What Happened in February 1948

Historical Events


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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

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Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • 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, American 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
  • Feb 15 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 15 Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • Feb 16 Eckhart Tolle, Author and spiritual teacher
  • Feb 17 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • Feb 18 Bruce Francis, cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972)
  • Feb 18 Carolyn B Maloney, (Rep-D-NY)
  • Feb 18 Sinead Cusack, Ireland, actress (Waterland, Revenge)
  • Feb 18 Ketih Knudsen, Ames IA, rocker (Doobie Brothers)
  • Feb 19 Byron K Lichtenburg, Stroudsburg Pa, astronaut (STS 9, STS 45)
  • Feb 19 Mark Andes, rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)
  • Feb 19 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
  • Feb 19 Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Feb 20 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • Feb 20 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • Feb 20 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois
  • Feb 20 Gerda Boykin, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 20 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • Feb 21 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 Dennis Awtrey, NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns)
  • Feb 22 John Ashton, American actor
  • Feb 23 Bill Alexander, theatre director
  • Feb 23 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • Feb 24 Dennis "Minder" Waterman, actor (Fair Exchange), born in London, England
  • Feb 24 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett
  • Feb 24 Lorri Menconi, playmate (Feb, 1969)
  • Feb 24 J. Jayalalithaa, Indian politician
  • Feb 24 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • Feb 24 Tim Staffell, English singer
  • Feb 24 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, born in Mysore State (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • Feb 25 Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
  • Feb 25 Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • Feb 26 Priscilla Lopez, actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 27 Eddie Gray, rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)
  • Feb 28 Bernadette Peters, [Lazzara], actress (Jerk), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 28 Mercedes Ruehl, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 28 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Feb 28 Mike Figgis, English director
  • Feb 29 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • Feb 29 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • Feb 29 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • Feb 29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist

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

Famous Deaths

  • 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)