A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

June 18, 1948

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The Soviet Union bans all road and rail passenger traffic from the West to Berlin.
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Columbia Records, the Columbia Broadcasting System, and Philco demonstrate for the first time, in New York, an unbreakable twelve-inch vinylite disc called the LP Microgroove. The new technology was developed by Dr. Peter Goldmark, Director of CBS Engineering Research and Development Laboratories. It is capable of playing recorded music for 45 minutes.
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First Arab-Israeli War: Count Folke Bernadotte arrives on the island of Rhodes to begin Middle East peace negotiations.