What Happened on August 4, 1948

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax
  • An American sweep of the medals in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympics with William Porter taking gold, ahead of Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon
  • Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 80m hurdles in Olympic record 11.2 at the London Olympics; 2nd of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold

Famous Birthdays

  • James C Slattery, (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983- )