What Happened in April 1948

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 H H H Johnson's debut as a bowler for West Indies to win v England 10-96
  • Apr 1 Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark.
  • Apr 3 1st US figure skating championships held

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Apr 3 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Apr 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Apr 3 US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

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Apr 4 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Apr 5 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
  • Apr 7 A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
  • Apr 8 Soen Nakagawa & Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
  • Apr 9 Massacre at Deir Yassin.
  • Apr 10 Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
  • Apr 11 12th Masters Golf Tournament: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 13 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus
  • Apr 14 A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
  • Apr 14 NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 15 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
  • Apr 15 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • Apr 15 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 16 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris

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Apr 17 Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • Apr 18 International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
  • Apr 19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
  • Apr 19 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts

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Apr 19 Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 20 NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • Apr 20 Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
  • Apr 21 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 22 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 27 Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River

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Apr 29 Don Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Apr 30 "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
  • Apr 30 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • Apr 30 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jimmy Cliff, Reggae singer
  • Apr 1 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • Apr 1 Y Y Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • Apr 2 Eleanor Margaret Burbridge, astronomer/educator
  • Apr 2 Joan [Carol] D[ennison] Vinge, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune)
  • Apr 2 Marlene Floyd, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 2 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer
  • Apr 3 Garrick Ohlsson, Bronxville NY, pianist (Intl Busoni winner 1969)
  • Apr 3 H C Tomlinson, Headmaster (Hereford Cathedral School)
  • Apr 3 Jaap G de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Apr 3 Mary Gordon-Watson, England, equestrian 3 day event (Oly-gold-1972)
  • Apr 3 Arlette Cousture, French-Canadian writer
  • Apr 4 Berry Oakley, rocker (Allman Brothers-Ramblin' Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Pick Withers, rocker (Dire Straits)
  • Apr 4 Dan Simmons, American writer
  • Apr 4 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor
  • Apr 6 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • Apr 7 Carol Douglas, American singer

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Apr 8 Robert A. Litchfield, American bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)

  • Apr 8 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • Apr 9 Jaya Bachchan, Indian actress
  • Apr 10 Thomas Spencer, MEP (Conservative)
  • Apr 11 Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist (or 1941)
  • Apr 11 Marcello Lippi, Italian football coach
  • Apr 12 Raphick Jumadeen, cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's)
  • Apr 12 Jeremy Beadle, English television presenter (d. 2008)
  • Apr 12 Joschka Fischer, Foreign Minister of Germany
  • Apr 12 Sandra "Lois" Reeves, American singer
  • Apr 13 Amy Robinson, writer/actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Apr 13 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), (d. 1990)
  • Apr 13 Sue Doughty, British politician
  • Apr 13 Nam Hae-il, Chief of Naval Operations of Republic of Korea Navy
  • Apr 14 Chester G Atkins, (Rep-D-MA)
  • Apr 14 Larry Ferguson, Nassau, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Apr 14 Ty Grimes, rocker (Capt Beefheart Band Drums
  • Apr 14 Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • Apr 15 Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant
  • Apr 17 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)

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Apr 18 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Apr 18 Catherine Malfitano, soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Rick Miller, American baseball player
  • Apr 20 Craig Frost, keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)
  • Apr 20 Gregory Itzin, American actor
  • Apr 20 Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician
  • Apr 21 Claire Denis, actress (Boom Boom, Chocolat), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 21 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • Apr 21 Lord Egremont, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Apr 21 Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • Apr 22 Carole Drinkwater, actress (Father, All Creatures Great & Small)
  • Apr 23 Richard Day, engineer/development expert
  • Apr 23 Tessa Wyatt, actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night)
  • Apr 23 Pascal Quignard, French author
  • Apr 23 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor
  • Apr 24 Benzion Freshwater, English multi-millionaire
  • Apr 24 Eddie James Hart, Martinez Cal, 4x100m relay runner (Olympic-gold-72)
  • Apr 24 Paul Cellucci, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Mike Selvey, cricketer (England pace bowler of late 70's)
  • Apr 25 Yu Shyi-kun, former Premier of Taiwan
  • Apr 26 Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
  • Apr 26 Gerry Sikorski, (Rep-D-MN, 1983- )
  • Apr 27 Katie Pierson, NJ, vocals/guitarist (B-52's-Rock Lobster, Love Shack)
  • Apr 27 Frank William Abagnale, Jr., con artist turned security consultant.
  • Apr 27 Amrit Bohra, Nepalese politician
  • Apr 28 Marcia Strassman, American actress (Julle Kotter-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New York, (d. 2014)

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Apr 28 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett
  • Apr 28 Dorothée Berryman, French Canadian actress and singer
  • Apr 29 Reb Brown, actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Bruce Cutler, American attorney
  • Apr 30 Perry King, Alliance OH, actor (Andy Warhol's "Bad")
  • Apr 30 Wayne Kramer, guitarist (MC5, Dangerous Madness)

Famous Deaths

  • 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