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MCMXLVIII

Ab urbe condita 2701
Armenian calendar 1397
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Buddhist calendar 2492
Coptic calendar 1664 – 1665
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Julian calendar 1993
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Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.

Events[]

January[]

  • January 1
    • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) inaugurated.
    • UK railways are nationalized to form British Railways.
    • The Italian republican constitution goes into effect.
    • The latest New Jersey State Constitution goes into effect.
  • January 4Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • January 5Warner Brothers shows the first color newsreel (Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl).
  • January 12Mahatma Gandhi begins his fast-unto-death in Delhi, to stop the communal violence during the Partition of India.
  • January 17 – A truce is declared between nationalist Indonesian and Dutch troops in Java.
  • January 22 – British foreign secretary Bevin proposes the formation of a Western Union between Britain, France and the Benelux countries to stand up against the Soviet Union. The Treaty of Brussels is signed March 17 as a consequence, a predecessor to NATO.
  • January 26 – Teigin poison case: A man masquerading as a doctor poisons 12 of 16 bank employees of the Tokyo branch of Imperial Bank and takes the money; artist Sadamichi Hirasawa is later sentenced to death for the crime, but is never executed.
  • January 29 – Plane crash at Los Gatos Creek, California kills 4 US citizens and 28 deportees, commemorated in a song by Woody Guthrie.
  • January 30
  • January 31 – The British crown colony of the Malayan Union, Penang and Malacca form the Federation of Malaya.[1]

February[]

  • February 1 – The Soviet Union begins to jam Voice of America broadcasts.
  • February 4 – Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) becomes an independent kingdom within the British Commonwealth.
  • February 16Miranda, the innermost moon of Uranus, is discovered by Gerard Kuiper.[2]
  • February 18Éamon de Valera, Irish head of government since 1932, loses power to an opposition coalition. John A. Costello is appointed Taoiseach by President O'Kelly.
  • February 21 – The stock car racing series Nascar is founded by Bill France Sr. and William France, Sr.
  • February 25 – The Communist Party seizes control of Czechoslovakia, a day celebrated by that regime as "Victorious February" (Czech:"Vítězný únor"; Slovak:"Víťazný Február") until November 1989.

March[]

  • March 8McCollum v. Board of Education: The United States Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools violates the U.S. Constitution.
  • March 16 – The largest flood in the history of Brampton, Ontario, occurs.[3]
  • March 17
  • March 18 – The Round Table Conference in The Hague, Netherlands for the preparation of the decolonization process for Aruba and the other Dutch Colonies. Aruba presents the mandate of the Aruban People for Aruba to become an Independent Country, under the souvereignty of the House of Orange, based on Aruba's first state constitution presented officially since August 1947, and a (4th) Member State of the future Dutch Commonwealth.
  • March 20
    • Singapore holds its first elections.
    • Renowned Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini makes his television debut, conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in an all-Wagner program.

April[]

  • April
    • Scientists Ralph Alpher and George Gamow publish the Alpher-Bethe-Gamow paper about the big bang.
  • April 3
    • President Harry Truman signs the Marshall Plan, which authorizes $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is played on television in its entirety for the first time, in a concert featuring Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The chorus is conducted by Robert Shaw.
    • Jeju Uprising, Jeju residents revolt on Jeju island, South Korea.
  • April 51947-1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine: Haganah launches Operation Nahshon; beginning of the 1948 Palestinian exodus.
  • April 7
  • April 9
    • Jorge Eliécer Gaitán's assassination provokes a violent riot in Bogotá (the Bogotazo), and a further 10 years of violence in all of Colombia (La Violencia).
    • The Deir Yassin massacre takes place in British Mandate of Palestine.
  • April 13 – The Hadassah medical convoy massacre takes place in British Mandate of Palestine.
  • April 16 – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is founded as the OEEC.
  • April 18 – The first democratic general election with universal suffrage is held in Italy.
  • April 19Burma joins the United Nations.
  • April 24 – The Costa Rican Civil War ends.
  • April 30Organization of American States (OAS) founded.
  • April 30 – The Land Rover is unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

May[]

  • May – The RAND Corporation is established as an independent nonprofit policy research and analysis institution.
  • May 4Laurence Olivier's film version of Hamlet makes its world premiere in London.
  • May 11Luigi Einaudi becomes President of the Italian Republic.
  • May 14 The Declaration of Independence of Israel is made.
  • May 15
    • 1948 Arab-Israeli War: The British Mandate of Palestine is officially terminated; expeditionary forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria and Iraq invade Israel and clash with Israeli forces.
    • The murder of a 3-year-old girl in Blackburn, England leads to the fingerprinting of more than 40,000 men in the city in an attempt to find the murderer.[4]
  • May 16Chaim Weizmann is elected as the first President of Israel.
  • May 18 – The first Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • May 22 – The Soviets launched the largest Lithuanian deportation to Siberia.
  • May 25 – The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) was founded on this date at Ellinwood Malate Church in Manila, Philippines.
  • May 26 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
  • May 28Daniel Francois Malan defeats Jan Smuts and becomes Prime Minister of South Africa, ushering in the era of apartheid, which is finally dismantled by F W de Klerk in 1994.
  • May 30 – A dike along the Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes: 15 people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.

June[]

  • June 3 – The Palomar Observatory telescope is finished in California.
  • June 10Hasan Saka forms the new government of Turkey. (17th government; Hasan Saka had served twice as a prime minister)
  • June 11 – The first monkey astronaut, Albert I, is launched into space from White Sands, New Mexico.
  • June 16
    • Communist guerrillas kill 3 rubber planters in Malaya.
    • Three armed men hijack the Cathay Pacific passenger plane Miss Macao and shoot the pilot; the plane crashes, killing 26 of 27 people on board.
  • June 17 – A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Air Lines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
  • June 18Malayan Emergency: A state of emergency is declared in the Malayan Union due to a communist insurgency.
  • June 18LP record – Columbia Records introduced it's long playing 33 1/3 rpm phonograph format.
  • June 20 – The U.S. Congress recesses for the remainder of 1948, after an overtime session closes at 7:00 a.m. D.C. time (to be shortly interrupted by Truman's recall from Congressional recess for July 20, 1948).
  • June 21 – The Deutsche Mark becomes official currency of the future Federal Republic of Germany.
  • June 22 – The ship Empire Windrush brings a large group of Afro-Caribbean immigrants to Tilbury near London, the start of a large wave of immigration to Britain.
  • June 24
    • Cold War: The Berlin Blockade begins.
    • The first World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization is held in Geneva.
  • June 26William Shockley files the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
  • June 28
    • The Cominform Resolution marks the beginning of the Informbiro period in Yugoslavia and the Soviet/Yugoslav split.
    • David Lean's Oliver Twist, based on Charles Dickens's famous novel, premieres in the UK. It is banned for 3 years in the U.S. because of alleged anti-Semitism in depicting master criminal Fagin, played by Alec Guinness.
    • 1948 Fukui earthquake strikes Fukui, Japan. 3,769 dead, 22,203 injured.

July[]

  • July 5 – The National Health Service Acts are enacted in United Kingdom.
  • July 6 – The world's first Air Car-ferry service is flown by a Bristol Freighter of Silver City Airways from Lympne to Le Touquet.
  • July 13 – The Coptic and Ethiopian Churches reach an agreement leading to the promotion of the Ethiopian church to the rank of an autocephalous Patriarchate. Five bishops are immediately consecrated by the Patriarch of Alexandria, and the successor to Abuna Qerellos IV is granted the power to consecrate new bishops, who are empowered to elect a new Patriarch for their church.
  • July 15
    • The attempted assassination of Palmiro Togliatti, general secretary of the Italian Communist Party, incites numerous strikes all over the country.
    • The first London chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous is founded.
  • July 20Cold War: President Harry S. Truman issues the second peacetime military draft in the United States, amid increasing tensions with the Soviet Union (the first peacetime draft occurred in 1940 under President Roosevelt).
  • July 22 – The Dominion of Newfoundland votes to join Canada after a referendum.
  • July 24 – A great oil fire breaks out in the harbor of Naantali, Finland.
  • July 26 – U.S. President Truman signs Executive Order 9981, ending racial segregation in the United States Armed Forces.
  • July 28 – Around 200 die in explosion at a chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
  • July 29 – The 1948 Summer Olympics begin in London, the first since the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • July 31 – At Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) is dedicated.

August[]

  • August 1 – The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded.
  • August 10August 23 – The Herrenchiemsee Convent prepares the draft for the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • August 141948 Ashes series: The Australian batsman Don Bradman, playing his last Test cricket match, against England at The Oval, is bowled by Eric Hollies for a duck; however, "The Invincibles" win the match by an innings and 149 runs, and The Ashes 4-0.
  • August 15 – The Republic of Korea is established.
  • August 18Danube Commission created by Belgrade Convention (enters into force 11 May 1949).
  • August 23 – The World Council of Churches is established.
  • August 24 – The first meeting of the charter members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) is held.[5]
  • August 25 – The House Un-American Activities Committee holds its first-ever televised congressional hearing, featuring "Confrontation Day" between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.

September[]

October[]

  • October 6 – The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000.
  • October 10R-1 missile on test becomes the first Soviet launch to enter space.
  • October 11 – The Cleveland Indians defeat the Boston Braves to win the World Series, 4 games to 2.
  • October 16 – The 57th Street Art Fair, the oldest juried art fair in the American Midwest, is founded.
  • October 26Killer smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania.
  • October 28 – The massacre of Dawaymeh begins.

November[]

  • November 2United States presidential election, 1948: Democratic incumbent Harry S. Truman defeats Republican Thomas E. Dewey and 'Dixiecrat' Strom Thurmond.
  • November 12 – In Tokyo, an international war crimes tribunal sentences 7 Japanese military and government officials to death, including General Hideki Tojo, for their roles in World War II.
  • November 15Louis Stephen St. Laurent becomes Canada's 12th prime minister.
  • November 16
    • Operation Magic Carpet to transport Jews from Yemen to Israel begins.
    • The University of the Andes (Universidad de los Andes) is founded in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • November 17Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi divorces his second wife, the former Princess Fawzia of Egypt.
  • November 20Geoffrey B. Orbell rediscovers the Takahē, last seen 50 years previously, near Lake Te Anau, New Zealand.
  • November 24 – In Venezuela, president Rómulo Gallegos is ousted by a military junta.
  • November 27 – The Calgary Stampeders defeat the Ottawa Rough Riders 12–7 before 20,013 fans at Toronto's Varsity Stadium to capture their first Grey Cup and complete the only perfect season to date in Canadian Football.

December[]

Date unknown[]

  • Brandeis University is founded.
  • The Casimir effect is discovered by Dutch physicist Hendrik Casimir.
  • The Fresh Kills Landfill, the world's largest, opens on Staten Island, New York.
  • The Oakridge Transit Centre opens in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • The Slovak city Gúta is renamed Kolárovo.
  • The Tunnel of Vielha is opened in the Aran Valley, Spanish Pyrenees.
  • Last recorded sighting of the Caspian Tiger in Kazakhstan.
  • A pack of wolves kills about 40 children in Darovskoy District, in Russia.[6]
  • Charles Warrell creates the first I-Spy books.
  • Rev.W.Awdry's third book James the Red Engine is published.
  • Last edition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum is published in the Vatican.
  • Kinsey Report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, is published.

Births[]

January[]

  • January 2
    • Mary Archer, British scientist
    • Judith Miller, American journalist
    • Joyce Wadler, American writer and memoirist
    • Deborah Watling, British actress
  • January 5
    • Wally Foreman, Australian media icon (d. 2006)
    • Ted Lange, American actor and director
  • January 7
    • Kenny Loggins, American rock singer
    • Ichirou Mizuki, Japanese voice actor
  • January 10
    • Teresa Graves, American actress and comedienne (d. 2002)
    • William Sanderson, American actor and comedian
    • Donald Fagen, American rock keyboardist
    • Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist
  • January 12
    • Kenny Allen, English footballer
    • Anthony Andrews, English actor
  • January 14
    • T-Bone Burnett, American record producer and musician
    • Carl Weathers, American actor and football player
  • January 15Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (d. 1977)
  • January 16
    • John Carpenter, American film director, producer, screenwriter and composer
    • Cliff Thorburn, Canadian snooker player
  • January 17Davíð Oddsson, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • January 19Frank McKenna, Premier of New Brunswick and Canadian Ambassador
  • January 23
    • Mitoji Yabunaka, Japanese politician
    • Katharine Holabird, American children's writer
  • January 27Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-born dancer
  • January 28Charles Taylor, Liberian president
  • January 29Marc Singer, Canadian actor
  • January 30Paul Magee, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • January 31
    • Paul Jabara, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1992)
    • Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician

February[]

  • February 1Rick James, Motown performer (d. 2004)
  • February 2Ina Garten, American cooking author
  • February 3
    • Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timorean Catholic bishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
    • Henning Mankell, Swedish writer
  • February 4
    • Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier), American hard rock singer and musician
    • Roedy Green, Canadian programmer and LGBT activist
    • Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal
  • February 5
    • Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
    • Christopher Guest, American actor, screenwriter, director and composer
    • Barbara Hershey, American actress
    • Tom Wilkinson, English actor
  • February 6Jack Conway, American musician, composer, arranger, and guitarist
  • February 10John Magnier, Irish businessman and thoroughbred racehorse breeder
  • February 11Chris Rush, American stand-up comedian
  • February 12Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author
  • February 13Kitten Natividad, Mexican-American film actress
  • February 14
    • Raymond Joseph Teller, American magician
    • Jackie Martling, American comedian and radio personality
  • February 17José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • February 19
    • Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician and author (d. 2002)
    • Tony Iommi, British heavy metal guitarist
  • February 20Jennifer O'Neill, Brazilian-born American model and actress
  • February 22
    • John Ashton, American actor
    • Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1970)
  • February 24
    • J. Jayalalithaa, Indian politician
    • Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • February 25Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
  • February 28Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • February 28
    • Mike Figgis, American director, screenwriter and composer
    • Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
    • Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
    • Alfred Sant, Leader of Malta Labour Party (1992–) and Prime Minister of Malta (1996–1998)

March[]

  • March 2
    • R. T. Crowley, American pioneer of electronic commerce
    • Rory Gallagher, Irish musician
    • Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • March 4
    • Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
    • James Ellroy, American writer
    • Tom Grieve, American baseball player
    • Leron Lee, American baseball player
    • Chris Squire, British bassist
    • Shakin' Stevens, Welsh singer
  • March 5Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
  • March 6Anna Maria Horsford, American actress
  • March 9Jeffrey Osborne, American singer
  • March 11Dominique Sanda, French actress
  • March 12James Taylor, American singer-songwriter
  • March 14Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian
  • March 15Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (d. 2003)
  • March 17William Gibson, American/Canadian writer
  • March 20
    • John de Lancie, American actor
    • Bobby Orr, Canadian hockey player
  • March 22
    • Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer
  • March 25Bonnie Bedelia, American actress
  • March 26Steven Tyler, American rock singer
  • March 28
    • Dianne Wiest, American actress
    • Jayne Ann Krentz, née Castle (Amanda Quick), American novelist
    • Dennis Unkovic, American author
  • March 29Bud Cort, American actor
  • March 30Eddie Jordan, Irish founder of Jordan Grand Prix
  • March 31

April[]

  • April 1Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer and actor
  • April 2Roald Als, Danish cartoonist
  • April 4Squire Parsons, American gospel singer/songwriter
  • April 12
    • Jeremy Beadle, English TV presenter (d. 2008)
    • Don Fernando, director and actor of pornographic films
    • Marcello Lippi, Italian football player and manager
  • April 13Nam Hae-il, 25th Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy
  • April 15Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • April 17Jan Hammer, Czechoslovakian composer, pianist and keyboardist
  • April 27Amrit Kumar Bohara, Nepalese politician
  • April 28Terry Pratchett, English writer
  • April 29Michael Karoli, German musician (d. 2001)

May[]

  • May 2Vladimir Matorin, Russian opera singer
  • May 4Tanya Falan, American singer
  • May 5
    • Richard Pacheco, American pornographic actor
    • Joe Esposito, American singer/songwriter
    • Bill Ward, British rock drummer
  • May 8
    • Felicity Lott, English soprano
    • Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer
  • May 9Calvin Murphy, American basketball player and analyst
  • May 11Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese musician
  • May 12Steve Winwood, English rock singer
  • May 14Bob Woolmer, British cricket coach (d. 2007)
  • May 15
    • Brian Eno, English musician and record producer
    • Yutaka Enatsu, Japanese professional baseball pitcher
  • May 16Jesper Christensen, Danish actor
  • May 19Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress
  • May 20Tesshō Genda, Japanese seiyu
  • May 21
    • D'Jamin Bartlett, American musical theatre actress
    • Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born English actor
    • Leo Sayer, English rock musician
    • Elizabeth Buchan, née Oakleigh-Walker, English writer
  • May 25Klaus Meine, German singer (Scorpions)
  • May 26Stevie Nicks, American rock singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
  • May 27Wubbo de Boer, Dutch civil servant
  • May 29Michael Berkeley, British composer
  • May 31John Bonham, British rock drummer (Led Zeppelin) (d. 1980)

June[]

  • June 1
    • Tom Sneva, American former race car driver and Indianapolis 500 winner
    • Powers Boothe, American actor
  • June 2Jerry Mathers, American actor
  • June 4Bob Champion, English jump jockey
  • June 6
    • Richard Sinclair, English musician (Caravan)
    • Tony Levin, American bassist (King Crimson)
  • June 9
    • Gudrun Schyman, Swedish politician
    • Gary Thorne, American play-by-play announcer
  • June 11Dave Cash, American baseball player
  • June 13Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout (d. 2001)
  • June 14Laurence Yep, American author
  • June 15Paul Michiels, Belgian singer-songwriter
  • June 17Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball player
  • June 19
    • Lea Laven, Finnish singer
    • Phylicia Rashad, African-American actress
    • Nick Drake, English musician (d. 1974)
  • June 20Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru
  • June 21
    • Lionel Rose, Australian boxer
    • Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer
  • June 22Todd Rundgren, American rock singer and record producer
  • June 23
    • Luther Kent, American blues singer
    • Clarence Thomas, American Supreme Court Justice
  • June 24Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player
  • June 27Camile Baudoin, American rock guitarist
  • June 28Kathy Bates, American actress
  • June 29Fred Grandy, American actor and politician
  • June 30Vladimir Yakunin, Russian official, head of state-run Russian Railways company

July[]

  • July 1John Ford (musician), Best known for penning Part of the Union whilst in Strawbs
  • July 3Tarmo Koivisto, Finnish comics artist
  • July 8Raffi, Egyptian-born children's entertainer
  • July 12Richard Simmons, American television personality and fitness expert
  • July 15Richard Franklin, Australian film director (d. 2007)
  • July 16Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli violinist
  • July 18Hartmut Michel, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • July 20Muse Watson, American actor
  • July 21
    • Beppe Grillo, Italian activist, blogger, comedian and actor
    • Ed Hinton, American sportswriter
    • Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), English musician
    • Garry Trudeau, American cartoonist
    • Mikhail Zadornov, Russian stand-up comedian and writer
  • July 22Susan Eloise Hinton, American author
  • July 23John Cushnahan, Northern Irish politician
  • July 25Steve Goodman, Grammy Award-winning folk music singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • July 27Peggy Fleming, American figure skater
  • July 28
    • Gerald V. Casale, American director and singer (Devo)
    • Sally Struthers, American actress
  • July 30
    • Jean Reno, French actor
    • Julia Tsenova, Bulgarian composer and musician (d. 2010)
  • July 31Jonathan Dollimore, British author and professor

August[]

  • August 1Jim Carroll, American author, poet and musician
  • August 2
    • Dennis Prager, American radio talk show host and author
    • Bob Rae, Canadian politician
  • August 3Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister of France
  • August 13Kathleen Battle, American soprano
  • August 15George Ryton, British Formula One engineer
  • August 18Joseph Marcell, English actor
  • August 19Robert Hughes (Australian actor)
  • August 20
    • Robert Plant, English rock singer (Led Zeppelin)
    • John Noble, Australian actor
  • August 23Lev Zeleny, Soviet and Russian physicist
  • August 24
    • Kim Sung-Il, Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force
    • Jean Michel Jarre, French electronic musician
    • Sauli Niinistö, Finnish politician, President of Finland
  • August 27Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler
  • August 30Lewis Black, American comedian
  • August 31
    • Cyril Jordan, American musician
    • Holger Osieck, German football manager

September[]

  • September 2
    • Terry Bradshaw, American football player and sportscaster
    • Nate Archibald, American basketball player
  • September 3
    • Don Brewer, American drummer (Grand Funk Railroad)
    • Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian president (d. 2008)
  • September 4Samuel Hui, Hong Kong singer
  • September 5Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Austrian diplomat and politician
  • September 7Susan Blakely, American actress
  • September 8Great Kabuki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • September 10
    • Judy Geeson, British actress
    • Bob Lanier, American basketball player
    • Margaret Trudeau, ex-wife of the former Prime Minister of Canada
  • September 11John Martyn, British folk-rock guitarist (d. 2009)
  • September 13Nell Carter, American singer and actress (d. 2003)
  • September 16Ron Blair, American bassist (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers)
  • September 17John Ritter, American actor (d. 2003)
  • September 19
    • Nadezhda Tkachenko, former Soviet pentathlete
    • Jeremy Irons, English actor
  • September 20George R.R. Martin, American speculative fiction author
  • September 22
  • September 24Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian (d. 1998)
  • September 25
    • Vladimir Yevtushenkov, Russian oligarch
    • Cäcilia Rentmeister, German art historian and gender researcher
  • September 26Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress
  • September 27Michele Dotrice, English actress
  • September 29
    • Burton Richardson, American game show announcer
    • Mark Farner, American rock guitarist and singer (Grand Funk Railroad)
    • Bryant Gumbel, African-American television broadcaster
    • Theo Jörgensmann, German jazz clarinetist

October[]

  • October 1Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman (d. 2001)
  • October 2
    • Avery Brooks, American actor and musician
    • Persis Khambatta, Indian actress and model (d. 1998)
    • Chris LeDoux, American singer and rodeo star (d. 2005)
  • October 4Meg Bennett, American soap opera writer
  • October 6Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
  • October 7Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
  • October 8Johnny Ramone, American rock guitarist (Ramones) (d. 2004)
  • October 9Jackson Browne, American rock musician
  • October 11Cynthia Clawson, American gospel singer
  • October 13
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (d. 1997)
    • Ted Poe, American politician
    • John Ford Coley, American rock musician
  • October 14
    • Engin Arık, Turkish nuclear physicist (d. 2007)
    • David Ruprecht, American actor and writer (Supermarket Sweep)
  • October 15Chris de Burgh, Irish singer (Lady in Red)
  • October 16Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • October 17
    • George Wendt, American actor
    • Robert Jordan, American novelist (d. 2007)
    • Margot Kidder, Canadian actress
  • October 18Hans Köchler, Austrian philosopher
  • October 19Patrick Simmons, American musician (The Doobie Brothers)
  • October 21
    • Allen Vigneron, American Catholic Archbishop of Archdiocese of Detroit
    • Tom Everett, American actor
  • October 22Lynette Fromme, American attempted assassin of Gerald Ford
  • October 23Sir Gerry Robinson, Irish businessman
  • October 25
    • Dave Cowens, American basketball player and coach
    • Dan Gable, American wrestler and coach
  • October 26Toby Harrah, American former baseball player
  • October 28Telma Hopkins, American actress and singer
  • October 29Kate Jackson, American actress

November[]

  • November 1Anna Stuart, American actress
  • November 3Lulu, Scottish singer and actress
  • November 4Amadou Toumani Toure, former President of Mali
  • November 5
    • Bob Barr, American politician
    • Dallas Holm, American Christian musician
    • William Daniel Phillips, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • November 6Glenn Frey, American guitarist and singer (The Eagles)
  • November 7Jim Houghton, American actor and director
  • November 9Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazilian football player and manager
  • November 10Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (d. 2005)
  • November 13Humayun Ahmed Bengali language Writer.
  • November 13Lockwood Smith, New Zealand politician
  • November 14
  • November 15James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (d. 2007)
  • November 16
    • Mutt Lange, Rhodesian-born record producer
    • Chi Coltrane, American musician
  • November 17Howard Dean, American politician
  • November 20
    • Richard Masur, American actor, director and former president of Screen Actor Guild
    • John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
    • Barbara Hendricks, American-born soprano
  • November 21Michel Suleiman, current President of Lebanon
  • November 23Dominique-France Picard, queen of Egypt
  • November 24Joe Howard, American actor
  • November 27James Avery, American actor
  • November 28Agnieszka Holland, Polish director and screenwriter

December[]

  • December 2
    • T. Coraghessan Boyle, American writer
    • Toninho Horta, Brazilian singer and musician
  • December 3
    • Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal singer
    • Rick Cua, American singer and evangelist
  • December 6
    • Keke Rosberg, Finnish Formula One champion
    • JoBeth Williams, American actress and director
  • December 7
    • Gary Morris, American country singer and actor
    • Mads Vinding, Danish bassist
    • Tony Thomas, American television producer
  • December 10Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (d. 2004)
  • December 11Chester Thompson, American rock drummer
  • December 13
    • Lillian Board, British Olympic athlete (d. 1970)
    • David O'List, British rock guitarist
    • Ted Nugent, American rock guitarist and singer
  • December 14
    • Lester Bangs, American music journalist (d. 1982)
    • Kim Beazley, Australian politician
  • December 19Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • December 21
    • Samuel L. Jackson, African-American actor and film producer
    • Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician and cabaret artist
  • December 22
    • Lynne Thigpen, American actress (d. 2003)
    • Noel Edmonds, British TV presenter and DJ
    • Flip Mark, American child actor
  • December 23Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, educator, author, and music journalist
  • December 25Barbara Mandrell, American country singer
  • December 27Gérard Depardieu, French actor
  • December 28Dick Siegel, American songwriter
  • December 29Peter Robinson, Northern Irish politician
  • December 31
    • Joe Dallesandro, American model and actor
    • Donna Summer, African-American singer and actress (d. 2012)

Date unknown[]

  • Ciarán Carson, Northern Irish poet and novelist
  • Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman and murder victim (d. 1995)
  • John Blair Moore, American artist
  • Johnny Nicholas, American blues musician
  • Edward Rutherfurd, British novelist

Deaths[]

January–March[]

  • January 1Edna May, American actress (b. 1878)
  • January 5Mary Dimmick Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison (b. 1858)
  • January 8Edward Stanley Kellogg, 16th Governor of American Samoa (b. 1870)
  • January 21Eliza Moore, Last person born into slavery in the United States (b. 1843)
  • January 21Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer (b. 1876)
  • January 24Bill Cody, American actor (b. 1891)
  • January 29Tomislav II of Croatia, (Aimone 4th Duke of Aosta), king (b. 1900)
  • January 30
  • February 1Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian (Bengali) poet (b. 1878)
  • February 2Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • February 11Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet film director (b. 1898)
  • February 23John Robert Gregg, Irish-born inventor of shorthand (b. 1866)
  • February 25Alexander du Toit, South African geologist (b. 1878)
  • March 4Antonin Artaud, French playwright, actor and director (b. 1896)
  • March 6Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (suicide) (b. 1914)
  • March 10
    • Zelda Fitzgerald, American wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
    • Jan Masaryk, Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia (b. 1886)
  • March 24Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian religious and political philosopher (b. 1874)
  • March 31Egon Erwin Kisch, Austrian journalist and author (b. 1885)
  • May 9Viola Allen, stage actress, (b. 1867)

April–June[]

July–September[]

October–December[]

  • October 1Phraya Manopakorn Nititada, Prime Minister of Siam (b. 1884)
  • October 12Susan Sutherland Isaacs, British educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885)
  • October 13Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (b. 1875)
  • October 15Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • October 18Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • October 21Elissa Landi, Italian actress (b. 1904)
  • October 24Franz Lehár, Hungarian composer (b. 1870)
  • October 31Mary Nolan, American actress (b. 1905)
  • November 9Edgar Kennedy, American actor (b. 1890)
  • November 11Fred Niblo, American film director (b. 1874)
  • November 28D.D. Sheehan, Irish politician (b. 1873)
  • December 2Chano Pozo, Cuban percussionist (b. 1915)
  • December 20C. Aubrey Smith, British actor (b. 1863)
  • December 23 – Japanese war leaders (hanged):
    • Kenji Doihara, spy (b. 1883)
    • Koki Hirota, 32nd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
    • Heitarō Kimura, general (b. 1888)
    • Iwane Matsui, general (b. 1878)
    • Akira Mutō, general (b. 1892)
    • Seishirō Itagaki, military officer (b. 1885)
    • Hideki Tojo, general, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1884)
  • December 31Sir Malcolm Campbell, English land and water racer (b. 1885)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsPatrick Maynard Stuart Blackett
  • ChemistryArne Wilhelm Kaurin Tiselius
  • MedicinePaul Hermann Müller
  • LiteratureT. S. Eliot
  • Peace – not awarded

References[]

  1. ^ Cabinet Memorandum by the Secretary of State for the Colonies (UK). 21 February 1956. Federation of Malaya Agreement
  2. ^ Moore, P. (1995) The Guinness book of astronomy (5th ed.) Enfield, UK: Guinness Publishing. p. 110.
  3. ^ "Brampton's largest flood left its watery mark". The Brampton Guardian. 2008-03-10. http://thebramptonguardian.com/brampton/news/article/44736. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-brutal-murder-begins-an-unusual-investigation
  5. ^ http://www.accj.or.jp/history
  6. ^ Guinness book of world records. 2008. p. 137. 


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People of the year 1948 at Familypedia

65 people were born in 1948

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Helen Adamski (1948-2017)George Adamski (1925-1998)Sylvia Fazekas (1928-2000)
David Edward Alan Beckham (1948)Aubrey Edward Jack Beckham (1925-)Doris May Hamilton (1929-1971)
Sarah Bernier (1948)Jean-Claude Bernier (1917-1998)Lilly Hendrikx (1919-1999)
Mary Frances Bonazzi (1948- )Lorenzo Thomas Bonazzi (c1920)Frances Nasso (c1920)
Steven James Bookout (1948)Henry Bookout (1926-1981)MayBelle Musgrove (1932-2017)
Benjamin C. Bradlee, Jr. (1948-)Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee (1921-2014)Jean Saltonstall (1921-2011)
Carlo Brandolini d'Adda (1948-)Tiberto Brandolini d'Adda (1919-c2000)Elena Cristina de Bellegarde de Saint-Lary (1921-2015)
Rodrigo Tiberto Brandolini d'Adda (1948-)Brandolino Brandolini d'Adda (1918-2005)Cristiana Agnelli (1928-)
Robert Alan Burns (1948-)Orris Edward Burns Jr. (1922-2007)Doris Angie Nickerson (1925-1993)
Rocco Buttiglione (1948)
Miklós Bánffy de Losoncz (1948)Dániel Bánffy de Losoncz (1903-1955)Mária Huberta Zichy de Zich et Vasonkeö (1906-c1990)
Pál Bánffy de Losoncz (1948)Endre Bánffy de Losoncz (1909-1990)Ludovika von Stolberg-Stolberg (1915-c2010)
David Richard Campbell (1948)D. Warren Campbell (1915-1993)Norean Reid (1919-1992)
Patricia Carrey (1948)Percy Joseph Carrey (1927-1994)Kathleen Oram (1927-1991)
Aubrey Coulibaly (1948-2018)Ferdinand Coulibary (1914-1997)Michelle Bakary (1915-2000)
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19 children were born to the 21 women born in 1948

237 people died in 1948

 FatherMotherAge at death
Abigail Greene Aldrich (1874-1948)Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich (1841-1915)Abby Pierce Truman Chapman (1845-1917)
Christine Almog (1893-1948)
Boleta Christena Anderson (1854-1948)Jens Christian Anderson (1821-1910)Margrethe Nielsen Christiansen (1830-1916)
Josephine Matilda Anlezark (1868-1948)Charles Henry Anlezark (1844-1918)Rachel Harrison (1847-1872)80
Beatrice Clarenza Apps (1894-1948)Edwin Apps (1861-1932)Blanch Ada Paine (1863-1912)54
Aline Rose Arbuthnot-Leslie (1888-1948)George Arbuthnot-Leslie (1847-1896)Mary Rose Leslie (1851-1900)
Colin Arnott (1866-1948)Henry Arnott (1832-1907)Sarah Clarke (1843-1933)
Donald Atkinson (1889-1948)John Atkinson (1862-1930)Charlotte Kirkland (1865-1930)
Henry Baker (1861-1948)James Baker (1831-1910)Ellen Mansbridge (1834-1903)
John Henry Baldwin (1877-1948)James Henry Baldwin (1854-1926)Mary Jane Joyce (1855-1921)71
Sophia Ann Ball (1886-1948)Robert Henry Ball (1853-1919)Eliza Lisa Taunton (1859-1909)62
Alice Louisa Barlow (1859-1948)Oswald Barlow (1829-1876)Mary Jane Oliver (1831-1900)
Alexander Hutchinson Barr (1885-1948)Alexander Hutchinson Barr (c1850-1924)Mary Goodsell (1860-1935)
Susannah Bath (1859-1948)Christopher Bath (1828-1900)Caroline Ann English (1839-1925)89
Katherine Beaugendre (1896-1948)
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10430 people lived in 1948

 FatherMother
Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
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Events of the year 1948 at Familypedia

95 people were married in 1948.

 Joined with
Joan Arbuthnot (1922-2000)Hal Dick Chambers (c1922)
Jeanette Arnold (1929-2000)Joseph Johnson (-)+Alvin Azell Ragland (1929-2011)
Rudger Clayton Atkin (1926-1999)Barbara Joy Vanderweyst (1929-2013)
Odean Barnum (1926-2013)Roberta Blake (1929-2010)
Frances A Bascko (1925-1985)Carvell Monroe Stuart (1918-1987)+ Byron F. Lodge (1930-1988)
Christian Wilfred Beck (1919-1995)Coral Audrey Ward+Marjorie Clarice Gould
Blossom Bernstein (1925-2017)Milton Elfman (1915-2001)
Emese Beöthy de Bessenyõ (1924-c2010)Péter Somssich de Saárd (1921-1966)
Roberta Blake (1929-2010)Odean Barnum (1926-2013)
Elizabeth Ann Bloomer (1918-2011)William C. Warren (c1910)+Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913-2006)
Reginald Paul Blunt (1914-1976)Dorothy E Hall+Kathleen E Bowden
Henry Bookout (1926-1981)MayBelle Musgrove (1932-2017)
Juanita H. Bookout (1932-2013)Edwin D. Ferrell (-1993)
Maria delle Grazie Brandolini d'Adda (1923-2018)Leonardo Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (1904-1971)
Edward Thompson Breathitt (1924-2003)Frances Holleman (1926-1985)+Lucy Alexander Winchester (c1937-)
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There were 0 military battles in 1948.


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