- "Polonaise" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances
- KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.
- The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
- Dan Hamburg, (Rep-D-California)
- Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
- Glenn Branca, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, avant-garde composer and guitarist