What Happened on October 6, 1948

Historical Events

Music Premiere

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

  • 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 Interest

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

1948 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Hamburg, American politician (US Rep-D-California, 1993-95), and environmentalist, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Gerry Adams (74 years old)

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)
Born in 1948

About October 6, 1948

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 11 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

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