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Historical Events in August 1948

  • Aug 1 The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded.
  • Aug 2 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Aug 2 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • Aug 2 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, age 42, debuts in Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • Aug 3 FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused of being a "communist"
  • Aug 3 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • Aug 3 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating teammate Barney Ewell
  • Aug 3 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of teammates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • Aug 4 5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax
  • Aug 4 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 80m hurdles in Olympic record 11.2 at the London Olympics; 2nd of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Aug 4 Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • Aug 4 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold
  • Aug 4 An American sweep of the medals in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympics with William Porter taking gold, ahead of Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon

  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
  • Aug 5 Americans Sammy Lee and Bruce Harlan go 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the London Olympics
  • Aug 5 A Jamaican 1-2 in the men's 400m at the London Olympics with Arthur Wint (46.2) beating teammate Herb McKenley for the gold medal
  • Aug 5 A Swedish sweep of the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the London Olympics with Tore Sjöstrand taking gold ahead of teammates Erik Elmsäter & Göte Hagström
  • Aug 6 17 year old American Bob Mathias scores 7,139 points to edge out Ignace Heinrich of France by just 165 in the decathlon at the London Olympics
  • Aug 6 Willem Drees forms Socialist government (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) in the Netherlands
  • Aug 6 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles
  • Aug 6 Vicki Draves wins her second diving gold medal at the London Olympics beating American teammate Patsy Elsener in the 10m platform
  • Aug 6 A Swedish 1-2 in the men's 1,500m at the London Olympics with Henry Eriksson (3:49.8) beating teammate Lennart Strand by 0.6 seconds
  • Aug 7 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
  • Aug 7 Delfo Cabrera of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • Aug 7 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson wins the gold medal in the 10k event by 30.6 seconds from teammate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics
  • Aug 7 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her 4th track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team in 47.5
  • Aug 7 American swimmer Jimmy McLane wins the 1,500m for his 2nd gold medal at the London Olympics (4 x 200m freestyle relay); marks a US clean sweep of every men's swimming gold medal at the Games
  • Aug 7 American Alice Coachman becomes the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal when she takes out the high jump at the London Games
  • Aug 8 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Aug 9 Italian rider Mario Ghella beats Reg Harris of Great Britain for the gold medal in the cycling sprint final at the London Olympics
  • Aug 9 The US crew blitzes the field to win the rowing eights gold medal at the London Olympics; beat silver medallists Great Britain by 10.2 seconds
  • Aug 10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • Aug 10 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC

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Aug 10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 11 The weightlifting competition at the London Olympics concludes with the US (4) and Egypt (2) dominant, combining to win all of the 6 gold medals
  • Aug 12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 12 Court of justice sentences General Friedrich Christiansen, commander of the German Wehrmacht in the Netherlands, to 12 years imprisonment
  • Aug 12 The canoeing program at the London Olympics concludes with Sweden (4) and Czechoslovakia (3) dominant, combining for 7 of the 9 gold medals
  • Aug 12 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • Aug 13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • Aug 13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • Aug 13 Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals; beats British middleweight Johnny Wright on points at the London Games
  • Aug 13 José Beyaert of France wins the cycling road race at the London Olympics; Belgium takes gold in the teams section beating Great Britain & France
  • Aug 13 Johan Gren scores twice as Sweden beats Yugoslavia 3-1 to win the football gold medal at the London Olympics
  • Aug 13 3 Finnish gymnasts dead heat for the gold medal in the pommel horse section at London Olympics; Paavo Aaltonen, Veikko Huhtanen & Heikki Savolainen all awarded gold
  • Aug 14 XIV Olympic Games close at London, Great Britain
  • Aug 14 Australian fast bowler Ray Lindwall takes 6-20 as England dismissed for a record low 52 in 5th cricket Test at the Oval; Don Bradman out for 0 in final Test innings
  • Aug 15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks
  • Aug 15 Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
  • Aug 16 Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
  • Aug 16 Israeli pound becomes legal tender
  • Aug 17 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • Aug 17 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • Aug 17 Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
  • Aug 19 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 20 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • Aug 20 US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
  • Aug 21 Cleveland Indians 47-inning scoreless streak is broken as future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon yields a home run to Aaron Robinson in a 3-2 loss to Chicago WS
  • Aug 23 Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine
  • Aug 23 World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
  • Aug 25 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
  • Aug 27 102°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August

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Aug 31 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands celebrates golden jubilee

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands