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Major Events of 1948

1948 (Roman Numerals: MCMXLVIII) was the 48th year of the 20th century. 1948 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1948.
News Events of 1948

Berlin Airlift (1948-1949) when Soviets cut off ground transportation to West Berlin.

US President Truman approves the Marshall Plan giving aid to 16 European countries.

George C. Marshall

Foundation of State of Israel.


Indian leader Mahatma Gandi assassinated.

Mohandas Gandhi

Communists take over Czechoslovakia.

Organization of American States founded.

National Party wins South African elections and introduces Apartheid (racial segregation) system.

First flight of De Havilland Comet, the first commercial jet airliner.

World Council of Churches formed.

UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Clothes rationing ends in Britain.

Honda Motor Company formed.

World Health Organization is established.

The international tribunal in Tokyo sentences seven senior Japanese leaders to death for their roles in World War II.

Sri Lanka (then called "Ceylon") becomes independent from Britain.

The National Health Services Acts create a national public health system in Britain.

Sports in 1948
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1948 Summer Olympics (Games of the XIV Olympiad): London, UK

    • 1948 Winter Olympics (V Olympic Winter Games): St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • Baseball:

    1948 World Series

    • Winning Team: Cleveland Indians

    • Losing Team: Boston Braves

Fiction set in 1948

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