On This Day

February 1948 in History

Events in History


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

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 1 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • Feb 2 President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • Feb 4 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • Feb 6 1st radio-controlled airplane flown

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

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 10 Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
  • Feb 11 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • Feb 12 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st African American in army nursing corps
  • 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

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Feb 15 Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Feb 16 Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
  • Feb 20 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • Feb 22 Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
  • Feb 24 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 25 Communists seize Czechoslovakia and C Gottwald becomes premier
  • Feb 29 Stern-group bomb on Cairo-Haifa train kills 27 British soldiers

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Alan McKay, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
  • Feb 2 Tony DeMeur, rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)
  • Feb 3 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • Feb 3 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • Feb 4 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Elco Brinkman, Dutch politician, born in Dirksland, Netherlands
  • Feb 8 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • Feb 12 Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author (Kurzweil reading machine, text-to-speech synthesis), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi), born in Chatham, Canada
  • Feb 14 ... Teller, magician (Penn & Teller), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 15 Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • Feb 16 Eckhart Tolle, Author and spiritual teacher
  • Feb 16 Séamus Brennan, Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Minister, born in Salthill, Galway, Ireland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 18 Carolyn B. Maloney, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 19 Byron K. Lichtenburg, American astronaut (STS 9, STS 45), born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
  • Feb 20 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • Feb 20 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • Feb 23 Bill Alexander, theatre director
  • Feb 23 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • Feb 24 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett
  • Feb 25 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • Feb 25 Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • Feb 28 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Feb 28 Mike Figgis, English director
  • Feb 29 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, American sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • Feb 29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • Feb 5 Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • Feb 6 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • Feb 11 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • Feb 23 John Robert Gregg, Irish-American inventor of a shorthand system Gregg Shorthand, dies at 80