What Happened on July 31, 1948

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating team mate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • Harrison Dillard ran an Olympic record 10.3 seconds to beat fellow American Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 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