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What Happened in 1948

Important Events in 1948

  • Mar 8 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
  • Apr 3 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
  • Apr 7 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
  • Apr 16 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
  • May 14 Israel declares independence from British administration
  • May 26 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • Jun 21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
  • Jul 8 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
  • Oct 6 The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
  • Oct 6 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya
  • Oct 21 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
  • Nov 15 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada

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1948 in Film & TV

  • Jul 30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • Aug 10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • Sep 29 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)

1948 in Music

  • Mar 27 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

1948 in Sport

  • May 16 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination
  • Aug 6 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles

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Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain

On July 15, 1948


Famous People in 1948

World Leaders in 1948

Famous Weddings in 1948

  • Feb 16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 5 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson
  • Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Famous Divorces in 1948

  • Mar 22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

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