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1946 1947 1948



  • Saskatchewan, under Premier Tommy Douglas, becomes first Canadian province to provide public, universal hospital insurance. Other Canadian provinces soon follow.
  • Britain evacuates 75,000 British personnel and dependents from Palestine.
  • War in Palestine sends first wave of Palestinian refugees to Lebanon.
  • Japanese parliament passes The Child Welfare Law.
  • U.S. Congress passes Taft-Hartley Act; Democratic President Harry S. Truman vetoes the anti-working class legislation but Republican majority overrides his veto. The law undermines labor union organizing efforts outside the industrial northeast.



  • January 24: Physicist and activist Michio Kaku 加來 紀雄 is born.




  • April 8: Nominations of Edgar Witt, William Holt and Louis O'Marr as the first three members of the Indian Claims Commission sail through Senate approval. None is a Native American and all will oppose giving Native Americans more than a tiny fraction of nthe value stolen from them.
  • April 15: Jackie Robinson plays in a baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color barrier.



  • June 3: Partition Plan for India is released.
  • June 5: U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall delivers Marshall Plan speech at Harvard University.
  • June 24: Pilot Kenneth Arnold makes first reported sighting of what are thereafter called "flying saucers".


  • July 8: Crash of a "flying saucer" reported in Roswell, New Mexico by Maj. William M. "Mac" Brazel.



  • November 15: Future New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is born in Pasadena, California.
  • November 29: United Nations votes 33 (including America and the Soviet Union) to 13 with 10 abstentions (including Britain) to partition Palestine between its Arab and Jewish inhabitants.


  • December 19: National Security Council holds its first meeting and decides on an all-out covert psych-war against the Soviet Union.
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