What Happened on August 13, 1948

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 3 Finnish gymnasts dead heat for the gold medal in the pommel horse section at London Olympics; Paavo Aaltonen, Veikko Huhtanen & Heikki Savolainen all awarded gold
  • Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals; beats British middleweight Johnny Wright on points at the London Games
  • Johan Gren scores twice as Sweden beats Yugoslavia 3-1 to win the football gold medal at the London Olympics
  • José Beyaert of France wins the cycling road race at the London Olympics; Belgium takes gold in the teams section beating Great Britain & France
  • Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games

Famous Birthdays

  • Cliff Fish, English bassist (Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died), born in Ripley, Derbyshire
  • Kathleen Battle, soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • Tony Santini, rocker (Sha Na Na)

Famous Deaths

  • Edwin Maxwell, actor (Taming of the Shrew), dies at 62
  • Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)