On This Day

What Happened in December 1948

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan as King of Palestine
  • Dec 1 Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Dec 2 After one of the best seasons in baseball history, St Louis Cardinals utility Stan Musial is named NL MVP; leads NL in batting average (.365), runs (135), RBI (131), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18) & slugging (.702), with 39 HRs

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Dec 3 "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
  • Dec 3 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn in

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Dec 3 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 123 for the Bradman XI in his own testimonial match against the Lindsay Hassett's XI in front of 52,360 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 3 Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in East China Sea killing 1,100
  • Dec 4 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances
  • Dec 4 SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750
  • Dec 4 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 5 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
  • Dec 8 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • Dec 8 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
  • Dec 8 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
  • Dec 9 UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights


  • Dec 11 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 12 Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • Dec 15 Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • Dec 16 "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Dec 18 Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
  • Dec 18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
  • Dec 19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")
  • Dec 19 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cardinals, 7-0 in a snowstorm, 'the Philly Blizzard'
  • Dec 20 Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
  • Dec 21 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
  • Dec 21 State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
  • Dec 21 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Dec 22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Dec 23 "Cinderella" the first full-length ballet by Frederick Ashton with music by Sergei Prokofiev is first presented by Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • Dec 24 First US completely solar heated house is occupied (Dover, Mass)
  • Dec 24 Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship
  • Dec 26 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty arrested
  • Dec 28 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • Dec 28 Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
  • Dec 28 US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
  • Dec 28 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • Dec 29 "Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Dec 29 Canada recognizes Israel
  • Dec 29 US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
  • Dec 30 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • Dec 31 Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Sarfraz Nawaz, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (55 Tests, 177 wickets; 45 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dec 1 George Foster, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1976-79, 81; NL MVP 1977; Cincinnati Reds), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Dec 1 Tom Wright, English bishop and theologian
  • Dec 1 Neil Warnock, English soccer winger and manager (Crystal Palace, Leeds, QPR, Cardiff City), born in Sheffield, England
  • Dec 2 T. C. Boyle, American novelist (World's End), born in Peekskill, New York
  • Dec 2 Antonín Panenka, Czech soccer midfielder (59 caps; Bohemians Praha, Rapid Vienna), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dec 3 Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

Dec 3 Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Dec 4 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Dec 4 Southside Johnny [Lyons], American rocker (Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want Go Home), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • Dec 6 Don Nickles, American politician (Sen-R-Okla, 1981-2005), born in Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Dec 6 JoBeth Williams, American actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 6 Marius Müller-Westernhagen, German rocker (Stinker), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Dec 6 Keke Rosberg, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1982), born in Solna, Sweden
  • Dec 6 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), born in Tårs, Denmark (d. 2019)
  • Dec 7 Gary Morris, American country singer and actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 7 Yoko Morishita, Japanese prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Dec 7 Mads Vinding, Danish bassist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Person of interestJimmy Lai

Dec 8 Jimmy Lai [Lai Chee-Ying], Chinese businessman (founder of Giordano), born in Guangzhou, China

Founder of Giordano Jimmy Lai
Founder of Giordano
Jimmy Lai
  • Dec 8 Roscoe Nance, American sportswriter (USA Today; Mississippi’s first African American sportswriter at mainstream newspaper), born in Enterprise, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • Dec 9 Marleen Gorris, Dutch writer and director (Antonia's Line), born in Roermond, Netherlands
  • Dec 9 Ron Vawter, American actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister), born in Latham, New York (d. 1994)
  • Dec 10 Abu Abbas [Muhammad Zaidan], Palestinian founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), born in Yarmouk Camp (d. 2004)
  • Dec 11 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Dec 11 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 12 Ray Jackson, English rock musician, born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • Dec 13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American guitarist (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 13 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • Dec 13 Ted Nugent, American guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever, Damn Yankees) and right-wing gun advocate,, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 13 Davy O'List, English rocker (Roxy Music), born in Chiswick, London
  • Dec 13 Brian Wilson, British Labour politician, born in Dunoon, Scotland
  • Dec 14 Boudewijn Büch, Dutch writer and TV host, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 14 Dee Wallace Stone [Deanna Bowers], American actress (Critters, 10, ET), born in Kansas City, Kanasas
  • Dec 14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician (33rd Governor of Western Australia), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Dec 15 David Gwillim, English actor (Island at Top of the World), born in Plymouth, Devon, England
  • Dec 15 Melanie Chartoff, American actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis) and director, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 15 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (For Your Eyes Only), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1991)
  • Dec 16 Christopher Biggins, English actor
  • Dec 17 Jim Alexander, American musician (The Bar-Kays)
  • Dec 17 Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
  • Dec 18 Bill Nelson, English musician (Be Bop Deluxe)
  • Dec 18 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • Dec 18 Edmund "Ed" Kemper, American serial killer, born in Burbank, California
  • Dec 19 Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Alan Parsons, English audio engineer & music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Barry Gordon, American actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Dec 21 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon

Person of interestSamuel L. Jackson

Dec 21 Samuel L. Jackson, American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Dec 21 Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist & politician, born in Zuilen, Netherlands
  • Dec 21 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician, born in Stinatz, Austria
  • Dec 22 Chris Old, English cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's), born in Middlesborough, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders), born in Ilford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Steve Garvey, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 22 Lynne Thigpen, American actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Dec 23 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 23 Leslie Moonves, American television executive (CEO and Chairman of CBS), born in New York City
  • Dec 25 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 25 Alia al Hussein, of Jordan (d. 1977)
  • Dec 26 Chris Chambliss, 1st baseman (NY Yankee)
  • Dec 27 Larry Byrom, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)
  • Dec 27 Gérard Depardieu, French actor
  • Dec 30 Surinder Amarnath, cricketer (son of Lala 124 on debut v NZ 1976)

Person of interestDonna Summer

Dec 31 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Dec 31 Joe Dallesandro, American actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Dec 31 Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11, TM-18)
  • Dec 31 René Robert, Canadian NHL player, born in Trois-Rivières, Canada

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 26 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 9 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • Dec 14 R. O. Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer & music teacher, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • Dec 20 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • Dec 21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

BattleHideki Tojo

Dec 23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Dec 28 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Campbell, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), dies of a stroke at 63