What Happened in August 1948

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded.
  • Aug 3 Cleveland's Satchel Paige make his 1st start & goes 7 innings
  • Aug 3 FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused of being a "communist"
  • Aug 4 5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
  • Aug 6 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • Aug 6 Willem Drees forms Socialist government (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) in the Netherlands
  • Aug 6 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
  • Aug 7 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
  • Aug 7 Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
  • Aug 8 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Aug 10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • Aug 10 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 10 WABC TV channel 7 in New York, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 11 Summer Olympics opens in London
  • Aug 12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 12 Court of justice sentences General Friedrich Christiansen, commander of the German Wehrmacht in the Netherlands, to 12 years imprisonment
  • Aug 13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • Aug 14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • Aug 14 Bradman's last Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 14 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • Aug 15 3rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Aug 15 Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
  • Aug 16 Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
  • Aug 16 Israeli pound becomes legal tender
  • Aug 17 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • Aug 17 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • Aug 17 Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
  • Aug 19 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 20 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • Aug 20 US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
  • Aug 21 Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
  • Aug 23 Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine
  • Aug 23 World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
  • Aug 25 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
  • Aug 27 102°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August
  • Aug 31 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands celebrates golden jubilee

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Robert [Bob] Spink, British MP
  • Aug 1 Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria (2014 - present), born in Constantine, Algeria
  • Aug 2 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), born in Hythe, England (d. 2009)
  • Aug 2 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist
  • Aug 3 Pierre Lacroix, National Hockey League executive
  • Aug 4 James C Slattery, (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983- )
  • Aug 5 Tony DiCicco, Wethersfield Ct, US women's soccer coach (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 5 Ray Clemence, English footballer
  • Aug 6 Michael Peters, choreographer (What's Love Got to Do with It)
  • Aug 7 Greg Chappell, cricketer (bro of Ian Elegant Aussie batsman 1970-84)
  • Aug 7 Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author
  • Aug 8 Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-12, T-15A)
  • Aug 9 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • Aug 10 Pal Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (Olympic bronze 1972, 80)
  • Aug 10 Patti Austin, soul singer/actress (Real Me)
  • Aug 11 Don Boyd, Scottish director and producer (Goldeneye, 21, East of Elephant Rock), born in Nairn
  • Aug 11 Jan Palach, Czech student protester (d. 1969)
  • Aug 12 Graham Zellick, principal (Queen Mary & Westfield College London)
  • Aug 13 Cliff Fish, English rocker (Paper Lace)
  • Aug 13 Kathleen Battle, soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • Aug 13 Tony Santini, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • Aug 14 Terry Adams, American musician (NRBQ)
  • Aug 15 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer (It'll All Come Around), born in Campbellton, Canada
  • Aug 15 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • Aug 15 Charles Thomas "Tom" Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers), born in Visalia, California
  • Aug 16 Barry Hay, singer/fluitist/saxophonist/guitarist (Golden Earring)
  • Aug 16 Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • Aug 16 Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • Aug 17 Bo Rucker, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 17 Rod MacDonald, American musician
  • Aug 18 Carol O'Neal, playmate (July, 1972)
  • Aug 18 Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesian badminton star (All-England tennis champ), born in Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Aug 18 Joseph Marcell, British actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ), born in St. Lucia, Caribbean
  • Aug 19 Tipper Gore, wife of US Vice President Al Gore (1993-01)
  • Aug 19 Susan Jacks (Susan Pesklevits) Saskatoon Canada, singer and songwriter

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Aug 20 Robert Plant, English rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin), born in West Bromwich, England

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • Aug 20 John Noble, Australian actor
  • Aug 21 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Aug 22 Rob Buckman, British broadcaster and actor (Pink Medicine Show), born in London
  • Aug 22 Eleonora Brown, Italian actress (The Sailor from Gibraltar), born in Naples, Italy
  • Aug 23 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist/singer (Doe Maar)
  • Aug 23 Ron Blomberg, 1st baseman (NY Yankees)/1st designated hitter
  • Aug 23 Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer, essayist
  • Aug 23 Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend
  • Aug 24 Jean-Michel Jarre, French musician
  • Aug 24 Kim Sung-Il, Chief of Staff of Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Aug 27 Andy Turnell, horse trainer
  • Aug 27 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek musician (d. 1990)
  • Aug 28 Daniel Seraphine, rock drummer (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 28 Murray Parker, cricketer (brother of John Three Tests for NZ 1976)
  • Aug 28 Vonda N[eel] McIntyre, American sci-fi author (Star Trek II, III, IV)
  • Aug 29 Charles David Walker, astronaut (STS 12 STS 16 STS 23)
  • Aug 30 Lewis Black, American comedian
  • Aug 30 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • Aug 31 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • Aug 31 Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter
  • Aug 31 Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
  • Aug 31 Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer), born in Hildesheim, Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78
  • Aug 10 E Ball-Hennings, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 10 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • Aug 10 Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)
  • Aug 10 Montague Summers, English writer (b. 1880)
  • Aug 12 Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • Aug 13 Edwin Maxwell, actor (Taming of the Shrew), dies at 62
  • Aug 13 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 17 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • Aug 20 David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • Aug 31 Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52
  • Aug 31 Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)