On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1948

Historical Events

  • Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
  • Israeli pound becomes legal tender

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Hay, Dutch singer, guitarist, flute and saxophone player (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in Faizabad, India
  • Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher

Famous Deaths


Person of interestBabe Ruth

Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

1948 Highlights

About August 16, 1948

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 2 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo