On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1948

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 [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress
1948 Highlights

About May 16, 1948

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 6 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

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