On This Day

What Happened on June 21, 1948

Historical Events

  • 1st stored computer program runs on Manchester Mark I at a laboratory in Manchester University, England
  • 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]
  • HMT Empire Windrush with the first 800 emigrants from the West Indies to the UK arrives at Port of Tilbury near London

Historic Event

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

  • Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens
  • WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer (The Witcher), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Ian McEwan, English writer (Atonement), born in Aldershot, England
  • Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)

Famous Deaths

  • D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), dies at 88
1948 Highlights

About June 21, 1948

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 5 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer