May 1948 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 North Korea proclaims itself Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • May 1 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
  • May 1 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 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • May 4 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
  • May 5 1st squadron of jet aircraft aboard a carrier
  • May 7 Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death
  • May 10 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel

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May 10 Winston Churchill visits The Hague

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 11 Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa
  • May 11 Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
  • May 12 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates
  • May 14 Israel declares independence from under British administration
  • May 14 Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
  • May 14 Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot, north of Jerusalem
  • May 14 US grants Israel de facto recognition
  • May 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 15 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
  • May 15 Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
  • May 15 Troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel
  • May 16 Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion
  • May 16 Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel
  • May 16 Egyptians enter the Gaza
  • May 16 Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
  • May 17 Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi
  • May 17 Soviet Union recognized Israel
  • May 18 Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus during Arab-Israeli war.
  • May 18 Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel
  • May 18 The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • May 20 1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
  • May 23 Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel
  • May 25 SF receives its 1st telecast
  • May 26 Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
  • May 26 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • May 27 Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid
  • May 28 Iraq captures Ge'ulim settlement
  • May 30 A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
  • May 31 Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings)

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 George Tupou V, Tonga, King of Tonga (2006-2012), (d. 2012)
  • May 8 John Reid, British politician (L), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • May 9 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • May 10 Christopher Gent, CEO (Vodafone Group)
  • May 11 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • May 13 Jeffrey Evans, Lord Mayor of London (2015-16), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • May 19 Jean-Pierre Haignere, France, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17)
  • May 20 John Amiel, director (Queen of Hearts, Tune in Tomorrow)
  • May 20 John R McKernan Jr, (Rep-R-ME, 1983-86/Gov-Maine)
  • May 20 Samuel Gejdenson, (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1981- )
  • May 22 Richard Baker, (Rep-R-Louisiana)
  • May 27 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-8, T-14, TM-7)
  • May 31 Duncan L Hunter, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- 2009), born in Riverside, California
  • May 31 Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and author (Noble Prize for Literature 2015), born in Stanislav, Ukraine

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • May 6 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • May 8 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • May 15 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • May 22 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • May 26 Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  • May 28 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer (b. 1914)