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1948, a leap year, was the 77th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.













Jupe, created in 1948



Film, Radio and TV


In 1948 the first color newsreel was produced. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. The winter olympics were held in St Moritz, Switzerland and the summer olympics in London, England. The Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in schools is unconstitutional. The Hell's Angels gang was founded. President Truman signed the Marshall Plan. The U. S. House Un-American Activities Committee held its first televised hearings. The Cleveland Indians won the World Series over the Boston Braves. Harry Truman was reelected over Thomas Dewey and Strom Thurmond. The UN adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Notable 1948 births include those of musicians Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant, Cat Stevens and Ronnie Van Zant, actors Billy Crystal, Samuel L. Jackson and Rhea Perlman, hockey player Bobby Orr, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, broadcaster Bryant Gumbel, politicians Howard Dean and Al Gore, and fitness guru Richard Simmons.

Among those who died in 1948 were Gandhi, inventor Orville Wright, baseball player Babe Ruth, and former First Lady Edith Roosevelt.

Notable films included The Red Shoes, The Three Musketeers, Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The most popular singles included Pee Wee Hunt's "12th Street Rag" and Art Mooney's "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover". The 1948 Nobel Prize for literature went to T. S. Eliot while the Pulitzer Prize went to James Michener for Tales of the South Pacific. Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Names Desire won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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