News and Events of 1948

World Events

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Harry S. Truman
Vice President: none
Population: 146,631,302
Life expectancy: 67.2 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.9

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $269.7 billion
Federal spending:   $29.76 billion
Federal debt:   $252.0 billion
Consumer Price Index:   24.1
Unemployment:   3.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.03


World Series
Cleveland d. Boston Braves (4-2)
NBA Championship
Baltimore Bullets d. Philadelphia Warriors (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Toronto d. Detroit (4-0)
Women: Louise Brough d. D. Hart (6-3 8-6)
Men: Bob Falkenburg d. J. Bromwich (7-5 0-6 6-2 3-6 7-5)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Kentucky d. Baylor (58-42)
NCAA Football Champions
Michigan (9-0-0)
1948 Summer Olympics
1948 Winter Olympics


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Tales of the South Pacific, James A. Michener
Music: Symphony No. 3, Walter Piston
Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

Oscars awarded in 1948
Academy Award, Best Picture: Gentleman's Agreement (Twentieth Century-Fox)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Thomas Stearns Eliot (UK)

1948 Tony Awards

Miss America: BeBe Shopp (MN)

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  • The Hollywood Ten, a group of writers, producers and directors called as witnesses in the House Committee's Investigation of Un-American Activities, are jailed for contempt of Congress when they refuse to disclose if they were or were not Communists.
  • Columbia Records introduces the 33 1/3 LP ("long playing") record at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It allows listeners to enjoy an unprecedented 25 minutes of music per side, compared to the four minutes per side of the standard 78 rpm record.


  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Hamlet, I Remember Mama, Johnny Belinda, The Snake Pit



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Arne Tiselius (Sweden), for biochemical discoveries and isolation of mouse paralysis virus

Physics: Patrick M. S. Blackett (UK), for improvement on Wilson chamber and discoveries in cosmic radiation

Physiology or Medicine: Paul Mueller (Switzerland), for discovery of insect-killing properties of DDT


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