April 1948 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 H H H Johnson's debut as a bowler for West Indies to win v England 10-96
  • Apr 1 Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark.
  • Apr 3 1st US figure skating championships held

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Apr 3 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Apr 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Apr 3 US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Apr 7 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
  • Apr 7 A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
  • Apr 8 Soen Nakagawa & Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
  • Apr 9 Massacre at Deir Yassin.
  • Apr 10 Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
  • Apr 13 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus
  • Apr 14 A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
  • Apr 14 NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • Apr 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Apr 15 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
  • Apr 15 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • Apr 16 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 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 18 International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 19 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 20 NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • Apr 20 Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
  • Apr 27 Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River
  • Apr 30 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • Apr 30 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Eleanor Margaret Burbridge, astronomer/educator
  • Apr 2 Joan [Carol] D[ennison] Vinge, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune)
  • Apr 3 H C Tomlinson, Headmaster (Hereford Cathedral School)
  • Apr 3 Jaap G de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Apr 3 Arlette Cousture, French-Canadian writer
  • Apr 4 Dan Simmons, American writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 8 Robert A. Litchfield, American bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)

  • Apr 8 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • Apr 10 Thomas Spencer, MEP (Conservative)
  • Apr 11 Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist (or 1941)
  • Apr 11 Marcello Lippi, Italian football coach
  • Apr 12 Joschka Fischer, Foreign Minister of Germany
  • Apr 13 Sue Doughty, British politician
  • Apr 13 Nam Hae-il, Chief of Naval Operations of Republic of Korea Navy
  • Apr 14 Chester G Atkins, (Rep-D-MA)
  • Apr 14 Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • Apr 16 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant
  • Apr 20 Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician
  • Apr 21 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • Apr 21 Lord Egremont, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Apr 23 Richard Day, engineer/development expert
  • Apr 23 Pascal Quignard, French author
  • Apr 24 Benzion Freshwater, English multi-millionaire
  • Apr 24 Paul Cellucci, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Yu Shyi-kun, former Premier of Taiwan
  • Apr 26 Gerry Sikorski, (Rep-D-MN, 1983- )
  • Apr 27 Frank William Abagnale, Jr., con artist turned security consultant.
  • Apr 27 Amrit Bohra, Nepalese politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 28 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Apr 29 Bruce Cutler, American attorney

Deaths in History

  • Apr 8 Josef B Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • Apr 9 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • Apr 9 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 14 Walter P Reuther, Pres (United Auto Workers), shot at his home
  • Apr 15 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (d. 1892)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Apr 17 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75