Friday 31 December 1948, NewYear’s Eve
It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Joe Dallesandro in Pensicola and Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv in Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11.
Golden Boy, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948
while The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching NBC Presents.
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- New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
- Joe Dallesandro in Pensicola: Florida, USA; actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein).
- Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv in Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11: TM-18).
- Tony Hamilton: rocker (Aerosmith).
- Donna Summer in Boston: Massachusetts, USA; singer ("Love to Love You Baby", "On the Radio").
- Rene Robert: National Hockey League player.
- Joe Dallesandro: American actor, model and 'Warhol superstar.' Having also crossed over into mainstream roles like mobster Lucky Luciano in "The Cotton Club" (1984) Dallesandro is generally considered to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, as well as a sex symbol of gay subculture.
- Joe Dallessandro: American actor and Warhol superstar. Although he never became a mainstream film star, Dallesandro is generally considered to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, as well as a sex symbol of gay subculture.
- Donna Summer: American singer who began her career by singing with a number of Boston rock groups, Tested for a role in the Broadway production of the musical "Hair," she was offered instead the lead in the Munich production, 1968. She moved on to the Vienna production in 1971 where she met and married an Austrian actor, Helomut Sommer. She starred in "Godspell" in Germany 1973 and found enthusiastic fans for her records in Germany.
- Sandy Jardine: Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2014)
- René Robert: Canadian ice hockey player
- Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike
- 1948 Arab-Israeli War: Israeli troops drive the Egyptians from Negev
- Brandeis University is founded.
- The Casimir effect is discovered by Dutch physicist Hendrik Casimir.
- The Fresh Kills Landfill, the world's largest, opens on Staten Island, New York.
- The Oakridge Transit Centre opens in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- The Slovak city Gúta is renamed Kolárovo.
- The Tunnel of Vielha is opened in the Aran Valley, Spanish Pyrenees.
- Last recorded sighting of the Caspian Tiger in Kazakhstan.
- A pack of wolves kills about 40 children in Darovskoy District, in Russia.
- Charles Warrell creates the first I-Spy books.
- Rev.W.Awdry's third book James the Red Engine is published.
- Last edition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum is published in the Vatican.
- Kinsey Report, ''Sexual Behavior in the Human Male'', is published.
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