What Happened on May 16, 1948

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • Chaim Weizmann elected 1st President of Israel
  • Egyptians enter Gaza
  • First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination
  • Israel issues its 1st postage stamps

Famous Birthdays

  • Alto Reed, American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress