Historical Events in 1948

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

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

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

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

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Jan 12th Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 12th US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • Jan 13th 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • Jan 16th 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon
  • Jan 17th Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
  • Jan 17th Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • Jan 18th 1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Jan 18th Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • Jan 21st W Indies v England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker
  • Jan 22nd Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • Jan 23rd Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six
  • Jan 23rd Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens
  • Jan 23rd Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • Jan 24th "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Jan 24th Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • Jan 24th Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)
  • Jan 26th Executive Order 9981 ending racial segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • Jan 26th 36th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey (6-3, 6-1)
  • Jan 26th 36th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats John Bromwich (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 27th 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
  • Jan 27th 1st tape recorder sold

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

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Feb 1st Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 1st Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
  • Feb 2nd President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • Feb 3rd Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US
  • Feb 4th Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • Feb 5th "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Feb 5th Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • Feb 5th Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • Feb 6th 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
  • Feb 6th Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
  • Feb 6th KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 7th "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances

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Feb 7th Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 8th 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 9th WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 10th Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
  • Feb 11th Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11th John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • Feb 11th Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 12th 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
  • Feb 13th West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 13th Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL
  • Feb 13th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 13th Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England

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Feb 15th Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • Feb 16th 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
  • Feb 16th Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
  • Feb 20th Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • Feb 21st NASCAR is incorporated.
  • Feb 22nd Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
  • Feb 24th Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 25th Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
  • Feb 29th Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
  • Mar 5th US rocket flies record 4800 kph to 126km height
  • Mar 7th The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule.
  • Mar 8th US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
  • Mar 9th Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • Mar 10th 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca
  • Mar 10th 5th Golden Globes: Gentleman's Agreement, Ronald Colman, & Rosalind Russell win
  • Mar 11th Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
  • Mar 11th WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 12th -5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • Mar 13th 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • Mar 14th Freedom Train arrives in SF
  • Mar 15th Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
  • Mar 15th Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
  • Mar 15th WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 16th Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Mar 18th France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • Mar 18th Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting

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Mar 18th Soviet consultants have left Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split.

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 19th Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 20th 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • Mar 20th 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
  • Mar 20th 102nd Grand National: Arthur Thompson aboard Sheila's Cottage wins
  • Mar 21st "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • Mar 23rd John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 m))
  • Mar 27th The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened.
  • Mar 27th Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall
  • Mar 28th 2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win
  • Mar 29th Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • Mar 29th Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
  • Mar 31st Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe
  • Apr 1st H H H Johnson's debut as a bowler for West Indies to win v England 10-96
  • Apr 1st Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark.
  • Apr 3rd 1st US figure skating championships held
  • Apr 3rd US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
  • Apr 3rd US female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Apr 3rd US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

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Apr 4th 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Apr 5th WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7th World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
  • Apr 7th A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
  • Apr 8th Soen Nakagawa & Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
  • Apr 9th Massacre at Deir Yassin.
  • Apr 10th Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
  • Apr 11th 12th Masters Golf Tournament: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 13th 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus
  • Apr 14th A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
  • Apr 14th NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • Apr 14th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 14th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 15th 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
  • Apr 15th Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • Apr 15th KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 16th Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris

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Apr 17th Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • Apr 18th International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
  • Apr 19th 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
  • Apr 19th ABC-TV network begins

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 19th Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 20th NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • Apr 20th Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
  • Apr 21st 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 22nd WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23rd KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 27th Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River
  • Apr 29th Don Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
  • Apr 30th "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
  • Apr 30th Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • Apr 30th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 1st 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4
  • May 1st North Korea proclaims itself Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • May 1st Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
  • May 1st Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"

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May 3rd Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • May 3rd 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
  • May 4th The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
  • May 5th 1st squadron of jet aircraft aboard a carrier
  • May 6th "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • May 7th Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death
  • May 8th Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours
  • May 10th 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel

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May 10th Winston Churchill visits The Hague

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 11th Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa
  • May 11th Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
  • May 12th Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates
  • May 14th Israel declares independence from under British administration
  • May 14th Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
  • May 14th Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot, north of Jerusalem
  • May 14th US grants Israel de facto recognition
  • May 14th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 14th WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 15th 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
  • May 15th 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4
  • May 15th Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
  • May 15th Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
  • May 15th Troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel
  • May 16th Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion
  • May 16th CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • May 16th Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel
  • May 16th Egyptians enter the Gaza
  • May 16th Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
  • May 17th Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi
  • May 17th Soviet Union recognized Israel
  • May 18th "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • May 18th Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus during Arab-Israeli war.
  • May 18th Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel
  • May 18th The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • May 20th 1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
  • May 20th Cleve Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)

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May 21st NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 23rd Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • May 23rd Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel
  • May 24th Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge

Sport awardGolf Major

May 25th 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • May 25th SF receives its 1st telecast
  • May 26th Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
  • May 26th South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • May 27th Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid

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May 27th Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg