As my Dad was born 70years ago this month in 1949. I did some research about 1949.
Book released:The Man with the Golden Arm, Nelson Algren; The Jacaranda Tree, H.E. Bates; Guard of Honor, James Gould Cozzens; Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford; 1984, George Orwell; This I Remember, Eleanor Roosevelt
* The Currywurst is invented in Berlin.
1949 month by month
* January 9–January 12 – The Los Angelesarea is hit with a massive snow storm.
First time snow officially recorded as falling in LA
* January 20 – Harry S. Truman is sworn infor a full term, as President of the United States.
* Rationing of clothes ends in Britain.
Feb 1st ◦ Belgian astronomer Jean Meeus asserts that the orbits of all the planets of the Solar System are within the same 90° arc of the Solar System, on this date. The next time it is thought this will occur is on May 6, 2492.
February 28 – Margaret Roberts, the future Margaret Thatcher, is adopted as the Conservative candidate for Dartford. She will go on to fight two elections in the constituency unsuccessfully, in 1950 and 195
* March 2 – The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II (under Captain James Gallagher) lands in Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight (it was refueled in flight 4 times).
* April 18 – The Republic of Ireland formally becomes a republic, and leaves the British Commonwealth.
* April 26 – Transjordan changes its name, to the Kingdom of Jordan.
* May 6 – EDSAC, the first practicable stored-program computer, runs its first program at Cambridge University.
* Siam officially changes its French name to “Thaïlande” (English name to “Thailand”), having officially changed its Thai name to “Prated Thai” since 1939.
* May 12 – Cold War: The Soviet Union lifts the Berlin Blockade.
* June 7–25 – Dock workers strike in the United Kingdom.
* June 14 – Albert II, a rhesus monkey, becomes the first primate to enter space, on U.S. Hermes project V-2 rocket Blossom IVB, but is killed on impact at return.
* July 27
* The de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jet-powered airliner, makes its first flight, in England.
* Rhodesia beats the New Zealand national rugby union team (the All Blacks) 10-8, in an exhibition match in Bulawayo, the only non-Test nation ever to achieve this feat.
* August 10 – the Avro Canada C102 Jetliner makes its first flight; it is the first jet airliner to fly in North America.
* September 19 – The United Kingdom government devalues the pound sterling from $4.03 to $2.80, leading to many other currencies being devalued.
* October 1 – The People’s Republic of China is officially proclaimed.
* October 2 – The Soviet Union recognizes the People’s Republic of China.
* October 13 – Severe flooding hits Guatemala.
* November 28 – Winston Churchill makes a landmark speech in support of the idea of a European Union, at Kingsway Hall, London.
* December 29 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.