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1948 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1948 – The British railway network is nationalised to form British Railways.
- January 21, 1948 – The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Quebec Flag Day.
- February 10, 1948 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.
- April 3, 1948 – President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
- July 8, 1948 – The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
- July 16, 1948 – The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane.
- August 3, 1948 – Whittaker Chambers accuses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
- August 25, 1948 – The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: “Confrontation Day” between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
- September 17, 1948 – The Nizam of Hyderabad surrenders his sovereignty over the Hyderabad State and joins the Indian Union.
- November 1, 1948 – Athenagoras I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is enthroned.
Who Were Born On 1948?
- May 12, 1948 – Steve Winwood, British musician (The Spencer Davis Group; Traffic)
- May 31, 1948 – John Bonham, British musician (Led Zeppelin) (d. 1980)
- July 9, 1948 – Hassan Wirajuda, Indonesian politician
- August 16, 1948 – Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
- August 24, 1948 – Jean-Michel Jarre, French musician
- August 28, 1948 – Murray Parker, New Zealand cricketer
- September 10, 1948 – Charlie Waters, American football player
- September 17, 1948 – John Ritter, American actor (d. 2003)
- December 18, 1948 – Edmund Kemper, American serial killer
- December 22, 1948 – Lynne Thigpen, American actress (d. 2003)