake struck near Ambato, Ecuador,killing 5,050 people.
08 augustA destructive earthquake startled Ecuador in 1949, killing 4,600 people and incurring an estimated damage of 20 million dollars. In addition, a rescue plane crashed and killed 34 people. In the plane crash were four government dignitaries, 28 Shell Oil Company employees, and the crew.
29 augustThe Soviet Union successfully conducted its first nuclearweapons test, exploding the 22-kiloton RDS-1.
04 septemberAnti-communist riots erupted after a concert by Paul Robesonnear Peekskill, New York, US.
22 septemberThe Soviet Union explodes it's first Nuclear Bomb, this has happened 4 years after America.
01 octoberChinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong proclaimed theestablishment of the People's Republic of China.
07 decemberChinese Civil War-The government of the Republic of Chinarelocated from Mainland China to Taipei on the island of Taiwan.
05 MayThe Jharkhand Party was established in India at a conference in Ranchi.


Famous birthdays in the year 1949:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 JuneHeather Couper / Astronomer / United Kingdom
03 NovemberStephen Oliver / Academic / United Kingdom
06 OctoberNicolas Peyrac / Singer / France
08 JulyWolfgang Puck / Chef / Austria
13 AprilChristopher Hitchens / Critic / United States of America
14 DecemberCliff Williams / Bass Player / Australia
16 DecemberHeather Hallett / Lawyer / United Kingdom
17 AugustSue Draheim / Composer / United States of America
18 March Åse Kleveland / Politician / Norway
19 SeptemberBarry Scheck / Lawyer / United States of America
19 OctoberJamie McGrigor / Politician / United Kingdom
21 February Frank Brunner / Illustrator / United States of America
22 AugustDoug Bair / Baseball Player / United States of America
23 MayAlan García / Politician / Peru
26 OctoberAntonio Carpio / Lawyer / Philippines
26 AprilCarlos Bianchi / Footballer / Argentina
27 SeptemberGraham Richardson / Politician / Australia
28 JulySimon Kirke / Drummer / United Kingdom
29 MayRobert Axelrod / Actor / United States of America
31 AugustHugh David Politzer / Academic / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1949:

YearName / Profession / Country
01 JulyVenkaiah Naidu / Politician / India
07 MarchGhulam Nabi Azad / Politician / India
11 AugustDuvvuri Subbarao / Economist / India
20 JuneShyamala Gopinath / Economist / India
09 JuneKiran Bedi / Activist / India
20 SeptemberMahesh Bhatt / Producer / India
03 OctoberJ. P. Dutta / Producer / India
07 MayGoolam Essaji Vahanvati / Lawyer / India
11 AugustD. Subbarao / Civil servant / India
10 JulySunil Gavaskar / Cricketer / India
20 JulyNaseeruddin Shah / Actor / India
13 JanuaryRakesh Sharma / Astronaut / India
31 JanuaryRajesh Vivek / Actor / India
16 MayChurchill Alemao / Politician / India
09 JuneKiran Bedi / Civil Servant / India
06 JanuaryBana Singh / Soldier / India
08 JulyY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy / Politician / India
08 JulyGegong Apang / Politician / India
05 JulyAbhay Ashtekar / Scientist / India
19 FebruaryPadmanabhan Balaram / Scientist / India
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