On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1948

Historical Events

Historic Event

Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan Hammer, Czech-American rock keyboardist (Mahavishnu Orchestra; Jeff Beck), and composer ("Miami Vice Theme"), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Famous Deaths

  • Johan Paul van Limburg Stirum, Dutch diplomat (Governor General of the Dutch East Indies) and aristocrat, dies at 75
  • Percy Sherwell, South African cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies at 67
1948 Highlights

About April 17, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 7 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries