1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1949th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 949th year of the 2nd millennium, the 49th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1940s decade.
1949 is the first year in which no African-American is lynched in the USA.  Schepps Palm Field (1949–1959) baseball venue opens in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ongoing [ edit] Cold War (1947–1991) Second Red Scare (1947–1957) Marshall Plan (1948–1951) Births [ edit] January 2 Christopher Durang, playwright
January 20 – Harry S. Truman proposes Point Four programto help world's less developed areas.February 22 – Grady the Cow, a 1,200-pound cow gets stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahomaand garners national media attention.April 4 – Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation(NATO).May 11 – Siam changes its name to Thailand.January 12 – Murakami Haruki, Japanese writerJanuary 12 – Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football managerFebruary 5 – Kurt Beck, German politicianFebruary 22 – Niki Lauda, Austrian racecar driverJanuary 6 – Victor Fleming, American director (b. 1883)January 11 – Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1889)January 14 – Joaquín Turina, Spanish composer (b. 1882)January 28 – Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (b. 1908)The Aleph – Jorge Luis BorgesAlien Land – Willard W. SavoyThe Angry Wife – Pearl S. BuckBeneath The Sky – Alfred Q. Jarrette
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January 3: Colgate Theatre premieres on NBC.January 11: A two-hour special on all American networks celebrates the linking of the eastern and midwestern networks via coaxial cable.January 21: Your Show Timebecomes the first filmed dramatic series on American network television.January 31: The first Emmy Awardsare presented and broadcast on television from Los Angeles.
1. January 16: ABC Television Players, a dramatic anthology, debuts on ABC (1949). 2. January 17: The Goldbergs, a situation comedy, debuts on CBS (1949–55). 3. May 5: Series Stop the Music debuts on American Broadcasting Companyfor a five-year run over seven years. 4. June 27: Captain Video and His Video Rangers, apparently the first science fiction series televised, debuts. 5. July 15: This Is Show Business, panel discussion program, premieres on CBS (1949–54; 1956). 6. September 28: Photoc...
1. January 1: KPRC-TV (Originally known as KLEE-TV) Signs on the air. They are the Second TV station in Texas, and the First in Houston. That same day, KTTVSigns on in Los Angeles. 2. March 21: WTVJsigns on the air becoming the first television station in the state of Florida. 3. May 29: WVTM-TV(Originally WAFM, and later WABT and WAPI) Signs on the air as the first TV station in Alabama 4. May 30: WRTV(originally WFBM-TV) Signs on the air as the first TV station in Indiana 5. June 6: KFOR-TV...January 7 - Steven Williams, actor, (21 Jump Street)January 8 - Anne Schedeen, actress, (ALF)January 13 - Brandon Tartikoff, executive (died 1997)January 16 - Caroline Munro, English actress and model
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April 26–June 21 – Ealing comedies Passport to Pimlico, Whisky Galore! and Kind Hearts and Coronetsare released in the UK, leading to 1949 being remembered as one of the peak years of the Ealing co...November 15 – Following the prior year's Supreme Court decision in United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., Paramount Pictures is split into two separate companies with the creation of Paramount...December 21 – Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, starring Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, and Henry Wilcoxon, receives its televised world premiere at the Paramount...Adventures of Sir Galahad, starring George Reeves and Charles KingBatman and Robin, starring Robert LoweryBruce Gentry, starring Tom NealFederal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc, starring Kirk Alyn and Rosemary LaPlancheMickey Mouse (1928–1952)Looney Tunes (1930–1969)Merrie Melodies (1931–1969)Popeye (1933–1957)January 7 - Steven Williams, American actorJanuary 12 – Wayne Wang, Hong Kong-born directorJanuary 14 – Lawrence Kasdan, American director and screenwriterJanuary 6 – Victor Fleming, 59, American director and producer, The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Captains Courageous, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeJanuary 19 – William Wright, 38, American actor, Philo Vance Returns, Eve Knew Her ApplesJanuary 20 – Nora Gregor, 47, Austrian actress, The Rules of the Game, But the Flesh Is WeakFebruary 19 – Jean Gillie, 33, English actress, DecoyJulie Andrews – The Singing PrincessYul Brynner – Port of New YorkRichard Burton – Women of DolwynTony Curtis – City Across the River
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August 1, 1949 (Monday) [ edit] Massachusetts Governor Paul A. Dever signed a bill banning Communists from holding state jobs and requiring all future applicants to take loyalty oaths.  Born: Jim Carroll, author, poet and musician, in Manhattan, New York (d. 2009) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghan politician and warlord, in Kunduz