Honoring an 1898 treaty, President Truman declared that the Philippines would be independent as of July 4th.
The first digital computer was introduced at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philadelphia. The ENIAC was 30 by 60 feet and weighed 60,000 pounds.
130 people died when elevator shafts and stairways were consumed with fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta.
The League Of Nations disbanded and assigned its assets to the newly-formed United Nations. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donated an $8,500,000 block of property to the UN for its headquarters on Manhattan's east side.
Yugoslavia shot down two unarmed U.S. Army transports. Belgrade apologized after the U.S. threatened war.
One-story, spit-level homes became the trend. Americans dubbed the style "ranch houses."
Actor, comedian, billiards pro and writer W.C. Fields died of liver dysfunction which was linked with his heavy drinking.
Hit songs included There's No Business Like Show Business and Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah.