Historical Events for Year 1948

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Events 1 - 150 of 496

Jan 1st - 1st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California)
Jan 1st - Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India
Jan 1st - General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade effective
Jan 1st - Italy adopts constitution
Jan 1st - Orissa province accedes to India
Jan 1st - British railways are nationalised to form British Rail.
Jan 1st - After partition, India declines to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to Pakistan.
Jan 1st - The Constitution of Italy comes into force.
Jan 2nd - WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins
Jan 3rd - Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 & 127*) v India MCG
Jan 4th - Burma declares independence from UK
Jan 7th - US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan
Jan 8th - Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
33rd US President Harry Truman33rd US President Harry Truman Jan 9th - Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston
Jan 10th - "Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances
Jan 12th - 1st Supermarket in UK opens
Jan 12th - Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
Jan 12th - US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
Jan 13th - 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
Jan 16th - 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon
Jan 17th - Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi Jan 17th - Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
Jan 18th - 1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Jan 18th - Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
Jan 21st - W Indies v England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker
Jan 22nd - Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
Jan 23rd - Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six
Jan 23rd - Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens
Jan 23rd - Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman Jan 24th - "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 perfs
Jan 24th - Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
Jan 24th - Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)
Jan 26th - Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
Jan 27th - 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
Jan 27th - 1st tape recorder sold
Jan 28th - President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators.
5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas Jan 29th - "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 perfs
Jan 29th - Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
Jan 30th - 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
Jan 30th - Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
Jan 31st - J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY
Jan 31st - Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
Feb 1st - Federation of Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates
Feb 1st - Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
Feb 2nd - President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
Feb 3rd - Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US
Feb 4th - Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
Feb 5th - "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
Feb 5th - Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
Feb 5th - Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
Feb 6th - 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
Feb 6th - Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
Feb 6th - KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
Feb 7th - "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 perfs
Feb 7th - Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff
Feb 8th - 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
Feb 9th - WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
Feb 10th - Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
Feb 11th - Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
Feb 11th - John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
Feb 11th - Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
Feb 12th - 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
Feb 13th - Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in only Test Cricket innings
Feb 13th - Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL
Feb 13th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
Feb 13th - Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England
Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao ZedongChinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong Feb 15th - Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan
Feb 16th - 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
Feb 16th - Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
Feb 20th - Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
Feb 21st - NASCAR is incorporated.
Feb 22nd - Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
Feb 24th - Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
Feb 25th - Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
Feb 29th - Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
Mar 5th - US rocket flies record 4800 kph to 126km height
Mar 7th - The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule.
Mar 8th - US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that relgious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
Mar 9th - Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
Mar 10th - 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca
Mar 11th - 1st black in the US Tennis Open (Reginald Weir)
Mar 11th - Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
Mar 11th - WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 12th - -5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
Mar 13th - 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
Mar 14th - Freedom Train arrives in SF
Mar 15th - Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
Mar 15th - Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
Mar 15th - WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jazz Musician Billie HolidayJazz Musician Billie Holiday Mar 16th - Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour
Mar 18th - France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
Mar 18th - Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
Mar 18th - Soviet consultants have left Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split.
Mar 19th - Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC
Mar 20th - 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
Mar 20th - 20th Academy Awards - "Gentleman's Agreement", L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Mar 21st - "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
Mar 23rd - John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 m))
Mar 27th - The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened.
Mar 27th - Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall
Mar 28th - 2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win
Mar 29th - Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
Mar 29th - Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
Mar 31st - Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe
Apr 1st - H H H Johnson debut as a bowler for West Indies to win v England 10-96
Apr 1st - Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark.
Apr 3rd - 1st US figure skating championships held
Apr 3rd - US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
Apr 3rd - US female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
Apr 3rd - US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
Baseball Legend Connie MackBaseball Legend Connie Mack Apr 4th - 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie
Apr 5th - WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
Apr 7th - World Health Organization forms by UN
Apr 7th - A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
Apr 8th - Soen Nakagawa & Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
Apr 9th - Massacre at Deir Yassin.
Apr 10th - Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
Apr 11th - 12th Golf Masters Championship: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
Apr 13th - 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus
Apr 14th - A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
Apr 14th - NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
Apr 14th - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
Apr 14th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
Apr 15th - 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
Apr 15th - Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
Apr 15th - KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
Apr 16th - Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino Apr 17th - Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas
Apr 18th - International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
Apr 19th - 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
Apr 19th - ABC-TV network begins
Apr 19th - Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
Apr 20th - NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
Apr 20th - Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
Apr 21st - 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Phila Warriors, 4 games to 2
Apr 22nd - WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 23rd - KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
Apr 27th - Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River
Apr 29th - Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
Apr 30th - "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
Apr 30th - Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
Apr 30th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 1st - 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4
May 1st - North Korea proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea
May 1st - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
May 1st - Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams May 3rd - Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams
May 4th - The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
May 5th - 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
May 5th - Belgian government of Spaak resigns

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