On This Day

What Happened on December 21, 1948

Historical Events

  • 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles
  • O'Neil Place in the Bronx erroneously renamed O'Neill Place
  • State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Gordon, American actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon

Person of interestSamuel L. Jackson

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

  • Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist & politician, born in Zuilen, Netherlands
  • Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician, born in Stinatz, Austria

Famous Deaths

  • Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
1948 Highlights

About December 21, 1948

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 9 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

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