What Happened on August 7, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
  • American Alice Coachman becomes the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal when she takes out the high jump at the London Games
  • American swimmer Jimmy McLane wins the 1,500m for his 2nd gold medal at the London Olympics (4 x 200m freestyle relay); marks a US clean sweep of every men's swimming gold medal at the Games
  • Delfo Cabrera of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her 4th track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team in 47.5
  • Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson wins the gold medal in the 10k event by 30.6 seconds from team mate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Greg Chappell, Australian cricket captain, administrator (87 Tests), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • James Allison, American immunologist (Noble Prize for Medicine 2018), born in Alice, Texas
  • Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author