What Happened in July 1948

Historical Events

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Jul 1 Bradman scores 128 Australia v Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Jul 1 Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jul 1 NYC subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents
  • Jul 2 62nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (7-5 0-6 6-2 3-6 7-5)
  • Jul 2 77th British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 284 at Muirfield
  • Jul 3 55th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats Doris Hart (6-3 8-6)
  • Jul 3 Kidnapper Caryl Chessman sentenced to death, California; the execution didn't happen until 1960
  • Jul 5 Britain's National Health Service Act begins
  • Jul 7 6 female reservists become 1st women sworn into regular US Navy
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "Satchel" Paige
  • Jul 7 Indians sign Satchel Paige at 42
  • Jul 8 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
  • Jul 9 Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless inn for Cleve
  • Jul 10 "Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances
  • Jul 10 "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • Jul 10 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Jul 10 Lydda Airfield captured by Israeli army
  • Jul 11 1st air bombing of Jerusalem
  • Jul 12 1st jets to fly across Atlantic (6 RAF de Havilland Vampires)
  • Jul 13 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 14 Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot near to the Italian Parliament.
  • Jul 15 Israel bombs Cairo during Arab-Israeli War
  • Jul 15 Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
  • Jul 15 US President Harry Truman nominated for another term (Philadelphia)

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Jul 16 Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jul 17 Israeli army captures Nazareth
  • Jul 17 Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea
  • Jul 18 "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances
  • Jul 18 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game
  • Jul 19 French government of Schuman, resigns
  • Jul 20 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 20 Syngman Rhee elected President of South Korea

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • Jul 20 US Communist Party chairman William Forster arrested
  • Jul 21 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 23 Progressive party convention nominates Henry Wallace for President
  • Jul 24 4 Duluth Minn Dukes (St Louis Cards Class C farm team) die in crash
  • Jul 25 35th Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy

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Jul 26 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jul 26 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • Jul 26 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
  • Jul 26 Presient Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 directing "equality of treatment & opportunity" in US armed forces
  • Jul 27 Australia set 404 to win v England at Headingley
  • Jul 27 Bradman's 29th & last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404
  • Jul 27 Otto Skorzeny escapes anti-nazi camp at Darmstadt
  • Jul 28 I G Farben chemical plant explodes in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 182 die
  • Jul 28 London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport".
  • Jul 29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London
  • Jul 30 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6)
  • Jul 30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • Jul 31 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • Jul 31 US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor
  • Jul 2 Gene McFadden, American songwriter (d. 2006)
  • Jul 3 Peter Ruzicka, composer
  • Jul 3 Tarmo Koivisto, Finnish comics artist
  • Jul 4 Ed Armbrister, baseball player
  • Jul 4 Jeremy Spencer, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well)
  • Jul 4 René Arnoux, France, formula-1 racer (6th place-1980)
  • Jul 5 Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Richard Milhaus, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 5 William Hootkins, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Brad Park, Scarborough Ontario, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins)
  • Jul 6 Nathalie Baye, Mainneville France, actress (Beau Pere, Honeymoon)
  • Jul 6 Wadih Saadeh, Lebanese-Australian poet
  • Jul 6 Tom Curley, American media executive
  • Jul 7 Fred Brown, NBAer (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Jul 7 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2012)
  • Jul 7 Jean Leclerc, French-Canadian actor
  • Jul 8 Kim Darby, American actress (True Grit, Enola Gay, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 8 Raffi, children's singer (Baby Beluga)
  • Jul 9 Hassan Wirajuda, Indonesian current foreign minister
  • Jul 12 Richard Simmons, exercise guru (Deal-a-Meal)
  • Jul 12 Walter Egan, rock vocalist (Not Shy, Fundamental Roll), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 12 Ben Burtt, American sound designer
  • Jul 12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], Kermit, Texas, American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown)
  • Jul 13 Alf Hansen, Norway, double sculls (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 13 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress (Frank's Place)
  • Jul 13 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jul 13 Linda Ann Simon, airline capt
  • Jul 13 Robert Underwood, (Rep-D-Guam)
  • Jul 13 Ronald K Machtley, (Rep-R-Rhode Island)
  • Jul 13 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
  • Jul 14 Tommy Matola, rock manager/CEO (CBS records)
  • Jul 15 Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)
  • Jul 15 Alicia Bridges, American singer
  • Jul 16 Pinchas Zukerman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/violist (Leventritt 1967)
  • Jul 16 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
  • Jul 17 Brian Glascock, rock drummer (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Jul 17 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Jul 17 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Jul 17 Phillip Harris, rocker
  • Jul 17 Ron Asheton, guitarist and song writer (Iggy Pop), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • Jul 18 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring, Radar Love)
  • Jul 18 Phil Harris, rocker (Ace)
  • Jul 18 Hartmut Michel, German chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Jul 18 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 Beverly Archer, Oak Park Ill, actress (Iola-Mama's Family)
  • Jul 19 Keith Godchaux, rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead)
  • Jul 20 Mary Dwyer, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 20 Richard H Lehman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )

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Jul 21 Cat Stevens [Steven Demetre Georgiou; Yusaf Islam], rock vocalist (Peace Train), born in London, England

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • Jul 21 Art Hindle, Halifax Nova Scotia, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers)
  • Jul 21 Garry Trudeau, political cartoonist (Doonesbury)
  • Jul 21 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter
  • Jul 22 S. E. Hinton, American author
  • Jul 22 Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • Jul 23 John Cushnahan, Northern Irish politician
  • Jul 25 Brian M[ichael] Stableford, UK, sci-fi author (Day of Wrath)
  • Jul 25 Steve Goodman, singer/songwriter (Somebody Elses Trouble), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 26 Norair Nurikian, Bulgari, bantam weight (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
  • Jul 27 Henny Vrienten, Dutch bassist/singer (Doe Maar)
  • Jul 27 Peggy Fleming Jenkins, figure skater (Olym-gold-1968), born in San Jose, California
  • Jul 28 Georgia Engel, actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 28 Sergei Bodrov, Khabarovsk Russia, director (Katala, Somebody to Love)
  • Jul 28 Gerald Casale, american musician and director (founding member of Devo)
  • Jul 29 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Jul 30 Jean Reno, Moroccan-born French actor
  • Jul 31 Leaveil Degree, rocker (Whispers)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch SDAP-politician, dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 4 Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)
  • Jul 5 Carole Landis, US actress (1 Million BC, Topper Returns), dies at 29
  • Jul 5 G Bernanos, writer, dies at 60
  • Jul 5 Peter JM Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor, dies at 77
  • Jul 8 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 9 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • Jul 11 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semite theologist, dies
  • Jul 11 King Baggot, actor (Tish, San Francisco), dies at 68
  • Jul 14 Palmiro Togliatti, Italy's CPI chairman, assassinated

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Jul 15 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Jul 18 Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • Jul 21 Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • Jul 21 Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer, dies at 58

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Jul 23 D.W. Griffith, American director/producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jul 26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27 Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)
  • Jul 31 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70