1949

Balanced between the 1940s and 1950s, 1949 was just another year in the Truman presidence. At the beginning of this year, world leaders, presided over a global population estimated at just over 2.5 billion.

1949

Parents adding to that number commonly chose the names James and Linda for their little bundles of joy. Those welcomed to the world in 1949 included George Foreman, Billy Joel, Alan Menken, Richard Gear, Sigourney Weaver, and Pablo Escobar. As always, happiness finds its balance in sorrow. The world lost the director of Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, the famous artist, Francis Dodd; the author of Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell; and the philosopher, Maurice Maeterlinck.

People at the bookstores had a hard time putting down 1984, The Martian Chronicles, and 1939’s Pulitzer-winning Death of a Salesman. The box office on the other hand saw the popularity of Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Third Men, as well as Samson and Delilah. These 12 months gave birth to the term “Orwellian”, brought a revolution to daytime television, and the emergence of a classic Christmas carol. Keep reading to find out how 1949 helped forever change the world.

As it was the title of the Truman administration, and a time of progress for US welfare initiatives, this time is sometimes known as the fair deal. These 365 days bore witness to the first network detective series, the first female US treasurer, the first women to graduate from Harvard, and the first Israeli election. Some notable inventions of these twelve months include the instant cake mix, radio carbon dating, the crash test dummy and the Zamboni. While the ratification of NATO promoted peace on one side of the world, all was not quiet on the Eastern front. China’s Red Army moved on to attack Nanjing. After declaring victory, Mao Zedong moved to proclaim his country a people’s republic. China was not the only nation to change its name either; it was in 1949 that Siam became Thailand.

All you Christmas lovers out there, will be grateful that this year saw the first broadcast of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Whether you’re glad to be driving in a safe car, or glad to have seen an end to the Grecian Civil War, 1949 played some part in that.

Discover how the world looked like in 1949

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Third Man

The Third Man

Directed by: Carol Reed

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Country: United States of America

White Heat

White Heat

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Country: United States of America

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Directed by: Robert Hamer

Starring: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Country: United States of America

A Letter to Three Wives

A Letter to Three Wives

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas

Country: United States of America

The Set-Up

The Set-Up

Directed by: Robert Wise

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter

Country: United States of America

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1949?


Top #1 songs in the USA

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1949 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Michael
  6. David
  7. Richard
  8. Thomas
  9. Charles
  10. Larry
Top #10 female names
  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia
  4. Barbara
  5. Susan
  6. Sandra
  7. Nancy
  8. Carol
  9. Kathleen
  10. Sharon
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1949?


Events

  • 01 Jan KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jan KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Jan Colgate Theater dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • 04 Jan RMS ''Caronia'' of the Cunard Line departs Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage.
  • 05 Jan General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra.
  • 07 Jan First photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease and Baker.
  • 08 Jan Make Mine Manhattan play closes at Broadhurst Theater in New York City, New York after 429 performances.
  • 10 Jan 1st Jewish family show Goldbergs premieres on CBS
  • 11 Jan Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • 12 Jan Arthur Godfrey & His Friends premieres on CBS TV
  • 13 Jan Along 5th Avenue opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 14 Jan Black / Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • 15 Jan Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
  • 16 Jan Rape of Lucretia closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • 17 Jan The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
  • 18 Jan They Stand Accused courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • 19 Jan The Poe Toaster first appears at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • 20 Jan J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen
  • 21 Jan First inaugural parade televised (US President Harry Truman).
  • 22 Jan All for Love opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • 25 Jan 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale and Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • 26 Jan WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Jan Chinese liner Taiping collides with a collier off south China
  • 28 Jan New York Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin and Ford Smith
  • 29 Jan Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland recognize Israel.
  • 31 Jan 1st daytime soap on TV These Are My Children (NBC in Chicago)
  • 01 Feb RCA releases first single record ever (45 RPM).
  • 02 Feb 1st 45 RPM record released
  • 04 Feb Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia.
  • 05 Feb Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • 07 Feb Joe DiMaggio becomes first US$100,000 per year baseball player (New York Yankees).
  • 08 Feb Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison
  • 10 Feb Arthur Miller's play a Salesman opens at Morosco Theater, New York City.
  • 11 Feb Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title.
  • 12 Feb Annie Get Your Gun closes at Imperial Theater in New York City after 1147 performances.
  • 13 Feb António Óscar Carmona is re-elected president of Portugal for lack of an opposing candidate.
  • 14 Feb Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses.
  • 15 Feb Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • 17 Feb Chaim Weitzman elected 1st President of Israel
  • 19 Feb Inside USA closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances
  • 20 Feb First International Pancake Race held (Liberal, Kansas, USA).
  • 24 Feb V-2/WAC-Corporal first rocket to outer space, White Sands, New Mexico, 400km.
  • 25 Feb WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
  • 26 Feb US Air Force plane begins first nonstop around-the-world flight.
  • 27 Feb Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli President
  • 01 Mar Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champion.
  • 02 Mar 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
  • 04 Mar Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister.
  • 08 Mar WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 09 Mar Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as Deputy Director of CIA
  • 10 Mar Detroit Tigers' pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949.
  • 13 Mar US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Yvonne C Sherman.
  • 15 Mar WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Mar KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Mar The Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, owned by oil tycoon Glenn McCarthy, has its grand opening.
  • 18 Mar WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Mar First museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy opens in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
  • 20 Mar The Chicago, Burlington amp Quincy, Denver amp 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.
  • 21 Mar WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, Florida (NBC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Mar 21st Academy Awards: Hamlet, Laurence Olivier, and Jane Wyman win.
  • 25 Mar SS police chief Rauter request for a pardon, denied
  • 26 Mar 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.
  • 29 Mar Turkey recognizes Israel.
  • 30 Mar A riot breaks out in Austurvollur square in Reykjavik, when Iceland joins NATO.
  • 31 Mar The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada.
  • 01 Apr Chinese Civil War: The Communist Party of China holds unsuccessful peace talks with the Kuomintang in Beijing, after three years of fighting.
  • 03 Apr KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 04 Apr WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Apr A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.
  • 07 Apr South Pacific opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
  • 08 Apr Kathy Fiscus, 3½ years old, dies from falling down an abandoned well in San Marino, California.
  • 10 Apr 13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282.
  • 14 Apr The day the N'Ko alphabet is held to have been completed by Solomana Kante.
  • 15 Apr Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • 17 Apr At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
  • 18 Apr Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth.
  • 19 Apr 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8.
  • 20 Apr Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his first race, in Albany, California.
  • 23 Apr Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
  • 24 Apr 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman and Kiss Me Kate win
  • 27 Apr British Commonwealth of Nations renamed The Commonwealth.
  • 28 Apr Brooklyn, Commish Chandler suspends Durocher but he is absolved on May 3 New York fan charges Leo Durocher with assault after Giants lose 15-2 to
  • 29 Apr The ''News Review'' reveals neither Selhurst College nor its headmaster H. Rochester Sneath exist.!--This is newsworthy why, exactly?--
  • 01 May Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (second satellite of Neptune).
  • 02 May Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman
  • 03 May First firing of a US Viking rocket; reaches 80 km.
  • 04 May Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives).
  • 05 May Council of Europe forms
  • 06 May EDSAC, the first practicable stored-program computer, runs its first program at Cambridge University.
  • 07 May 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2.
  • 08 May West German constitution approved.
  • 09 May Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 11 May 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 (NYC)
  • 12 May 1st foreign woman ambassador received in US (S V L Pandit India)
  • 14 May Love Life closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • 17 May British government recognizes Republic of Ireland.
  • 18 May Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates.
  • 20 May In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  • 22 May After two months in Bethesda Naval Hospital, James Forrestal commits suicide, under circumstances that seem suspicious to many.
  • 23 May Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
  • 25 May Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai.
  • 27 May Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • 29 May Candid Camera, TV comedy Variety, moves to NBC
  • 30 May East Germans constitution approved
  • 31 May 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage Country Club, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
  • 01 Jun 1st magazine on microfilm offered to subscribers (Newsweek)
  • 02 Jun Transjordan is renamed Jordan.
  • 03 Jun 1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy (Wesley Anthony Brown)
  • 04 Jun Cavalcade of Stars debuts (DuMont)
  • 05 Jun Thailand elects Orapin Chaiyakan, the first Thai female member of Thailand's Parliament.
  • 06 Jun It Pays To Be Ignorant, game Show, debut on CBS-TV
  • 08 Jun Siam changes name to Thailand
  • 09 Jun Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US
  • 10 Jun Istvan Dobi becomes Hungarian Premier
  • 11 Jun 49th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah Country Club - Illinois
  • 14 Jun State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor
  • 15 Jun Phils Eddie Waitkus, shot by Ruth Steinhagen, 19, at Eddgewater Hotel
  • 16 Jun Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 18 Jun Along Fifth Avenue closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • 20 Jun Central Intelligence Agency Act, passes
  • 23 Jun 1st 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School
  • 24 Jun Hopalong Cassidy becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • 25 Jun Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote)
  • 26 Jun 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote (CVP gains)
  • 27 Jun Captain Video & His Video Rangers, debut on DUMONT-TV
  • 29 Jun US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II.
  • 30 Jun Dutch troops evacuate Djakarta
  • 01 Jul 63rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ted Schroeder beat Drobny (36 60 63 46 64)
  • 02 Jul High Button Shoes closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances
  • 05 Jul New York Giants purchase Monty Irvin and Henry Thompson, their 1st blacks
  • 06 Jul Cin Red Walker Cooper gets 10 RBIs
  • 07 Jul Cabatgata (A Night in Spain) opens at Broadway NYC for 76 performances
  • 08 Jul Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for New York Giants
  • 10 Jul WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 11 Jul ''Pamir'' is the last ''commercial'' sailing ship to round Cape Horn under sail alone.
  • 12 Jul 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 13 Jul Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics
  • 14 Jul USSR explodes their 1st atom bomb
  • 15 Jul Miss Liberty opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 19 Jul Laos becomes associated state within French Union.
  • 20 Jul Vasil Kolarov elected Premier of Bulgaria
  • 21 Jul Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO)
  • 24 Jul Inidian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
  • 26 Jul WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Jul 1st jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet) flies
  • 29 Jul Airlift in West-Germany to West-Berlin ends
  • 30 Jul British warship HMS Amethyst escape down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
  • 31 Jul Lightning strikes a baseball field in Florida, kills the shortstop and third baseman.
  • 03 Aug Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
  • 04 Aug NBL and NBAA merge into National Basketball Association
  • 05 Aug 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6000 die
  • 06 Aug Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop
  • 07 Aug All after Love closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 121 performances
  • 08 Aug Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy
  • 10 Aug Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 11 Aug Gaston Eyskens forms Belgian Government
  • 12 Aug 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • 14 Aug Military coup under Colonel Sami Hinnawi in Syria
  • 15 Aug WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 18 Aug Hungary adopts constitution
  • 20 Aug 78,382 watch the Chicago White Sox play the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 21 Aug Deportivo Saprissa enters Costa Rica ampndash soccer's first division.
  • 22 Aug Queen Charlotte earthquake: Canada's largest earthquake since the 1700 Cascadia earthquake
  • 24 Aug North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • 28 Aug 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • 29 Aug USSR explodes its first atomic bomb.
  • 30 Aug Roly Jenkins (Worcs vs. Surrey) takes his 2nd hat-trick of the game
  • 31 Aug The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
  • 01 Sep 1st network detective series-Private Eyes-premieres
  • 02 Sep Fire in riverfront area kills 1,700 (Chungking, China).
  • 03 Sep Fire in Chiang-king, China, destroys 7,000 lives
  • 04 Sep Marie Robie sinks 393 yard hole-in-one (first hole in Furnace Brook).
  • 05 Sep 63rd US Womens Tennis: M Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart (64 61)
  • 06 Sep Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes
  • 07 Sep The Federal Republic of Germany is officially founded. Konrad Adenauer is the first federal chancellor.
  • 10 Sep Cabatgata (A Night in Spain) closes at Broadway NYC after 76 performances
  • 12 Sep Theodor Heuss elected 1st President / Conrad Adenauer 1st Prime Minister of German FR
  • 13 Sep Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in New York City, New York.
  • 15 Sep Lone Ranger premieres on ABC-TV
  • 16 Sep KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Sep 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
  • 18 Sep Baseball major league record four grand slams hit.
  • 19 Sep The United Kingdom government devalues the pound sterling from $4.03 to $2.80, leading to many other currencies being devalued.
  • 20 Sep Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3%
  • 21 Sep Federal Republic of West Germany created under 3-power occupation
  • 22 Sep USSR detonates its 1st atomic bomb
  • 23 Sep Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant
  • 24 Sep Laszlo Rajk, ex-foreign minister of Hungary, is sentenced to death.
  • 25 Sep Despite 71 injuries, Yankees have been in 1st place all season until Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place
  • 27 Sep The first Plenary Session of the National People's Congress approves the design of the Flag of the People's Republic of China.
  • 28 Sep My Friend Irma is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
  • 29 Sep Front Page, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 30 Sep Pirates Ralph Kiner hits his 54th HR and NL record 16th in September
  • 01 Oct The US suspends diplomatic relations with China.
  • 03 Oct WERD, 1st black-owned radio station, opens in Atlanta
  • 04 Oct American Contract Bridge League votes 58.5 percent to keep blacks out.
  • 05 Oct WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Oct Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose) sentenced to ten years and $10,000 fine.
  • 07 Oct Otto Greatwohl becomes 1st Premier of German DR
  • 09 Oct New York Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers four games to one in 46th World Series.
  • 10 Oct 3rd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Toronto
  • 12 Oct Eugenie Anderson becomes 1st woman ambassador nominated in US
  • 13 Oct Touch & Go opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • 14 Oct Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 15 Oct Billy Graham begins his ministry
  • 16 Oct WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Oct Chinese communist troops take Guangzhou
  • 22 Oct Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:21.2)
  • 26 Oct US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents.
  • 28 Oct Eugenie Anderson is 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)
  • 30 Oct Lost in the Stars opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 281 performances
  • 31 Oct Regina opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • 02 Nov Netherland recognizes Indonesia as a sovereign state
  • 06 Nov Greeks civil war ends
  • 07 Nov King Faruk disbands Egyptian parliament
  • 09 Nov Costa Rica adopts Constitution
  • 11 Nov WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 15 Nov KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 18 Nov NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP
  • 19 Nov Prince Rainier III coronation as 30th ruling Prince of Monaco
  • 20 Nov Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
  • 21 Nov Bill Veeck sells Indians for $22 million
  • 24 Nov Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs
  • 25 Nov Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer appears on music charts
  • 26 Nov 37th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15
  • 27 Nov Indonesia is recognized.
  • 28 Nov Winston Churchill makes a landmark speech in support of the idea of a European Union at Kingsway Hall, London.
  • 29 Nov Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan / Formosa
  • 30 Nov KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Dec WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Dec KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins
  • 04 Dec Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97-yard touchdown run.
  • 05 Dec Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 07 Dec 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E).
  • 08 Dec Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa.
  • 10 Dec Chinese Civil War: The People's Liberation Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China, forcing President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan.
  • 11 Dec WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 13 Dec AL votes down proposal to revive spitball
  • 14 Dec Traicho Kostov, ex-vice prime minister of Bulgaria, is sentenced to death.
  • 15 Dec A typhoon strikes a fishing fleet off Korea, killing several thousand.
  • 16 Dec Sukarno becomes President of Indonesia, with Mokammed Hatta as premier.
  • 17 Dec Regina closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • 18 Dec Philadelphia Eagles beat Los Angeles Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game.
  • 19 Dec Luxury passenger ship Aquitania demolished in Garelock Scotland
  • 27 Dec United States of Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
  • 28 Dec 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs.
  • 29 Dec 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)
  • 30 Dec The Malta Labour Party is founded.