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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.
- February 12, 1946 – World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
- February 26, 1946 – Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
- April 1, 1946 – Aleutian Island earthquake: A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes the Hawaiian Islands killing 159, mostly in Hilo.
- April 5, 1946 – Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.
- April 8, 1946 – Électricité de France, the world’s largest utility company, is formed as a result of the nationalisation of a number of electricity producers, transporters and distributors.
- May 4, 1946 – In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz federal prison. Five people are killed in the riot.
- May 9, 1946 – King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Humbert II.
- November 1, 1946 – The New York Knicks played against the Toronto Huskies at the Maple Leaf Gardens, in the first Basketball Association of America game. The Knicks would win 68–66.
- December 7, 1946 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia kills 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.
Who Were Born On 1946?
- February 9, 1946 – Jim Webb, American politician, senior senator of Virginia
- March 31, 1946 – Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
- May 16, 1946 – Roger Earl, English rock drummer (Savoy Brown, Foghat)
- August 11, 1946 – John Conlee, American country music singer
- August 19, 1946 – Beat Raaflaub, Swiss conductor
- August 26, 1946 – Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
- September 15, 1946 – Mike Procter, South African cricketer, coach and match referee
- September 30, 1946 – Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (d. 1993)
- October 6, 1946 – Millie Small, Jamaican singer
- October 22, 1946 – Claude Charron, French-Canadian politician and TV personality