August 1948 in history

August 1948 events chronologically

Aug 3 Whittaker Chambers accuses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union
Aug 10 Candid Camera makes its television debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone
Aug 12 USS Nevada is struck from the naval record
Aug 15 The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north
Aug 18 The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour
Aug 23 World Council of Churches is formed
Aug 25 The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: "Confrontation Day" between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1948

Aug 3 Jean-Pierre Raffarin a French conservative politician and Senator for Vienne.
Aug 7 Greg Chappell a former cricketer who captained Australia between 1975 and 1977 and then joined the breakaway World Series Cricket organisation, before returning to the Australian captaincy in 1979, a position he held until his retirement 1984. The second of three brothers to play Test cricket, Chappell was the pre-eminent Australian batsman of his time who allied elegant stroke making to fierce concentration. An exceptional all round player who bowled medium pace and, at his retirement, held the world record for the most catches in Test cricket, Chappell's career straddled two eras as the game moved toward a greater level of professionalism after the WSC schism
Aug 11 Jan Palach a Czech student of history and political economy at Charles University. He committed suicide by self-immolation as a political protest against the end of the Prague Spring resulting from the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies
Aug 20 Robert Plant an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Possessing a powerful and wide vocal range he has also had a successful solo career spanning more than 40 years. Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll during which time he has influenced musicians such as Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose, and Chris Cornell. In 2006, Heavy Metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time". In 2009, Plant was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011, readers of Rolling Stone placed Plant in first place of the magazine's list of the best lead singers of all time
Aug 24 Jean Michel Jarre a French composer, performer and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks
Aug 24 Sauli Niinistö a Finnish politician who became the 12th President of Finland in 2012.
Aug 24 Alexander McCall Smith a Rhodesian-born British writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. In the late twentieth century, McCall Smith became a respected expert on medical law and bioethics and served on British and international committees concerned with these issues. He has since become internationally known as a writer of fiction. He is most widely known as the creator of the The 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. "McCall" is not a middle name: his surname is "McCall Smith"

Top 7 most famous people died in August 1948

Aug 4 Mileva Marić a Serbian physicist. She was the only woman among Albert Einstein's fellow students at the Zurich Polytechnic. They developed a relationship and had a daughter Lieserl before their marriage. After their marriage in 1903, they had two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard
Aug 16 Babe Ruth an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs , slugging percentage , runs batted in , bases on balls , and on-base plus slugging , some of which have been broken. He was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936
Aug 16 Harry Dexter White an American economist, senior U.S. Treasury department official. He passed numerous secrets to the Soviet Union, especially during World War II, when it was an ally of the U.S. After the war, White was the senior American official at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference, and was a major architect of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank
Aug 18 Archduke Wilhelm of Austria an Austrian archduke, colonel of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen, and poet.
Aug 22 Josef Bühler a secretary and deputy governor to the Nazi-controlled General Government in Kraków during World War II.
Aug 27 Charles Evans Hughes an American statesman, lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York , Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States , United States Secretary of State , a judge on the Court of International Justice , and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States. He was the Republican candidate in the 1916 U.S. Presidential election, losing narrowly to incumbent President Woodrow Wilson
Aug 31 Andrei Zhdanov a Soviet politician.