On This Day

What Happened on September 29, 1948

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Release

"Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)

  • WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Bryant Gumbel, American sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • John M. McHugh, American politician (Rep-R-NY 1993-2009) Secretary of the Army 2009-15, born in Watertown, New York
  • Mark Farner, American musician, songwriter and vocalist (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Mike Pinera, American rock guitarist and singer (Blues Image - "Ride Captain Ride"; Iron Butterfly), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Theo Jörgensmann, German jazz clarinetist, born in Bottrop, Germany
  • Viktor Krovopouskov, Russian sabres fencer (Olympic gold, individual and team, 1976, 1980), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
1948 Highlights

About September 29, 1948

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 73 years and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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