Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century
Decades: 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s - 1940s - 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Years: 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 - 1948 - 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953
- January 4 - Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom
- January 5 - Warner Brothers shows the first color newsreel (Tournament of Roses Parade[?] and the Rose Bowl[?]).
- January 26 - President Harry S Truman signs Executive Order 9981[?], ending segregation in the United States Armed Forces
- January 30 - Indian pacifist and leader Mahatma Gandhi is murdered by a Hindu extremist.
- January 30 - 1948 Winter Olympics open in St. Moritz[?], Switzerland
- February 4 - Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth. King George VI becomes King of Ceylon.
- February 18 - Eamon de Valera, head of government since 1932, loses power to an opposition coalition. John A. Costello is appointed Taoiseach of Éire (formerly called the Irish Free State) by President O'Kelly.
- February 24 - The Communist Party seizes control of Czechoslovakia
- March 8 - The United States Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools violated the Constitution.
- April 1 - Cold War: Berlin Airlift - Military forces, under direction of the Soviet-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.
- April 3 - President Harry Truman signs the Marshall Plan which authorizes $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
- April 7 - The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
- May 14 - Israel established as an independent state.
- May 14 - The murder of a three-year-old girl in Blackburn[?], England leads to the fingerprinting of more than 40,000 men in the city in an attempt to find the murderer.
- May 15 - Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel.
- May 16 - Chaim Weizmann is elected as the first President of Israel.
- May 26 - The United States Congress passes Public Law 557[?] which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
- July 5 - British National Health Service Act enacted.
- November - Harry S. Truman defeats Thomas E. Dewey in the U.S. presidential election
- November 15 - Louis Stephen Saint Laurent becomes Canada's twelfth prime minister.
- December 10, United Nations General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- December 30 - The play Kiss Me Kate opens for the first of 1,077 performances.
Art, Culture & Fashion
- January 7 - Kenny Loggins[?], singer
- January 10 - Donald Fagen[?], keyboardist
- January 14 - Carl Weathers[?], actor
- January 14 - T-Bone Burnett, producer, musician
- January 15 - Ronnie Van Zant[?], musician (+ 1977)
- January 16 - John Carpenter, director
- January 22 - George Foreman, boxer
- January 27 - Mikhail Baryshnikov[?], dancer
- February 4 - Alice Cooper, musician
- February 5 - Christopher Guest, actor, writer, director, composer
- February 5 - Barbara Hershey[?], actress
- February 11 - Sue Bernard[?], Playboy magazine's playmate for December 1966
- February 14 - Teller[?], magician (Penn and Teller[?])
- February 28 - Bernadette Peters, actress, singer
- February 28 - Mike Figgis[?], director, writer, composer
- February 28 - Mercedes Ruehl[?], actress
- March 2 - R. T. Crowley, writer, pioneer of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)
- March 8 - Gary Numan, singer
- March 9 - Jeffrey Osborne[?], singer
- March 11 - Dominique Sanda[?], actress
- March 12 - James Taylor, musician
- March 17 - William Gibson, writer
- March 20 - Bobby Orr, ice hockey player
- March 22 - Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer
- March 22 - Wolf Blitzer[?], television journalist
- March 26 - Steven Tyler[?], musician ("Aerosmith")
- March 31 - Al Gore, Vice President of the United States
- March 31 - Rhea Perlman[?], actress
- April 1 - Jimmy Cliff, musician
- May 12 - Steve Winwood, singer ("Blind Faith", "Traffic")
- May 15 - Brian Eno, musician, record producer
- May 19 - Grace Jones[?], singer, actress
- May 21 - Leo Sayer[?], musician
- May 26 - Stevie Nicks, songwriter, actress
- May 31 - John Bonham ("Bonzo") (drummer)
- June 2 - Todd Rundgren, singer and producer
- June 13 - Marc Flanagan[?], television writer and producer
- June 13 - Garnet Bailey, professional hockey player & scout
- July 30 - Jean Reno, actor
- October 9 - Jackson Browne, musician
- November 10 - Vincent Schiavelli, actor
- November 14 - Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
- December 27 - Gerard Depardieu, French actor
- January 21 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer
- January 30 - Mohandas Gandhi, Indian politician
- February 11 - Sergy Eisenstein, film director.
- March 10 - Zelda Fitzgerald[?] (Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald)
- March 10 - Jan Masaryk, Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia
- March 28 - Dianne Wiest[?], actress
- March 31 - Egon Erwin Kisch[?], journalist and author
- May 15 - Father Edward J. Flanagan[?], priest, founder of Boys Town
- May 28 - Unity Mitford, British friend of Hitler (*1914)
- July 23 - David Wark Griffith, film director.
- September 11 - Muhammed Ali Jinnah, first Governor-General of Pakistan