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1949 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1949 – At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented.
- 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.
- February 19, 1949 – Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
- April 1, 1949 – The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland.
- May 4, 1949 – The entire Torino football team (except for two players who did not take the trip: Sauro Tomà, due to an injury and Renato Gandolfi, because of coach request) is killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.
- May 11, 1949 – Israel joins the United Nations.
- July 1, 1949 – The merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ends more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family.
- August 5, 1949 – In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1949?
- January 7, 1949 – Steven Williams, American actor
- January 29, 1949 – Evgeny Lovchev, Russian footballer
- March 12, 1949 – Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
- May 4, 1949 – Graham Swift, British author
- May 24, 1949 – Sybil Danning, Austrian actress
- July 18, 1949 – Dennis Lillee, Australian cricketer
- July 26, 1949 – Thaksin Shinawatra, 23rd Prime Minister of Thailand
- August 30, 1949 – Ted Ammon, American financier (d. 2001)
- November 6, 1949 – Arturo Sandoval, Cuban trumpeter
- November 17, 1949 – Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister of Vietnam