What Happened on August 7, 1948

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 teammate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics
1948 History

Famous Birthdays

Greg ChappellGreg Chappell (74 years old)

Australian cricket batsman and captain (87 Tests; 7,110 runs @ 53.86, TS 247, 24 x 100s, 47 wickets; South Australia, Somerset CCC, Queensland)), born in Adelaide, Australia

  • James Allison, American immunologist (Noble Prize for Medicine 2018), born in Alice, Texas
  • Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author, born in Brooklyn, New York
Born in 1948

About August 7, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 74 years and 10 months
Leap Year: Yes

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