What Happened in 1948

Significant Events

  • Jan 12 Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
  • Jan 30 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
  • 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 18 UN Commission on Human Rights adopts the International Declaration of Human Rights
  • Jun 21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
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Did You Know?

Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain

On July 15, 1948

World Leaders in 1948

Famous People in 1948

Famous Weddings

  • 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
  • Apr 26 Actress Lana Turner marries 3rd husband Henry J. Topping, Jr
  • May 15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

Famous Divorces

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