On This Day

Historical Events in February 1948

Historic Event

Feb 1 Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

  • Feb 1 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
  • Feb 1 Finland goes 1-2 in the Nordic combined event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Heikki Hasu takes gold ahead of teammate Martti Huhtala
  • Feb 1 Johnny Palmer sets a 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record with rounds of 62-64 in the Tucson Open; finishes runner-up by 1 stroke to Skip Alexander who cards tournament record total 264

Historic Publication

Feb 1 Important South African anti-apartheid novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton is published in the US

  • Feb 2 President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • Feb 4 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • Feb 4 After winning the men’s downhill, French alpine skier Henri Oreiller takes the combined gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; becomes most successful athlete at these Games with a slalom bronze
  • Feb 5 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Feb 5 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • Feb 5 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic ski slalom champion
  • Feb 6 1st radio-controlled airplane flown

Sports History

Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

  • Feb 6 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 6 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • Feb 6 Nils Karlsson wins the 50k cross country gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Swedish skiers win all 3 cross-country events at the Games
  • Feb 7 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances

Historic Event

Feb 7 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as US Army Chief of Staff

  • Feb 7 After winning Lake Placid (1932) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) Olympic ski jumping gold medals, Birger Ruud comes out of retirement to win silver in St. Moritz in a Norwegian medal sweep
  • Feb 8 V Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 8 Canada beats Switzerland 3-0, to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title
  • Feb 9 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 10 Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
  • Feb 11 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • Feb 11 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 12 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st African American in army nursing corps
  • Feb 13 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 13 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL
  • Feb 13 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 13 Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England
  • Feb 16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC
  • Feb 16 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
  • Feb 20 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • Feb 21 NASCAR is incorporated
  • Feb 22 Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
  • Feb 25 Communists seize control of Czechoslovakian government and Klement Gottwald becomes premier
  • Feb 29 Stern-group bomb on Cairo-Haifa train kills 27 British soldiers
  • Feb 29 Lawson Little earns his first tournament victory since his US Navy discharge capturing the St. Petersburg Open by 3 strokes over Bobby Locke; last golfer to win a PGA Tour event on Leap Year Day