What Happened in February 1947

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists
  • Feb 1 Dmitri Shostakovitch named professor at conservatoire of Leningrad
  • Feb 1 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established
  • Feb 3 -81°F (-63°C), Snag Yukon (North American record)
  • Feb 3 1st black reporter in US Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)

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Feb 3 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 5 Bolewet Beirut becomes President of Poland
  • Feb 6 Compton & Arthur Morris both complete dual tons in same Test Cricket
  • Feb 7 The UK announces its intention to end the Mandate for Palestine
  • Feb 8 Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51)
  • Feb 8 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 9 Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Feb 10 Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia
  • Feb 10 Netherlands Radio Union forms
  • Feb 10 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
  • Feb 10 WW II peace treaties signed
  • Feb 12 Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
  • Feb 12 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands

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Feb 12 French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • Feb 15 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Feb 16 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • Feb 17 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
  • Feb 17 Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
  • Feb 18 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 18 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 19 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • Feb 20 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA
  • Feb 20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
  • Feb 20 State of Prussia ceases to exist.
  • Feb 21 1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"

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Feb 21 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • Feb 21 Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ

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Feb 23 Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 26 4th Golden Globes: The Best Years of Our Lives, Gregory Peck, & Rosalind Russell win

  • Feb 27 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
  • Feb 28 Anti Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan
  • Feb 28 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Adam Ingram, British MP
  • Feb 1 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star
  • Feb 1 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer (d. 1975)
  • Feb 1 Normie Rowe, Australian singer

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Feb 2 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)

  • Feb 2 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 2 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • Feb 2 Peter Lucia, rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)
  • Feb 3 Chose Alberts, [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • Feb 3 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England
  • Feb 3 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • Feb 3 Koos Alberts, [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • Feb 3 Melanie, [Safka], Astoria, vocalist/songwriter (Candles in Rain)
  • Feb 3 Paul Auster, US author/poet/director (Mr Vertigo, Smoke)
  • Feb 3 Stephen McHattie [Smith], Canadian actor (300, Watchmen, The Fountain), born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • Feb 4 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, USA (Sen-R-Ind, 44th Vice President 1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 4 Jeannie Wilson, actress (Simon & Simon, Stir Crazy), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 4 Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 5 David Ladd, actor (Raymie, Catlow, Misty, Deathline), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 5 Mary Louise Cleave, PhD/astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York
  • Feb 5 Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver
  • Feb 6 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968)
  • Feb 7 Joe Shea, American journalist
  • Feb 8 Sam Gannon, cricketer (Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests v India 1977-78)
  • Feb 9 Joe Ely, Amarillo Tx, country vocalist (Honky Tonk Masquerade)
  • Feb 9 Major Harris, US R&B-singer (Love won't Let me wait)
  • Feb 9 Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
  • Feb 10 Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
  • Feb 10 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • Feb 10 Nicholas Owen, English newsreader
  • Feb 11 Joselito, Spanish singer
  • Feb 11 Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress
  • Feb 12 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • Feb 12 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
  • Feb 13 Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach
  • Feb 13 Tony Butler, rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland)
  • Feb 14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • Feb 14 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 14 Judd Gregg, (Rep-R-NH, 1981- )
  • Feb 14 Pham Tuan, Vietnam, cosmonaut (Soyuz 37/36)
  • Feb 14 Salah-ud-Din, cricketer (played 5 Tests for Pakistan 1965-69)
  • Feb 15 John Adams, composer (Nixon in China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 15 Marisa Berenson, American actress (Barry Lyndon, Death in Vienna, SOB), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Rusty Hamer, Tenafly NJ, actor (Rusty-Make Room for Daddy)
  • Feb 15 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) (d. 2000)
  • Feb 16 Franz West, artist (Flause), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Feb 17 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
  • Feb 17 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer (Terror From Within)
  • Feb 17 Dodie Stevens, actress (Mary Hartman!)
  • Feb 18 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Feb 18 Dennis De Young, vocalist (Styx-Babe), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Eliot Engel, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New York City
  • Feb 18 Princess Maria Christina, [Marijke], of Netherlands
  • Feb 19 Peter Bird, ocean rower
  • Feb 19 Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Feb 20 Andre van Duin, [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • Feb 20 Jennifer O'Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of '42)
  • Feb 20 Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
  • Feb 20 Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Peter Strauss, American actor
  • Feb 21 Olympia J Snowe, (Rep-R-ME, 1979- )
  • Feb 21 Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 22 John Bryant, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • Feb 23 Anton Mosimann, Swiss chef (Dorchester Hotel), born in Solothurn, Swiss Jura
  • Feb 23 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic)
  • Feb 23 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • Feb 23 Shakira Caine, Guyana, actress (Man Who be King)/Miss Guyana (1967)
  • Feb 23 John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
  • Feb 23 Pia Kjærsgaard, Danish politician
  • Feb 24 Edward James Olmos, Cal, actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph)
  • Feb 24 Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Feb 24 Rupert Holmes, English musician
  • Feb 25 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Feb 25 Lee Evans, Madera, California, American 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)
  • Feb 25 Lewis Moonie, British MP
  • Feb 26 Sandie Shaw [Sandra Goodrich], Dagenham, Essex, English rocker (Girl Don't Come)
  • Feb 27 Ashley Woodcock, cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27)
  • Feb 27 Gidon Kremer, Riga Latvia, violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970)
  • Feb 27 Marian G Klaren, Dutch mime/actress (Red Cabbage)
  • Feb 28 Stephanie Beacham, England, (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • Feb 3 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • Feb 5 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • Feb 5 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • Feb 6 Albert JM Bakker, Dutch actor (Teun the night watch), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Luigi Russolo, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 8 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Mackinnon of Mackinnon, cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879), dies at 89