The United Nations General Assembly meeting in Paris, France adopts the Universal Declaration on Human Rights which took nearly three years in prepare . Find More What happened in 1948
A mysterious epidemic, consisting of two separate diseases, a form of pneumonia and skin cancer, has been found in 180 patients in 15 states since last July. It has claimed around 75 lives so far in the US and up to 92% of the victims are homosexual men. The unknown condition was eventually named as Aids (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) virus not only restricted to homosexuals and 4,000 were infected in the space of two years.
1901 : The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The Nobel Prizes are funded by a fund created after the death of Alfred Nobel the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. In his will, Nobel directed that the bulk of his vast fortune be placed in a fund in which the interest would be "annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind."
Czar Nicholas of Russia addressed Finland's diet (government) and commented, "I observe, that the public tranquility of Finland has been shaken by resistance to my decrees. The past summer was darkened by the murder of the highest representative of imperial power in Finland." The Czar went on to assert that his laws united the empire in general and Finland in particular.
The Women's Christian Temperance Union marches on Washington D.C. asking the US government to create a prohibition amendment. 18th Amendment / Prohibition Timeline
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Born: Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton, 10th December 1914 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Known For : American Actress Dorothy Lamour is best known for appearing in the Road to Rio and other Road To... movies, which were a series of successful comedies co-starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. A little known fact was after she left New Orleans and moved to Chicago she was an elevator operator for the Marshall Field department store on State Street. Over the next few years she appeared in a number of Radio Shows before moving to Hollywood in 1936 where she gained her big break appearing alongside Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the 40's and 1950s in the Road to movies. During World War II she was among the most popular pinup girls among American servicemen, along with Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner. She appeared in a number of other well known movies including The Hurricane and the Oscar winning The Greatest Show on Earth.
Following increased Violence during the Irish Revolution the British declare Martial law in Counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.
1929 : Robert the Bruce, a Scottish hero who ruled as king and freedom fighter in Scotland, has had his heart misplaced. This was discovered when Rev. Dr. Christie suggested that Robert the Bruce's heart should be buried in Israel. A shriveled heart was found, but experts said it wasn't't the right heart.
1937 : A woman spent six hours in shark infested waters and will not tell anyone what made her go overboard. Miss Offut, a passenger aboard the freighter, Lillian Luckenbach, was discovered to be missing by her roommate. When Miss Offut boarded the ship the captain noticed that she was distraught and anxious. The crew rescued the drowning woman and later took her to hospital.
1944 : Chiand Kai-Shek has given his consent to the communists having a share in China's government and military. The communist leaders were seeking a coalition to fend off Japan in Northern China.
1951 : Santa Claus and angels were banned in Hungary at Christmas this year. Pictures of tractors holding gifts would replace Santa Claus and his elves. It was not entirely clear why communist officials became so provoked at Saint Nick, but it seems that they could use some of his generosity.
1958 : The first domestic passenger jet powered aircraft flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.
The Grateful Dead with Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia play their first concert, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
Western Germany grounded 700 American-made F-104G Starfighter Planes due to safety concerns. The planes were going to taken out of commission and redesigned after there had been 65 incidents with them.
A plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, kills soul singer Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays band the plane crashed into Lake Monona, several miles from the Madison airport.
Millionaire and rice seller, Tongsun Park's fate was being debated by Korea and the United States after he was shown to be guilty of fraud and corruption. It was assumed that Korea and the Americans were close to an accord on the matter and that Park would testify in the U.S. and later be returned unharmed to Korea.
A British Stuntman Eddie Kidd accomplishes a "death-defying" motorcycle leap crossing an 80ft gap over a 50ft sheer drop above a viaduct at the River Blackwater at Maldon, Essex on a 400cc motorcycle.
Dollar drops 3.7% to close at 231.25 yen in Tokyo, it's largest single day drop in value against the yen
Following the collapse of the military junta, Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín who won the democratic elections in October becomes the President of Argentina
1984 : South African Bishop Desmond Tutu an opponent of apartheid. and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rescue workers have estimated up to 45,000 people have died and a further 500,000 are homeless after the devastating earthquake which ripped through Armenia,
Many if not most rural homes in the twenties did not have full indoor plumbing so this was your best chance of having a hot bath, the water heater could be a Gasoline or Kerosine based burner, To use the bathtub you first needed to fill the tank with water ( held 12 gallons ), next light the burner and when ready fill the bath, to empty the bath attach the 6ft length of hose to the water outlet and drain out through the nearest window.
Turkey may become a popular tourist destination in the future. Mount Ararat may contain the remnants of Noah's ark and the Turquoise Coast of Turkey may become a popular resort for travellers as well.
The first 100 hostages held in the Gulf for four-and-a-half months landed at Heathrow airport today after their release by Saddam Hussein. The Foreign Office expects the other 300 held since Iraq invaded Kuwait in August to be home by the weekend.
Marry Leakey, famous archaeologist and anthropologist, died at age 83. Leakey was widely known for her discovery of fossils in Kenya and Tanzania which she said were evidence of the origin of man.
Voice Over Internet Protocol may revolutionize the way Brazilians talk on the telephone. In the past Latin America had been used to exorbitant prices for long distance calls. However, a war between two telephone companies - Embratel and Inelig cut long distance bills by 65%, and the Voice Over Protocol will make calls even cheaper.
The former US President Jimmy Carter is presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his helping to solve the Middle East crisis in the 1970s using diplomacy.
2006 : One million Lebanese pro Hezbollah and pro Syria supporters gather in downtown Beirut, protesting against the Western backed government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Chile's Augusto Pinochet, who ruled from 1973 to 1990, died after suffering a heart attack. He had spent his old age fighting human rights, fraud and corruption charges, and most of his supporters had abandoned him when it came out that he had been stashing money (some $27 million) in secret off-shore bank accounts.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has backed his First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to replace him as president. 'I fully support this candidacy,' said Comrade Putin. Medvedev was nominated by Putin's United Russia Party and three other pro-Kremlin parties, and was Putin's chief-of-staff, as well as chairman of the gas giant Gazprom. He, like Putin, comes from St. Petersburg.
Barack Obama has called on Rod Blagojevich to resign following his arrest on charges of his trying to 'sell' Obama's Senate seat. Mr. Blagojevich, as Governor, has the sole authority to pick Mr Obama's successor as Senator for Illinois. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is revealed as the man who Blagojevich says sent an emissary to him, and offered campaign cash for the seat.
President Obama has said the U.S. must uphold moral standards when waging wars, as he accepted his Nobel Peace Prize. In his speech in Oslo, he defended the U.S. role in Afghanistan, arguing that the the use of force could bring lasting peace. He also said that his accomplishments were slight compared with other Laureates. Obama was given the prize in October for his 'extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples.' Thursday's ceremony in the Norwegian capital came days after he announced he was sending thirty thousand additional soldiers to the war in Afghanistan.
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia), Leymah Gbowee (Liberian Peace Activist), and Tawakkol Karman (Yemeni Pro-Democracy Campaigner). The three women were awarded the prize for their non-violent efforts to improve women's safety and women's rights to participate in the peace-making process.
The results of Ghana's presidential election reported that incumbent John Mahama won with just over fifty percent of the votes, beating out opposition Nana Akufo-Addo. The election was declared free and fair.
NASA released a movie taken by the Juno satellite as it makes its way towards Jupiter. The video showed the Earth and the Moon, with the Earth spinning and the Moon circling the Earth. The Juno Probe was launched in 2011 and is expected to reach Jupiter in 2016.
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1930 Morristown New Jersey
5 room family home
1931 Lincoln Nebraska 4 room bungalow with basement , gas , pine finish , full basement$2,100
1931 Appleton Wisconsin
New Modern 5 bedroom Home
1931 Oakland California
8 room english style home 3 bedrooms , electric appliances, large basement
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021
1930 10 cents
1940 11 cents
1950 18 cents
1960 25 cents
1970 36 cents
2021 Current ( April ) $2.87