On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1948

Historical Events

  • Indianapolis 500: For the second straight year, Blue Crown Spark Plug teammates Mauri Rose and Bill Holland finish 1st-2nd; Rose the second driver to win the 500 in consecutive years

Baseball Record

Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings)

Famous Birthdays

  • Duncan L Hunter, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- 2009), born in Riverside, California

John Bonham

John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

  • Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic), born in Montreal, Quebec, (d. 2014)
  • Mike Edwards, aka Swami Deva Pramada, British cellist (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Paulinho da Costa, Brazilian percussionist (Thriller; Saturday Night Fever), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and author (Noble Prize for Literature 2015), born in Stanislav, Ukraine

Famous Deaths

  • José Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
1948 Highlights

About May 31, 1948

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 7 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

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