What Happened in April 1948

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Hines 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

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Apr 4 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Apr 5 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 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 San Francisco
  • Apr 9 Massacre at Deir Yassin.
  • Apr 10 Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
  • Apr 11 12th Masters Golf Tournament: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
  • 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 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • 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 15 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 16 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris

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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 The Hague Netherlands
  • Apr 19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
  • Apr 19 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts

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 President shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
  • Apr 21 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 22 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 27 Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River

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Apr 29 Don Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Apr 30 "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
  • Apr 30 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • Apr 30 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jimmy Cliff [James Chambers], Jamaican Reggae singer, born in St James, Jamaica
  • Apr 1 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • Apr 1 J. J. [John James] Williams, Welsh rugby player, born in Nantyffyllon, Wales
  • Apr 2 Margaret Burbidge, British-American astronomer and educator, born in Davenport, England
  • Apr 2 Joan D. Vinge, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 2 Marlene Floyd, LPGA golfer, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Apr 2 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 2012)
  • Apr 3 Garrick Ohlsson, American pianist (Intl Busoni winner 1969), born in Bronxville, New York
  • Apr 3 H C Tomlinson, Headmaster (Hereford Cathedral School)
  • Apr 3 Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Apr 3 Mary Gordon-Watson, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972), born in Blandford, Dorset
  • Apr 3 Arlette Cousture, French-Canadian writer (Les filles de Caleb), born in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 4 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (Allman Brothers Band), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • Apr 4 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • Apr 4 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 5 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), born in Northampton, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 6 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • Apr 7 Carol Douglas, American singer
  • Apr 7 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)

Person of interestRobert Allen Litchfield

Apr 8 Robert A. Litchfield, American bank robber who was on the FBI most wanted list in the 1980s

  • Apr 8 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • Apr 9 Jaya Bachchan, Indian actress
  • Apr 10 Thomas Spencer, British politician (Conservative)
  • Apr 11 Marcello Lippi, Italian football coach, born in Viareggio, Italy
  • Apr 12 Raphick Jumadeen, West Indian cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's), born in Gasparillo, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Apr 12 Jeremy Beadle, English television presenter (Beadle's About), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • Apr 12 Joschka Fischer, German politician, Foreign Minister of Germany (1998-2005), born in Gerabronn, Germany
  • Apr 12 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 13 Amy Robinson, writer/actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Apr 13 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), (d. 1990)
  • 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 Larry Ferguson, Nassau, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Apr 14 Ty Grimes, rocker (Capt Beefheart Band Drums
  • Apr 14 Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • Apr 15 Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant
  • Apr 17 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)

Person of interestNate Archibald

Apr 18 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Apr 18 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Rick Miller, American baseball player
  • Apr 20 Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Apr 20 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 20 Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician, born in Sainte-Thècle, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 21 Claire Denis, actress (Boom Boom, Chocolat), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 21 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • Apr 21 Lord Egremont, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Apr 21 Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • Apr 22 Carol Drinkwater, Anglo-Irish actress (Father, All Creatures Great & Small) and author (The Haunted School, Provence), born in London
  • Apr 23 Richard Day, engineer/development expert
  • Apr 23 Tessa Wyatt, actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night)
  • Apr 23 Pascal Quignard, French author
  • Apr 23 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor
  • Apr 24 Benzion Freshwater, English multi-millionaire property investor, born in Sassov, Galicia, Poland
  • Apr 24 Eddie James Hart, American 4x100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Martinez, California
  • Apr 24 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, born in Hudson, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Mike Selvey, English cricketer (England pace bowler of late 70's), born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England
  • Apr 25 Yu Shyi-kun, Premier of the Republic of China (2002-05), born in Dongshan, Yilan County, China
  • Apr 26 Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
  • Apr 26 Gerry Sikorski, (Rep-D-MN, 1983- )
  • Apr 27 Kate Pierson, American vocalist and guitarist (B-52's-Rock Lobster, Love Shack), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • Apr 27 Frank William Abagnale, Jr., American con artist turned security consultant, born in Bronxville, New York
  • Apr 27 Amrit Kumar Bohara, Nepalese politician, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)
  • Apr 28 Marcia Strassman, American actress (Julle Kotter-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New York, (d. 2014)

Person of interestTerry Pratchett

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

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Apr 28 Dorothée Berryman, French Canadian actress and singer
  • Apr 29 Reb Brown, actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Bruce Cutler, American attorney
  • Apr 30 Perry King, Alliance OH, actor (Andy Warhol's "Bad")
  • Apr 30 Wayne Kramer, American guitarist (MC5, Dangerous Madness), born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 26 Actress Lana Turner marries 3rd husband Henry J. Topping, Jr

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Sabahattin Ali, Turkish poet, author and journalist (Esirler, Içimizdeki Şeytan), killed at 41
  • Apr 8 Josef 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 15 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician, dies at 56

Person of interestManuel Roxas

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
  • Apr 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • Apr 21 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • Apr 24 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, dies at 84