On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1948

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Finland goes 1-2 in the Nordic combined event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Heikki Hasu takes gold ahead of team mate Martti Huhtala

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestRick James

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

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James