Events in History in December 1948

  • Dec 1 Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan as King of Palestine
  • Dec 1 Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player
  • Dec 3 "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
  • Dec 3 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn in
  • Dec 3 Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in East China Sea killing 1,100
  • Dec 4 SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River, China, sinks killing 2,750
  • Dec 8 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
  • Dec 9 UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide
  • Dec 10 UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Dec 12 Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • Dec 15 Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • Dec 18 Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
  • Dec 19 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
  • Dec 19 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3")
  • Dec 20 Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
  • Dec 21 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
  • Dec 21 State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
  • Dec 24 First US completely solar heated house is occupied (Dover, Mass)
  • Dec 24 Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship
  • Dec 26 Hungarian cardinal J√≥zsef Mindszenty arrested
  • Dec 28 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • Dec 28 Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
  • Dec 28 US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
  • Dec 28 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • Dec 29 Canada recognizes Israel
  • Dec 29 US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
  • Dec 31 Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike