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