December 1948 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan as King of Palestine
  • Dec 1 Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player
  • Dec 3 "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
  • Dec 3 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn in
  • Dec 3 Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea killing 1,100
  • Dec 4 SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750 die
  • Dec 8 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
  • Dec 9 UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide
  • Dec 10 UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Dec 12 Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • Dec 15 Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • Dec 18 Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
  • Dec 19 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
  • Dec 19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")
  • Dec 20 Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
  • Dec 21 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
  • Dec 21 State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
  • Dec 24 First US completely solar heated house is occupied (Dover, Mass)
  • Dec 24 Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship
  • Dec 26 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty arrested
  • Dec 28 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • Dec 28 Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
  • Dec 28 US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
  • Dec 28 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • Dec 29 Canada recognizes Israel
  • Dec 29 US State Dept announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
  • Dec 31 Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Tom Wright, English bishop and theologian
  • Dec 2 T. Coraghessan Boyle, American writer
  • Dec 4 Lin Onus, Autralian Aboriginal artist, born in Melbourne (d. 1996)
  • Dec 6 Don Nickles, (Sen-R-Okla)
  • Dec 7 Yoko Morishita, prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Jimmy Lai [Lai Chee-Ying], Chinese businessman (founder of Giordano), born in Guangzhou, China

Founder of Giordano Jimmy Lai
Founder of Giordano
Jimmy Lai
  • Dec 9 Marleen Gorris, Dutch director (Mres Dalloway, Antonia, Last Island)
  • Dec 10 Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (d. 2004)
  • Dec 13 Brian Wilson, Scottish politician
  • Dec 14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician
  • Dec 21 Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist/undersecretary of Finance (1994-)
  • Dec 23 Leslie Moonves, American television executive
  • Dec 25 Alia al Hussein, of Jordan (d. 1977)
  • Dec 31 Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11, TM-18)
  • Dec 31 René Robert, National Hockey League player

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • Dec 18 Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • Dec 21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
  • Dec 23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64
  • Dec 28 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated