1946, as the first full year after the Second World War, saw another global conflict open up – the Cold War.
While the Allied Powers had been victorious over their Axis enemies, the world began to divide between East and West. It was in this context that Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech on the 5th of March at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
It was this year that the first meeting of the United Nations was held. Shortly after this first meeting in London, the League of Nations transferred its mission to the UN and was disbanded.
In a project of the US Army Signal Corps, Project Diana, brought the United States actively into the Space Age. In this experiment, radar waves were bounced off of the Moon, proving that readily available technology allowed for communication in space between the Earth and the Moon.
There were some notable cultural developments in 1946 as well. This was the year that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra held its first rehearsal, and American musician BB King’s music career turned professional in Memphis, Tennessee.
In film, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James “Jimmy” Stewart, was released this year. This film would go on to become one of the most culturally significant films of all time, and a holiday tradition for millions of people. Disney’s Song of the South was also released this year. Despite some controversy over some describing the film as having some racist undertones, it remains a significant part of Disney history, as the film’s song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an academy award in 1947 and the film also inspired the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney theme parks.
In fashion, the modern bikini was modeled in Paris for the first time, marking a new era in swimwear for women.
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Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1946?
All Nobel Prize winners of 1946
- Emily Greene Balch
- John Mott
- Hermann Hesse
- Percy Williams Bridgman
- James B. Sumner
- John Howard Northrop
- Wendell Meredith Stanley
Physiology or Medicine
- Hermann Joseph Muller
Which were the top hits of 1946?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- Hoagy Carmichael - Huggin' and Chalkin'
- Hoagy Carmichael - Ole Buttermilk Sky
- Ink Spots - The Gypsy
- Eddy Howard & His Orchestra - To Each His Own
- Dinah Shore - The Gypsy
- Frank Sinatra - Oh! What It Seemed to Be
- Frank Sinatra - Five Minutes More
- Perry Como - Prisoner of Love
- Johnny Mercer - Personality
- Bing Crosby - White Christmas
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Which were the important events of 1946?
- 01 Jan 1946 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
- 03 Jan 1946 Great Britain, Canada, and the United States make their first public disclosures about their chemical and biological warfare efforts during the war. American authorities reveal that they were prepared to act both defensively and offensively if Germany or Japan had started such warfare against the Allies.
- 05 Jan 1946 Show Boat opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
- 06 Jan 1946 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum
- 07 Jan 1946 The recently elected government of Austria is recognized by the US, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union.
- 09 Jan 1946 Would-Be Gentleman opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
- 10 Jan 1946 1st radar contact with Moon
- 11 Jan 1946 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago, Illinois, headquarters to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 12 Jan 1946 Polonaise closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
- 14 Jan 1946 The United States announces its total expenditure during the war: US$200 billion.
- 16 Jan 1946 Charles de Gaulle resigns as a head of a French provisional government.
- 17 Jan 1946 The UN Security Council holds its first session.
- 19 Jan 1946 General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.
- 20 Jan 1946 F Gouin follows Charles De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government.
- 21 Jan 1946 Nellie Bly opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
- 22 Jan 1946 US President sets up Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- 23 Jan 1946 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, US Navy Reserve, becomes first director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
- 25 Jan 1946 The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor.
- 29 Jan 1946 The Central Intelligence Group is established (the CIA in 1947).
- 30 Jan 1946 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
- 31 Jan 1946 Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
- 01 Feb 1946 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president.
- 02 Feb 1946 Nellie Bly closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
- 05 Feb 1946 The United States recognizes the government of Romania.
- 06 Feb 1946 Lute Song opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances
- 07 Feb 1946 Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC bill.
- 08 Feb 1946 Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties.
- 09 Feb 1946 Dutch Labor Party (Dutch Social Democratic Party) forms.
- 10 Feb 1946 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum
- 11 Feb 1946 The U.S. Military Tribunal in Japan convicts Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma of the Japanese Army of ordering the Bataan Death March and condoning other wartime atrocities. He is sentenced to death by firing squad.
- 12 Feb 1946 World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
- 13 Feb 1946 Duchess Misbehaves opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 5 performances
- 14 Feb 1946 The Bank of England is nationalized.
- 15 Feb 1946 ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
- 16 Feb 1946 Duchess Misbehaves closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
- 17 Feb 1946 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam.
- 18 Feb 1946 Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutinied in Mumbai harbour, from where it would spread throughout British India and involve 78 ships, 20 shore establishments and 20,000 sailors
- 20 Feb 1946 An explosion kills more than 400 coal miners in West Germany.
- 21 Feb 1946 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt.
- 26 Feb 1946 Two killed and ten wounded in race riot in Columbia, Tennessee, USA.
- 27 Feb 1946 4th Road film, Road to Utopia premieres (NYC)
- 28 Feb 1946 Combined Chiefs of Staff reveal that the American, Canadian, and British Governments had experimented with building ice ships during 1942-43. The Habbakuk project was to create a two-million-ton ship made of ice and wood pulp, 2000 feet long, 300 feet wide, as a floating aircraft base.
- 01 Mar 1946 British Government takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years.
- 02 Mar 1946 Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
- 03 Mar 1946 US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Gretchen Merrill.
- 05 Mar 1946 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
- 07 Mar 1946 Three to Make Ready opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances
- 08 Mar 1946 1st helicopter licensed for coml use (NYC)
- 09 Mar 1946 Dutch troops land at Batavia / Semarang
- 10 Mar 1946 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju, Brazil.
- 12 Mar 1946 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland.
- 15 Mar 1946 The Soviet Union and Switzerland resume diplomatic relations.
- 16 Mar 1946 Would-Be Gentleman closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
- 18 Mar 1946 Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Soviet Union are established.
- 19 Mar 1946 Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as President of the USSR
- 20 Mar 1946 The US Military Government in Berlin announces the capture of Mildred Gillars of Maine. Gillars was known as Axis Sally for her Berlin radio broadcasts to US troops in North Africa and Europe, describing the comforts of home and the folly of war with Germany.
- 21 Mar 1946 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
- 22 Mar 1946 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan.
- 24 Mar 1946 The 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.
- 28 Mar 1946 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson : Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
- 29 Mar 1946 Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, one of Mexico's leading universities, is founded.
- 30 Mar 1946 St. Louis Woman opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances
- 31 Mar 1946 Belgian government of Acker forms.
- 01 Apr 1946 Weight Watchers forms
- 07 Apr 1946 10th Golf Masters Championship: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282.
- 08 Apr 1946 League of Nations assembles for last time
- 10 Apr 1946 In Japan, women vote for the first time, during elections for the House of Representatives of the 90th Imperial Diet.
- 12 Apr 1946 Syria gains independence from France
- 13 Apr 1946 Belgian premier Acker proclaims end of wage and price freeze.
- 14 Apr 1946 Day Before Spring closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
- 16 Apr 1946 First US launch of captured German V-2 rocket, White Sands New Mexico; 8 km altitude.
- 17 Apr 1946 Syria declares independence from French administration
- 18 Apr 1946 Call Me Mister opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances
- 20 Apr 1946 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs. Cubs
- 21 Apr 1946 SED, Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
- 22 Apr 1946 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
- 23 Apr 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers' Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0.
- 25 Apr 1946 Exposition Flyer rammed at Napierville, Illinois, USA killing 48.
- 27 Apr 1946 FA Cup: Derby County beat Charlton Athletic in the first FA Cup final since the end of the war
- 28 Apr 1946 Pestalozzi Children’s Village (''Kinderdorf Pestalozzi'') established at Trogen in Switzerland to accommodate and educate orphans of World War II according to Pestalozzian principles.
- 29 Apr 1946 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
- 01 May 1946 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of the Year".
- 02 May 1946 Prisoners begin revolt at Alcatraz prison in California.
- 03 May 1946 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins.
- 04 May 1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
- 05 May 1946 The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- 06 May 1946 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson) 17271
- 07 May 1946 William H Hastie inaugurated as (first black) governor of Virgin Islands.
- 08 May 1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
- 09 May 1946 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Humbert II.
- 10 May 1946 Umberto II succeeds Victor Emmanuel III as king of Italy.
- 11 May 1946 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4.
- 13 May 1946 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
- 16 May 1946 Musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Ethel Merman premieres in New York City
- 17 May 1946 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike.
- 19 May 1946 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam.
- 20 May 1946 The British House of Commons decides to nationalize mines.
- 21 May 1946 Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- 22 May 1946 The Kingdom of Transjordan is founded.
- 24 May 1946 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as New York Yankees' manager.
- 25 May 1946 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day).
- 26 May 1946 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano / orchestra premieres in Prague
- 28 May 1946 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)
- 29 May 1946 KVP wins Provincial National election in the Netherlands
- 30 May 1946 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (New York), 42 die.
- 31 May 1946 A Greek referendum supports the return of the monarchy.
- 01 Jun 1946 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8
- 02 Jun 1946 Italian plebiscite chooses Republic over monarchy (National Day)
- 03 Jun 1946 1st bikini bathing suit displayed (Paris)
- 04 Jun 1946 Largest solar prominence (300,000 miles / 500,000 km) observed.
- 05 Jun 1946 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago, Illinois, USA).
- 06 Jun 1946 Martin Kresses begins publishing Eric the Viking comic strip
- 07 Jun 1946 Pirates players vote 20-16 to walkout rather than play the Giants
- 08 Jun 1946 Lute Song closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 142 performances
- 09 Jun 1946 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest
- 10 Jun 1946 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, ends term as 1st Director of CIA Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, becomes 2nd Director of CIA
- 13 Jun 1946 King Umberto II of Italy abdicates
- 14 Jun 1946 Canadian Library Association established.
- 16 Jun 1946 Annie Get Your Gun opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1147 performances
- 17 Jun 1946 SouthWest Bell innaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, Saint Louis, Missouri. USA.
- 18 Jun 1946 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist, calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim.
- 20 Jun 1946 New York City transit begins using PA system - Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
- 21 Jun 1946 Bill Veeck buys Indians for $2.2 million
- 22 Jun 1946 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians
- 23 Jun 1946 The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake strikes Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
- 24 Jun 1946 11.72 (29.77 cm) of rainfall at Mellen Wisc (state 24-hr record)
- 25 Jun 1946 International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (World Bank) begins operations.
- 26 Jun 1946 Dutch Nazi collaborator Arnold Meijer sentenced to 5 years
- 28 Jun 1946 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins
- 29 Jun 1946 Are You with It? closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances
- 30 Jun 1946 The War Relocation Authority is abolished.
- 01 Jul 1946 Rajah cedes Sarawak to British crown
- 02 Jul 1946 Dutch Beel government forms
- 03 Jul 1946 1st Dutch government of Beel forms
- 04 Jul 1946 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
- 05 Jul 1946 The bikini is re-introduced in Paris, France (it was a Roman invention).
- 06 Jul 1946 St. Louis Woman closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances
- 07 Jul 1946 Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
- 08 Jul 1946 Tidbits of 1946 opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances
- 09 Jul 1946 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
- 10 Jul 1946 Belgian government of Acker, resigns
- 11 Jul 1946 Kingman Douglass, ends term as Deputy Director of CIA
- 12 Jul 1946 Vance Dinges hits the only Philadelphia Phillies' pinch hit inside-the-park home run.
- 13 Jul 1946 Tidbits of 1946 closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 8 performances
- 14 Jul 1946 Mass murder on Jews in Kielce Poland
- 15 Jul 1946 British North Borneo Company transfers rights to British crown.
- 16 Jul 1946 Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (1st time in SF history)
- 21 Jul 1946 Delegates of 21 nations meet in Paris, France, for a Peace Conference, to attempt to settle on the language of peace treaties with Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Finland.
- 22 Jul 1946 Estelle Bennett in New York City, New York, USA; rocker (The Ronettes).
- 23 Jul 1946 Menachem Begins opposition group bombs King David Hotel
- 24 Jul 1946 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League), die in a bus crash
- 25 Jul 1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
- 26 Jul 1946 President Truman orders desegregation of all US forces
- 27 Jul 1946 Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs
- 30 Jul 1946 First rocket attains 100 miles (167 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico, USA.
- 01 Aug 1946 US President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
- 03 Aug 1946 Belgian government of Huysmans, forms
- 04 Aug 1946 An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.
- 06 Aug 1946 US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court.
- 07 Aug 1946 1st coin bearing portrait of Negro authorized
- 08 Aug 1946 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney and John Galbreath for $25 million
- 13 Aug 1946 Britain transfers illegal immigrants bound to Palestine, to Cyprus.
- 16 Aug 1946 Great Calcutta blood bath - Moslem / Hindu riot (3-4,000 die)
- 18 Aug 1946 Golf Writers Associaton of America formed.
- 19 Aug 1946 Violence between Muslims and Hindus in Calcutta leaves 3,000 dead.
- 22 Aug 1946 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
- 23 Aug 1946 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
- 25 Aug 1946 28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland Golf Club - Portland, Oregon
- 26 Aug 1946 George Orwell published Animal Farm
- 01 Sep 1946 Greece votes for monarchy
- 02 Sep 1946 Nehru forms government in India
- 04 Sep 1946 Street violence between Muslims and Hindus erupts in Bombay.
- 05 Sep 1946 Yours Is My Heart opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 36 performances
- 06 Sep 1946 All-American Football Conference plays first game (Cleveland Browns 44, Miami Seahawks 0).
- 08 Sep 1946 60th US Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats Patricia Canning (119 63)
- 12 Sep 1946 Court martial convicts Henry de Man to 20 years, in Brussels
- 13 Sep 1946 Boston Red Sox clinch AL pennant
- 17 Sep 1946 Gypsy Lady, opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
- 18 Sep 1946 Joe Louis knockouts Tami Mauriello in 1 round for the heavyweight boxing title.
- 20 Sep 1946 Churchill argues for a US of Europe
- 21 Sep 1946 Indians play their final game in League Park, ending a 55-year stay
- 22 Sep 1946 Evelyn Dick charged with butchering husband
- 24 Sep 1946 Yanks set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs
- 26 Sep 1946 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes until June 1993
- 27 Sep 1946 King George II of Greece returns from exile
- 28 Sep 1946 Greek King George II back in Athens
- 29 Sep 1946 Adventures of Sam Spade debuts on CBS Radio
- 01 Oct 1946 12 war criminals sentenced to death in Nuremberg
- 02 Oct 1946 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
- 03 Oct 1946 Cards beat Dodgers 8-4 at Ebbets Field to win NL playoffs 2-0
- 05 Oct 1946 Yours Is My Heart closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 36 performances
- 06 Oct 1946 President Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine
- 08 Oct 1946 Kwo-less-shrew selects General Chiang Kai-shek as President of China
- 10 Oct 1946 Commencement of the Noakhali genocide of Hindus in Bengal at the hands of Muslim mobs.
- 13 Oct 1946 France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic.
- 14 Oct 1946 Netherlands and Indonesia sign cease fire.
- 15 Oct 1946 Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
- 16 Oct 1946 10 Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials
- 20 Oct 1946 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yards, Chicago Cardinals versus New York Giants.
- 22 Oct 1946 2 British ships sink near Albania
- 23 Oct 1946 UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows)
- 24 Oct 1946 Netherlands and Indonesia sign cease fire
- 25 Oct 1946 1st trial against Nazi war criminals (Neurenberg)
- 27 Oct 1946 Georgi Domitrovs National Front wins Bulgaria elections (78%)
- 28 Oct 1946 German rocket engineers begin work in the USSR
- 01 Nov 1946 Charles S Johnson becomes 1st black President of Fisk University
- 03 Nov 1946 Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution
- 04 Nov 1946 Park Avenue opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 72 performances
- 05 Nov 1946 John F Kennedy (Democrat-Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives.
- 07 Nov 1946 Bal Negre opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 54 performances
- 09 Nov 1946 President Truman ends wage / price freeze
- 10 Nov 1946 Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election
- 12 Nov 1946 1st autobank (banking by car) forms (Chicago)
- 13 Nov 1946 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI vs. the MCC
- 14 Nov 1946 Dutch Dakota flight to Schiphol crashes, kills 11
- 15 Nov 1946 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
- 17 Nov 1946 Eight British servicemen are killed in Jerusalem by Jewish nationalists.
- 19 Nov 1946 Bradman scores 119 South Australia vs. Victoria, 183 mins, 8 fours
- 21 Nov 1946 Georgi Dimitrov elected Premier of Bulgaria
- 22 Nov 1946 Tony Benn is elected as Treasurer of the Oxford Union.
- 23 Nov 1946 Gypsy Lady closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances
- 27 Nov 1946 English soccer team beats Netherlands, 8-2
- 28 Nov 1946 French government of Bidault, resigns
- 29 Nov 1946 Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities
- 01 Dec 1946 Australia compiles 645 versus India at the Gabba (Donald Bradman 187).
- 02 Dec 1946 The British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties in the Constituent Assembly.
- 03 Dec 1946 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB).
- 05 Dec 1946 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order #9808.
- 07 Dec 1946 A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia kills 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.
- 08 Dec 1946 Army rocket plane XS-1 makes first powered flight.
- 09 Dec 1946 The ''Subsequent Nuremberg Trials'' begin with the ''Doctors' Trial'', prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.
- 11 Dec 1946 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label
- 12 Dec 1946 Tide detergent introduced
- 14 Dec 1946 Three to Make Ready closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
- 15 Dec 1946 Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
- 16 Dec 1946 Thailand joins the United Nations.
- 17 Dec 1946 US V-2 rocket reaches 183 km at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, USA.
- 19 Dec 1946 Noel Cowards musical Pacific 1860, premieres in London
- 20 Dec 1946 An 8.1 Mw earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Nankaido, Japan, kill over 1,300 people and destroy over 38,000 homes.
- 21 Dec 1946 If the Shoe Fits closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
- 22 Dec 1946 Bal Negre closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
- 23 Dec 1946 Highest ridership in NYC subway history (8.8 million passengers)
- 24 Dec 1946 US General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor Nazis" amnesty.
- 25 Dec 1946 Constitution accepted in Taiwan.
- 26 Dec 1946 Toplitzky of Notre Dame opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
- 31 Dec 1946 French troops leave Lebanon.