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  Timeline: 1948  
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1948 Milan-San Remo Fausto Coppi (Ita) 290.5 km
April 4, 1948 Paris-Roubaix Rik van Steenbergen (Bel) 246 km
April 18, 1948 Tour of Flanders Briek Schotte (Bel) 257 km
May 2, 1948 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Maurice Mollin (Bel) 213 km
May 15-June 6, 1948 Giro d'Italia Fiorenzo Magni (Ita) 19 Stages, 4,164 km
June 13-July 4, 1948 Vuelta a Espana Bernardo Ruiz (Spa) 20 Stages, 4,008 km
June 30-July 25, 1948 Tour de France Gino Bartali (Ita) 21 Stages, 4,922 km
August 22, 1948 World Championships Briek Schotte (Bel) Valkenburg, Holland 266.8 km
October 24, 1948 Giro di Lombardia Fausto Coppi (Ita) Milan-Milan, 222 km

•  “Bikini” - Louis Reard introduced his two-piece bathing suit in Paris. The name came from the Pacific Ocean atoll where the USA tested the A-bomb. France was so shocked with the two-piece bathing suit they insisted on one-piece suits. On the French Riviera, they complied by losing the tops.

•  Pope Pius XII - The chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo became a shrine to cyclist when the Pope lite a candle and dedicated it to cyclists. The chapel is a museum of historic jerseys and famous bicycles.

•  TV - June 29, 1948, Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town premiers on CBS. September, Milton Berle stars in Texaco Star Theater on NBC.

•  USA - Harry S. Truman defeats heavily favored Thomas E. Dewey in the Presidential election.

Notable Deaths -
Mohandas Gandhi, 1869-1948
, was an advocate of a pacifist means of revolution. He helped India gain independence from Great Britain.

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