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1949 Historical Event(s)
- January 26, 1949 – The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory sees first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 is built in 1976).
- January 29, 1949 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.
- March 8, 1949 – Mildred Gillars (“Axis Sally”) is condemned to prison for treason
- April 1, 1949 – The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland.
- April 23, 1949 – Chinese Civil War: Establishment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
- June 8, 1949 – Celebrities Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI report as Communist Party members.
- July 21, 1949 – The United States Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty.
- August 10, 1949 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act Amendment, streamlining the defense agencies of the United States government, and replacing the Department of War with the United States Department of Defense.
- September 4, 1949 – The Peekskill Riots erupt after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.
- September 17, 1949 – The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives.
Who Were Born On 1949?
- January 12, 1949 – Kentarō Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
- January 14, 1949 – Lawrence Kasdan, American director
- January 17, 1949 – Mick Taylor, British musician (The Rolling Stones)
- March 7, 1949 – Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
- March 30, 1949 – Liza Frulla, Quebec politician
- April 3, 1949 – Anthony Grayling, British philosopher
- April 20, 1949 – Jessica Lange, American actress
- August 12, 1949 – Rick Ridgeway, American mountaineer
- August 30, 1949 – Peter Maffay, German singer-songwriter
- October 10, 1949 – Ioannis Glavakis, Greek politician