- US recognizes the state of Israel.
- Bob Hope suggests that Anthony Benedetto change his stage name from "Joe Bari" to "Tony Bennett".
- Milton Berle hosts the first telethon, which benefits cancer research.
- Famous Births ... George Foreman, Billy Joel, Teri Garr.
- Deaths ... Richard Strauss, Nelson Doubleday.
- In the World Series the New York Yankees win over the Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1).
- The minimum hourly wage rate was 70 cents per hour.
- A 6.75 Richter scale earthquake in Ecuador kills 6000 and destroys 50 towns.
- Formation of NATO.
- 45 rpm records are introduced in the USA.
Historical Highlights of 1949 ...
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