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1948 Historical Event(s)
- February 10, 1948 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 21, 1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.
- April 9, 1948 – Jorge Eliécer Gaitán’s assassination provokes a violent riot in Bogotá (the Bogotazo), and a further ten years of violence in Colombia known as La violencia.
- April 19, 1948 – Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations.
- May 7, 1948 – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
- June 17, 1948 – A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
- July 14, 1948 – Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot and wounded near the Italian Parliament.
- September 15, 1948 – The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record at 671 mph.
- November 12, 1948 – In Tokyo, an international war crimes tribunal sentences seven Japanese military and government officials, including General Hideki Tojo, to death for their roles in World War II.
- December 1, 1948 – Taman Shud Case: The body of an unidentified man is found in Adelaide, Australia; involving an undetectable poison and a secret code in a very rare book, the case remains unsolved and is “one of Australia’s most profound mysteries”.
Who Were Born On 1948?
- February 4, 1948 – Mienoumi Tsuyoshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 57th Yokozuna
- February 17, 1948 – José José, Mexican singer and actor
- February 24, 1948 – J. Jayalalithaa, Indian politician
- April 21, 1948 – Gary Condit, American politician
- May 30, 1948 – Michael Piller, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
- September 8, 1948 – Great Kabuki, Japanese professional wrestler
- October 5, 1948 – Carter Cornelius, American musician (Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose) (d. 1991)
- November 3, 1948 – Lulu, British actress and singer
- December 7, 1948 – Mads Vinding, Danish bassist
- December 13, 1948 – Lester Bangs, Rock critic (d. 1982)