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1949 Year InformationMonarch - King George VI
Prime Minister - Clement Attlee, Labour
EventsJanuary - A national sex survey is carried out into the sexual behaviour of 4,000 Brits. The results are considered outrageous and suppressed for over 50 years.
1 January 1949 - Peacetime conscription in the United Kingdom is regularised under the National Service Act 1947. Men aged 18–26 in England, Scotland and Wales are obliged to serve full-time in the armed forces for 18 months.
4 January - RMS Caronia of the Cunard Line departs Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage.
1 February - Women's Auxiliary Air Force renamed as the Women's Royal Air Force.
15 March - Post-War rationing of clothes ends.
25 March - Laurence Olivier's film Hamlet becomes the first British film to win a 'Best Picture' Oscar.
28 March - Astronomer Fred Hoyle coins the term Big Bang during a BBC Third Programme radio broadcast.
1 April - The Marquess of Bath opens Longleat House to paying visitors, the first privately-owned stately home to be so opened.
4 April - Britain signs the North Atlantic Treaty, creating NATO.
Royal Navy frigate HMS Amethyst goes up the Yangtze River to evacuate British Commonwealth refugees escaping the advance of the Mao's communist forces. Under heavy fire it runs aground off Rose Island. After an aborted rescue attempt at 26 April it anchors 10 miles upstream. Negotiations with the communist forces to let the ship leave drag on for weeks.
The first Badminton Horse Trials are held at Badminton House in Gloucestershire.
30 April - Wolverhampton Wanderers win the FA Cup for the first time in 41 years with a 3-1 win over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.
First women appointed King’s Counsel: Rose Heilbron and Helena Normanton.
Manchester Mark 1 computer operable at the University of Manchester.
May - Council for Wales and Monmouthshire, set up as a government advisory body, first meets.
6 May - EDSAC, the first practicable stored-program computer, runs its first program at Cambridge University.
10 May - First self-service launderette opens, in Queensway (London).
24 April - Wartime rationing of sweets and chocolate ends, but is re-instituted shortly thereafter as shortages return.
1 May - The gas industry is nationalised.
8 June - George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
7 June to 25 June - Dock strike forces the government to use troops to unload goods.
16 June - Ealing Comedy film Whisky Galore! released.
21 June - Ealing Comedy film Kind Hearts and Coronets released.
27 July - Maiden flight of the British-built de Havilland Comet, the world's first passenger jet, at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
31 July - Captain Kerans of the HMS Amethyst decides to make a break after nightfall under heavy fire from the Chinese People's Liberation Army both sides of the Yangtze River and successfully rejoins the fleet at Woosung the next day.
24 August - Old Trafford football stadium, home of Manchester United, is re-opened following a comprehensive rebuild due to bomb damage by the Luftwaffe eight years ago.
2 September - Film The Third Man, with screenplay by Graham Greene, released. The film wins 1949 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
19 September - The pound devalued by 30% against the United States dollar.
21 September - The first comprehensive school in Wales is opened in Holyhead, Anglesey.
30 September - The Berlin Airlift comes to an end, during which 17 American and 7 British planes had crashed delivering supplies to Soviet blockaded Berlin.
12 October - John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
26 October - Ealing Comedy film Passport to Pimlico released.
4 November - Cwmbran designated as the first New Town in Wales under powers of the New Towns Act 1946.
16 December - Parliament Act given royal assent; cuts the House of Lords veto to one year.
17 December - Sutton Coldfield transmitting station begins transmitting BBC Television to the English Midlands, the first broadcasts to be seen outside the London area.