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1946

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Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.

Events of 1946

January

  • January 7 - Allies recognize Austrian republic with 1937 borders - the country is divided into four occupation zones
January 10: First meeting of UN.
January 10: First meeting of UN.
January 10: Project Diana
January 10: Project Diana
  • January 10
    • First meeting of the United Nations
    • Project Diana bounces Radar waves off the Moon, measuring the exact distance between the earth and the moon and proving that the communication was possible between the earth and outer space, effectively opening the space age.
  • January 11
    • Enver Hoxha declares the People's Republic of Albania with himself as prime minister.
    • Porfirio Barba-Jacob's ashes go back to Colombia.
  • January 16 - Charles de Gaulle resigns as a head of a French provisional government
  • January 17
    • The UN Security Council holds its first session
    • Senator Dennis Chavez (D-NM) calls for a vote on an FEPC bill which called for the end to discrimination in the work place. A filibuster prevents it from passing.
  • January 20 - Charles De Gaulle resigns as president of France
  • January 22 - Iran: Qazi Muhammad declares the independent people's Republic of Mahabad at the Chuwarchira Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. He is the new president, Hadschi Baba Scheich is the prime minister.
Jan. 28: Bluenose will founder.
Jan. 28: Bluenose will founder.
  • January 25 - The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor.
  • January 28 - Bluenose founders on a Haitian reef.
  • January 29 - Central Intelligence Group established, CIA established in 1947
  • January 31 - Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).

February

  • February 1 - Trygve Lie of Norway is selected to be the first United Nations Secretary General.
  • February 2 - Kingdom of Hungary becomes a republic.
  • February 14
    • The Bank of England nationalized
    • ENIAC (for "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer"), the first general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania
  • February 15 - Canada indicts 22 communist agents.
  • February 20 - Explosion kills more than 400 coal miners in West Germany.
  • February 24 - Juan Peron elected president of Argentina
  • February 28 - In Philadelphia, strikers of General Electric and police clash

March

  • March 2
    • British troops withdraw from Iran according to treaty - Soviets do not.
    • Ho Chi Minh elected the President of North Vietnam
  • March 4 - C.G.E. Mannerheim resigns from the post of president of Finland
  • March 5 - In his speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill talks about the Iron Curtain.
  • March 6
  • March 7 - 18th Academy Awards ceremony
  • March 9 - Juho Kusti Paasikivi becomes president of Finland
  • March 10 - British troops begin withdrawal from Lebanon
  • March 15 - Clement Attlee promises independence to India as soon as they can agree on constitution
  • March 19
  • March 22 – The United Kingdom grants Transjordan, as it was then known, its independence. Three years later the country changes its name to Jordan.
  • March 29 - Gold Coast has an African majority in the parliament

April

  • April 1
    • 14-meter high tsunami strikes Hilo and Laupāhoehoe on the Big Island of Hawaii - 173 dead, thousands injured.
    • Formation of the Malayan Union.
    • Singapore becomes a Crown colony
  • April 3 - Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed outside Manila in the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.
  • April 7 - Syria's independence from France is officially recognised
  • April 10 - In Japan, women vote for the first time during the elections for the House of Representatives of the Ninetieth Imperial Diet
  • April 18 - USA recognizes Josip Broz Tito's government in Yugoslavia
  • April 18 - Last meeting of League of Nations – it transfers its mission to United Nations and disbands itself.
  • April 23 - the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League (Which is now the CBA) was founded
  • April 29 - Trial against war criminals begin in Tokyo – accused include Hideki Tojo, Shigenori Togo and Hiroshi Oshima.

May

  • May 1 - At least 800 Indigenous Australian pastoral workers walk off the job in Northwest Western Australia, starting one of the longest industrial strikes in Australia
  • May 2 - Six prisoners unsuccessfully try to escape from the Alcatraz prison island
  • May 7 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with about 20 employees.
  • May 9 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, and is succeeded by his son Humbert II.
  • May 10 - Nehru elected leader of the Congress Party in India
  • May 20 - In Britain, the House of Commons decides to nationalize mines.
  • May 21 - Radiation accident in Los Alamos laboratory; Dr Louis Slotin saves his coworkers but receives a fatal dose of radiation. Incident is initially classified
  • May 22 - Kingdom of Transjordan founded.
  • May 25 - The parliament of Transjordan makes emir Abdullah their king.
  • May 26 - Czechoslovak parliamentary election, with Communist victory (38%), last before communist take power
  • May 31 - Greece referendum supports return of monarchy

June

  • June 1 - Ion Antonescu, prime minister and "Conducator" (Leader) of Romania during World War II is executed; he was found guilty of betraying Romanian people for benefits of Germany and sentenced to death by Bucharest People's Tribunal.
  • June 2 - In a referendum Italians decide to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After this referendum, the king of Italy Umberto II di Savoia was exiled. Women vote for the first time.
  • June 6 - The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • June 8 - In Indonesia, Sukarno incites his supporters to fight Dutch colonial occupation
  • June 9 - In Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) accedes the throne after the mysterious death of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII).
  • June 9 - Arthur John "Jack" Johnson, first African-American heavy-weight boxing champion, dies in a high speed car crash.
  • June 10 - Italy declared republic
  • June 13 - Humbert II of Italy leaves the country and goes into exile in Portugal; Alcide de Gasperi becomes head of state.
  • June 17
    • Tornado on the Detroit River - 17 dead
    • Laurence Olivier's Henry V opens in the United States nearly two years after its release in England. It is the first Shakespeare film in colour, and critics hail it as the finest film of a Shakespeare play ever made.

July

  • July 4 - Ankara University is founded.
  • July 4 - After over 381 years of Western dominance, the Philippines achieves full independence.
  • July 5 - Bikinis go on sale in Paris
  • July 7 - Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini becomes the first American saint to be canonized.
  • July 21 - Irgun bomb explodes in Jerusalem.
  • July 22 - King David Hotel bombing: Irgun bombs King David Hotel in Jerusalem, headquarters of the British civil and military administration killing 90.
  • July 25 - Nuclear testing: In the first underwater test of the atomic bomb, the surplus USS Saratoga is sunk near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean when the United States detonates the Baker device during Operation Crossroads.
  • July 25 - At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.

August

  • August 1 - The Hungarian Forint is introduced in Hungary by the local government this ends the world's biggest hyperinflation in the country
  • August 4 - 1946 Dominican Republic earthquake - earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 killed, 20,000 left homeless.
  • August 18 - Approximately 70 people die in the Vergarolla explosion.
  • August 19 - Violence between Muslims and Hindus in Calcutta leaves 3000 dead.
  • August 25 - Ben Hogan wins PGA Championship

September

  • September 4 - Street violence between Muslims and Hindus in Bombay.
  • September 8 - Bulgaria declared a People's Republic after a referendum – King Simeon II leaves.
  • September 24 - Cathay Pacific Airways was founded by Roy C Farrell and H de Kantzow.
  • September 28 - George II of Greece returns to Athens

October

  • October 1 - Mensa is founded in the United Kingdom.
  • October 2 - Communists take over in Bulgaria
  • October 13 - France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic.
  • October 15 - Nuremberg Trials: Founder of the Gestapo and recently convicted Nazi war criminal, Hermann Göring, poisons himself hours before his scheduled execution.
  • October 23 - United Nations' first meeting in Long Island.

November

  • November 1 - The New York Knicks played against the Toronto Huskies at the Maple Leaf Gardens, in the first Basketball Association of America game. The Knicks would win 68-66.
  • November 6 - Senate and House elections in the United States both give majorities to the Republicans.
  • November 8 - Vietnamese riot in Haiphong and clash with French troops. French cruiser Suffren opens fire. 6000 Vietnamese killed.
  • November 10
    • At least 1,400 people were killed in an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale at the Ancash and Quiches area in Peru.
    • Opening of the Slimbridge wetland reserve in England.
  • November 12
    • Truce between Indonesian nationalist troops and Dutch army in Indonesia.
    • in Chicago, a branch of the Exchange National Bank (now part of the LaSalle Bank) opens the first ten drive-up teller windows.
  • November 15 - Netherlands recognized the Republic of Indonesia.
  • November 17 - Eight British servicemen are killed in Jerusalem by Jewish nationalists.
  • November 19
    • Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations
    • Romanian general election, carried with 79.86% of the vote by the Romanian Communist Party through widespread intimidation tactics and electoral fraud
  • November 22 - Tony Benn is elected as Treasurer of the Oxford Union.
  • November 23 - The Workers Party of South Korea is founded.
  • November 27 - Cold War Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru appeals to the United States and the Soviet Union to end nuclear testing and to start nuclear disarmament, stating that such an action would "save humanity from the ultimate disaster."

December

  • December 7 - Fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, United States kills 119.
  • December 11 - UNICEF (UNIted nations Children's Emergency Fund) founded.
  • December 12
    • United Nations severs relations with Franco's Spain and recommends the member countries to sever diplomatic relations
    • Léon Blum founds a government of socialist parties in France
    • The new communist government held power in Tabriz centre of Iranian Azerbaijan Provience.
  • December 19 - Martial law in Vietnam
  • December 20 - At least 1,330 killed, Richer Scale 8.0 magnitude earthquake following hit tidal wave (tsunami) at Kochi and Gobo erea, Japan.
  • December 22 - Havana Conference begins between US organized crime bosses in Havana, Cuba
  • December 24 - France's Fourth Republic founded
  • December 26
    • Flamingo Hotel opens in Las Vegas.
    • David Lean's Great Expectations, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, and featuring a cast headed by John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Martita Hunt, Alec Guinness, Francis L. Sullivan, Jean Simmons, and Finlay Currie, is released to great acclaim in England.
  • December 31 - President Harry Truman delivers Proclamation 2714, which officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

Undated

  • The 20mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun contract is released.
  • Devil's Island penal colony closes permanently.
  • Female suffrage in Belgium, Romania, Yugoslavia, Argentina and Canadian province of Quebec. First female police officers in Korea and Japan.
  • Chinese Civil War intensifies between Kuomintang and Communist Party of China.
  • First Tupperware sold in department and hardware stores.
  • Grantley Adams becomes the premier of Barbados.
  • The Alcatraz Island prison riot occurs.
  • The British government takes emergency powers to deal with the balance-of-payments crisis.
  • Eva Perón tours Spain, Italy and France on behalf of Argentina, a circuit called the Rainbow Tour.
  • Breathalyzer machine for estimating blood alcohol concentration was invented.
  • Howard Hyde Russell established the Anti-Saloon League.
  • George Orwell writes Politics and the English Language
  • The NFL team San Francisco 49ers is formed.
  • 'Deaths and Entrances' by Dylan Thomas is published. It includes one of Thomas' most famous poems, Fern Hill.

Ongoing

Fictional

  • 5 November - In Bioshock, the underwater Objectivist gulch city of Rapture is officially opened.
  • Undated - In The X-Files, the first X-file is opened by J. Edgar Hoover

Births

1946 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1946
MCMXLVI
Ab urbe condita 2699
Armenian calendar 1395
ԹՎ ՌՅՂԵ
Bahá'í calendar 102 – 103
Berber calendar 2896
Buddhist calendar 2490
Burmese calendar 1308
Byzantine calendar 7454 – 7455
Chinese calendar 乙酉年十一月廿八日
(4582/4642-11-28)
— to —
丙戌年十二月初九日
(4583/4643-12-9)
Coptic calendar 1662 – 1663
Ethiopian calendar 1938 – 1939
Hebrew calendar 5706 – 5707
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2001 – 2002
 - Shaka Samvat 1868 – 1869
 - Kali Yuga 5047 – 5048
Holocene calendar 11946
Iranian calendar 1324 – 1325
Islamic calendar 1365 – 1366
Japanese calendar Shōwa 21
(昭和21年)
Korean calendar 4279
Thai solar calendar 2489

January-February

  • January 3
    • John Paul Jones, English bassist ( Led Zeppelin)
    • Cissy King, American dancer and singer The Lawrence Welk Show
  • January 5 - Diane Keaton, American actress
  • January 6 - Syd Barrett, English guitarist and singer (Pink Floyd) (d. 2006)
  • January 8
    • Stanton Peele, American psychologist
    • Robby Krieger, American musician ( The Doors)
  • January 11
    • Naomi Judd, American singer
    • John Piper, American theologian
  • January 12 - George Duke, American musician
  • January 14 - Harold Shipman, British serial killer (d.2004)
  • January 16
    • Kabir Bedi, Indian actor
    • Katia Ricciarelli, Italian singer
  • January 18 - Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councillor
  • January 19
    • Julian Barnes, English writer
  • Dolly Parton, American singer and actress
  • January 20 - David Lynch, American film director
  • January 21 - Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (d. 2004)
  • January 22 - Serge Savard, Canadian hockey player and executive
  • January 24 - Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor
  • January 26 - Gene Siskel, American film critic (d. 1999)
  • January 27 - Nedra Talley, American singer ( Ronettes)
  • January 31 - Terry Kath, American musician (d. 1978)
  • February 2 - Blake Clark, American actor and comedian
  • February 6 - Jim Turner, American politician
  • February 9 - Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • February 13 - Colin Matthews, British composer
  • February 14
    • Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (d. 2003)
    • Gregory Hines, American dancer and actor (d. 2003)
  • February 19 - Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
  • February 20 - Brenda Blethyn, English actress
  • February 21
    • Tyne Daly, American actress
    • Alan Rickman, English actor
  • February 25 - Franz Xaver Kroetz, German dramatist
  • February 26 - Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • February 28 - Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)

March-April

  • March 4
    • Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur
    • Haile Gerima, Ethiopian filmmaker
    • Harvey Goldsmith, British impresario
  • March 6 - David Gilmour, English musician (Pink Floyd)
  • March 7 - Peter Wolf, American musician ( J Geils Band)
  • March 10 - Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • March 12 - Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress
  • March 15 - Bobby Bonds, baseball player and manager (d. 2003)
  • March 17 - Georges J.F. Kohler, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1995)
  • March 21 - Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor
  • March 25 - Cliff Balsam, English footballer
  • March 27 - Olaf Malolepski, German musician ( Die Flippers)
  • March 30 - Carolyn Simpson, judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • March 31 - Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player (d. 1984)
  • April 4 - Dave Hill, English guitarist ( Slade)
  • April 7
    • Colette Besson, French runner
    • John Loder, musician ( CRASS)
  • April 12 - Ed O'Neill, American actor
  • April 16 - Margot Adler, American journalist
  • April 19 - Tim Curry, British actor, vocalist, and composer
  • April 20 - Julien Poulin, Canadian actor
  • April 25
    • John Fox, British statistician
    • Talia Shire, American actress
    • Strobe Talbott, American journalist
  • April 30 - King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden

May-June

  • May 2 - Lesley Gore, American singer
  • May 4 - John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • May 7 - Thelma Houston, American singer
  • May 9
    • Candice Bergen, American actress
    • Drafi Deutscher, German Schlager singer (d. 2006)
  • May 10
    • Donovan Leitch, Scottish musician
    • Dave Mason, English musician ( Traffic)
  • May 11 - Robert Jarvik, American physicist and inventor
  • May 12 - Richard Bruce Silverman, John Evans Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University
  • May 16 - Robert Fripp, British musician
  • May 17 - Udo Lindenberg, German musician
  • May 18 - Reggie Jackson, baseball player
  • May 19
    • André the Giant, French professional wrestling (d. 1993)
    • Claude Lelièvre, Belgian Commissioner for Children Rights
  • May 20 - Cher, American actress and singer
  • May 22 - George Best, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2005)
  • May 23 - Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • May 26 - Mick Ronson, English guitarist (d. 1993)
  • May 28 - K. Satchidanandan, Malayalam poet
  • May 29 - Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • May 30 - Candy Lightner, American founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • June 2 - Peter Sutcliffe, English serial killer
  • June 8 - Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of St. Lucia
  • June 12 - Harry Glasper, English football historian
  • June 14 - Donald Trump, American real estate magnate
  • June 15
    • Demis Roussos, Greek singer
    • Noddy Holder, English singer ( Slade)
    • Roy Holder, English actor
    • Janet Lennon, American singer, The Lennon Sisters
  • June 17 - Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative for the Ninth Congressional District of Ohio, based in Toledo
  • June 18 - Russell Ash, British author
  • June 20 - Xanana Gusmão, first President of East Timor
  • June 22 - Kay Redfield Jamison, American psychiatrist
  • June 23 - Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher
  • June 24
    • Ellison Onizuka, astronaut (d. 1986)
    • Robert Reich, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor
  • June 28 - Gilda Radner, American comedienne and actress (d. 1989)
  • June 29 - Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (d. 2004)

July-August

  • July 2 - Richard Axel, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • July 4
    • Ed O'Ross, American actor
    • Michael Milken, American financier
  • July 6
  • July 9
    • Natasha Pyne, English actress
    • Bon Scott, Australian singer ( AC/DC) (d. 1980)
  • July 13 - Cheech Marin, American actor and comedian
  • July 14 - John Wood, Australian actor
  • July 15 - Linda Ronstadt, American singer and songwriter
  • July 16
    • Dave Goelz, American puppeteer
    • Ron Yary, American football player
  • July 17 - Alun Armstrong, English actor
  • July 22
    • Danny Glover, American actor
    • Mireille Mathieu, French singer
  • July 23 - Sally Flynn, American singer The Lawrence Welk Show
  • July 25 - Rita Marley, Jamaican singer
  • July 30 - Neil Bonnett, American race car driver (d. 1994)
  • August 1
    • Mike Emrick, American sportscaster
    • Sandi Griffiths, American singer
  • August 3 - Jack Straw, British politician
  • August 5 - Ron Silliman, American poet
  • August 9 - Jim Kiick, American football player
  • August 19
  • Beat Raaflaub, Swiss conductor
  • Charles Bolden, American astronaut
  • August 20
    • Ralf Hütter, German singer and musician ( Kraftwerk)
    • N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • August 23 - Keith Moon, English drummer ( The Who) (d. 1978)
  • August 24 - John Grahl, Economist
  • August 25
    • Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and Children's Author
    • Rollie Fingers, baseball player
  • August 26
    • Valerie Simpson, American singer
    • Mark Snow, American composer
    • Tom Ridge, first United States Secretary of Homeland Security
    • Zhou Ji, education minister of the People's Republic of China
  • August 29
    • Bob Beamon, American athlete
    • Leona Gom, Canadian novelist and poet

September-October

  • September 1 -
    • Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea
    • Barry Gibb - British/Australian Musician The Bee Gees
  • September 2 - Luis Avalos, character actor
  • September 4
    • Gary Duncan, American guitarist ( Quicksilver Messenger Service)
    • Greg Elmore, American drummer ( Quicksilver Messenger Service)
  • September 5 - Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born singer (Queen) (d. 1991)
  • September 7
    • Willie Crawford, baseball player (d. 2004)
    • Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist (d. 2001)
  • September 9
    • Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician ( Buffalo Springfield) (d. 2004)
    • Doug Ingle, Vocalist
    • Billy Preston, American soul musician (d. 2006)
  • September 10
    • Jim Hines, American athlete
    • Don Powell, English drummer
  • September 15
    • Tommy Lee Jones, American actor
    • Oliver Stone, American film director
    • - Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress.
  • September 21
    • Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councilor
    • Mikhail Kovalchuk, Russian physicist and official
  • September 23 - Franz Fischler, Austrian politician
  • September 24 - Lars Emil Johansen, Prime Minister of Greenland
  • September 25
    • Jerry Penrod, American bass player
    • Felicity Kendal, British actress
  • September 26
    • Christine Todd Whitman, American politician
    • Radha Krishna Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • September 30
    • Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (d. 1993)
    • Claude Vorilhon, French-born Messenger
  • October 1 - Tim O'Brien, American author
  • October 2 - Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, President of the Council for National Security and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army
  • October 3 - P.P. Arnold, American singer
  • October 4 - Susan Sarandon, American actress
  • October 6
    • Lloyd Doggett, American politician
    • Renate Holub, German philosopher
  • October 7
    • Xue Jinghua, Chinese ballerina
    • Catharine MacKinnon, American feminist
  • October 8
    • Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian scholar
    • John T. Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (d. 2005)
  • October 9 - Tansu Çiller, Turkish politician
  • October 10
    • Anne Boyd, Australian musician
    • Chris Tarrant, Radio and TV personality
    • Naoto Kan, Japanese politician
    • Mildred Grieveson (aka: Anne Mather, Caroline Fleming, Cardine Fleming), British writer
  • October 11 - -- Amitabh Bachchan Indian Actor
  • October 13
    • Edwina Currie, English politician
    • Dorothy Moore, American singer
  • October 14 - Justin Hayward, English singer and songwriter ( Moody Blues)
  • October 15
    • Richard Carpenter, American musician and composer ( The Carpenters)
    • Marsha Hunt, American singer and novelist
  • October 16
    • Suzanne Somers, American actress
    • Elizabeth Witmer, Dutch-born politician
  • October 17
    • Vicki Hodge, English actress
    • Bob Seagren, American athlete and actor
  • October 18
    • James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
    • Howard Shore, Canadian film composer
    • Andrea Zsadon, Hungarian soprano
  • October 19 - Philip Pullman, English author
  • October 20 - Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • October 21 - Lyn Allison, Australian politician
  • October 22 - Eileen Gordon, British politician
  • October 25 - Edith Leyrer, Austrian actress
  • October 26 - Pat Sajak, American game show host
  • October 27
    • Leslie L. Byrne, American politician
    • Ivan Reitman, Slovakian-born film director and producer
    • Carrie Snodgress, American actress (d. 2004)
  • October 28 - Sharon Thesen, Canadian poet
  • October 29 - Kathryn J. Whitmire, Mayor of Houston, Texas
  • October 30
    • Lynne Marta, American actress
    • Andrea Mitchell, American journalist
  • October 31
    • Caroline Jackson, British politician
    • Stephen Rea, Northern Irish actor

November

  • November 1
    • Marina Abramovic, Yugoslavian performance artist
    • Ric Grech, British bassist ( Family, Blind Faith, Traffic (d. 1990)
    • Lynne Russell, American newsreader
  • November 2 - Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (d. 2001)
  • November 4 - Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States
  • November 5
    • Herman Brood, Dutch artist (d. 2001)
    • Loleatta Holloway, American singer
    • Gram Parsons, American musician (d. 1973)
  • November 6 - Sally Field, American actress
  • November 7
    • Diane Francis, Canadian journalist
    • Martin Barre, English musician ( Jethro Tull)
  • November 8 - Stella Chiweshe, Zimbabwe musician
  • November 10 - Alaina Reed Hall, American actress
  • November 11 - Corrine Brown, American politician
  • November 12 - P.P. Arnold, English singer
  • November 13 - Ohara Reiko, Japanese actress
  • November 14 - Carola Dunn, English writer
  • November 15
    • Gwyneth Powell, British actress
    • Sandy Skoglund, American photographer
  • November 17 - Petra Burka, Canadian figure skater
  • November 18
    • Andrea Allan, Scottish actress
    • Amanda Lear, Hong Kong singer
  • November 19 - Terry Baum, American playwright
  • November 20
    • Greg Cook, American football player
    • Judy Woodruff, American television personality
  • November 21
    • Emma Cohen, Spanish actress
    • Pam Freeman, American actress
    • Chaviva Hosek, Czech-born feminist
    • Ulla Jessen, Danish actress
    • Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
    • Marina Warner, English writer
  • November 22 - Anne Wheeler, Canadian television and film director
  • November 24
    • Penelope Jones Halsall (aka: Caroline Courtney, Melinda Wright, Lydia Hitchcock, Penny Jordan, Annie Groves), British writer
    • Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)
  • November 25 - Marika Lindstrom, Swedish actress
  • November 26 - Ottilia Borbath, Romanian actress
  • November 27 - Nina Maslova, Russian actress
  • November 28 - Regina Braga, Brazilian actress
  • November 29
    • Brian Cadd, Australian singer-songwriter
    • Suzy Chaffee, American singer and actress
  • November 30 - Barbara Cubin, U.S. Congresswoman from Wyoming

December

  • December 2
    • Gulsun Karamustafa, Turkish artist and film director
    • Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (d. 1997)
  • December 3
    • Marjana Lipovsek, Slovenian singer and actress
    • Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • December 4
    • Sherry Alberoni, American actress
    • Angela Browning, British politician
    • You Inoue, Japanese voice actress (d. 2003)
  • December 5
  • December 6 - Chelsea Brown, American actress
  • December 8
    • Jacques Bourboulon, French photographer
    • Sharmila Tagore, Indian actress
  • December 9 - Sonia Gandhi, Indian politician
  • December 10
    • Chrystos, American poet
    • Thomas Lux, American poet
  • December 11 - Ellen Meloy, American writer (d. 2004)
  • December 12 - Gloria Loring, American singer
  • December 14
    • Jane Birkin, English actress and singer
    • Patty Duke, American actress
  • December 16
    • Alice Aycock, American sculptor
    • Benny Andersson, Swedish singer and songwriter ( ABBA)
    • Trevor Pinnock, English harpsichordist and conductor
  • December 17
    • Bel Mooney, English broadcast journalist
    • Eugene Levy, Canadian Actor
  • December 18
    • Nina Skottova, Czech politician and member of the European Parliament
    • Steven Spielberg, American film director
    • Steve Biko, Apartheid activist (d. 1977)
  • December 19
    • Candace Pert, American nueroscientist
    • Robert Urich, American actor
  • December 20
    • Lesley Judd, English actress and television presenter
    • John Spencer, American actor (d. 2005)
    • Dick Wolf, American television producer
  • December 21 - Carl Wilson, American musician (d. 1998)
  • December 23
    • Edita Gruberova, Slovakian soprano
    • Susan Lucci, American actress
  • December 24
    • Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, French politician and member of the European Parliament
    • Brenda Howard, American bisexual activist (d. 2005)
    • Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist, mostly known from Focus
  • December 25
    • Jimmy Buffett, American singer and songwriter
    • Larry Csonka, American football player
    • Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • December 26 - Joyce Jillson, American astrologer (d. 2004)
  • December 27
    • Lenny Kaye, American guitarist
    • Janet Street Porter, English broadcast journalist
    • Polly Toynbee, English journalist and writer
  • December 28 - Edgar Winter, American musician
  • December 29
    • Marianne Faithfull, English singer and actress
    • Ruth Shady, Peruvian archaeologist
  • December 30 - Patti Smith, American poet and singer

Unknown dates

  • Kebby Musokotwane, Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 1996)
  • Pete Price, Merseyside radio disc jockey
  • Tyler Burge, American philosopher

Fictional

  • June 13 - Jason Voorhees, mass murderer, son of Mrs. Voorhees
  • December 4 - Tony Montana, druglord, though the birthdate is unconfirmed.

Deaths

January-June

  • January 4 - George Woolf, Canadian jockey (b. 1910)
  • January 29 - Harry Hopkins, American politician (b. 1890)
  • February 5 - George Arliss, English actor (b. 1868)
  • February 19 - Rafael Erich, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1879)
  • March 4 - Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • March 12 - Joachim Spungel, Austrian linguistics expert (b. 1874)
  • March 23 - Gilbert N. Lewis, American chemist (b. 1875)
  • March 24 - Alexander Alekhine, Russian chess player (b. 1892)
  • April 1 - Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (b. 1882)
  • April 3 - Alf Common, English footballer (b. 1880)
  • April 8 - Qin Bangxian, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1707)
  • April 21 - John Maynard Keynes, British economist (b.1883)
  • April 22 - Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1872)
  • May 19 - Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • May 20 - Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  • June 1 - Ion Antonescu, Romanian prime minister and dictator (b. 1882)
  • June 6 - Gerhart Hauptmann, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • June 9 - King Ananda Mahidol of Siam (b. 1925)
  • June 10 - Jack Johnson, American boxer (b. 1878)
  • June 14 - John Logie Baird, Scottish television pioneer (b. 1888)
  • June 28 - Antoinette Perry, American actress and director (b. 1888)

July-December

  • July 8 - Orrick Glenday Johns, American writer (b. 1887)
  • July 13 - Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer (b. 1864)
  • July 15 - Razor Smith, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • July 27 - Gertrude Stein, American writer (b. 1874)
  • July 30 - Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov, Russian poet, scientist and revolutionary (b. 1854)
  • August 5 - Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)
  • August 13 - H.G. Wells, English writer (b. 1866)
  • September 17 - Frank Burke, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • September 30 - Takashi Sakai, Japanese General (executed) (b. 1887)
  • October 4 - Barney Oldfield, American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • October 6 - Per Albin Hansson, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1885)
  • October 15 - Hermann Göring, Nazi Reichsmarshall (suicide) (b. 1893)
  • October 16
    • Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian Nazi Leader (executed) (b. 1892)
    • Hans Frank, Nazi Governor General of Poland (executed) (b. 1700)
    • Wilhelm Frick, Nazi Minister of Interior (executed) (b. 1877)
    • Alfred Jodl, Nazi Chief of OKW (executed) (b. 1890)
    • Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Nazi Police General (executed) (b. 1703)
    • Wilhelm Keitel, Nazi Generalfeldmarschall (executed) (b. 1882)
    • Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (executed) (b. 1893)
    • Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi ideologist (executed) (b. 1893)
    • Fritz Sauckel, Nazi General Plenipotentiary (executed) (b. 1892)
    • Julius Streicher, Nazi propaganda publisher (executed) (b. 1885)
  • November 11 - Nikolai Burdenko, Russian surgeon, the founder of the Russian neurosurgery (b. 1876)
  • November 14 - Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer (b. 1876)
  • November 25 - George Gandy, American entrepreneur (b. 1851)
  • December 7 - Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • December 10 - Walter Johnson, baseball player (b. 1887)
  • December 14 - Tom Dowse, Irish baseball player who played in major league baseball in the 1890s (b. 1866)
  • December 23 - John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • December 25 - W.C. Fields, American actor and comedian (b. 1880)

Unknown

  • Curtis Hidden Page New Hampshire politician. (b. 1870)

Nobel prizes

  • Physics - Percy Williams Bridgman
  • Chemistry - James B. Sumner, John Howard Northrop, Wendell Meredith Stanley
  • Physiology or Medicine - Hermann Joseph Muller
  • Literature - Hermann Hesse
  • Peace - Emily Greene Balch, John Mott

Ship events

  • List of ship commissionings in 1946
  • List of ship decommissionings in 1946
  • List of ship launches in 1946
  • List of shipwrecks in 1946

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