What Happened in 1948

  • Gorman Dogfight

    On the night of October 1, 1948, he had been on a cross-country flight with his squadron. Upon return to Hector airport in Fargo, he elected to log... Read more

  • Bukken Bruse Disaster

    The Bukken Bruse disaster was the crash of a flying boat upon landing at Hommelvika in Malvik municipality, nearby Trondheim, Trøndelag, Norway, on... Read more

  • Ashgabat Earthquake of 1948

    The earthquake struck at 2:17 in the morning on 6 October 1948. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the small village Gara-Gaudan, 25... Read more

  • 1948 World Series

    The 1948 World Series matched the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Braves. The Braves had won the National League pennant for the first time... Read more

  • Fidel Castro marries Mirta Diaz-Balart

    By his first wife Mirta Díaz-Balart, whom he married on October 11, 1948, Castro has a son named Fidel Ángel "Fidelito" Castro Díaz-Balart, born on... Read more

  • Gerald Ford Marries Elizabeth Bloomer Warren

    On October 15, 1948, at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren, a department store fashion consultant.... Read more

  • KLM Constellation Air Disaster

    Take-off from Schiphol was planned at 20:00 on 20 October 1948 for a flight to New York via Prestwick, with as alternative Shannon, Ireland. The... Read more

  • Lyndon B. Johnson Wins Texas Senate Seat

    Johnson defeats Republican candidate Jack Porter in the general election to win the Senate seat vacated by Senator W. Lee “Pappy” O'Daniel. During... Read more

  • Gerald R. Ford is Elected as a US Congressman

    After returning to Grand Rapids, Ford became active in local Republican politics, and supporters urged him to take on Bartel J. Jonkman, the... Read more

  • "The Snake Pit" Is Released

    The Snake Pit is a 1948 film which tells the story of a woman who finds herself in an insane asylum and cannot remember how she got there. It stars... Read more

  • Oliver Samuels is Born

    Oliver Adolphus Samuels, actor and comedian was born November 4, 1948 in Harmony Hall, St. Mary. He grew up on a banana plantation where his father... Read more

  • "Bicycle Thieves" Is Released

    Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette, also known as The Bicycle Thief) is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It... Read more

  • Pingjin Campaign

    Pingjin Campaign (simplified Chinese: 平津战役; traditional Chinese: 平津戰役; pinyin: Píngjīn Zhànyì), known as the Battle of Pingjin to the Nationalist... Read more

  • Sinking of the SS Kiangya

    Published by the People's Communication Press on November 1997, "A Brief History of Navigation on the Yangtze River" says the Jiangya ship,... Read more

  • Doak Walker Wins Heisman Trophy

    Walker, often considered the greatest player to come out of the Southwest Conference, was a junior when he won the Heisman Trophy. For three years... Read more

  • Project Twinkle Established to Monitor Green Fireball Sightings

    In December, 1948 a new and strange phenomenon began to be observed repeatedly in the southwestern United States in areas where Top Secret nuclear... Read more

  • "Force Of Evil" Is Released

    Force of Evil (1948) is a film noir directed by Abraham Polonsky who had already achieved a name for himself as a scriptwriter, most notably for... Read more

  • Airborne Transport's NC16002 Disappears

    The disappearance of the Airborne Transporter DC-3 airliner, NC16002 occurred the night of December 28, 1948 near the end of a scheduled flight... Read more