What Happened in 1948

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 502

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

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

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

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

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Jan 12th Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

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

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Jan 28th 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 29th "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Jan 29th Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • Jan 29th Pakistan Socialist Party is founded
  • Jan 30th 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Jan 30th Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
  • Jan 31st J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY
  • Jan 31st Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway

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

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Feb 7th 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 8th 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 9th WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 10th Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
  • Feb 11th Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11th John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • Feb 11th Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 12th 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
  • Feb 13th West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 13th Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL
  • Feb 13th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 13th Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England

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Feb 15th Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

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

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

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

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

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 801

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

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

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

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Feb 1st 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 2nd Alan McKay, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
  • Feb 2nd Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • Feb 2nd Tony DeMeur, rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)
  • Feb 3rd Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • Feb 3rd Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)

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

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • Feb 4th Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • Feb 4th Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • Feb 4th Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5th Barbara Hershey, [Herzstein], (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 5th Christopher Guest, actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5th David Denny, rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Feb 5th Elco [LC] Brinkman, Dutch minister WVC (CDA)
  • Feb 5th Nigel Tufnel, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • Feb 5th Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
  • Feb 7th Jimmy Greenspoon, LA Cal, rock organist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World)
  • Feb 8th Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
  • Feb 8th Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10th Conrad Cummings, composer
  • Feb 10th Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • Feb 11th Sue Bernard, playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12th Cindy Hill, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 12th Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author
  • Feb 13th Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi)
  • Feb 14th ... Teller, Phila, magician (Penn & Teller)
  • Feb 14th Jackie Martling, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • Feb 14th Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 14th Wally Tax, Dutch guitarist
  • Feb 15th Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 15th Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16th 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 5th Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28th 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 15th Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 27th Inventor Jack Kilby (24) weds Barbara Annegers

Engineer Jack Kilby
Engineer
Jack Kilby

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11th 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 15th 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 21st Science fiction pioneering author "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein marries 3rd wife Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22nd 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 18th 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 26th 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 22nd 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 1st Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1st Willem Louis Frederic Landre, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 7th Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • Jan 8th Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 8th Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • Jan 14th Anna "Ans" van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • Jan 19th Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • Jan 21st Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 24th Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24th Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • Jan 26th Ignaz Friedman, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 29th Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)

MurderAssassination

Jan 30th 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 30th Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies

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

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

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

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Jul 15th John J. Pershing, [Black Jack], US general (Mexico, WW I), dies at 87

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

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

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