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Major Events of 1949

1949 (Roman Numerals: MCMXLIX) was the 49th year of the 20th century. 1949 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Saturday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1949.
News Events of 1949

Formation of NATO.


USSR tests its first atom bomb.

Atomic Bomb

Indonesia becomes independent from Netherlands.

Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) formed from British, American and French occupation zones.

German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formed from Soviet occuption zone.

Chinese communists win Chinese civil war.

Siam changes its name to Thailand.

Newfoundland and Labrador joins Canada.

Ireland leaves the British Commonwealth and becomes a republic.

British Commonwealth becomes the Commonwealth of Nations.

EDSAC, the first stored-program computer, becomes operational at Cambridge University.

Transjordan becomes the Kingdom of Jordan.

First flight of de Havilland Comet, the first commercial jet airliner.

Sports in 1949

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