On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1948

Historical Events

  • An unprecedented 3-way tie for the silver medal in the 500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Americans Robert Fitzgerald & Ken Bartholomew, and Thomas Byberg of Norway are equal on 43.2s; Finn Helgesen of Norway wins gold, 43.1s

Historic Event

J. D. Salinger's short story "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in the New Yorker

  • Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
  • Sweden sweeps the medals in the 18km cross country event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Martin Lundström takes gold ahead of countrymen Nils Östensson and Gunnar Eriksson
  • Swiss pair Felix Endrich & Friedrich Waller beat countrymen Fritz Feierabend & Paul Eberhard to win the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; silver medallist Feierabend is team coach

Famous Birthdays

  • Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician, born in Hokkaido, Japan
1948 Highlights

About January 31, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 9 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aquarius