October 1948 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 California Supreme Court voids state statute banning interracial marriages
  • Oct 1 Radio Denmark begins transmitting
  • Oct 3 Columbia University reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo
  • Oct 4 World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft
  • Oct 6 The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic

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Oct 6 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey
  • Oct 12 Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager
  • Oct 14 Batavia lt-governor-general van Mook dismissed
  • Oct 14 Large scale fighting between Israel & Egypt
  • Oct 15 China's Red army occupies Chinchov
  • Oct 16 Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir
  • Oct 18 Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
  • Oct 21 Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
  • Oct 21 Dutch Constellation crashes at Prestwick Scotland (40 murder)
  • Oct 21 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)
  • Oct 21 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
  • Oct 22 Egyptian flagship King Farouk sunk by Israel
  • Oct 24 Bernard M Baruch introduces term "Cold War"
  • Oct 24 Francis Poulenc's "Sinfonietta" premieres
  • Oct 24 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical In Multiplicibus Curis
  • Oct 25 Special Council of Annulment convicts F Weinreb for collaboration

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Oct 27 Albert Camus' "L'etat de Siege" premieres in Paris

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • Oct 27 Israel recaptures Nizzanim in Negev
  • Oct 27 Léopold Sédar Senghor founds the Senegalese Democratic Bloc (BDS).
  • Oct 28 Flag of Israel is adopted
  • Oct 29 Israeli forces liberate Meron & Gush-Halev
  • Oct 29 Safsaf massacre, Israeli defence forces attack Palestinian village of Safsaf in the Galilee
  • Oct 30 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Donna Karan, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Oct 2 Leslie Frankenheimer, set designer (4 Emmy Awards), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 4 Linda McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Oct 5 Zoran Živković, Serbian writer
  • Oct 6 Dan Hamburg, (Rep-D-California)
  • Oct 6 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
  • Oct 7 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
  • Oct 8 Stefanie Marrian, comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 8 Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
  • Oct 8 Pedro López, Colombian serial killer
  • Oct 13 Ted Poe, American politician
  • Oct 14 David Ruprecht, American game show host
  • Oct 14 Engin Arık, Turkish nuclear physicist (d. 2007)
  • Oct 15 Aleksandr S Puchkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Oct 18 Isabel E Allen, biostatician
  • Oct 18 Ntozake Shange, American author
  • Oct 20 Robert A Borski, (Rep-D-PA, 1983- )
  • Oct 21 Moses J "Moss" Mayekiso, South African union/SACP-leader
  • Oct 21 Shaye Cohen, Historian and Professor at Harvard University
  • Oct 22 Lynette Fromme, American who attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford
  • Oct 23 Hermann Hauser, Austrian-born entrepreneur
  • Oct 23 Brian Ross, American journalist
  • Oct 24 Kweisi Mfume, (Rep-D-Maryland)/CEO (NAACP)
  • Oct 25 Daniel Mark Epstein, American poet and biographer
  • Oct 28 Valeri Viktorovich Baberdin, Russian colonel/cosmonaut

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

HeartWedding of Interest

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, Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Oct 21 Science fiction pioneering author "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein marries 3rd wife Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Farm labor leader Cesar Chavez (21) weds labor activist Helen Fabela (20) in Reno, Nevada

Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights Activist
Cesar Chavez

Deaths in History

  • Oct 12 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • Oct 18 [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal, dies
  • Oct 22 Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal, dies
  • Oct 31 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies