The Year That Was… 1948

An In Depth Look at Various Years in History

Welcome to a new feature on the website. Once in a while I will take a stroll down memory lane through a specific year in history. I chose to kick it off with 1948 because today is my dad’s 73rd birthday.

If you listen to the podcast you’ll know that I mention Curator Sr. frequently. He’s my best friend and has made a major impact on my life. So as he sits in the Sonoran Desert, sipping on a Rum and Coke or golfing or going to the casino or eating tacos, I thought I would give him something to read through.

Dave aka Curator Sr. circa 1984

The Top Names in Entertainment

In other entertainment news from that year, a group of directors, writers and producers known as The Hollywood Ten were called as witnesses in House Committee’s investigation into Un-American Activities. They were jailed by for contempt of Congress when they all refused to admit to whether they were communists or not.

Columbia Records debuted the LP (long playing record) at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The 33 1/3 LP offered 25 minutes of music per side as opposed to the whopping four minutes per side that a 78 gave listeners.

Life and Death

On January 30th, 1948 at 5:17 pm, Gandhi was in the Birla House garden with his grandnieces on his way to address a prayer meeting. That’s when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, fired three bullets into his chest from a pistol at close range.

In Other News

The World Health Organization was formed by the United Nations. President Harry S. Truman won re-election in an upset over Thomas E. Dewey. The Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia. The “Big Bang” theory of the universe’s origin was first discussed and the U.S. continued to deal with postwar inflation while labor unrest hit critical status.

A Gallery of 1948 Goodies

I hope you enjoyed this look back at the year that was 1948. Happy Birthday, Dad.

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