What Happened in 1948

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 502

  • Jan 1 1st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California)

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Jan 1 Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 1 General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade effective
  • Jan 1 Italy adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 Orissa province accedes to India
  • Jan 1 British railways are nationalised to form British Rail.
  • Jan 1 After partition, India declines to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to Pakistan.
  • Jan 1 The Constitution of Italy comes into force.
  • Jan 1 34th Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan beats #8 Southern California, 49-0
  • Jan 1 14th Sugar Bowl: #5 Texas beats #6 Alabama, 27-7
  • Jan 1 14th Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #12 Kansas, 20-14
  • Jan 2 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins
  • Jan 3 Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 & 127*) v India MCG
  • Jan 4 Burma declares independence from UK

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Jan 7 US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Jan 7 Thomas Mantell, a pilot for the Kentucky Air National Guard, crashes while pursuing a supposed UFO
  • Jan 8 Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
  • Jan 9 Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston
  • Jan 10 "Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • Jan 12 1st Supermarket in UK opens

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Jan 12 Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 12 US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • Jan 16 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon
  • Jan 17 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
  • Jan 17 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • Jan 18 1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Jan 18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • Jan 21 W Indies v England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker
  • Jan 22 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • Jan 23 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six
  • Jan 23 Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens
  • Jan 23 Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • Jan 24 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Jan 24 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • Jan 24 Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)
  • Jan 26 Executive Order 9981 ending racial segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • Jan 26 36th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey (6-3, 6-1)
  • Jan 26 36th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats John Bromwich (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 27 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
  • Jan 27 1st tape recorder sold

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Jan 28 President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators.

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Jan 29 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Jan 29 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • Jan 29 Pakistan Socialist Party is founded
  • Jan 30 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Jan 30 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
  • Jan 31 J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY
  • Jan 31 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway

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Feb 1 Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 1 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
  • Feb 2 President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • Feb 3 Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US
  • Feb 4 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • Feb 5 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Feb 5 Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • Feb 5 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • Feb 6 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
  • Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
  • Feb 6 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 7 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances

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Feb 7 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 8 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 9 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 10 Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
  • Feb 11 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • Feb 11 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 12 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
  • Feb 13 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL
  • Feb 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 13 Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England

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Feb 15 Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Feb 16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
  • Feb 16 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
  • Feb 20 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • Feb 21 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • Feb 22 Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
  • Feb 24 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 25 Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
  • Feb 29 Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
  • Mar 5 US rocket flies record 4800 kph to 126km height
  • Mar 7 The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule.
  • Mar 8 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
  • Mar 9 Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • Mar 10 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca
  • Mar 10 5th Golden Globes: Gentleman's Agreement, Ronald Colman, & Rosalind Russell win
  • Mar 11 Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
  • Mar 11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 12 -5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • Mar 13 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • Mar 14 Freedom Train arrives in SF
  • Mar 15 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
  • Mar 15 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
  • Mar 15 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Mar 18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • Mar 18 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting

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Mar 18 Soviet consultants have left Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split.

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 800

  • Jan 1 Pavel Grachev, Russian general
  • Jan 2 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • Jan 3 Larry McNeeley, Lafayette Ind, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour)
  • Jan 3 Manfred Kokot, East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)
  • Jan 4 Eugeniusz Wycisło, Polish politician
  • Jan 5 Parthasarathy Sharma, cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's)
  • Jan 5 Thom Mooney, American rocker (Nazz)
  • Jan 6 Dayle Hadlee, cricketer (brother of Richard, NZ medium-pacer of 70's)
  • Jan 6 Guy Spencer Gardner, Alta Vista Va, Lt Col USAF/astro (STS 27, STS 35)
  • Jan 6 Robert E [Bob] Wise Jr, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • Jan 7 Kaz Lux, Poland/Netherland, singer
  • Jan 7 Kenny Loggins, Everett WA, American singer (Loggins and Messina-This is it, Footloose)
  • Jan 8 Gillies Mackinnon, director (Playboys)
  • Jan 9 Bill Cowsill, rock guitarist/vocals (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jan 9 Paul King, Dagenham Essex, English rocker (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • Jan 10 Cyril Neville, US singer and percussionist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 10 Donald Fagen, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 10 William Sanderson, actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist
  • Jan 10 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist
  • Jan 11 Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms, US 800m runner (Oly-gold-1968)
  • Jan 12 Anthony Andrews, actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, England
  • Jan 12 Kenny Allen, English footballer
  • Jan 12 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (d. 2001)
  • Jan 12 William Nicholson, English writer
  • Jan 13 Kenia Jayantilal, cricketer (5 at Kingston 71 his only inns for India)
  • Jan 13 Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
  • Jan 14 Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, American musician and producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 14 Carl Weathers, New Orlean La, actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)
  • Jan 14 Tim Harris, rocker (Foundations)
  • Jan 15 Dini Petty, Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV)
  • Jan 15 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Jan 15 Tommy Nolan, actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 16 Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Riga, cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71)
  • Jan 16 Christopher Moran, English financier/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 16 Cliff Thorburn, Victoria, BC, champion snooker player

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Jan 16 John Carpenter, Carthage NY, director (Halloween, The Thing)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • Jan 16 Dalvanius Prime, New Zealand entertainer (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Ruth Reichl, American magazine editor
  • Jan 17 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
  • Jan 17 Mick Taylor, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • Jan 17 Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • Jan 19 Harvey Hinsley, rocker
  • Jan 20 Jerry Ross, Ind, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, sk:88)
  • Jan 20 Mel Pritchard, English rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • Jan 20 Natan Sharansky, Russian-born physicist and politician
  • Jan 20 Nancy Kress, American writer
  • Jan 22 Gilbert Levine, American conductor
  • Jan 22 Northern Calloway, American actor (d. 1990)
  • Jan 23 Anita Pointer, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She's So Shy), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 24 Elliott Abrams, asst secretary of state/supplied arms to the Contras
  • Jan 24 Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer
  • Jan 25 Gueorgui Chichkine, Russian painter
  • Jan 25 Ros Kelly, Australian politician
  • Jan 26 Corky Laing, rocker (Mountain)
  • Jan 27 Chuck Larsen, rocker (Snuff)
  • Jan 27 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That's Dancing)
  • Jan 28 Gareth Roscoe, legal adviser (BBC)
  • Jan 28 Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)
  • Jan 28 Charles Taylor, President of Liberia
  • Jan 29 Bill Kirchen, singer/guitarist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen)
  • Jan 29 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • Jan 29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jan 29 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • Jan 30 Nicholas Broomfield, director/editor (Dark Obsession, Heidi Fleiss)
  • Jan 30 Paul Magee, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • Jan 31 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
  • Feb 1 Debbie Austin, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 1 Jennifer Adams, superintendent (Central Royal Parks)

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Feb 1 Rick James [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician ("Super Freak"), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004)

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • Feb 2 Alan McKay, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
  • Feb 2 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • Feb 2 Tony DeMeur, rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)
  • Feb 3 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • Feb 3 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)

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Feb 4 Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], rocker (School's Out), born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • Feb 4 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • Feb 4 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 4 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1970)
  • Feb 5 Barbara Hershey, [Herzstein], (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 5 Christopher Guest, actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 David Denny, rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Feb 5 Elco [LC] Brinkman, Dutch minister WVC (CDA)
  • Feb 5 Nigel Tufnel, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • Feb 5 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Greenspoon, LA Cal, rock organist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)
  • Feb 8 Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
  • Feb 8 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Conrad Cummings, composer
  • Feb 10 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • Feb 11 Sue Bernard, playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Cindy Hill, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 12 Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author
  • Feb 13 Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi)
  • Feb 14 ... Teller, magician (Penn & Teller), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Jackie Martling, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • Feb 14 Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 14 Wally Tax, Dutch guitarist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Mar 5 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • May 15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 Film director Stanley Kubrick (19) weds high school sweetheart Toba Metz

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 27 Inventor Jack Kilby (24) weds Barbara Annegers

Engineer Jack Kilby
Engineer
Jack Kilby

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 24 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 15 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Oct 21 Science fiction pioneering author "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein marries 3rd wife Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Farm labor leader Cesar Chavez (21) weds labor activist Helen Fabela (20) in Reno, Nevada

Farm Labor Leader Cesar Chavez
Farm Labor Leader
Cesar Chavez

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 18 KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 169

  • Jan 1 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 Willem Louis Frederic Landre, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • Jan 14 Anna "Ans" van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • Jan 19 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • Jan 21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • Jan 26 Ignaz Friedman, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 29 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)

MurderAssassination

Jan 30 Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 30 Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies

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Jan 30 Orville Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 76

  • Feb 2 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • Feb 2 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • Feb 5 Johann Blaskowitz, German gen (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • Feb 6 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • Feb 7 "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
  • Feb 9 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies at 65
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, cricket all-rounder (9 Tests for England 1927-30), dies
  • Feb 11 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • Feb 14 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Feb 21 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 John Robert Gregg, Irish-born publisher and inventor (b. 1866)
  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 4 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 6 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 10 Jan Masaryk, Czech Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
  • Mar 10 Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
  • Mar 24 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (b. 1885)
  • Mar 25 Warren Hymer, actor (Show Them No Mercy), dies at 42
  • Mar 26 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 29 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • Mar 31 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Josef B Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • Apr 9 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • Apr 9 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 14 Walter P Reuther, Pres (United Auto Workers), shot at his home
  • Apr 15 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (d. 1892)

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Apr 15 Philippine president Manuel Roxas, dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Apr 17 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • Apr 21 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • May 1 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • May 6 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • May 8 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 8 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • May 12 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 15 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • May 22 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • May 24 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 24 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • May 26 Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  • May 28 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer (b. 1914)
  • May 29 May Whitty, actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • May 31 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • Jun 1 Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • Jun 2 Viktor Brack, Nazi physician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 2 Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler (b. 1904)
  • Jun 2 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (b. 1897)
  • Jun 2 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • Jun 2 Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician (b. 1905)
  • Jun 6 Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)
  • Jun 7 Georges Adolphe Hue, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 8 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 8 Hanson Carter, cricket (28 Tests for Aust, caught 44 stumped 21), dies
  • Jun 14 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 John Blackwood McEwen, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 20 George Frederick Boyle, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 25 William C. Lee, U.S. general (b. 1895)
  • Jun 26 Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • Jun 27 George Templeton Strong, composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 30 Karl Wolfskehl, writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch SDAP-politician, dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 4 Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)
  • Jul 5 Carole Landis, US actress (1 Million BC, Topper Returns), dies at 29
  • Jul 5 G Bernanos, writer, dies at 60
  • Jul 5 Peter JM Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor, dies at 77
  • Jul 8 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 9 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • Jul 11 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semite theologist, dies
  • Jul 11 King Baggot, actor (Tish, San Francisco), dies at 68
  • Jul 14 Palmiro Togliatti, Italy's CPI chairman, assassinated

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Jul 15 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Jul 18 Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • Jul 21 Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • Jul 21 Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer, dies at 58

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Jul 23 D.W. Griffith, American director/producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jul 26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27 Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)