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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1946 AD


January 1: Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
January 1: ENIAC, U.S. 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert
January 1: National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic
January 5: "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 417 performances
January 6: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum
January 7: Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union
January 9: "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 77 performances
January 10: U.N. General Assembly meets for 1st time in London
January 10: U.S. Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon, Belmar, NJ
January 11: Bert Bell becomes 2nd NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
January 11: Enver Hoxha declares People's Rep of Albania with himself dictator
January 12: Edouardo de Filippo's "Questi Fantasmi!," premieres in Rome
January 12: NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
January 12: "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 113 performances
January 14: 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
January 17: United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
January 20: F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
January 21: "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 16 performances
January 22: U.S. president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
January 23: Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
January 25: Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis," premieres in Zurich
January 25: United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor
January 30: 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
January 31: Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic


February 1: Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president
February 1: Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Secretary-General of UN
February 2: "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 16 performances
February 4: Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," premieres in New York City
February 6: "Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 142 performances
February 7: Filibuster in U.S. Senate kills FEPC bill
February 8: Bela Bartoks 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia
February 8: Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties
February 9: Dutch Labor Party (Dutch Social Democratic Party) forms
February 10: 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum
February 13: "Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 5 performances
February 14: Bank of England nationalized
February 15: Bank of England nationalized
February 16: 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Connecticut
February 16: "Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 5 performances
February 17: Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
February 19: Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
February 21: Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
February 24: Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
February 26: 2 killed and 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia, Tennessee
February 27: 4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (New York City)


March 1: British Government takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years
March 1: Panama accepts its new constitution
March 2: Dutch troops land on East Bali
March 2: Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam
March 2: Kingman Douglass, becomes deputy director of CIA
March 3: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
March 3: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
March 5: Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri
March 6: France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
March 7: Max Frisch' "Santa Cruz," premieres in Zurich
March 7: "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 323 performances
March 8: 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use (New York City)
March 9: Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang
March 9: Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican League, he refuses
March 10: Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
March 12: Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
March 14: Belgian government of Spaak, forms
March 15: British premier Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
March 16: "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater New York City after 77 performances
March 19: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion become overseas depts
March 19: Nicolai Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as president of U.S.S.R.
March 20: Belgian government of Spaak, resigns
March 21: Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
March 21: U.N. set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
March 22: 1st U.S. rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
March 22: Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
March 23: 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats North Carolina 43-40
March 25: 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"
March 29: 1st Test Cricket between Australia and New Zealand
March 29: Test Cricket debuts of Lindwall, Miller and Tallon
March 30: Australia beats New Zealand in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day
March 30: Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 and 3-19)
March 30: "St. Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 113 performances
March 31: Belgian government of Acker, forms


April 1: 400,000 U.S. mine workers strike
April 1: Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
April 1: Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
April 1: Weight Watchers forms
April 5: 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
April 7: 10th Golf Masters Championship: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282
April 7: Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
April 8: League of Nations assembles for last time
April 9: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
April 10: 1st election for Japanese Diet
April 12: Syria gains independence from France
April 13: Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage and price freeze over
April 14: "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater New York City after 167 performances
April 14: Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th and final home run
April 16: 1st U.S. launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
April 16: NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
April 17: Syria declares independence from French administration
April 18: "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater New York City for 734 performances
April 18: Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals
April 18: League of Nations dissolves, 3 months after United Nations starts
April 18: Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister," premieres in New York City
April 18: U.S. recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
April 19: Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
April 20: 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
April 20: 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
April 21: SED, Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
April 22: SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
April 23: Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
April 24: 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, and McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
April 25: Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent," premieres in London
April 25: "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
April 27: 1st radar installation aboard a coml ship installed
April 29: 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
April 30: Cleveland Indian Bob Feller's 2nd no-hitter beats New York Yankees, 1-0


May 1: Field Marshal Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
May 1: Mrs. Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
May 2: Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die
May 3: International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
May 4: 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay
May 4: 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
May 4: Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
May 6: Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M. Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)
May 7: William H. Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
May 8: Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
May 9: 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
May 9: 1st variety show on TV "NBC's Hour Glass," premieres
May 9: King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by Umberto
May 10: Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yankees 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
May 10: Umberto II succeeds Victor Emmanuel III as king of Italy
May 11: 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
May 11: 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
May 13: Sarwate and Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians vs. Surrey
May 13: U.S. convicts 58 camp guard of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
May 13: Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
May 14: Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love," premieres
May 16: Musical "Annie Get Your Gun," starring Ethel Merman premieres in New York City
May 17: KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
May 17: President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
May 19: Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
May 20: Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
May 22: Yankees turn triple-play and defeat Tigers' 5-3
May 24: Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
May 25: Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
May 25: Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)
May 26: 2-for-42 and hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
May 26: Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
May 26: Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
May 26: Patent filed in U.S. for H-Bomb
May 28: 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yankees 1)
May 29: KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
May 30: Braves Bama Rowell double shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field
May 30: United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die


June 1: 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8
June 1: Spijkenisse soccer team forms in Spijkenisse
June 2: Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy, National Day
June 3: 1st bikini bathing suit displayed, Paris
June 3: International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
June 3: U.S. Supreme Court rules race separation on buses, unconstitutional
June 4: Largest solar prominence, 300,000 mi/500,000 km, observed
June 5: Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 (Chicago, Illinois)
June 6: 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
June 6: Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
June 6: Martin Kresses begins publishing "Eric the Viking" comic strip
June 7: Pirates players vote 20-16 to walkout rather than play the Giants
June 7: U.S. Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel
June 8: "Lute Song" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 142 performances
June 8: Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia
June 9: 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire, Dubuque, Iowa
June 9: 66,545 fans help Yankees break million attendance mark, the earliest
June 9: Bhumibol Adulyadej, becomes king of Thailand
June 9: Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
June 9: New York Giant Mel Ott is 1st manager ejected from both games of a doubleheader
June 10: Italian Republic established
June 10: Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, ends term as 1st director of CIA Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, becomes 2nd director of CIA
June 13: 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
June 13: King Umberto II of Italy abdicates
June 14: Canadian Library Association established
June 16: 46th U.S. Golf Open: Lloyd Mangrum shoots a 284 at Canterbury Golf Club Cleveland
June 16: "Annie Get Your Gun" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 1147 performances
June 17: SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St. Louis
June 19: 1st TV sports spectacular - Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn
June 20: New York City transit begins using Pennsylvania system - Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
June 21: 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas Texas
June 21: Bill Veeck purchases the Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million
June 21: Federal judge rules Seattle club doesn't have to play returning serviceman
June 22: Alec Bedser takes 7-49 vs. India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket
June 24: 11.72" (29.77 cm) of rainfall at Mellen Wisconsin (state 24-hour record)
June 24: Georges Bidault elected premier of France
June 26: Dutch Nazi collaborator Arnold Meijer sentenced to 5 years
June 26: Fred Allen's last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny
June 28: Enrico de Nicola becomes 1st President of Italy
June 28: Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins
June 29: "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater New York City after 264 performances
June 29: "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 219 performances
June 29: Black Sabbath-Brits arrest 2700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorist
June 29: British mandatory government of Palestine arrests 100 leaders of Yishnuv


July 1: Rajah cedes Sarawak to British crown
July 1: U.S. drops atom bomb on Bikini atoll (4th atomic explosion)
July 2: Dutch Beel government forms
July 2: Harbor workers end strike at Rotterdam and Amsterdam
July 3: 1st Dutch government of Beel forms
July 4: Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
July 4: Philippines gains independence from U.S.
July 5: Louis Reard's bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show
July 6: 53rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats Louise Brough (62 64)
July 6: 60th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Yvon Petra beats G Brown (62 64 79 57 64)
July 6: "St. Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 113 performances
July 7: Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini canonized as 1st American saint
July 8: Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
July 8: "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 8 performances
July 9: 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
July 10: Belgian government of Acker, resigns
July 11: Kingman Douglass, ends term as deputy director of CIA
July 12: Vance Dinges hits only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park home run
July 13: "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 8 performances
July 14: Cleveland Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles and a home run but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 home runs with 8 RBIs
July 14: Dr. Ben Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" published
July 14: Mass murder on Jews in Kielce Poland
July 15: British North Borneo Co transfers rights to British crown
July 16: Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (1st time in San Francisco history)
July 16: U.S. court martials 46 SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau
July 21: Jesus T. Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor
July 22: Estelle Bennett, rocker (Ronettes)
July 22: Menachen Begin's opposition group surprise attack on King David hotel
July 23: Menachem Begins opposition group bombs King David Hotel
July 24: 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League), die in a bus crash
July 24: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
July 25: 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
July 25: U.S. detonates underwater A-bomb at Bikini, 5th atomic explosion
July 26: President Truman orders desegregation of all U.S. forces
July 27: Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs
July 30: 1st rocket attains 100 mi (167 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico


August 1: President Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
August 3: Belgian government of Huysmans, forms
August 6: U.S. officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court
August 8: Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney and John Galbreath for $25 million
August 8: India agrees to give Bhutan 32 miles
August 9: 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
August 13: Britain transfers illegal immigrants bound to Palestine, to Cyprus
August 16: Great Calcutta blood bath - Moslem/Hindu riot (3-4,000 die)
August 17: Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique," premieres
August 18: Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
August 22: Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
August 22: Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
August 23: 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
August 25: 28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon
August 26: George Orwell published "Animal Farm"


September 1: 1st U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Berg
September 1: Greece votes for monarchy
September 2: Johnny Neun replaces Bill Dickey as Yankee manager
September 2: Nehru forms government in India
September 5: Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game
September 5: "Yours Is My Heart" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 36 performances
September 6: All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
September 6: Terence Rattigan's "Winslow Boy," premieres in London
September 8: 60th U.S. Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats Patricia Canning (119 63)
September 8: 66th U.S. Mens Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Tom Brown, Jr. (97 63 60)
September 8: Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount (CPL) strikes out minors record 456
September 8: Bulgaria ends monarchy
September 8: Jack Kramer wins U.S. Tennis Open
September 8: San Francisco 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to New York Yankees 21-7
September 11: 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
September 12: Court martial convicts Henry de Man to 20 years, in Brussels
September 13: Boston Red Sox clinch AL pennant
September 15: Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
September 17: "Gypsy Lady," opens at Century Theater New York City for 79 performances
September 17: "If the Shoe Fits," opens at Century Theater New York City for 20 performances
September 18: Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
September 20: Churchill argues for a "US of Europe"
September 21: Indians play their final game in League Park, ending a 55-year stay
September 24: Yankees set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs
September 26: 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes until June 1993
September 27: King George II of Greece returns from exile
September 28: Greek king George II back in Athens
September 29: 1st time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards and Dodgers)
September 29: "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
September 29: Al Couture knockouts Ralph Walton in Lewiston Maine in 10 seconds
September 29: Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
September 29: NPS, Nationale Party Suriname, forms
September 30: 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg
September 30: Von Ribbentrop and Goering sentence to death by Nuremberg trial


October 1: 12 war criminals sentenced to death in Nuremberg
October 1: 1st NL playoffs, Dodgers vs Cards (St. Louis wins 2 games to 0)
October 1: Bob Feller 348th strikeout of season
October 2: 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
October 3: Cards beat Dodgers 8-4 at Ebbets Field to win NL playoffs 2-0
October 5: "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 36 performances
October 6: 90 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
October 6: President Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine
October 7: Charles Ives' 2nd string quartet, premieres
October 8: Kwo-less-shrew selects General Chiang Kai-shek as president of China
October 8: Military plane crashes at Christian HBS, 24 die
October 9: 1st electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50
October 9: Eugene O'Neill's "Iceman Cometh," premieres in New York City
October 10: Max Frisch' "Die Chinesische Mauer," premieres in Zurich
October 14: Netherland and Indonesia sign cease fire
October 15: Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
October 15: Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
October 15: St. Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series
October 16: 10 Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg trials
October 18: Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony, premieres
October 20: Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs New York Giants
October 22: 2 British ships sink near Albania
October 23: U.N. General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st New York City-Flushing Meadows)
October 24: Netherlands and Indonesia sign cease fire
October 25: 1st trial against nazi war criminals in Neurenberg
October 27: Georgi Domitrovs National Front wins Bulgaria elections (78%)
October 28: German rocket engineers begin work in U.S.S.R.


November 1: Charles S. Johnson becomes 1st black president of Fisk University
November 1: Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck's right foot is amputated
November 1: German "Country" Nedersaksen forms
November 1: Marken soccer team forms
November 1: New York Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66
November 1: WABC becomes WCBS radio in New York City
November 1: WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (New York City)
November 1: West German state of Niedersachsen formed
November 3: Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution
November 4: "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 72 performances
November 4: U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization formed
November 5: John F. Kennedy elected to House of Representatives
November 7: "Bal Negre" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 54 performances
November 8: Jean-Paul Sartre's "La Putain Respecteuse," premieres in Paris
November 9: President Truman ends wage/price freeze
November 10: Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election
November 11: New York Knicks' 1st game at Madison Square Garden loses 78-68 to Chicago Stags
November 12: 1st "autobank" (banking by car) forms (Chicago)
November 12: Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released
November 13: 1st artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mount Greylock, MA
November 13: Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI vs. the MCC
November 14: Dutch Dakota flight to Schiphol crashes, kills 11
November 15: Joseph McCarthy's HUAC interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley
November 15: Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
November 19: Bradman scores 119 South Australia vs. Victoria, 183 minutes, 8 fours
November 20: Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest," premieres in New York City
November 21: Georgi Dimitrov elected premier of Bulgaria
November 21: Harry Truman becomes 1st U.S. president to travel in a submerged sub
November 23: 34th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 28-6
November 23: French Navy fire in Haiphong Vietnam, kills 6,000
November 23: "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater New York City after 79 performances
November 27: English soccer team beats Netherlands, 8-2
November 28: French government of Bidault, resigns
November 28: Landverrader Anton Mussert to death sentenced
November 29: Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities
November 30: Bradman scores 187 in 1st Test Cricket vs. England at the Gabba


December 1: Australia compile 645 vs. India at the Gabba (Bradman 187)
December 3: 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)
December 3: U.S. government asks United Nations to order dictator Franco out of Spain
December 5: President Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order 9808
December 7: Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
December 8: Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight
December 11: Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label
December 11: Spain suspended from UN
December 11: U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
December 12: Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building and burying 38
December 12: Tide detergent introduced
December 12: U.N. accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr
December 13: Leon Blum elected French premier
December 14: "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 323 performances
December 14: Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN
December 14: U.N. General Assembly votes to establish United Nations HQs in New York City
December 15: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
December 15: Giants Filchock and Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
December 17: Bradman and Barnes complete 405 run 5th wkt stand, score 234 ea
December 17: U.S. V-2 rocket reaches 183 km, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM
December 18: TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run
December 19: Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860," premieres in London
December 19: War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
December 20: Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres
December 21: Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
December 21: Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," premieres
December 21: "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater New York City after 20 performances
December 21: Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show," premieres in Indianapolis
December 22: "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 54 performances
December 22: Cleveland Browns beat New York Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
December 23: Belgian Council of State forms
December 23: Highest ridership in New York City subway history (8.8 million passengers)
December 23: University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne U, because they may use a black player in their basketball game
December 24: 4th French republic established
December 24: U.S. General MacNarney gives 800,000 "minor Nazi's" amnesty
December 25: Constitution accepted in Taiwan
December 26: 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
December 26: "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 111 performances
December 26: Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
December 26: "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater New York City for 60 performances
December 31: French troops leave Lebanon
December 31: President Truman officially proclaims end of WW II
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