On This Day

What Happened in June 1948

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Israel & Arabs agree to a cease fire

Music Premiere

Jun 3 Musical "Sleepy Hollow", based on Washington Irving's novel, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

  • Jun 3 200" (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory
  • Jun 3 Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mt Rushmore

Baseball Record

Jun 5 Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23

  • Jun 5 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" single released by Stan Jones
  • Jun 7 Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; President Bernes resigns
  • Jun 7 KVP wins Dutch Second-Parliamentary election
  • Jun 8 Revival of Jerome Kerns' musical "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 36 performances
  • Jun 8 John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines

Television Premiere

Jun 8 "Texaco Star Theater" premieres on NBC-TV, with "Mr. Television" Milton Berle made permanent emcee in September of the same year

  • Jun 9 WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 12 "Hold It!" closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Jun 12 George Lessner, Russell Maloney and Miriam Battista's musical adaptation of Washington Irving's "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 12 performances

US Golf Open

Jun 12 US Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Ben Hogan dominates final 2 rounds, shooting 68-69, 2 shots ahead of runner-up Jimmy Demaret; third of his 9 major titles

Belmont Stakes

Jun 12 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to claim his second Triple Crown

Sports History

Jun 12 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test against England at Trent Bridge

Sports History

Jun 13 Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th

  • Jun 14 Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 15 First night game at Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Tigers beat Philadelphia A's, 4-1
  • Jun 15 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Don Bradman is out for a duck (0) in the Australian 2nd innings, but tourists win 1st Test against England by 8 wickets at Nottingham
  • Jun 15 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 18 American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights
  • Jun 18 National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time
  • Jun 18 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts debuts for the Philadelphia Phillies, taking a 2-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
  • Jun 19 Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel

Television Premiere

Jun 20 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV

  • Jun 20 20 Jews killed when a bomb is thrown into Jewish quarter of Cairo
  • Jun 20 Cleveland draws then record 82,781 for doubleheader
  • Jun 20 Deutsche Mark introduced in West Germany
  • Jun 21 1st stored computer program runs on Manchester Mark I at a laboratory in Manchester University, England

Historic Event

Jun 21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)

  • Jun 21 Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens
  • Jun 21 WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 21 HMT Empire Windrush with the first 800 emigrants from the West Indies to the UK arrives at Port of Tilbury near London

Goodbye Scratchy 78s, Hello Vinyl

Jun 21 Columbia Records unveil the 33-1/3 rpm LP phonograph record invented by Peter Carl Goldmark, allowing up to 20 minutes per side (available in 10 and 12 inch diameters), at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC; over the next decade the popularity and profitability of the LP pushed the 78 rpm out of production [1]

Presidential Convention

Jun 24 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia nominates Governor of NY Thomas E. Dewey

The Berlin Candy Bombers

Jun 24 Soviet Union begins the West Berlin Blockade by stopping access by road, rail and water

Historic Event

Jun 25 Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)

  • Jun 26 US begin airlift “Operation Vittles” to West Berlin
  • Jun 28 British begin airlift “Operation Plainfare” to West Berlin
  • Jun 30 Cleveland Indians' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • Jun 30 Last British troops leave Israel
  • Jun 30 Transistor as a substitute for valves announced (Bell Labs)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Tom Sneva, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1983; USAC C'ship 1977, 78, 82-83), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jun 1 Tomáš Halík, Czech priest and public intellectual
  • Jun 1 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), born in Snyder Texas (d. 2017)
  • Jun 2 Albert Innaurato, playwright/director (Age in Soho), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 2 Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)
  • Jun 4 Bob Champion, English horse trainer and jockey, born in Sussex, England
  • Jun 4 Rosemary Joyce, model and actress (Daphne Draper-Search For Tomorrow)
  • Jun 4 Sandra Post, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1968), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • Jun 4 Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, saxophonist and jazz and classical composer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jun 5 Gail Davies, American country singer and producer ("I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)"; "Blue Heartache"), born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma
  • Jun 5 Frank Esler-Smith, English Australian rocker (Air Supply), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • Jun 6 Richard Sinclair, British progressive rock bassist, singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Caravan -"In the Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Canterbury, England
  • Jun 6 Phil Jones, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Tom Petty; Cracker; Pegi Young), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • Jun 6 Vladimir Shadrin, Russian Hockey HOF centre (Olympic gold Soviet Union 1972, 76; 5 x World C'ship gold; HC Spartak Moscow, Oji Seishi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 9 Jim Bailey, NCAA punter (most punts in season-101, Va Milt Academy)
  • Jun 9 Nathaniel Rosen, American cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978), born in Altadena California
  • Jun 9 Gudrun Schyman, Swedish politician (Feminist Initiative), born in Täby, Sweden
  • Jun 11 Anthony Nelson, British Labour politician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 11 Skip Alan, English drummer (Them - "G-L-O-R-I-A", Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Westminster, London
  • Jun 11 Stephen Schnetzer, American actor (Cass Winthrop-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 11 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
  • Jun 11 Bob Roetker, American jazz guitarist (Jazz Ambassadors), and teacher (Armed Forces School of Music), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 12 Barry Bailey, American rock guitarist (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2022) [1]
  • Jun 12 Norbert Phillip, West Indian cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 28 wickets), born in Bioche, Dominica
  • Jun 12 Hans Binder, Austrian auto racer (European Formula Ford C'ship 1972), born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jun 12 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), born in Dime Box, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Jun 13 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive, born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2001)
  • Jun 13 Joe Roth, American film executive, producer and film director (America's Sweethearts), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 14 Stephen John Hunter, American guitarist, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jun 14 Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian water polo player (Olympic gold 1972, 80; World C'ship gold 1975, 82) and coach (Russian men's & women's teams), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Jun 15 Champ Summers, baseball player
  • Jun 15 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 15 Leah Kunkel (née Cohen), American singer-songwriter (Coyote Sisters), session vocalist (Jackson Browne; Art Garfunkel), and entertaimnet lawyer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 16 Ron LeFlore, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 17 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • Jun 18 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 19 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1974)
  • Jun 19 Phylicia Rashad, American Tony Award-winning actress (The Cosby Show - "Clair"; A Raisin in the Sun; One Life to Live), and singer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 20 Nigel Morris, British Jazz-fusion drummer (Isotope), born in London, England
  • Jun 20 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Jun 20 Ludwig Scotty, Nauruan politician (President of Nauru, 10 weeks in 2003, 2004-07; Speaker of Parliament, 2000-02, Feb- Apr 2004; 2010-16), born in Anabar, Nauru
  • Jun 21 Ian McEwan, English writer (Atonement), born in Aldershot, England
  • Jun 21 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (WBA, WBC, The Ring bantamweight title 1968-69; first Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Jun 21 Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer (The Witcher), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jun 21 Tim Wood, American figure skater (World C'ship gold singles 1969, 70; Olympic silver 1968), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Jun 22 Nolan Clarke, Barbados cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
  • Jun 22 Sue Roberts, American golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jun 22 Todd Rundgren, American rock singer-songwriter ("We Gotta Get You A Woman"; "Hello It's Me"; "Bang The Drum All Day"), multi-instrumentalist and producer (The Tubes; XTC; Grand Funk Railroad), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Clarence Thomas

Jun 23 Clarence Thomas, 108th US Supreme Court Justice (1991- ), born in Savannah, Georgia

  • Jun 23 Myles Goodwyn, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 23 Nigel Osborne, British composer, teacher and music therapist, born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 23 Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
  • Jun 23 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, born in Compton, California (d. 2018)
  • Jun 24 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, 1974-77; The Moody Blues, 1978-91), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • Jun 25 Michael Lembeck, American actor (Max-One Day at a Time), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Angel Penna Jr., horse trainer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jun 27 Camile Baudoin, American guitarist (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 27 Bill Summers, American jazz, fusion, and Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist and conguero (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters; Sonny Rollins; Quincy Jones), born in Detroit, Michigan

Kathy Bates

Jun 28 Kathy Bates, American Academy Award-winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Jun 29 Dervin Gordon, British musician (The Equals), born in Jamaica
  • Jun 29 Bill Kirchen, American singer and guitarist (Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Jun 29 Charles McCorquodale, British art historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • Jun 29 Fred Grandy, American actor (The Love Boat - "Gopher") and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Jun 29 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"), born in Nottingham, England
  • Jun 29 Lala Rukh, Pakistani activist and abstract artist (Women’s Action Forum), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2017) [1]

Famous Weddings

José Ferrer

Jun 19 "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor José Ferrer weds second wife actress Phyllis Hill

Jack Kilby

Jun 27 American handheld calculator inventor Jack Kilby (24) weds Barbara Annegers


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • Jun 1 Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • Jun 2 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, dies at 43
  • Jun 2 Karl Brandt, German physician of Adolf Hitler, hanged for war crimes at 44
  • Jun 2 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (convicted of war crimes for experimenting on concentration camp inmates), executed and hung for his crimes at 50
  • Jun 2 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • Jun 2 Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician, dies at 42
  • Jun 6 Louis Lumière, French inventor, with brother Auguste made 1st motion picture in 1895, dies at 83
  • Jun 7 Georges Hüe, French composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 8 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 8 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), dies at 70
  • Jun 14 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 18 Edward Brooker, British politician (interim Premier of Tasmania, Dec 1947-Feb 1948), dies of a pulmonary edema at 57
  • Jun 20 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 21 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), dies at 88
  • Jun 25 William C. Lee, U.S. general 'Father of the US Airboure', dies at 53
  • Jun 26 Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (Sa Kabukiran), murdered by former co-star Narding Anzures at 24
  • Jun 27 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 30 Karl Wolfskehl, German Jewish writer, dies at 78