On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1948

Historical Events

  • KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • John Ritter, American actor and comedian (Three's Company, It, 8 Simple Rules), born in Burbank, California (d. 2003)
  • Patricia Kluge, Baghdad Iraq, wife of Billionaire John Kluge

Famous Deaths

  • Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, assassinated
  • Ferruccio Giannini, Italian-American operatic tenor (one of the first to be recorded), teacher, and impresario (Verdi Opera House, Philadelphia), dies at 79
  • Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), dies at 61
1948 Highlights

About September 17, 1948

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 2 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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