What Happened in October 1948

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 California Supreme Court voids state statute banning interracial marriages
  • Oct 1 Radio Denmark begins transmitting
  • Oct 2 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 performances
  • Oct 3 Columbia University reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo
  • Oct 3 NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
  • Oct 4 Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
  • Oct 4 World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft
  • Oct 6 "Polonaise" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Oct 6 KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 6 The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic

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Oct 6 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey
  • Oct 9 WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 10 Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland
  • Oct 11 "Love Life" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 252 performances
  • Oct 11 "Where's Chartev?" opens at St James Theater NYC for 792 performances
  • Oct 11 Cleve Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in 45th World Series
  • Oct 12 Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager
  • Oct 14 Batavia lt-governor-general van Mook dismissed
  • Oct 14 Large scale fighting between Israel & Egypt
  • Oct 15 China's Red army occupies Chinchov
  • Oct 16 "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances
  • Oct 16 Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir
  • Oct 18 Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
  • Oct 19 "My Romance" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • Oct 21 Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
  • Oct 21 Dutch Constellation crashes at Prestwick Scotland (40 murder)
  • Oct 21 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)
  • Oct 21 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
  • Oct 22 Egyptian flagship King Farouk sunk by Israel
  • Oct 24 Bernard M Baruch introduces term "Cold War"
  • Oct 24 Francis Poulenc's "Sinfonietta" premieres
  • Oct 24 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical In Multiplicibus Curis
  • Oct 24 WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 25 Special Council of Annulment convicts F Weinreb for collaboration

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Oct 27 Albert Camus' "L'etat de Siege" premieres in Paris

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • Oct 27 Israel recaptures Nizzanim in Negev
  • Oct 27 Léopold Sédar Senghor founds the Senegalese Democratic Bloc (BDS).
  • Oct 28 Flag of Israel is adopted
  • Oct 29 Israeli forces liberate Meron & Gush-Halev
  • Oct 29 Safsaf massacre, Israeli defence forces attack Palestinian village of Safsaf in the Galilee
  • Oct 30 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Cub Koda, rocker (Brownsville Station)
  • Oct 1 Ellen McIlwaine, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 2 Avery Brooks, Evansville Ind, actor (Spenser for Hire, Deep Space 9)
  • Oct 2 Chris LeDoux, Biloxi Miss, country singer (Ridin' for a Fall)
  • Oct 2 Donna Karan, Forest Hills NY, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977)
  • Oct 2 Robert Anderson, cricketer (NZ batsman 1976-78)
  • Oct 2 Trevor Brooking, English soccer player
  • Oct 2 Persis Khambatta, Bombay, India, actress (Star Trek, Megaforce)
  • Oct 2 Leslie Frankenheimer, set designer (4 Emmy Awards), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 3 Michael Medved, American film critic
  • Oct 4 Linda McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Oct 5 Delroy George Wilson, singer
  • Oct 5 Lucius Ross, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove)
  • Oct 5 Sal Viscuso, American actor (Soap, Montefuscos), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 5 Tawl Ross, American musician (P Funk)
  • Oct 5 Zoran Živković, Serbian writer
  • Oct 6 Dan Hamburg, (Rep-D-California)
  • Oct 6 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
  • Oct 6 Glenn Branca, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, avant-garde composer and guitarist
  • Oct 7 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist

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Oct 8 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American rock guitarist (Ramones), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2004)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • Oct 8 Sarah Purcell, Richmond Ind, actress/TV hostess (Real People)
  • Oct 8 Stefanie Marrian, comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 8 Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
  • Oct 8 Pedro López, Colombian serial killer
  • Oct 8 Claude Jade, French actress (d. 2006)
  • Oct 9 Dave Samuels, vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Oct 9 Jackson Browne, US Base in Germany, rock voclaist (Lawyers in Love)
  • Oct 10 Séverine, French singer
  • Oct 10 Ed Volker, American musician
  • Oct 12 Rick Parfitt, Surrey England, pop guitarist/singer (Status Quo-Wanderer)
  • Oct 13 Lacy J Dalton, Bloomsburg Pa, country singer (Crazy Blue Eyes)
  • Oct 13 John Ford Coley, American musician
  • Oct 13 Ted Poe, American politician
  • Oct 14 Harry Anderson, American actor
  • Oct 14 David Ruprecht, American game show host
  • Oct 14 Engin Arık, Turkish nuclear physicist (d. 2007)
  • Oct 15 Aleksandr S Puchkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Oct 16 Michael Tylo, actor (Guiding Light, Blade-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 16 Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • Oct 16 Hema Malini, Indian Actress
  • Oct 17 George Wendt, actor (Norm-Cheers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 17 Margot Kidder, Yellowknife, actress (Lois Lane, Amityville Horror)
  • Oct 18 Isabel E Allen, biostatician
  • Oct 18 Ntozake Shange, American author
  • Oct 19 Chester Biscardi, composer
  • Oct 19 Patrick Simmons, guitarist/vocal (Doobie Brothers-Minute by Minute)
  • Oct 20 Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Oct 20 Robert A Borski, (Rep-D-PA, 1983- )
  • Oct 21 Moses J "Moss" Mayekiso, South African union/SACP-leader
  • Oct 21 Shaye Cohen, Historian and Professor at Harvard University
  • Oct 21 Tom Everett, American actor
  • Oct 22 John Peterson, US, Middleweight (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Oct 22 Mike Hendrick, cricketer (England seam bowler in 30 Tests 1974-81)
  • Oct 22 Lynette Fromme, American who attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford
  • Oct 23 Hermann Hauser, Austrian-born entrepreneur
  • Oct 23 Brian Ross, American journalist
  • Oct 23 Tony Anselmo, American animator and cartoon voice actor
  • Oct 24 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, rock drummer (Mott The Hoople)
  • Oct 24 Kweisi Mfume, (Rep-D-Maryland)/CEO (NAACP)
  • Oct 24 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers-singers
  • Oct 25 Dan Gable, Waterloo Iowa, 68kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-72)
  • Oct 25 Dan Issel, NBA coach/player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets)

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Oct 25 Dave Cowens, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Newport, Kentucky

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Oct 25 Rob Halford, Engl metal singer (Judas Priest-Sin After Sin) [or 8/25]
  • Oct 25 Daniel Mark Epstein, American poet and biographer
  • Oct 26 Marshall Colt, actor (Eric-Lottery), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 27 Byron Allred, Logan Ut, rocker (Steve Miller Band)
  • Oct 28 Ricki Lee Reynolds, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • Oct 28 Telma Hopkins, singer (Tony Orlando, Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 28 Valeri Viktorovich Baberdin, Russian colonel/cosmonaut

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Oct 29 Kate Jackson, actress (Rookies, Charlie's Angels), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson
  • Oct 29 Ricky Reynolds, rocker

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 15 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Oct 21 Science fiction pioneering author "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein marries 3rd wife Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Farm labor leader Cesar Chavez (21) weds labor activist Helen Fabela (20) in Reno, Nevada

Farm Labor Leader Cesar Chavez
Farm Labor Leader
Cesar Chavez

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 12 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • Oct 13 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Oct 16 Henry Foley, cricketer (one Test for NZ, scored 2 & 2), dies at 42
  • Oct 18 [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal, dies
  • Oct 22 Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal, dies
  • Oct 23 Eugeniusz Morawsky-Dabrowa, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24 Franz Lehar, Austrian/Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • Oct 31 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies