What Happened on August 2, 1948

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist (Amen Corner), born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales
  • Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), born in Hythe, England (d. 2009)