Events in year of 1948

  • 01-011st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California)
  • 01-01Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test vs. India
  • 01-01Britain nationalizes its railways
  • 01-01General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade effective
  • 01-01Italy adopts constitution
  • 01-01Orissa province accedes to India
  • 01-02WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, New York (PBS) begins
  • 01-04Burma declares independence from the UK
  • 01-07US President Truman raises taxes for Marshall-plan
  • 01-08Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
  • 01-10"Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • 01-121st Supermarket in the UK opens
  • 01-12Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
  • 01-12US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel vs. Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • 01-131st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 01-1635 Haganah members are ambushed and killed in Gush Etzyon
  • 01-17Netherlands and Indonesia agree to a cease fire
  • 01-17Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City
  • 01-181st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • 01-21West Indies vs. England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes and Jim Laker
  • 01-23Bradman scores 201 in 272 minutes vs. India, 21 fours 1 six
  • 01-23Test debut of Neil Harvey, vs. India at Adelaide
  • 01-24"Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 01-26Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • 01-271st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
  • 01-271st tape recorder sold
  • 01-29Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • 01-305th Winter Olympic games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 01-31Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
  • 02-01Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates

People born in year of 1948

  • 01-03Larry McNeeley: Lafayette, Indiana -- Banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour)
  • 01-03Manfred Kokot: East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)
  • 01-05Thom Mooney: Rocker
  • 01-06Guy Spencer Gardner: Alta Vista, Virginia -- Lt Colonel USAF / Astronaut (STS 27, STS 35)
  • 01-06Robert E [Bob] Wise, Jr.: (Rep-D-West Virginia, 1983- )
  • 01-07Kaz Lux: Poland -- Singer
  • 01-08Gillies Mackinnon: Director (Playboys)
  • 01-08Mel Pritchard: Rocker
  • 01-09Bill Cowsill: Newport, Rhode Island -- Rock guitarist / vocals (Cowsills-We Can Fly)
  • 01-10William Sanderson: Memphis, Tennessee -- Actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner)
  • 01-11Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms: US 800m runner (1968 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-12Anthony Andrews: London, England -- Actor (Under the Volcano)
  • 01-14Carl Weathers: New Orleans, Louisiana -- Actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)
  • 01-14T-Bone Burnett: Musician / producer
  • 01-14Tim Harris: Rocker (Foundations)
  • 01-15Dini Petty: Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV)
  • 01-15Ronnie Van Zant: Rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 01-15Tommy Nolan: Montreal, Quebec -- Actor (Jody-Buckskin)
  • 01-16Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov: Riga, Russia -- Cosmonaut (TM-5, 9, 15, 26, STS 71)
  • 01-16Christopher Moran: English financier / multi-millionaire
  • 01-16Cliff Thorburn: Victoria, British Columbia -- Champion snooker player
  • 01-18Takeshi Kitano: Tokyo, Japan -- Actor (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence)
  • 01-19Harvey Hinsley: Rocker
  • 01-20Jerry Ross: Lt Colonel USAF / Astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, sk:88)
  • 01-20Melvyn John Pritchard: England, United Kingdom -- Rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 01-24Elliott Abrams: Assistant Secretary of State / supplied arms to the Contras
  • 01-26Corky Laing: Rocker (Mountain)
  • 01-27Chuck Larsen: Rocker (Snuff)
  • 01-28Gareth Roscoe: Legal adviser (BBC)
  • 01-28Mamoru Mohri Yoichi-machi: Hokkaido, Japan -- Astronaut (STS 47)

People died in year of 1948

  • 01-01Hermann K J Zilcher: German pianist / Composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 01-01Willem Louis Frederic Landre: Composer, dies at 73
  • 01-07Raoul Auernheimer: Writer
  • 01-08Kurt Schwitters: Writer, dies at 60
  • 01-14Anna "Ans" van Dike: Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • 01-21Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Composer, dies at 72
  • 01-26Ignaz Friedman: Composer, dies at 65
  • 01-30Herb Pennock: Pitcher (New York Yankees) / GM (Phillies)
  • 01-30Mahatma Ghandi: Murdered by Hindu extremists in India
  • 01-30Orville Wright: US aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • 02-05Johann Blaskowitz: German General (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • 02-06Robert Brasillach: French Author / Nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • 02-07"Red" McKenzie: Blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper)
  • 02-09Karl Valentin: German comic / writer, dies at 65
  • 02-10Sergei Eisenstein: Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • 02-11Sergy Eisenstein: Film director, dies at 50
  • 02-21Frederick Archibald Lamond: Composer, dies at 80
  • 03-04Antonin Artaud: French Poet / actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • 03-10Jan Masaryk: Czech Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
  • 03-25Warren Hymer: Actor (Show Them No Mercy), dies at 42
  • 03-26Helen Ernst: German poster artist / resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • 03-27Karel Candael: Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • 03-31Egon E Kisch: Czech writer / journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • 04-08Josef B Kjellgren: Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • 04-17Johan P Earl of Limburg Stirum: Diplomat, dies at 75
  • 04-21Carlos Lopez Buchardo: Composer, dies at 66
  • 04-24Joseph Wihtol: Composer, dies at 84
  • 04-24Manuel Marua Ponce: Mexican Composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • 04-24Rosita Marstini: Actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • 05-01Christos Ladas: Greek Minister of Justice, murdered

Events in year of 1949

  • 01-01KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-01KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 01-01Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
  • 01-02KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-03"Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • 01-05General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra
  • 01-05President Harry S Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
  • 01-071st photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease and Baker
  • 01-08"Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances
  • 01-08"My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • 01-08"Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 01-101st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
  • 01-10RCA introduces 45 RPM record
  • 01-11Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • 01-12"Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • 01-12Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
  • 01-13"Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 01-14Black / Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • 01-16"Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • 01-16KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 01-16WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, DC (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 01-18"They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • 01-181st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
  • 01-18South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer
  • 01-20J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen
  • 01-20President Truman announces his point 4 program
  • 01-211st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
  • 01-22"All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • 01-22Chinatown telephone exchange closed
  • 01-251st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale and Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win

People born in year of 1949

  • 01-01Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko: Russia -- Cosmonaut
  • 01-01Peter Dormer: Arts writer
  • 01-02Christopher Durang: Montclair, New Jersey -- Playwright / actor (Sister Mary)
  • 01-05George Brown: Rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration)
  • 01-06Michael Boit: Nandi, Kenya -- 800m runner (1972 Olympics - Bronze Medalist)
  • 01-06Richard Horowitz: Composer
  • 01-07John Christopher Parry: Rocker (Cure)
  • 01-07Marshall Chapman: Spartanburg, South Carolina -- Country singer
  • 01-10Teresa Graves: Houston, Texas -- Actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love)
  • 01-10Walter S Browne: US chess champion (1974-78, 1980-84)
  • 01-11[Frederick] Dennis Greene: Rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)
  • 01-11Tom Netherton: Munich, Germany -- Singer (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 01-12James W Dietz: Rower
  • 01-12Wayne Wang: Director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)
  • 01-13Rakesh Sharma: India -- Cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)
  • 01-14Christine Belford: Amityville, New York -- Actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210)
  • 01-15Howard Allen Twitty: Phoenix, Arizona -- PGA golfer (1979 BC Open)
  • 01-17Debbie Watson: La Mirada, California -- Actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • 01-20Kieron Walsh: Academic
  • 01-22James P Pennington: Rocker (Exile)
  • 01-22Rein P Hummel: Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 01-23Robert Cabana: Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Major USMC / Astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88)
  • 01-24Bart Gordon: (Rep-D-Tennessee, 1985- )
  • 01-26Derek Holt: Rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • 01-26Paul Nurse: Dr / Director-General elect (Imperial Cancer Research Fund)
  • 01-27Lifford: Viscount
  • 01-28Thomas J Downey: (Rep-D-New York, 1975- )
  • 01-30William King: Alabama, United States -- Soul trumpeteer (Commodores-Easy)
  • 01-31Carol Hawkins: Actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
  • 02-01Jimmy Lee Thorpe: Roxboro, North Carolina -- PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)

People died in year of 1949

  • 01-09Amilcare Zanella: Composer, dies at 75
  • 01-15Black Dahlia: Murder victim found in LA (basis of the movie)
  • 01-15Pompeo Aloisi: Italian Baron / diplomat / senator, dies at 63
  • 01-20Josephus T J Cuypers: Architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • 01-25Emil Axman: Composer, dies at 61
  • 01-26Victor Fleming: Director (Wizard of Oz, Gone With Wind), dies at 65
  • 01-27Boris Asafiev: Composer, dies at 64
  • 01-28Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist: Composer, dies at 62
  • 01-31Henri de Vries [Hendricus Walterop]: Actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84
  • 02-01Herbert Stothart: Composer, dies at 63
  • 02-05Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa: Composer, dies at 50
  • 02-08Franco Leoni: Composer, dies at 81
  • 02-08Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin: Composer, dies at 54
  • 02-09Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck: Composer, dies at 60
  • 02-18Niceto A Zamora y Torres: Premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • 02-19Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx: Composer, dies at 83
  • 02-21Ernest Walker: Composer, dies at 78
  • 02-28Stanley Robert Marchant: Composer, dies at 65
  • 03-11Juan Lamonte de Grignon: Composer, dies at 76
  • 03-12Maria "Beppie" Bakker: Dutch actress / Wife of Piet Vink Sr, dies at 95
  • 03-17Felix Bressart: Actor (Escape, Ninotchka, Iceland), dies at 54
  • 03-25Hanns A Rauter: German SS-commandant in Netherland, executed at 54
  • 03-28Grigoras Dinicu: Composer, dies at 59
  • 03-30Friedrich C R Bergius: Chemist (brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64
  • 04-03Basil Harwood: Composer, dies at 89
  • 04-13C V France: Dies at 80
  • 04-14Joseph A Cushman: US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • 04-15Wallace Beery: US actor (The Champ), dies at 64
  • 04-16Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka: Indon communist, executed at 54
  • 04-18Leonard Bloomfield: Linguist / philosopher