On This Day

What Happened in February 1948

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 1 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
  • Feb 1 Finland goes 1-2 in the Nordic combined event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Heikki Hasu takes gold ahead of teammate Martti Huhtala
  • Feb 1 Johnny Palmer sets a 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record with rounds of 62-64 in the Tucson Open; finishes runner-up by 1 stroke to Skip Alexander who cards tournament record total 264

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 1 Important South African anti-apartheid novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton is published in the US

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • Feb 2 President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • Feb 4 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • Feb 4 After winning the men’s downhill, French alpine skier Henri Oreiller takes the combined gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; becomes most successful athlete at these Games with a slalom bronze
  • Feb 5 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Feb 5 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • Feb 5 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • Feb 6 1st radio-controlled airplane flown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 6 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 6 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • Feb 6 Nils Karlsson wins the 50k cross country gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Swedish skiers win all 3 cross-country events at the Games

  • Feb 7 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances

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Feb 7 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as US Army Chief of Staff

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 7 After winning Lake Placid (1932) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) Olympic ski jumping gold medals, Birger Ruud comes out of retirement to win silver in St. Moritz in a Norwegian medal sweep
  • Feb 8 V Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 8 Canada beats Switzerland 3-0, to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title
  • Feb 9 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 10 Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
  • Feb 11 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • Feb 11 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 12 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st African American in army nursing corps
  • Feb 13 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL
  • Feb 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 13 Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England

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Feb 15 Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Feb 16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC
  • Feb 16 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
  • Feb 20 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • Feb 21 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • Feb 22 Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
  • Feb 24 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 25 Communists seize Czechoslovakia and C Gottwald becomes premier
  • Feb 29 Stern-group bomb on Cairo-Haifa train kills 27 British soldiers
  • Feb 29 Lawson Little earns his first tournament victory since his US Navy discharge capturing the St. Petersburg Open by 3 strokes over Bobby Locke; last golfer to win a PGA Tour event on Leap Year Day

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Debbie Austin, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in Oneida, New York

Person of interestRick James

Feb 1 Rick James [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician ("Super Freak"), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004)

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • Feb 2 Alan McKay, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
  • Feb 2 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • Feb 2 Tony DeMeur, rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)

Person of interestIna Garten

Feb 2 Ina Garten, American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York

Author and Cooking Show Host Ina Garten
Author and Cooking Show Host
Ina Garten
  • Feb 3 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • Feb 3 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)

Person of interestAlice Cooper

Feb 4 Alice Cooper [Vincent Furnier], rocker (School's Out), born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • Feb 4 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • Feb 4 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 4 Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1970)
  • Feb 4 Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Feb 5 Barbara Hershey [Herzstein], American actress (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 5 Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 David Denny, American rock guitar player (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 5 Elco Brinkman, Dutch politician, born in Dirksland, Netherlands
  • Feb 5 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • Feb 5 Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England
  • Feb 6 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Greenspoon, rock organist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 7 David Campbell, Canadian composer (worked with Adele, Justin Timberlake), born in Toronto
  • Feb 8 Dan Seals, American country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me), born in McCamey, Texas
  • Feb 8 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Conrad Cummings, composer
  • Feb 10 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • Feb 11 Susan Bernard, American author, actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) Playboy playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author (Kurzweil reading machine, text-to-speech synthesis), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi), born in Chatham, Canada

Person of interestTeller

Feb 14 Teller [Raymond Joseph Teller], American magician (Penn & Teller) and illusionist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Magician and Illusionist Teller
Magician and Illusionist
Teller
  • Feb 14 Jackie Martling, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • Feb 14 Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 14 Wally Tax, Dutch guitarist
  • Feb 15 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 15 Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • Feb 16 Eckhart Tolle, Author and spiritual teacher
  • Feb 16 Séamus Brennan, Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Minister, born in Salthill, Galway, Ireland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 17 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2019)
  • Feb 17 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Bruce Francis, Australian cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972), born in Mosman, Australia
  • Feb 18 Carolyn B. Maloney, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 18 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge), born in Dalkey, Ireland
  • Feb 18 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Tony Anselmo, American animator & cartoon voice actor, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Feb 19 Byron K. Lichtenburg, American astronaut (STS 9, STS 45), born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)
  • Feb 19 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
  • Feb 19 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Feb 20 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • Feb 20 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • Feb 20 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois
  • Feb 20 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • Feb 21 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 22 John Ashton, American actor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Feb 23 Bill Alexander, theatre director
  • Feb 23 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 23 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • Feb 23 Trevor Cherry, English soccer defender (27 caps; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City) and manager (Bradford City), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 24 Dennis "Minder" Waterman, actor (Fair Exchange), born in London, England
  • Feb 24 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett
  • Feb 24 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • Feb 24 Tim Staffell, English singer
  • Feb 24 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, born in Mysore State (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Neil Hubbard, British guitarist (Juicy Lucy, Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Feb 25 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • Feb 25 Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
  • Feb 25 Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • Feb 26 Priscilla Lopez, American actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 27 Eddie Gray, American rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue), born in Niles, Michigan
  • Feb 28 Bernadette Peters [Lazzara], actress (Jerk), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 28 Mercedes Ruehl, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 28 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Feb 28 Mike Figgis, English director
  • Feb 29 Nikolai Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 29 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, American sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • Feb 29 Yuri Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • Feb 2 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • Feb 5 Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • Feb 6 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • Feb 7 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • Feb 9 Karl Valentin, Bavarian comedian and film producer, dies at 65
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), dies at 59
  • Feb 11 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • Feb 14 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Feb 21 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 John Robert Gregg, Irish-American inventor of a shorthand system Gregg Shorthand, dies at 80