1948

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Events

  • January 5 - Semiramis Hotel bombing: members of Haganah blow up a hotel in West Jerusalem, killing 24-26 civilians.
  • January 30 - Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated at the Birla House compound in New Delhi by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse.
  • April 9 - Jorge Eliécer Gaitán is assassinated by Juan Roa Sierra, who later the same day would be lynched by a mob to death. This event would trigger the beginning of La Violencia in Colombia.
  • April 9 - Deir Yassin massacre: fighters from Irgun and Lehi kill at least 107 Palestinian Arabs, including women and children, in Deir Yassin, a village of roughly 600 people near Jerusalem.
  • May 15 - Beginning of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • June 4 - Daniel François Malan is elected Prime Minister of South Africa, allowing the National Party to become the ruling party and marking the beginning of Apartheid in South Africa.
  • June 11 - Irgun is dissolved.
  • June 12 - Mátyás Rákosi is named General Secretary of the Hungarian Working People's Party.
  • June 16 - Beginning of the Malayan Emergency.
  • June 28 - Josip Broz Tito withdraws Yugoslavia from Cominform following ideological differences with Joseph Stalin.
  • August 12 - The Babrra Massacre takes place.
  • August 15 - The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is declared. Syngman Rhee is elected as the nation's inaugural president.
  • September 3 - Bolesław Bierut is named General Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party.
  • September 8 - Max Amann is sentenced to ten years in a labor camp by an Allied court.
  • September 9 - Kim Il-sung declares the formation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and names himself premier.
  • September 17 - Swedish UN diplomat Folke Bernadotte is assassinated in Jerusalem by Lehi.
  • December 23 - Six high-ranking officials of Imperial Japan, including former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, are hanged for war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.
  • December 28 - Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmud Fahmi Nokrashi is assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Births

Villain births

Victim births

  • September 24 - Phil Hartman

Deaths

Villain deaths

Victim deaths

  • January 30 - Mahatma Gandhi
  • April 9 - Jorge Eliécer Gaitán
  • September 17 - Folke Bernadotte
  • December 28 - Mahmud Fahmi Nokrashi