What Happened on August 4, 1948

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

  • Giorgio Parisi, Italian theoretical physicist (2021 Nobel Prize for Physics for pioneering work on climate change), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jim Slattery, American politician (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983-95), born in Good Intent, Kansas
1948 Highlights

About August 4, 1948

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 3 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

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