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1948 1949 1950


  • China's population is 541.67 million.
  • South African aparthied regime adopts Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act.


  • January 20: Harry Truman is sworn in as President for a 2nd term. Alben Barkley becomes Vice President.
  • March 31: Newfoundland joins Canada.
  • April 4: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is established by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the United States.
  • April 20: Massimo D'Alema is born in Rome.
  • May 23: The Federal Republic of Germany, to be known as West Germany constituting the French, British and American zones of occupation of Germany, is created.
  • August 29: The Soviet Union detonates a nuclear device. The nuclear arms race begins.
  • September 13: Avigdor Itzhaki is born.
  • October 7: The German Democratic Republic, or East Germany is created out of the Soviet occupation zone of Germany.
  • October 9: J. Robert Oppenheimer travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend meeting of the Harvard Board of Overseers. He has recently been elected a member.
  • October 28: J. Robert Oppenheimer convenes the 18th meeting of the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • November 24: Linda Tripp is born.
  • December 7: Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party takes control of Chinese mainland.
  • December 30: Truman authorizes N.S.C. 48/2, a National Security Council study on Asia that says "The course of U.S. policy was the block further Communist expansion in Asia."
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