Year 1948 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 8 US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
  • Apr 3 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
  • Apr 7 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
  • Apr 16 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
  • May 14 Israel declares independence from British administration
  • May 26 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • Jun 21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
  • Jul 8 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
  • Oct 6 Earthquake in Ashgabat kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
  • Oct 6 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya
  • Oct 21 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
  • Nov 15 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada
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Historical Marriages

  • Jun 27 American handheld calculator inventor Jack Kilby (24) weds Barbara Annegers
  • Oct 11 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)
  • Oct 15 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids

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