Maurice Wilkes and a team at Cambridge University executed the first stored-program on the EDSAC computer, which used paper tape input-output. Based on ideas from John von Neumann about stored program computers, the EDSAC was the first complete, fully functional von Neumann architecture computer.
CSIR Mk I (later known as CSIRAC), Australia’s first computer, ran its first test program. It was a vacuum-tube-based electronic general-purpose computer. Its main memory stored data as a series of acoustic pulses in 5 ft (1.5 m) long tubes filled with mercury.
The Contax S camera is introduced, the first 35 mm SLR camera with a pentaprism eye-level viewfinder.
The first atomic clock was built in 1949 at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards.
First broadcast of The Lone Ranger, Crusader Rabbit and Mama; the first Emmy Awards are given.
Top Movie of 1949:
Top Song of 1949:
Vaughn Monroe – Riders In The Sky
Images of 1949: