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1946 Historical Event(s)
- February 2, 1946 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dog in Chinese astrology.
- March 5, 1946 – Winston Churchill uses the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
- March 24, 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.
- April 29, 1946 – Father Divine, a controversial religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement.
- May 1, 1946 – The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
- May 21, 1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- June 2, 1946 – Birth of the Italian Republic: In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After the referendum the king of Italy Umberto II di Savoia is exiled.
- September 10, 1946 – While riding a train to Darjeeling, Sister Teresa Bojaxhiu of the Loreto Sisters’ Convent claimed to have heard the call of God, directing her “to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them”. She would become known as Mother Teresa.
- September 19, 1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II.
- October 13, 1946 – France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic.
Who Were Born On 1946?
- February 12, 1946 – Cliff DeYoung, American actor and musician
- April 22, 1946 – Nicole Garcia, French actress and director
- July 11, 1946 – Cuthbert Johnson, Benedictine abbot.
- July 21, 1946 – Barry Whitwam, British musician (Herman’s Hermits)
- August 1, 1946 – Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist
- August 30, 1946 – Peggy Lipton, American actress
- October 10, 1946 – Martin Ruane, English professional wrestler (d. 1998)
- October 11, 1946 – Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer
- November 21, 1946 – Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
- December 29, 1946 – Marianne Faithfull, British singer