On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1948

Historical Events

  • "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • American sprinter Harrison Dillard runs an Olympic record 10.3s to beat countryman Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating teammate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY

Famous Birthdays

  • Leaveil Degree, rocker (Whispers)

Famous Deaths

  • Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
1948 Highlights

About July 31, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 2 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo