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1949 Historical Event(s)
- January 29, 1949 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 15, 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.
- March 31, 1949 – The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada.
- May 12, 1949 – The western occupying powers approve the Basic Law for the new German state: the Federal Republic of Germany.
- May 23, 1949 – The Federal Republic of Germany is established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed.
- June 24, 1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
- June 25, 1949 – Long-Haired Hare, starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters.
- August 5, 1949 – In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.
- November 18, 1949 – The Iva Valley Shooting occurs after the coal miners of Enugu in Nigeria go on strike over withheld wages; 21 miners are shot dead and 51 are wounded by police under the supervision of the British colonial administration of Nigeria.
- December 7, 1949 – Chinese Civil War: The government of Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei.
Who Were Born On 1949?
- January 3, 1949 – Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
- February 2, 1949 – Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish entrepreneur
- March 4, 1949 – Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter
- March 23, 1949 – Ric Ocasek, American musician (The Cars)
- June 27, 1949 – Vera Wang, American fashion designer
- August 4, 1949 – John Riggins, American football player
- September 7, 1949 – Barry Siegel, American journalist
- September 29, 1949 – George Dalaras, Greek singer
- October 12, 1949 – Dave Lloyd, British cyclist
- October 25, 1949 – Walter Hyatt, American singer and songwriter, leader of Uncle Walt’s Band