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Cold War: The American and British occupation zones in Germany, after World War II, merge to form the Bizone, which later (with the French zone) became part of West Germany..
The Canadian Citizenship Act 1946 comes into effect, converting British subjects into Canadian citizens. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen..
Birthdate of Jon Corzine, American sergeant and politician, 54th Governor of New Jersey; Leon Patillo, American singer and evangelist; and Leonard Thompson, American golfer.
The world's first "Mercy" Hospital is founded in Pittsburgh by the Sisters of Mercy; the name will go on to grace over 30 major hospitals throughout the world..
Birthdate of Ernest Hollings, American soldier and politician, 106th Governor of South Carolina; Jerry Robinson, American illustrator (d. 2011); and Roz Howard, American race car driver (d. 2013).
Death of István Kühár, Slovene priest and politician (b. 1887).
Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in the United Kingdom..
Birthdate of John Fuller, English poet and author; and Matt Robinson, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2002).
Death of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Indian religious leader, founded the Gaudiya Math (b. 1874).
The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations..
Birthdate of Alassane Ouattara, Ivorian economist and politician, President of the Ivory Coast; Al Hunt, American journalist; Anthony Hamilton-Smith, 3rd Baron Colwyn, English dentist and politician; Kornelije Kova, Serbian composer; Billy Lothridge, American football player (d. 1996); Country Joe McDonald, American singer-songwriter and guitarist; Dennis Archer, American lawyer and politician, 67th Mayor of Detroit; Gennadi Sarafanov, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2005); and Judy Stone, Australian singer-songwriter.
Birthdate of Bud Hollowell, American baseball player and manager (d. 2014); Don Novello, American comedian (Father Guido Sarducci), screenwriter and producer; Jerilyn Britz, American golfer; Ronald Perelman, American businessman and philanthropist, founded MacAndrews & Forbes; Tony Knowles, American soldier and politician, 7th Governor of Alaska; and Vladimir Šeks, Croatian lawyer and politician, 16th Speaker of the Croatian Parliament.
Birthdate of Barry Beath, Australian rugby league player; Charlie Davis, Trinidadian cricketer; Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager and singer; Mati Unt, Estonian author, playwright, and director (d. 2005); Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese field marshal and politician, 7th President of Sudan; Teresa Toraska, Polish journalist and author (d. 2013); and Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistani field hockey player and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Death of Edwin Lutyens, English architect, designed the Castle Drogo and Thiepval Memorial (b. 1869); and Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b. 1862).
World War II: In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops kill 60 German POWs at Chenogne..
World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches Operation Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow..
Birthdate of Jacky Ickx, Belgian race car driver; Martin Schanche, Norwegian race car driver; and Victor Ashe, American politician and former United States Ambassador to Poland.
Birthdate of Carl B. Hamilton, Swedish economist and politician; Susannah McCorkle, American singer (d. 2001); Claude Steele, African-American social psychologist and academic; Rivellino, Brazilian footballer and manager; and Shelby Steele, American journalist, author, and director.
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