On This Day

What Happened on June 21, 1948

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 1st stored computer program runs on Manchester Mark I at a laboratory in Manchester University, England
  • 33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced and 78's planned to be phased out (Dr Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records)
  • HMT Empire Windrush with the first 800 emigrants from the West Indies to the UK arrives at Port of Tilbury near London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • 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