On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1948

Historical Events

  • Israeli army captures Nazareth
  • Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea

GermanyThe Berlin Candy Bombers

US Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen encounters children in at Templehof Airport in Berlin during the Berlin Blockade, giving him the idea to drop candy in 'Operation Little Vittles'

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Children in Berlin await US aircraft dropping candy over the city during the Berlin Airlift in 1948
Children in Berlin await US aircraft dropping candy over the city during the Berlin Airlift in 1948
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Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Glascock, English rock drummer (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Islington, England
  • Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Stockton, California
  • Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Phillip Harris, rocker
  • Ron Asheton, American guitarist and songwriter (The Stooges), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
1948 Highlights

About July 17, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 3 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer