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1948 Historical Event(s)
- February 8, 1948 – The formal creation of the Korean People’s Army of North Korea is announced.
- February 10, 1948 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.
- March 17, 1948 – Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
- April 1, 1948 – Cold War: Berlin Airlift– Military forces, under direction of the Russian-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.
- May 3, 1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules, in Shelley v. Kraemer, that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.
- June 21, 1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.
- June 25, 1948 – The Berlin airlift begins.
- July 17, 1948 – The South Korean constitution is proclaimed.
- August 25, 1948 – The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: “Confrontation Day” between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
- December 26, 1948 – Cardinal József Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.
Who Were Born On 1948?
- January 29, 1948 – Cristina Saralegui, American talk-show host
- February 5, 1948 – Errol Morris, American film director
- March 4, 1948 – James Ellroy, American writer
- May 12, 1948 – Steve Winwood, British musician (The Spencer Davis Group; Traffic)
- July 13, 1948 – Catherine Breillat, French director and screenwriter
- August 17, 1948 – Rod MacDonald, American musician
- August 19, 1948 – Tipper Gore, Second Lady of the United States
- August 30, 1948 – Fred Hampton, American Black Panther Party leader (d. 1969)
- October 7, 1948 – Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
- November 25, 1948 – Jacques P. Dupuis, French Canadian politician