This Day In History
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
On This Day

1946

Events

January 10, 1946

Westminster Central Hall
Westminster Central Hall
The first General Assembly of the United Nations opens in the Westminster Central Hall in London. 51 nations are represented.
General Assembly, United Nations

February 26, 1946

Finnish observers report the...
Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets. Ghost Rockets (also called Scandinavian ghost rockets) were mysterious rocket- or missile-shaped unidentified flying objects sighted in 1946, mostly in Sweden and nearby countries. The first reports of ghost rockets were made on February 26, 1946, by Finnish observers. About 2,000 sightings were logged between May and December 1946, with peaks on the 9 and 11 August 1946. Two hundred sightings were verified with radar returns, and authorities recovered physical fragments which were attributed to ghost rockets.
Ghost Rockets, UFO

April 1, 1946

Formation of the Malayan...
Formation of the Malayan Union. The Malayan Union was a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca. It was the successor to British Malaya and was conceived to unify the Malay Peninsula under a single government so as to simplify administration. The Malayan Union later became the independent Federation of Malaya in 1948. The Federation of Malaya became the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, following the admission of Singapore, Sabah (North Borneo) and Sarawak to the new federation. Singapore left the federation and became independent in 1965.
Malayan Union, Malay

July 7, 1946

Howard Hughes nearly dies...
Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood. The Hughes XF-11 was a prototype military reconnaissance aircraft, designed and flown by Howard Hughes for the United States Army Air Force. Despite promise, the XF-11 suffered a crash that nearly killed Hughes. The program never recovered from this setback.
Hughes XF-11, first flight, spy plane

December 11, 1946

The United Nations International...
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund is established. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this old name. Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.
UNICEF

December 19, 1946

Start of the First...
Start of the First Indochina War. The First Indochina War (also known as the French Indochina War, Anti-French War, Franco-Vietnamese War, Franco-Vietminh War, Indochina War, Dirty War in France, and Anti-French Resistance War in contemporary Vietnam) was fought in French Indochina from December 19, 1946, until August 1, 1954, between the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps, led by France and supported by Emperor Bảo Đại's Vietnamese National Army against the Việt Minh, led by Hồ Chí Minh and Võ Nguyên Giáp. Most of the fighting took place in Tonkin in Northern Vietnam, although the conflict engulfed the entire country and also extended into the neighboring French Indochina protectorates of Laos and Cambodia.
First Indochina War





Births

March 6, 1946
David Gilmour

David Jon Gilmour is an English rock musician and multi-instrumentalist who is best known as the guitarist, one of the lead singers and main songwriters in the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of artists, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Gilmour has been actively involved with many charities over the course of his career.
September 5, 1946
Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen.
December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg

Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer, video game designer and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres.

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