Category Archives: 1940s

‘I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover’ by Art Mooney and His Orchestra peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 14 1948)

(Saturday, February 14, 1948)“I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” by Art Mooney and His Orchestra peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for three consecutive weeks (Feb. 14/21, Mar. 6, 1948). Continue reading ‘I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover’ by Art Mooney and His Orchestra peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 14 1948)

Ashes of Mahatma Gandhi cast upon waters 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 12 1948)


Video: 'Last Rites For Gandhi (1948)'

(Thursday, February 12, 1948, 1:55 p.m. IST) — The ashes of Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi, who was assassinated Jan. 30, 1948, on his way to prayer by a Hindu extremist, were consigned to the holy waters of the Ganges today amid pageantry epitomizing the ancient civilization that the little man in a white loincloth molded into free membership in the modern family of nations.
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Truman seeks to desegregate Armed Forces 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1948)


Video: 'American Experience Truman 2 of 3' (Feb. 2, 1948, at 39:49)

(Monday, February 2, 1948) — President Harry S. Truman sent a special message to Congress today on civil rights, announcing the he had “instructed the secretary of defense to take steps to have the remaining instances of discrimination in the armed services eliminated as rapidly as possible.” Continue reading Truman seeks to desegregate Armed Forces 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1948)

Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 30 1948)


Video: 'The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi'

(Wednesday, January 30, 1948, 5:17 p.m. IST) — Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi, 78, was shot three times at point-blank range today on his way to prayer in the compound of Birla House (now Gandhi Smriti), a large mansion in central New Delhi, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist. Continue reading Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 30 1948)

1948 Winter Olympics open in St. Moritz 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 30 1948)


Video: 'The Full St. Moritz 1948 Official Olympic Film | Olympic History' (opening ceremony at 11:09)

(Wednesday, January 30, 1948, 10:00 a.m. CET) — Athletes from 28 nations marched today in the opening ceremonies of the 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games, in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Games were the first to be celebrated after World War II; it had been 12 years since the last Winter Games in 1936.

669 athletes (592 men, 77 women) competed in 22 events in four sports (9 disciplines) through Feb. 8, 1948.

Norway and Sweden won the most gold medals (4 each) and Norway, Sweden and Switzerland took home the most medals (10 each).

‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ released in Los Angeles 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 15 1948)


Video: 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' trailer

(Thursday, January 15, 1948)The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, an American dramatic adventurous neo-western film about two financially desperate Americans who in the 1920s join an old-timer to prospect for gold, was released today in Los Angeles. Continue reading ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ released in Los Angeles 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 15 1948)

Supreme Court orders Oklahoma to admit African-Americans to law school 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD


Video: 'A Tribute to Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher'

(Monday, January 12, 1948) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, unanimously ruled today that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, ordering the admission of Ada Lois Sipuel, a 24-year-old African-American. Continue reading Supreme Court orders Oklahoma to admit African-Americans to law school 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD

Truman for $40 income tax cut, rise on profits 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 7 1948)

(Wednesday, January 7, 1948, 1:30 p.m. EST) — In his State of the Union message, U.S. President Harry S. Truman urged Congress today to grant every income taxpayer a $40-cost-of-living credit with an additional $40 credit for each of his dependents, and proposed the recapture of the consequent loss of $3,200,000,000 in Federal revenue by raising taxes on corporation profits (click here to listen to President Truman’s address).

Great Blizzard of 1947 buries northeastern U.S. 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 27 1947)


Video: 'Blizzard of 1947: New York buried in record 26 inch snowstorm after 16 hours of h...HD Stock Footage'

(Friday, December 26, 1947) — The Great Blizzard of 1947, a record-breaking snowfall that began on Christmas without prediction and brought the northeastern United States to a standstill, dumped 26.4 inches of snow today on Central Park in Manhattan in 16 hours. Continue reading Great Blizzard of 1947 buries northeastern U.S. 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 27 1947)