1948

1948 saw a world weary from war. Only a few years removed from the Second World War, there was no rest for the weary to be found. The great task of rebuilding and adjusting to a new geopolitical environment was now at hand.

1948

This began with the Marshall Plan of the United States. Authorizing billions of dollars in aid to over a dozen countries, the aim of this program was to help facilitate the recovery process for countries that were devastated by the war. At the same time, the world was now in a geopolitical bipolar environment. There were now only two great powers – the United States and the Soviet Union. Having witnessed the spread of communism, the United States did not wish to see Western Europe slip into the communist, Soviet orbit of influence. The idea was that if the United States gives a significant amount of economic aid to her Western allies, those countries would be less likely to collapse and spark a communist uprising.

The end of World War II also brought with it another step toward the dissolution of European empires and colonialism in general. With that, there was a very significant development this year in the Middle East that, in part, occurred because of the lessening grip of European rule in the region. In May of 1948, Israel declared independence, and this sparked the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. During this conflict, the countries of Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, and Iraq sent military forces against Israel. When this occurred, formal British control over the region was truly finished.

In yet another event that helped bring some closure to the Second World War, in November of this year, an international war crimes tribunal sentenced seven Japanese government and military officials to death for their role in war crimes committed during World War II by the Japanese Empire.

Discover how the world looked like in 1948

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 21st edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Hamlet

Hamlet

Hamlet

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Country: United States of America

Best director

John Huston

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Best actor

Laurence Olivier

Hamlet

Hamlet

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Jane Wyman

Johnny Belinda

Johnny Belinda

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Starring: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Claire Trevor

Key Largo

Key Largo

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Country: United States of America

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1948


Literature

  • T. S. Eliot

Physics

  • Patrick Blackett

Chemistry

  • Arne Tiselius

Physiology or Medicine

  • Paul Hermann Müller

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Country: United States of America

I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn

Country: United States of America

Dead Man's Gold

Dead Man's Gold

Directed by: Ray Taylor

Starring: Lash La Rue, Al St. John, Peggy Stewart, Terry Frost

Rope

Rope

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Country: United States of America

The Search

The Search

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Aline MacMahon, Wendell Corey

Country: United States of America

Popular names

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history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1948?


Events

  • 01 Jan Britain nationalizes its railways.
  • 02 Jan WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, New York (PBS) begins
  • 04 Jan Burma declares independence from the UK
  • 07 Jan US President Harry Truman raises taxes for Marshall plan.
  • 10 Jan Call Me Mister play closes at National Theater in New York City, New York after 734 performances.
  • 12 Jan 1st Supermarket in the UK opens
  • 13 Jan 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 16 Jan 35 Haganah members are ambushed and killed in Gush Etzyon.
  • 17 Jan Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City
  • 21 Jan West Indies versus England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes and Jim Laker.
  • 22 Jan British foreign secretary Bevin proposes the formation of a Western Union between Britain, France and the Benelux countries to stand up against the Soviet Union. The Treaty of Brussels is signed March 17 as a consequence, a predecessor to NATO.
  • 23 Jan Test debut of Neil Harvey, versus India at Adelaide.
  • 24 Jan Music in My Heart closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 26 Jan Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • 27 Jan 1st tape recorder sold
  • 29 Jan Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies US$500 each for signing high school players.
  • 30 Jan 5th Winter Olympic games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 31 Jan Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway.
  • 01 Feb Palestine Post building in Jerusalem is bombed.
  • 02 Feb US President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program.
  • 03 Feb Dick Button becomes first world figure skating champion from US.
  • 04 Feb Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from the UK
  • 05 Feb Nature of Things science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • 06 Feb KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 07 Feb Cradle Will Rock closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances
  • 08 Feb 5th Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 09 Feb WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Feb 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
  • 13 Feb Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England
  • 16 Feb Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for first time.
  • 21 Feb NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 22 Feb Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die.
  • 24 Feb Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
  • 25 Feb Communists seize Czechoslovakia; C Gottwald becomes premier.
  • 29 Feb Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers killed.
  • 05 Mar Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson
  • 08 Mar US Supreme Court rules relgious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.
  • 09 Mar Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia.
  • 10 Mar First civilian to exceed speed of sound - Herb H Hoover, Edwards Air Force Base California.
  • 11 Mar 1st black in the US Tennis Open (Reginald Weir)
  • 14 Mar Freedom Train arrives in San Francisco
  • 15 Mar Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
  • 16 Mar The largest flood in the history of Brampton, Ontario, occurs.
  • 17 Mar Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
  • 18 Mar France and Great Britain and Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • 19 Mar Lee Savold knocks out Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York.
  • 20 Mar 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • 21 Mar Stop the Music with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • 25 Mar The first successful tornado forecast predicts that a tornado will strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
  • 27 Mar The Second Congress of the Workers Party of North Korea is convened.
  • 28 Mar Second Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win.
  • 29 Mar Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • 31 Mar US Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe.
  • 01 Apr Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark.
  • 03 Apr US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan (US$5 billion aid to 16 European countries).
  • 04 Apr 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to first base; it ends in a tie.
  • 05 Apr WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Apr The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
  • 08 Apr Soen Nakagawa and Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in San Francisco
  • 09 Apr Jorge Eliecer Gaitan's assassination provokes a violent riot in Bogota (the Bogotazo), and a further ten years of violence in Colombia known as La violencia.
  • 10 Apr Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek.
  • 11 Apr 12th Golf Masters Championship: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279.
  • 13 Apr 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus.
  • 14 Apr New York City subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • 15 Apr KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 16 Apr Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris, France.
  • 18 Apr International Court of Justice opens at The Hague, Netherlands.
  • 19 Apr ABC-TV network begins in the US.
  • 20 Apr New York City hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
  • 21 Apr 1st Polaroid camera was sold in US
  • 22 Apr WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 23 Apr KSTP TV channel 5 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 24 Apr The Costa Rican Civil War ends.
  • 26 Apr The XP-86 prototype for the US Sabre Jet first "officially" breaks the sound barrier.
  • 27 Apr Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River.
  • 29 Apr Bradman scores 107 Aust vs. Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
  • 30 Apr Inside USA opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
  • 01 May Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
  • 03 May Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener and Tennessee Williams.
  • 04 May The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (German SS) and sentenced him to the death penalty.
  • 05 May 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
  • 07 May Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentenced to death.
  • 10 May Winston Churchill visits The Hague
  • 11 May Haganah takes control of Safed and port of Haifa.
  • 12 May Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands resigns.
  • 13 May 1948 Arab-Israeli War: the Kfar Etzion massacre is committed by Arab irregulars, the day before the declaration of independence of the state of Israel on May 14.
  • 14 May US grants Israel de facto recognition
  • 15 May 74th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4.
  • 16 May George Polk, CBS news correspondant, body found
  • 17 May Soviet Union recognizes Israel.
  • 18 May Ballet Ballads opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 20 May Cleveland Indians tie American League record of 18 walks (beat Boston Red Sox 13-4).
  • 21 May New York Yankees' Joe Dimaggio hits for the cycle (single, double, triple, homerun).
  • 22 May The Soviets launched the largest Lithuanian deportation to Siberia.
  • 23 May Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive homeruns.
  • 24 May Arab : Israeli War: Egypt finally captures the Israeli kibbutz of Yad Mordechai, but the five-day effort gives Israeli forces time to prepare enough to stop the Egyptian advance a week later.
  • 25 May San Francisco receives its 1st telecast
  • 26 May Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers.
  • 27 May Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid.
  • 28 May Daniel Francois Malan defeats Jan Smuts and becomes Prime Minister of South Africa, ushering in the era of apartheid, which is finally dismantled by F W de Klerk in 1994.
  • 30 May Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game
  • 31 May Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings).
  • 01 Jun Israel and Arabs agree to a cease fire
  • 03 Jun Sleepy Hallow opens at St. James Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 05 Jun Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23
  • 07 Jun Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; President Bernes resigns
  • 08 Jun Sally closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 09 Jun WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Jun Hasan Saka forms the new government of Turkey. (17th government Hasan Saka had served twice as a prime minister)
  • 11 Jun The first monkey astronaut, Albert I, is launched into space from White Sands, New Mexico.
  • 12 Jun Hold It! closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 14 Jun Klemens Gottwald becomes President of Czechoslovakia
  • 15 Jun 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia Athletics
  • 17 Jun Joe Cronin pinch hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader.
  • 18 Jun National Security Council authorizes covert operations for first time.
  • 19 Jun Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel
  • 20 Jun Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
  • 21 Jun 1st stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I
  • 22 Jun The ship ''Empire Windrush'' brings a large group of Afro-Caribbean immigrants to Tilbury near London, the start of a large wave of immigration to Britain.
  • 24 Jun Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade
  • 25 Jun Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)
  • 26 Jun US denounces Soviet blockade of Berlin.
  • 28 Jun US / British airlift to West-Berlin begins
  • 30 Jun Last British armies leave Israel
  • 01 Jul Bradman scores 128 Australia vs. Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours
  • 02 Jul 62nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (75 06 62 36 75)
  • 03 Jul 55th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Louise Brough beats Doris Hart (63 86)
  • 05 Jul National Health Service Acts created the national public health systems in the United Kingdom
  • 06 Jul The world's first Air Car-ferry service is flown by a Bristol Freighter of Silver City Airways from Lympne to Le Touquet.
  • 07 Jul Indians sign Satchel Paige at 42
  • 08 Jul 500th anniversary Russian orthodox church celebrated in Moscow
  • 09 Jul Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching two scoreless innings for Cleveland Indians.
  • 10 Jul Allegro closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances
  • 11 Jul 1st air bombing of Jerusalem
  • 13 Jul The attempted assassination of Palmiro Togliatti, general secretary of the Italian Communist Party, incites numerous strikes all over the country.
  • 14 Jul Israel bombs Cairo
  • 15 Jul Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
  • 16 Jul Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, New York Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott and Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager
  • 17 Jul Israeli army captures Nazareth
  • 18 Jul Marinka opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances
  • 19 Jul French government of Schuman, resigns
  • 20 Jul Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 21 Jul WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Jul The Dominion of Newfoundland votes to join Canada after a referendum.
  • 23 Jul Progressive party convention nominates Henry Wallace for President.
  • 24 Jul 4 Duluth Minn Dukes (St. Louis Cardinals Class C farm team) die in crash
  • 26 Jul Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a New York Giant
  • 27 Jul Australia set 404 to win vs. England at Headingley
  • 28 Jul The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the ''Battle of London Airport''.
  • 29 Jul King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London
  • 30 Jul Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6)
  • 31 Jul Brigadoon closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • 01 Aug The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded.
  • 03 Aug FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused to be a communist
  • 04 Aug Five-day southern filibuster succeeds in maintaining poll tax.
  • 05 Aug Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
  • 06 Aug Dreesgovt (KVP / Social Democratics / CHU / Liberal) forms
  • 07 Aug 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
  • 08 Aug Hold It! opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 10 Aug WABC TV channel 7 in New York, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 11 Aug Summer Olympics opens in London
  • 12 Aug Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • 13 Aug Satchel Paige at age 42 pitches his first major league complete game.
  • 14 Aug 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • 15 Aug Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
  • 16 Aug Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
  • 17 Aug Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
  • 18 Aug The Australian cricket team completed a 4 : 0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
  • 20 Aug 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • 21 Aug Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
  • 23 Aug Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine
  • 24 Aug The first meeting of the charter members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) is held.
  • 25 Aug The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: ''Confrontation Day'' between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
  • 31 Aug Queen Wilhelmina celebrates 50th jubilee
  • 01 Sep Bradman scores 143 Aust vs. South of England, 17 fours 1 six
  • 04 Sep Angel in the Wings closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 05 Sep In France, Robert Schuman becomes President of the Council while being Foreign minister, As such, he is the negotiator of the major treaties of the end of World War II.
  • 06 Sep Mr Strauss Goes to Boston opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 07 Sep First use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron, Ohio.
  • 08 Sep British De Havilland 08-fighter flies faster than sound
  • 09 Sep Hilarities (of 1949) opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 10 Sep Bijz Criminal division sentences war criminal Jacob Folks to life
  • 11 Sep Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Founder and first Governor General of Pakistan, dies. Pakistan is in a state of shock as it mourns the departure of the father of the nation. The day is a public holiday nation-wide.
  • 12 Sep Invasion of the State of Hyderabad by the Indian Army on the day after the Pakistani leader Jinnah's death.
  • 13 Sep Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
  • 14 Sep Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters
  • 15 Sep Small Wonder opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • 16 Sep Heaven on Earth opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 17 Sep KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles / Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • 18 Sep Hilarities (of 1949) closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 19 Sep 62nd US Womens Tennis: M Osborne duPont beats A L Brough (46 64 15-13)
  • 20 Sep Magdalena opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 21 Sep Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV
  • 23 Sep Braves clinch NL pennant
  • 24 Sep Yanks, Boston and Cleveland are tied for 1st place in AL (91-56)
  • 25 Sep Heaven on Earth closes at Century Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 26 Sep Boston Braves win first National League championship since 1914.
  • 27 Sep Carib Song opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 28 Sep WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 29 Sep WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • 01 Oct California Supreme Court voids state statute banning interracial marriages.
  • 03 Oct Columbia University reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo
  • 04 Oct Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
  • 05 Oct The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000.
  • 06 Oct Polonaise opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • 09 Oct WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Oct Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland
  • 11 Oct Love Life opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 252 performances
  • 12 Oct Casey Stengel takes over as New York Yankees' manager.
  • 14 Oct Batavia lt-Governor-General of Mook dismissed
  • 16 Oct Red Mill opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances
  • 18 Oct Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
  • 19 Oct My Romance opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • 21 Oct Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
  • 22 Oct Egyptian flagship King Farouk sunk by Israel
  • 24 Oct Bernard M Baruch introduces term Cold War
  • 25 Oct Special Council of Annulment convicts F Weinreb for collaboration
  • 26 Oct Killer smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania.
  • 27 Oct Israel recaptures Nizzanim in the Negev.
  • 28 Oct Flag of Israel is adopted.
  • 29 Oct Israeli forces liberate Meron and Gush-Halev
  • 30 Oct Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee
  • 01 Nov President Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey
  • 02 Nov WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, Maryland (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Nov 2nd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Chicago
  • 12 Nov Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal
  • 13 Nov As the Girls Go opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 performances
  • 15 Nov William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 16 Nov Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
  • 17 Nov Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi divorces his second wife, the former Princess Fawzia of Egypt.
  • 20 Nov US balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
  • 23 Nov Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects
  • 24 Nov Ireland votes for independence from the UK
  • 25 Nov KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Nov 36th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7
  • 28 Nov Hopalong Cassidy premieres on TV
  • 29 Nov Kukla, Fran, and Ollie debuted on NBC
  • 30 Nov Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP
  • 01 Dec Piet Roozenburg becomes world champion checker player.
  • 02 Dec Stan Musial is picked National League Most Valuable Player.
  • 03 Dec 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn-in
  • 04 Dec Magdalena closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 05 Dec New York Giants' Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions.
  • 08 Dec Marinka closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • 11 Dec WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Dec Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre : 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • 15 Dec Former state department official Alger Hiss indicted in New York City for perjury.
  • 16 Dec Lend an Ear opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 18 Dec WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec 8th largest snowfall in NYC history (15.3)
  • 20 Dec Second Chamber accepts second Police Action in Indonesia.
  • 21 Dec State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence.
  • 22 Dec KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 23 Dec Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.
  • 24 Dec First US house completely sunheated is occupied (Dover, Massachusetts).
  • 26 Dec Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty arrested
  • 28 Dec IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • 29 Dec Rape of Lucretia opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • 30 Dec Kiss Me, Kate opens at New Century Theater in New York City for 1077 performances.
  • 31 Dec Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike