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1948US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan

1948Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 & 127*) v India MCG

1948Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

1948Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

1948Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant

1948Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game

1948Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1948Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse

1948Bradman's last Test Cricket innings

194830th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis

1948Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)

1948Republican Natl Convention in Phila nominates NY gov Thomas Dewey

1948Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours

1948Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five

1948Bradman's 29th & last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404

1948"Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance

1948Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England

1948Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

1948Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Canada

1948Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's

1948Bradman scores 128 Australia v Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours

1948Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

1948US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)

194884-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

1948Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge

1948Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six

1948Pres Harry Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey

1948NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

1948Don Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial

1948Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

1948Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

1948Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs

1948Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)

1948Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.

1948Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway

1948Mackenzie King retires after spending 22 years as the Prime Minister of Canada

1948Bradman scores 143 Aust v South of England, 17 fours 1 six

1948Soviet consultants have left Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split.

1948Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

1948President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators.

1948Syngman Rhee elected President of South Korea

194848th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA

1948Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams

1948Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia

19481st polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes the prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras produced for the next 15 years.

1948Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours

1948Albert Camus' "L'etat de Siege" premieres in Paris

1948Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Phila, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager

1948Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th

1948Winston Churchill visits The Hague

1948Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India

1948Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher

1948Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Mich 5th Dist Rep primary

1948Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours

1948 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
1st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California) 
Jan 1
Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India 
Jan 1
General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade effective 
Jan 1
Italy adopts constitution 
Jan 1
Orissa province accedes to India 
Jan 1
British railways are nationalised to form British Rail. 
Jan 1
After partition, India declines to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to Pakistan. 
Jan 1
The Constitution of Italy comes into force. 
Jan 2
WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins 
Jan 3
Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 & 127*) v India MCG 
Jan 4
Burma declares independence from UK 
Jan 7
US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan 
Jan 8
Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason 
Jan 9
Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston 
Jan 10
"Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances 
Jan 12
1st Supermarket in UK opens 
Jan 12
Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast 
Jan 12
US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents) 
Jan 13
1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin 
Jan 16
35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon 
Jan 17
Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire 
Jan 17
Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC 
Jan 18
1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria 
Jan 18
Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS) 
Jan 21
W Indies v England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker 
Jan 22
Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados 
Jan 23
Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six 
Jan 23
Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens 
Jan 23
Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide 
Jan 24
"Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 perfs 
Jan 24
Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*) 
Jan 24
Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD) 
Jan 26
Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed 
Jan 27
1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates 
Jan 27
1st tape recorder sold 
Jan 28
President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators. 
Jan 29
"Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 perfs 
Jan 29
Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players 
Jan 30
5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland 
Jan 30
Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse 
Jan 31
J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY 
Jan 31
Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway 
Feb 1
Federation of Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates 
Feb 1
Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed 
Feb 2
President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program 
Feb 3
Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US 
Feb 4
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK 
Feb 5
"Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time 
Feb 5
Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion 
Feb 5
Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion 
Feb 6
1st radio-controlled airplane flown 
Feb 6
Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia 
Feb 6
KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast 
Feb 7
"Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 perfs 
Feb 7
Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff 
Feb 8
5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland 
Feb 9
WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Feb 10
Greek Gen Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki 
Feb 11
Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140 
Feb 11
John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland 
Feb 11
Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain 
Feb 12
1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps 
Feb 13
Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in only Test Cricket innings 
Feb 13
Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy & Baugniet of BEL 
Feb 13
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA 
Feb 13
Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England 
Feb 15
Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan 
Feb 16
1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC 
Feb 16
Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time 
Feb 20
Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns 
Feb 21
NASCAR is incorporated. 
Feb 22
Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die 
Feb 24
Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia 
Feb 25
Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier 
Feb 29
Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died 
Mar 5
US rocket flies record 4800 kph to 126km height 
Mar 7
The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule. 
Mar 8
US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that relgious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional 
Mar 9
Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia 
Mar 10
1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca 
Mar 11
1st black in the US Tennis Open (Reginald Weir) 
Mar 11
Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed 
Mar 11
WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 12
-5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March 
Mar 13
10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42 
Mar 14
Freedom Train arrives in SF 
Mar 15
Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia 
Mar 15
Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine 
Mar 15
WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 16
Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour 
Mar 18
France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels 
Mar 18
Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting 
Mar 18
Soviet consultants have left Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split. 
Mar 19
Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, NYC 
Mar 20
1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90 
Mar 20
20th Academy Awards - "Gentleman's Agreement", L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC 
Mar 21
"Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio 
Mar 23
John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 m)) 
Mar 27
The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened. 
Mar 27
Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall 
Mar 28
2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win 
Mar 29
Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten 
Mar 29
Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game 
Mar 31
Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe 
Apr 1
H H H Johnson debut as a bowler for West Indies to win v England 10-96 
Apr 1
Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark. 
Apr 3
1st US figure skating championships held 
Apr 3
US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries) 
Apr 3
US female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill 
Apr 3
US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button 
Apr 4
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 5
WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting 
Apr 7
World Health Organization forms by UN 
Apr 7
A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead. 
Apr 8
Soen Nakagawa & Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF 
Apr 9
Massacre at Deir Yassin. 
Apr 10
Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek 
Apr 11
12th Golf Masters Championship: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279 
Apr 13
75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus 
Apr 14
A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon 
Apr 14
NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents 
Apr 14
Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games 
Apr 14
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
Apr 15
1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated 
Apr 15
Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created 
Apr 15
KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast 
Apr 16
Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris 
Apr 17
Elpidio Quirino assumed the presidency, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas 
Apr 18
International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands 
Apr 19
52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02 
Apr 19
ABC-TV network begins 
Apr 19
Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China 
Apr 20
NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents 
Apr 20
Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit 
Apr 21
2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Phila Warriors, 4 games to 2 
Apr 22
WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Apr 23
KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast 
Apr 27
Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River 
Apr 29
Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours 
Apr 30
"Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances 
Apr 30
Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia 
Apr 30
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
May 1
74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4 
May 1
North Korea proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea 
May 1
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam 
May 1
Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes" 
May 3
Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams 
May 4
The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949) 
May 5
1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier 
May 5
Belgian government of Spaak resigns 
May 6
"Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances 
May 7
Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death 
May 8
Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours 
May 10
1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel 
May 10
Winston Churchill visits The Hague 
May 11
Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa 
May 11
Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy 
May 12
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates 
May 14
Israel declares independence from under British administration 
May 14
Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast 
May 14
Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot, north of Jerusalem 
May 14
US grants Israel de facto recognition 
May 14
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
May 14
WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
May 15
28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends 
May 15
74th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4 
May 15
Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record 
May 15
Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five 
May 15
Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Saudi-Arabia troops attack Israel 
May 16
Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion 
May 16
CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece 
May 16
Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel 
May 16
Egyptians enter the Gaza 
May 16
Israel issues its 1st postage stamps 
May 17
Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi 
May 17
Soviet Union recognized Israel 
May 18
"Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances 
May 18
Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus 
May 18
Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel 
May 18
The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking. 
May 20
1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army 
May 20
Cleve Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4) 
May 21
NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR) 
May 23
Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs 
May 23
Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel 
May 24
Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge 
May 25
30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis 
May 25
SF receives its 1st telecast 
May 26
Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers 
May 26
South Africa elects a nationalist government under D.F. Malan with an apartheid policy 
May 27
Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid 
May 27
Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians 
May 28
Iraq captures Ge'ulim settlement 
May 30
Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game 
May 30
A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless. 
May 31
Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings) 
May 31
Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h) 
Jun 1
Israel & Arabs agree to a cease fire 
Jun 3
The musical "Sleepy Hollow" opens at St James Theater NYC for 12 performances 
Jun 3
200" (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory 
Jun 3
Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mt Rushmore 
Jun 5
Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23 
Jun 7
Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; Pres Bernes resigns 
Jun 7
KVP wins Dutch Second-Parliamentary election 
Jun 8
"Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV 
Jun 8
"Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances 
Jun 8
John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines 
Jun 9
WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jun 12
"Hold It!" closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances 
Jun 12
The musical "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater NYC after 12 performances 
Jun 12
"William Tell Overture" by Spike Jones peaks at #6 
Jun 12
48th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA 
Jun 12
80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:28.2 
Jun 12
Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge 
Jun 13
Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th 
Jun 14
Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia 
Jun 15
1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Phila A's 
Jun 15
Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway 
Jun 15
WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting 
Jun 15
WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Jun 17
Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader 
Jun 18
American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights 
Jun 18
National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time 
Jun 18
Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates 
Jun 18
UN Commission on Human Rights adopts Intl Decl of Human Rights 
Jun 19
Panama & Costa Rica recognize Israel 
Jun 19
USSR blocks access road to West Berlin 
Jun 20
"Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV 
Jun 20
20 Jews killed when a bomb is thrown into Jewish quarter of Cairo 
Jun 20
Cleveland draws then record 82,781 for doubleheader 
Jun 20
Deutsche Mark introduced in West Germany 
Jun 21
1st stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I 
Jun 21
33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced and 78's planned to be phased out (Dr Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records) 
Jun 21
Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India, formerly the last Viceroy 
Jun 21
Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens 
Jun 21
WNAC (now KNEV) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jun 24
Republican Natl Convention in Phila nominates NY gov Thomas Dewey 
Jun 24
Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade 
Jun 25
Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 25
Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US) 
Jun 26
US denounces Soviet blockade of Berlin 
Jun 28
US/British airlift to West Berlin begins 
Jun 30
Cleve Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0 
Jun 30
Last British troops leave Israel 
Jun 30
Transistor as a substitute for valves announced (Bell Labs) 
Jul 1
Bradman scores 128 Australia v Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours 
Jul 1
Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher 
Jul 1
NYC subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents 
Jul 2
62nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (7-5 0-6 6-2 3-6 7-5) 
Jul 2
77th British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 284 at Muirfield 
Jul 3
55th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats Doris Hart (6-3 8-6) 
Jul 3
Kidnapper Caryl Chessman sentenced to death, California; the execution didn't happen until 1960 
Jul 5
Britain's National Health Service Act begins 
Jul 7
6 female reservists become 1st women sworn into regular US Navy 
Jul 7
Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "Satchel" Paige 
Jul 7
Indians sign Satchel Paige at 42 
Jul 8
500th anniversary Russian orthodox church celebrated in Moscow 
Jul 9
Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless inn for Cleve 
Jul 10
"Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances 
Jul 10
"Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 62 performances 
Jul 10
"Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 188 perfs 
Jul 10
Lydda Airfield captured by Israeli army 
Jul 11
1st air bombing of Jerusalem 
Jul 12
1st jets to fly across Atlantic (6 RAF de Havilland Vampires) 
Jul 13
15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis 
Jul 14
Israel bombs Cairo 
Jul 14
Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot near to the Italian Parliament. 
Jul 15
Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain 
Jul 15
Pres Harry Truman nominated for another term (Phila) 
Jul 16
Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Phila, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager 
Jul 17
Israeli army captures Nazareth 
Jul 17
Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea 
Jul 18
"Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances 
Jul 18
Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in a game 
Jul 18
White Sox Fat Pat Seerey, hits 4 HRs in 11 inning game 
Jul 19
French government of Schuman, resigns 
Jul 20
Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champ 
Jul 20
Syngman Rhee elected President of South Korea 
Jul 20
US Communist Party chairman William Forster arrested 
Jul 21
WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jul 23
Progressive party convention nominates Henry Wallace for President 
Jul 24
4 Duluth Minn Dukes (St Louis Cards Class C farm team) die in crash 
Jul 24
Soviets blockades Berlin from west 
Jul 26
"Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance 
Jul 26
1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show 
Jul 26
Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant 
Jul 26
Pres Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 directing "equality of treatment & opportunity" in armed forces 
Jul 27
Australia set 404 to win v England at Headingley 
Jul 27
Bradman's 29th & last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404 
Jul 27
Otto Skorzeny escapes anti-nazi camp at Darmstadt 
Jul 28
I G Farben chemical plant explodes in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 182 die 
Jul 28
The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport". 
Jul 29
King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London 
Jul 30
Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6) 
Jul 30
Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont) 
Jul 31
"Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances 
Jul 31
US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY 
Aug 1
The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded. 
Aug 3
Cleveland's Satchel Paige make his 1st start & goes 7 innings 
Aug 3
FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused of being a "communist" 
Aug 4
5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax 
Aug 5
Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) 
Aug 6
Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics 
Aug 6
Willem Drees forms Socialist government (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) in the Netherlands 
Aug 6
Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics 
Aug 7
1st Dutch government of Beel resigns 
Aug 7
Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6) 
Aug 8
"Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances 
Aug 10
ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY) 
Aug 10
Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC 
Aug 10
Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours 
Aug 10
WABC TV channel 7 in New York, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Aug 11
Summer Olympics opens in London 
Aug 12
Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game 
Aug 12
Court of justice sentences General Friedrich Christiansen, commander of the German Wehrmacht in the Netherlands, to 12 years imprisonment 
Aug 13
Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game 
Aug 14
14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain 
Aug 14
Bradman's last Test Cricket innings 
Aug 14
England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval 
Aug 15
3rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias 
Aug 15
Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day) 
Aug 16
Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem 
Aug 16
Israeli pound becomes legal tender 
Aug 17
Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent 
Aug 17
Phillies commit 8 errors in a game 
Aug 17
Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season 
Aug 20
15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220) 
Aug 20
US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin 
Aug 21
Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson 
Aug 23
Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine 
Aug 23
World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries 
Aug 25
Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's 
Aug 27
102°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August 
Aug 31
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands celebrates golden jubilee 
Sep 1
Bradman scores 143 Aust v South of England, 17 fours 1 six 
Sep 1
Communist form North China People's Republic 
Sep 1
UN's World Health Organization forms 
Sep 3
W Gomulka deposed as general secretary of Polish Worker's party 
Sep 4
"Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 perfs 
Sep 4
Queen Wilhelmina abdicates Dutch throne 
Sep 5
In France, Robert Schuman becomes President of the Council while being Foreign minister, As such, he is the negotiator of the major treaties of the end of World War II. 
Sep 6
"Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 perfs 
Sep 6
37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0) 
Sep 6
Juliana crowned Queen of The Netherlands 
Sep 7
1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Oh 
Sep 8
British De Havilland 08-fighter flies faster than sound 
Sep 9
"Hilarities (of 1949)" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 14 perfs 
Sep 9
Bkln Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0 
Sep 9
People's Democratic Republic of Korea proclaimed 
Sep 10
Bijz Criminal division sentences war criminal Jacob Folks to life 
Sep 10
Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England 
Sep 12
Invasion of the State of Hyderabad by the Indian Army on the day after the Pakistani leader Jinnah's death. 
Sep 13
Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress 
Sep 14
Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Mich 5th Dist Rep primary 
Sep 14
Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters 
Sep 14
Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater 
Sep 15
"Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 134 performances 
Sep 15
F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speech record of 1080 kph 
Sep 15
WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WMGM 
Sep 16
"Heaven on Earth" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances 
Sep 16
"Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" closes at Century NYC after 12 perfs 
Sep 17
KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins 
Sep 17
WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 18
"Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 perfs 
Sep 18
Communist Madiun-uprising in Dutch Indies (Muso/Sjarifudin) 
Sep 18
Ralph J Bunche confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine 
Sep 19
62nd US Women's Tennis: M Osborne duPont beats A L Brough (4-6 6-4 15-13) 
Sep 19
68th US Men's Tennis: "Pancho" Gonzales beats E Sturgess (6-2 6-3 14-12) 
Sep 19
Richard A Gonzales wins US Tennis Open 
Sep 20
"Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 48 performances 
Sep 20
Mexican Baseball league disbanded 
Sep 21
"Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV 
Sep 23
Braves clinch NL pennant 
Sep 24
Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, DC 
Sep 24
Yanks, Boston & Cleveland are tied for 1st place in AL (91-56) 
Sep 24
The Honda Motor Company is founded. 
Sep 25
"Heaven on Earth" closes at Century Theater NYC after 12 performances 
Sep 26
Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914 
Sep 27
"Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 36 performances 
Sep 28
WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting 
Sep 29
Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" opens at Park Avenue Cinema 
Sep 29
WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins 
Sep 29
WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 1
California Supreme Court voids state statute banning interracial marriages 
Oct 1
Radio Denmark begins transmitting 
Oct 2
"Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 perfs 
Oct 3
Columbia University reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo 
Oct 3
NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week 
Oct 4
Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game 
Oct 4
World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft) 
Oct 6
"Polonaise" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances 
Oct 6
KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting 
Oct 6
The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic. 
Oct 6
Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya. 
Oct 9
WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 10
Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland 
Oct 11
"Love Life" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 252 performances 
Oct 11
"Where's Chartev?" opens at St James Theater NYC for 792 performances 
Oct 11
Cleve Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in 45th World Series 
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
"Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances 
Oct 16
Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir 
Oct 18
Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army 
Oct 19
"My Romance" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances 
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 DC) 
Oct 21
UN reject 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 24
WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 25
Special Council of Annulment convicts F Weinreb for collaboration 
Oct 27
Albert Camus' "L'etat de Siege" premieres in Paris 
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 
Oct 30
20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania 
Oct 30
Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee 
Nov 1
Mao's Red army conquerors Mukden, Manchuria 
Nov 2
Pres Harry Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey 
Nov 2
WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 3
2nd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Chicago 
Nov 4
TS Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature 
Nov 12
Japanese premier Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal 
Nov 12
The first mobile betatron (particle accelerator) begins operation at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland 
Nov 13
"As the Girls Go" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 perfs 
Nov 15
Mackenzie King retires after spending 22 years as the Prime Minister of Canada 
Nov 15
Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Canada 
Nov 16
Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel 
Nov 17
Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry 
Nov 19
Belgian government of Spaak, forms 
Nov 20
US balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record) 
Nov 23
Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects 
Nov 24
WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 25
16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco 
Nov 25
KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 26
Belgian government of Spaak resigns 
Nov 26
1st polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes the prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras produced for the next 15 years. 
Nov 27
36th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7 
Nov 27
Honda 1st opens in America 
Nov 28
"Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV 
Nov 29
"Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC 
Nov 29
1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC) 
Nov 29
KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 30
Baseball's Negro National League disbands 
Nov 30
Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP 
Nov 30
Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin 
Dec 1
Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan as King of Palestine 
Dec 1
Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player 
Dec 2
Stan Musial is picked NL MVP 
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
Don Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial 
Dec 3
Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea killing 1,100 
Dec 4
"Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 48 performances 
Dec 4
SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River China, sinks killing 2,750 die 
Dec 5
NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions 
Dec 8
"Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances 
Dec 8
14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB) 
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 11
WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 11
WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting 
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 dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury 
Dec 16
"Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances 
Dec 18
Indonesia begins its 2nd political election 
Dec 18
WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Dec 19
2nd political action of Java/Sumatra 
Dec 19
8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3") 
Dec 19
Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game 
Dec 19
Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game 
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 22
KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 24
1st US house completely sun-heated is occupied (Dover, Mass) 
Dec 24
Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship 
Dec 26
Hungarian cardinal 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
"Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances 
Dec 29
Canada recognizes Israel 
Dec 29
US State Dept announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit 
Dec 30
"Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances 
Dec 31
Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike 
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