1948
THIS YEAR IN LAS VEGAS ...

WHILE IN THE WORLD ...

Another hotel on the Strip
On September 2nd, the Thunderbird opens. It is the fourth hotel and casino of the street that will become famous as the ''Las Vegas Strip''.
Its name is derived from the Navajo legend ''The Sacred Bearer of Happiness Unlimited''.

A new way to Communism
President Tito brings Yugoslavia on a new way to Communism. He transforms his country into a federation, in which individual states have economic freedom.
His reforms go against the Soviet paradigm; and this year the Yugoslavia's Communist Party is put out from the Cominform. Stalin also orders an economic blockade.
Facing the risk of a Soviet invasion, all Yugoslavs decide to support their leader.

The State of Israel
In November, last year, the United Nations has approved the division of Palestine in two different countries: one given to the Jews, and the other to the Arabs.
Although the Arab League opposes to the UN decision, and various terrorist acts have killed many Jews and Arabs, the Jewish Army finally conquers the land allotted by the UN.
On May 14, the State of Israel is finally proclaimed, almost 2000 years after its destruction by Romans, and Ben-Gurion leads its first government.

Gandhi's assassination
On January 30, Mohandas Gandhi, father of the new India and commonly known as the ''great soul'' (Mahatma), is assassinated at the age of 78 by a Hindu fanatic.
Mahatma Gandhi, who was predicating the non-violence, succeeded in the unification of the country, by also putting together people with different religions, like Hindus and Muslims.
The announcement, by the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, of Gandhi's assassination will shock the whole world.

The birth of LP
This year the Columbia Records introduce the twelve-inch, long playing (LP) vinyl record, playing at the speed of 33 1/3 turns per minute.
The sound quality of this new record is far better than that of the old 78. Moreover, up to 25 min of music can be recorded per side, allowing the collection of various songs.
Next year, the RCA Victor will introduce the 45 rpm, a smaller-size record containing a single song per side.

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