On This Day

What Happened on October 6, 1948

Historical Events

Music releaseMusic Premiere

"Polonaise" musical featuring works of Frederic Chopin, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

Composer Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin
  • Earthquake in Ashgabat kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
  • KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Hamburg, American politician (US Rep-D-California, 1993-95), and environmentalist, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician (President of Sinn Féin, 1983-2018), born in the Ballymurphy, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Glenn Branca, American avant-garde composer and guitarist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Paula Scher, American graphic designer, album cover designer (Boston; Bob James), painter and art educator, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
1948 Highlights

About October 6, 1948

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 73 years and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

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