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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1948 AD


January 1: 1st color newsreel filmed in Pasadena, California
January 1: Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test vs. India
January 1: Britain nationalizes its railways
January 1: General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade effective
January 1: Italy adopts constitution
January 1: Orissa province accedes to India
January 2: WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, New York (PBS) begins
January 3: Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 and 127*) vs. India MCG
January 4: Burma declares independence from UK
January 7: U.S. president Truman raises taxes for Marshall-plan
January 8: Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
January 9: Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston
January 10: "Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater New York City after 734 performances
January 12: 1st Supermarket in U.K. opens
January 12: Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
January 12: U.S. Supreme Court decision (Sipuel vs. Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
January 13: 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
January 16: 35 Haganah members are ambushed and killed in Gush Etzyon
January 17: Netherlands and Indonesia agree to a cease fire
January 17: Trial of 11 U.S. Communist party members begins in New York City
January 18: 1st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
January 18: Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
January 21: W Indies vs. England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes and Jim Laker
January 22: Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. WI Barbados
January 23: Bradman scores 201 in 272 minutes vs. India, 21 fours 1 six
January 23: Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens
January 23: Test debut of Neil Harvey, vs. India at Adelaide
January 24: Australia all out 674 vs. India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
January 24: Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
January 24: "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 124 performances
January 26: Executive Order 9981, end segregation in U.S. Armed Forces signed
January 27: 1st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
January 27: 1st tape recorder sold
January 29: Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
January 29: "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 188 performances
January 30: 5th Winter Olympic games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland
January 31: J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY
January 31: Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway


February 1: Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates
February 1: Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
February 2: President Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
February 3: Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US
February 4: Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
February 5: Dick Button becomes 1st U.S. figure skating Olympic champion
February 5: Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st U.S. woman Olympic slalom champion
February 5: "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
February 6: Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
February 6: KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, California (CBS) 1st broadcast
February 7: "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater New York City after 34 performances
February 7: Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff
February 8: 5th Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
February 9: WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
February 10: Greek General Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
February 11: Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut England vs. WI, out for 140
February 11: John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
February 11: Test Cricket debut of Frank Worrell, vs. England Port-of-Spain
February 12: 1st Lt. Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
February 13: Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for West Indies in only Test Cricket innings
February 13: Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy and Baugniet of BEL
February 13: Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
February 13: Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to U.S. from England
February 15: Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan
February 16: 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
February 16: Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
February 20: Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
February 22: Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die
February 24: Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
February 25: Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
February 29: Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died


March 5: Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson
March 5: U.S. rocket flies record 4800 KPH to 126k height
March 8: Supreme Court rules relg instructions in pub schools unconstitutional
March 9: Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
March 10: 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB Ca
March 11: Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
March 11: Reginald Weit became the 1st black to play in the U.S. Tennis Open
March 11: WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 12: -5 degrees F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
March 13: 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
March 14: Freedom Train arrives in San Francisco
March 15: Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team vs. Western Australia
March 15: Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
March 15: WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 18: France and Great Britain and Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
March 18: Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
March 19: Lee Savold KOs Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at MSG, New York City
March 20: 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
March 20: 20th Academy Awards - "Gentleman's Agreement," L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
March 21: "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
March 23: John Cunningham sets world altitude record (54,492' (18,133 m))
March 28: 2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win
March 29: Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
March 29: Yankees and Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
March 31: Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe


April 1: Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow
April 1: H H H Johnson bowls WI to win vs. England 10-96 match on debut
April 3: 1st U.S. figure skating championships held
April 3: Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
April 3: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
April 3: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
April 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
April 5: WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, Illinois (IND) begins broadcasting
April 7: World Health Organization forms by U.N.
April 8: Soen Nakagawa and Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
April 10: Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
April 11: 12th Golf Masters Championship: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
April 13: 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus
April 14: A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
April 14: New York City subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
April 14: Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
April 14: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
April 15: 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
April 15: Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
April 15: KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
April 16: Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
April 18: International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
April 19: 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
April 19: ABC-TV network begins
April 19: Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
April 20: New York City hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
April 20: Walter P Reuther UAW President shot and wounded at his home in Detroit
April 21: 1st Polaroid camera was sold in US
April 21: 2nd NBA Championship: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
April 22: WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, Virginia (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 23: KSTP TV channel 5 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
April 27: Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River
April 29: Bradman scores 107 Australia vs. Worcs, 152 minutes, 15 fours
April 30: "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater New York City for 339 performances
April 30: Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
April 30: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak


May 1: 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4
May 1: North Korean proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea
May 1: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
May 3: Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener and Tennessee Williams
May 4: The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (SS) to the death
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 New York City for 36 performances
May 7: Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death
May 8: Bradman scores 146 Australia vs. Surrey, 174 minutes, 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 and port of Haifa
May 11: Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
May 12: Queen Wilhelmina resigns
May 14: Israel declares independence from 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: U.S. grants Israel de facto recognition
May 14: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 14: WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, New York (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 vs. Essex, world record
May 15: Bradman scores 187 Australia vs. Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
May 15: Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabian troops attack Israel
May 16: 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: George Polk, CBS news correspondant, body found
May 16: Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
May 17: Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha and Telel-Kadi
May 17: Soviet Union recognized Israel
May 18: Arab Legion captures fort on Mount Scopus
May 18: "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 62 performances
May 18: Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel
May 20: 1st use of Israeli Air Force and 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
May 20: Cleveland Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)
May 21: New York Yankees Joe Dimaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, home run)
May 23: Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive home runs
May 23: Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel
May 24: Benjamin Brittens "Beggar's Opera," premieres in Cambridge
May 25: 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St. Louis
May 25: San Francisco receives its 1st telecast
May 26: Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
May 26: South Africa elects a nationalist government with 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 31: Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings)


June 1: Israel and Arabs agree to a cease fire
June 3: 200" (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory
June 3: Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mount Rushmore
June 3: "Sleepy Hallow" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 12 performances
June 5: Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23
June 7: Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; President Bernes resigns
June 7: KVP wins Dutch Second-Parliamentary election
June 8: "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV
June 8: "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 36 performances
June 9: WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
June 12: 48th U.S. Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA
June 12: 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:28.2
June 12: Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
June 12: "Hold It!" closes at National Theater New York City after 46 performances
June 12: "Sleepy Hallow" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 12 performances
June 12: "William Tell Overture" by Spike Jones peaks at #6
June 13: Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th
June 14: Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia
June 15: 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's
June 15: Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win Test Cricket anyway
June 15: WPIX TV channel 11 in New York City, New York (IND) begins broadcasting
June 15: WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
June 17: Joe Cronin pinch hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader
June 18: American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights
June 18: National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time
June 18: Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates
June 18: U.N. Commission on Human Rights adopts International Declaration of Human Rights
June 19: Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel
June 19: U.S.S.R. blocks access road to West Berlin
June 20: 20 Jews killed when a bomb is thrown into Jewish quarter of Cairo
June 20: Cleveland draws then record 82,781 for doubleheader
June 20: Deutsche Mark introduced in West-Germany
June 20: "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
June 21: 1st stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I
June 21: 33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced (DR Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records)
June 21: Columbia commits to 33 1/3 rpm records, plans to phase out 78's as Dr. Peter Goldmark of CBS demonstrates "long playing record"
June 21: Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor-General of India
June 21: Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens
June 21: WNAC (now KNEV) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting
June 24: Republican National Convention in Philadelphia nominates New York Governor Thomas Dewey
June 24: Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade
June 25: Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
June 25: Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to U.S.)
June 26: U.S. denounces Soviet blockade of Berlin
June 28: U.S. and British airlift to West-Berlin begins
June 30: Cleveland Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
June 30: Last British armies leave Israel
June 30: Transistor as a substitute for Radio tubes announced, Bell Labs


July 1: Bradman scores 128 Australia vs. Surrey, 141 minutes, 15 fours
July 1: Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher
July 1: New York City subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents
July 2: 62nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (75 06 62 36 75)
July 3: 55th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Louise Brough beats Doris Hart (63 86)
July 3: Kidnapper Caryl Chessman sentenced to death
July 5: Britain's National Health Service Act begins
July 7: 6 female reservists become 1st women sworn into regular U.S. Navy
July 7: Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "Satchel" Paige at 42
July 8: 500th anniversary Russian orthodox church celebrated in Moscow
July 9: Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless inn for Cleveland
July 10: "Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 318 performances
July 10: "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 62 performances
July 10: "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 188 performances
July 10: Lydda Airfield captured by Israeli army
July 11: 1st air bombing of Jerusalem
July 12: 1st jets to fly across Atlantic, 6 RAF de Havilland Vampires
July 13: 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
July 14: Israel bombs Cairo
July 15: Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
July 15: President Truman nominated for another term
July 16: Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, New York Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott and Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager
July 17: Israeli army captures Nazareth
July 17: Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea
July 18: "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 168 performances
July 18: Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 home runs in a game
July 19: French government of Schuman, resigns
July 20: Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champ
July 20: Syngman Rhee elected president of South-Korea
July 20: U.S. Communist Party chairman William Forster arrested
July 21: WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
July 23: Progressive party convention nominates Henry Wallace for President
July 24: 4 Duluth Minnesota Dukes (St. Louis Cardinals Class C farm team) die in crash
July 24: Soviets blockades Berlin from west
July 26: 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
July 26: "Babe Ruth Story," premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance
July 26: Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a New York Giant
July 26: President Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 directing "equality of treatment and opportunity" in armed forces
July 27: Australia set 404 to win vs. England at Headingley
July 27: Bradman's 29th and last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404
July 27: Otto Skorzeny escapes anti-nazi camp at Darmstadt
July 28: I G Farben chemical plant explodes in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 182 die
July 29: King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London
July 30: Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6)
July 30: Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
July 31: "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 581 performances
July 31: President Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport), New York


August 3: Cleveland's Satchel Paige make his 1st start and goes 7 innings
August 3: Franklin D. Roosevelt advisor Alger Hiss accused to be a "communist"
August 4: 5 day southern filibuster succeeds in maintaining poll tax
August 5: Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
August 6: Bob Mathias, U.S., wins decathlon at London Olympics
August 6: Dreesgovt (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) forms
August 6: Fanny Blankers-Koen (Netherlands) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
August 7: 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
August 7: Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
August 8: "Hold It!" opens at National Theater New York City for 46 performances
August 10: ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, New York)
August 10: Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
August 10: Bradman scores 133* Australia vs. Lancashire, 216 minutes, 17 fours
August 10: WABC TV channel 7 in New York, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
August 11: Summer Olympics opens in London
August 12: Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
August 13: Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
August 14: 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
August 14: Bradman's last Test Cricket innings
August 14: England all out for 52 vs. Australia at Cricket Oval
August 15: 3rd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson Zaharias
August 15: Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
August 16: Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
August 16: Israeli pound becomes legal tender
August 17: Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
August 17: Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
August 17: Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
August 20: 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
August 20: U.S. expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
August 21: Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
August 23: Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine
August 23: World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
August 25: Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
August 27: 102 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August
August 31: Queen Wilhelmina celebrates 50th jubilee


September 1: Bradman scores 143 Australia vs. South of England, 17 fours 1 six
September 1: Communist form North China People's Republic
September 1: U.N.'s World Health Organization forms
September 3: W Gomulka deposed as general secretary of Polish Worker's party
September 4: "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater New York City after 308 performances
September 4: Queen Wilhelmina abdicates Dutch throne
September 6: 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0)
September 6: Juliana becomes queen of Netherlands
September 7: 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron, Ohio
September 8: British De Havilland 08-fighter flies faster than sound
September 9: Bkln Dodger Rex Barney no-hits New York Giants, 2-0
September 9: "Hilarities (of 1949)" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 14 performances
September 9: People's Democratic Republic of Korea proclaimed
September 10: Bijz Criminal division sentences war criminal Jacob Folks to life
September 10: Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England
September 13: Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress
September 14: Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Michigan 5th Dist Representative primary
September 14: Ground breaking ceremony for United Nations world headquarters
September 14: Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater
September 15: F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph
September 15: "Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater New York City for 134 performances
September 15: WHN-AM in New York City changes call letters to WMGM
September 16: "Heaven on Earth" opens at Century Theater New York City for 12 performances
September 17: KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, California (IND) begins
September 17: WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 18: Communist Madiun-uprising in Dutch Indies (Muso/Sjarifudin)
September 18: "Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 14 performances
September 18: Ralph J. Bunche confirmed as acting United Nations mediator in Palestine
September 19: 62nd U.S. Womens Tennis: M Osborne duPont beats A L Brough (46 64 15-13)
September 19: 68th U.S. Mens Tennis: "Pancho" Gonzales beats E Sturgess (62 63 14-12)
September 19: Richard A Gonzales wins U.S. Tennis Open
September 20: "Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 48 performances
September 20: Mexican Baseball league disbanded
September 21: "Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV
September 23: Braves clinch NL pennant
September 24: Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally) pleads innocent in Washington D.C.
September 24: Yankees, Boston and Cleveland are tied for 1st place in AL (91-56)
September 25: "Heaven on Earth" closes at Century Theater New York City after 12 performances
September 26: Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
September 27: "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 36 performances
September 28: WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
September 29: Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" opens at Park Avenue Cinema
September 29: WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, Texas (NBC) begins
September 29: WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, Georgia (ABC) begins broadcasting


October 1: California Supreme Court voids state statue banning interracial marriages
October 1: Radio Denmark begins transmitting
October 2: "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 725 performances
October 3: Columbia U reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo
October 3: NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
October 4: Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
October 4: World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft
October 6: KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, California (IND) begins broadcasting
October 6: "Polonaise" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 113 performances
October 9: WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 10: Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland
October 11: Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in 45th World Series
October 11: "Love Life" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 252 performances
October 11: "Where's Chartev?" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 792 performances
October 12: Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager
October 14: Batavia lieutenant governor general Of Mook dismissed
October 14: Large scale fighting between Israel and Egypt
October 15: China's Red army occupies Chinchov
October 16: Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir
October 16: "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 831 performances
October 18: Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
October 19: "My Romance" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 95 performances
October 21: Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
October 21: Dutch Constellation crashes at Prestwick Scotland (40 murder)
October 21: Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington D.C.)
October 21: U.N. reject Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
October 22: Egyptian flagship King Farouk sunk by Israel
October 24: Bernard M. Baruch introduces term "Cold War"
October 24: Francis Poulenc's "Sinfonietta," premieres
October 24: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical In Multiplicibus Curis
October 24: WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 25: Special Council of Annulment convicts F. Weinreb for collaboration
October 27: Albert Camus' "L'etat de Siege," premieres in Paris
October 27: Israel recaptures Nizzanim in Negev
October 28: Flag of Israel is adopted
October 29: Israeli forces liberate Meron and Gush-Halev
October 30: 20 die and 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora Pennsylvania
October 30: Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee


November 1: Mao's Red army conquerors Mukden, Manchuria
November 1: President Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey
November 2: Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters and newspapers
November 2: WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting
November 3: 2nd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Chicago
November 3: Chicago Tribune reports: "Dewey beats Truman"
November 4: T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature
November 12: Japanese premier Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal
November 13: "As the Girls Go" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 420 performances
November 15: William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as Prime Minister of Canada
November 16: Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
November 17: Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
November 19: Belgian government of Spaak, forms
November 20: U.S. balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
November 23: Dr. Frank G Back (New York City) patents lens to provide zoom effects
November 24: Ireland votes for independence from UK
November 24: WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 25: Ft. Funston's 16-inch coastal guns removed
November 25: KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 26: Belgian government of Spaak, resigns
November 27: 36th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7
November 27: Honda 1st opens in America
November 28: 1st Polaroid camera sold
November 28: "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV
November 29: 1st opera to be televised, "Othello," broadcast from the Met (New York City)
November 29: KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 29: "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" debuted on NBC
November 30: Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP
November 30: Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin


December 1: Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan, King of Palestine
December 1: Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player
December 2: Stan Musial is picked NL MVP
December 3: 1st U.S. woman army officer not in medical corps sworn-in
December 3: Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial
December 3: Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea, killing 1,100
December 3: "Pumpkin Papers" come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
December 4: "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 48 performances
December 4: SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River China, sinks killing 2,750 die
December 5: New York Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
December 8: 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
December 8: Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
December 8: "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 168 performances
December 9: U.N. General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide
December 10: U.N. General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
December 11: WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 11: WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 15: Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in New York City for perjury
December 16: "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater New York City for 460 performances
December 18: Indonesia begins it's 2nd political election
December 18: WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, Louisiana (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 19: 2nd political action of Java/Sumatra
December 19: 8th largest snowfall in New York City history (15.3")
December 19: Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
December 19: Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
December 20: Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
December 21: O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
December 21: State of Eire, formerly Irish Free State, declares its independence
December 22: KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 24: 1st U.S. house completely sunheated is occupied (Dover Massachusetts)
December 24: Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship
December 26: Hungarian cardinal Mindszenty arrested
December 28: Israeli Defence Forces crosses Egyptian border
December 28: Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
December 28: U.S. announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
December 29: Canada recognizes Israel
December 29: U.S. State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
December 30: "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater New York City for 1077 performances
December 31: Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike
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