What Happened on May 31, 1948

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h)
  • Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings)

Famous Birthdays

  • Duncan L Hunter, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- 2009), born in Riverside, California
  • John Bonham, drummer (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven), born in Redditch, England
  • Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic), born in Montreal, Quebec, (d. 2014)
  • Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and author (Noble Prize for Literature 2015), born in Stanislav, Ukraine

Famous Deaths

  • Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80