What Happened in August 1947

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances
  • Aug 1 Valleivogels soccer team forms in Scherpenzeel
  • Aug 4 The Supreme Court of Japan is established.
  • Aug 5 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • Aug 6 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • Aug 7 The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Aug 8 Pakistan's National Flag is approved.
  • Aug 14 Mildred Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000
  • Aug 14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • Aug 15 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
  • Aug 16 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 17 The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
  • Aug 18 Naval torpedo & mine factory explodes at Cadiz, Spain killing 300
  • Aug 19 J Arens & D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A
  • Aug 20 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
  • Aug 20 Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
  • Aug 21 1st Little League World Series Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win
  • Aug 22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • Aug 23 US President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert
  • Aug 23 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • Aug 25 Marion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speed record of 1,047 kph
  • Aug 26 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
  • Aug 29 Constantine Tsaldaris succeeds Maximos as Greek premier
  • Aug 31 Hungarian communist party wins election
  • Aug 31 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Rick Anderson, rock bassist (Tubes)
  • Aug 1 Ricky Coonce, rock drummer (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 1 Chris L. Barnard, Welsh footballer
  • Aug 1 Dennis Zine, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Aug 2 Rose Tremain, novelist/playwright
  • Aug 2 Massiel, Spanish singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 4 Ken Dryden, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • Aug 4 Paul Leyton, rocker (Seekers)
  • Aug 4 Klaus Schulze, German composer
  • Aug 5 Rick Zehringer, American musician (McCoys), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • Aug 5 Greg Leskiw, Canadian rocker (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aug 5 Rick Derringer, rocker (I am the Real American (Hulk Hogan's theme)
  • Aug 5 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Sally Eaton, Ill, Broadway actress (Jeanie-Hair)
  • Aug 6 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • Aug 7 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington D.C.
  • Aug 7 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own)
  • Aug 8 Jose Cruz, leftfielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros)
  • Aug 8 Larry Wilcox, SD California, actor (Lassie, Officer Jon Baker-CHiPs)
  • Aug 9 Barbara Mason, US singer (Yes, I'm Ready)
  • Aug 10 Alan Ward, England cricket pace bowler (1969-76)
  • Aug 10 Ian Anderson, Scotland, rocker (Jethro Tull-Bungle in the Jungle)
  • Aug 11 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Schumann/Brahms)
  • Aug 11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • Aug 11 Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician
  • Aug 12 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • Aug 13 Gretchen Corbett, Camp Sherman Ore, actress (Beth-Rockford Files)
  • Aug 13 John Stocker, Canadian actor
  • Aug 13 Margareta Winberg, Swedish politician
  • Aug 14 Danielle Steel, author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 14 George Newsome, rocker
  • Aug 14 Peter Christian, English actor
  • Aug 14 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band)
  • Aug 15 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman
  • Aug 15 Geraldo Velez, jazz congas (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Aug 15 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, Macon Ga, USN/astro (STS 33)
  • Aug 15 Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress
  • Aug 16 Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • Aug 16 John Howard, (US), speed record (152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT)
  • Aug 17 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 19 Gerard Schwarz, Weehawken NJ, trumpeter/conductor (LA Chamber Orch)
  • Aug 19 Gerald McRaney, American actor (Simon & Simon, Major Dad), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • Aug 19 Dave Dutton, English actor
  • Aug 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 James Pankow, rocker (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 21 Carl Giammarese, rock guitarist (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 22 Bud Cramer, (Rep-D-Alabama)
  • Aug 22 Cindy Williams, Van Nuys California, actress (Shirley- Laverne & Shirley)
  • Aug 22 Donna Godchaux, rocker (Grateful Dead)
  • Aug 23 Rex Allen Jr, country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Terje Rypdal, composer
  • Aug 23 Willy Russell, author/playwright (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita)
  • Aug 23 David Robb, British actor
  • Aug 24 Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author
  • Aug 24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 24 Vladimir Masorin, Russian admiral
  • Aug 25 Anne Archer, actress (Fatal Attraction, Patriot Games), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 25 Wim J van Gelder, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Aug 26 Candy Moore, Maplewood NJ, actress (Lunch Wagon, Tomboy & Champ)
  • Aug 26 Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor
  • Aug 27 Jacques Arnold, MP (Conservative)
  • Aug 27 John Morrison, cricketer ("Mystery" NZ batsman 1973-82)
  • Aug 27 Susie McAllister, LPGA golfer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 27 Barbara Bach [Goldbach], American actress (The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 from Navarone), born in Queens, New York

Actress Barbara Bach
Actress
Barbara Bach
  • Aug 27 Harry Reems, American actor, (d. 2013)
  • Aug 27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 28 Alice Playton, American actress (Who Killed Mary Whats 'er Name), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 28 Shoto Tanemura, Japanese martial artist
  • Aug 29 Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert
  • Aug 29 James Hunt, English race car driver (d. 1993)
  • Aug 30 Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat
  • Aug 31 Mona Marshall, American voice actress
  • Aug 31 Luca di Montezemolo, Italian businessman
  • Aug 31 Yumiko Ōshima, Japanese manga artist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 5 Joannes D M Cornelissen, historian (Johann de White), dies
  • Aug 8 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • Aug 13 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies
  • Aug 19 Ernst Laqueur, Dut chemist/psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Franz VM Cumont, Belgian religious historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 21 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), dies at 65
  • Aug 25 Clark Wissler, US cultural anthropologist, dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1917)