What Happened in December 1948

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan as King of Palestine
  • Dec 1 Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player

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Dec 2 Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Dec 3 "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
  • Dec 3 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn in

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Dec 3 Don Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 3 Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea killing 1,100
  • Dec 4 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances
  • Dec 4 SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750 die
  • Dec 4 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 5 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
  • Dec 8 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • Dec 8 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
  • Dec 8 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
  • Dec 9 UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide
  • Dec 10 UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Dec 11 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 12 Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • Dec 15 Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • Dec 16 "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Dec 18 Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
  • Dec 18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
  • Dec 19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")
  • Dec 19 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 19 Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 20 Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
  • Dec 21 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
  • Dec 21 State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
  • Dec 21 1949 NFL Draft: Chuck Bednarik from University of Pennsylvania first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Dec 22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 First US completely solar heated house is occupied (Dover, Mass)
  • Dec 24 Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship
  • Dec 26 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty arrested
  • Dec 28 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • Dec 28 Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
  • Dec 28 US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
  • Dec 28 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • Dec 29 "Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Dec 29 Canada recognizes Israel
  • Dec 29 US State Dept announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
  • Dec 30 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • Dec 31 Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Sarfraz Nawaz, cricketer (successful Pakistani pace bowler 1969-84)
  • Dec 1 George Foster, American baseball player
  • Dec 1 Tom Wright, English bishop and theologian
  • Dec 2 T. Coraghessan Boyle, American writer
  • Dec 3 Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist

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Dec 3 Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Dec 4 Lin Onus, Autralian Aboriginal artist, born in Melbourne (d. 1996)
  • Dec 4 Southside Johnny Lyon, NJ, rocker (Asbury Jukes-Don't Want Go Home)
  • Dec 6 Don Nickles, (Sen-R-Okla)
  • Dec 6 JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 6 Jonathan King, singer (Everyone's Gone to the Moon), born in London, England
  • Dec 6 Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, Duesseldorf Germany, rocker (Stinker)
  • Dec 7 Gary Morris, country singer/actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 7 Yoko Morishita, prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki)
  • Dec 7 Mads Vinding, Danish bassist

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Dec 8 Jimmy Lai [Lai Chee-Ying], Chinese businessman (founder of Giordano), born in Guangzhou, China

Founder of Giordano Jimmy Lai
Founder of Giordano
Jimmy Lai
  • Dec 9 Dennis Dunaway, rocker
  • Dec 9 Marleen Gorris, Dutch director (Mres Dalloway, Antonia, Last Island)
  • Dec 9 Ron Vawter, Latham NY, actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister)
  • Dec 10 Brendan Harkin, rocker
  • Dec 10 Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (d. 2004)
  • Dec 11 Elizabeth Baur, actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 11 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer
  • Dec 12 Ray Jackson, rock musician
  • Dec 12 Tom Wilkinson, English actor
  • Dec 13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist (Steely Dan-Deacon Blues)
  • Dec 13 Kathy Garver, actress (Cissy-Family Affair), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 13 Lillian Board, England, 400m (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • Dec 13 Ted Nugent, guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever, Damn Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 13 Brian Wilson, Scottish politician
  • Dec 14 Boudewijn Buch, Dutch writer/TV host
  • Dec 14 Dee Wallace Stone, [Deanna Bowers], Kansas City Kansas, actress (Critters, 10, ET)
  • Dec 14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician
  • Dec 15 David Gwillim, Plymouth England, actor (Island at Top of the World)
  • Dec 15 Melanie Chartoff, American actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis) and director, born in West Haven Connecticut
  • Dec 15 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
  • Dec 16 Christopher Biggins, English actor
  • Dec 17 Jim Alexander, American musician (The Bar-Kays)
  • Dec 17 Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
  • Dec 18 Bill Nelson, English musician (Be Bop Deluxe)
  • Dec 18 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • Dec 19 Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Alan Parsons, audio engineer/music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Barry Gordon, actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Dec 21 Carol Potter, actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Today's FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon

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Dec 21 Samuel L. Jackson, actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Dec 21 Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist/undersecretary of Finance (1994-)
  • Dec 21 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician
  • Dec 22 Chris Old, cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's)
  • Dec 22 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)
  • Dec 22 Steve Garvey, 1st baseman (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres)
  • Dec 22 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (d. 2003)
  • Dec 23 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers)
  • Dec 23 Leslie Moonves, American television executive
  • Dec 25 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 25 Alia al Hussein, of Jordan (d. 1977)
  • Dec 26 Chris Chambliss, 1st baseman (NY Yankee)
  • Dec 27 Larry Byrom, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)
  • Dec 27 Gérard Depardieu, French actor
  • Dec 28 Jorge Velasquez, jockey (Kentucky Derby-1981, Preakness-1981)
  • Dec 30 Surinder Amarnath, cricketer (son of Lala 124 on debut v NZ 1976)

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Dec 31 Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • Dec 31 Joe Dallesandro, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Dec 31 Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11, TM-18)
  • Dec 31 René Robert, National Hockey League player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 9 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • Dec 14 Reginald Owen Morris, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • Dec 20 C Aubrey Smith, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • Dec 21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

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Dec 23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Dec 28 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63