What Happened in January 1948

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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Jan 12 Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 12 US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • Jan 16 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon
  • Jan 17 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease-fire
  • Jan 17 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • Jan 18 1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Jan 18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • Jan 21 W Indies v England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker
  • Jan 22 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • Jan 23 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six

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Jan 23 Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens

  • Jan 23 Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • Jan 24 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Jan 24 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • Jan 24 Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)
  • Jan 26 Executive Order 9981 ending racial segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • Jan 26 36th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey (6-3, 6-1)
  • Jan 26 36th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats John Bromwich (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 27 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
  • Jan 27 1st tape recorder sold

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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Jan 16 John Carpenter, American film director (Halloween, The Thing), born in Carthage, New York

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

Famous Deaths

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

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Jan 30 Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists at 78

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 30 Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies

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