What Happened in May 1947

Historical Events

  • May 1 Cleve Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stad
  • May 1 Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
  • May 1 Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated
  • May 1 Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA
  • May 2 Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres in NYC
  • May 3 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
  • May 3 New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
  • May 5 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
  • May 7 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC

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May 7 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • May 7 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt

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May 8 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • May 10 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances
  • May 10 72nd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
  • May 11 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • May 11 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
  • May 13 US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions

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May 16 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • May 17 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
  • May 18 A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
  • May 22 "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
  • May 22 1st US ballistic missile fired
  • May 23 PC Hooft prize forms for literature
  • May 25 Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:17:52.159 (187.228 km/h)
  • May 31 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
  • May 31 Communists seize power in Hungary
  • May 31 Eastern DC-4 crashes between Ft Deposit & Perryville Md, kills 53
  • May 31 Italian government of Gasperi forms

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • May 1 Ghulam Abbas, cricketer (scored 12 & 0 in only Test for Pakistan 1967)
  • May 1 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • May 1 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • May 2 Bill Lowery, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- )
  • May 3 Doug Henning, Ft Garry Manitoba, magician (Broadway play-Magic)
  • May 6 Andy Roberts, cricketer (NZ batsman 1976)
  • May 6 Ben Masters, Corvalis OR, actor (Vic-Another World, Making Mr Right)
  • May 6 Dennis Cowan, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • May 6 Sandra Fisher, painter
  • May 6 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher
  • May 6 Alan Dale, New Zealand actor
  • May 8 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • May 8 Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)
  • May 8 H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate
  • May 9 Anthony Corlan, Cork City Ireland, actor (Something for Everyone)
  • May 10 Jay Ferguson, rocker (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), born in Burbank, California
  • May 10 Meg Foster, Conn, actress (Sunshine, Cagney & Lacey)
  • May 10 Paul Nicholas Young, architect
  • May 10 Caroline Cooney, American author
  • May 10 Thomas Tessier, American author
  • May 11 Butch Trucks, drummer (the Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • May 12 Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
  • May 12 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter
  • May 12 catherine yronwode, American writer and editor
  • May 13 David Hughes, cricketer
  • May 13 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • May 13 Stephen R Donaldson, US, sci-fi author (Lord Foul's Bane)
  • May 13 Edgar Burcksen, Dutch film editor
  • May 13 Toy Caldwell, rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Al Ciner, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 14 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in Groß Kiesow
  • May 14 Tamara Dobson, actress (Amazons, Cleopatra Jones), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 15 Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
  • May 16 Barbara Lee, US singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
  • May 16 Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • May 17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • May 18 Candice Azzara, actress (Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 18 John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • May 19 Jerry Hyman, Bkln, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears)
  • May 21 Bill Champlin, rocker, born in Oakland, California
  • May 21 Dorothy Germain, LPGA golfer
  • May 21 Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor
  • May 23 Ann Hui, director (Boat People)
  • May 23 Bernard Comrie, English linguist
  • May 23 Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995)
  • May 24 Luke Rittner, sect-gen (Arts Council)
  • May 24 Mike Reid, Altoona Penn, country singer (Walk on Faith)
  • May 24 Martin Winterkorn, German automotive executive
  • May 25 Jessi Colter, [Miriam Johnson], Phoenix, country singer (I'm Not Lisa)
  • May 25 Karen Valentine, Santa Rosa CA, actress (Love American Style, Room 222)
  • May 25 Mitch Margo, Bkln, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • May 26 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • May 26 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • May 26 Sherry Bain, California, actress (Pipe Dreams)
  • May 27 Liana Alexandra, composer
  • May 27 Peter DeFazio, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • May 27 Robert Reinacher Jr, horse trainer
  • May 27 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer
  • May 28 Patti Reynolds, playmate (Sept, 1965), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 28 Sondra Locke, Shelbyville Tenn, actress (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • May 28 Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist
  • May 28 Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 28 Leland Sklar, musician and bass guitarist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 29 Mark Nelson, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 29 Anthony Geary, actor (Luke/Bill-General Hospital), born in Coalville Utah
  • May 29 Gene Robinson, American ecclesiastic
  • May 30 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian LPGA golfer, born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • May 31 William H Campbell Jr, rocker

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 17 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • May 5 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • May 11 Ture Rangstrom, composer, dies at 62
  • May 14 John Ray Sinnock, US chief engraver (1925-47), dies at 59
  • May 16 Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1861)
  • May 17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  • May 23 C F Ramuz, writer, dies at 68
  • May 27 Ed Konetchy, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • May 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)
  • May 30 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WW I submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • May 31 Adrienne Ames, actress (Black Sheep, 24 Hours), dies at 39
  • May 31 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67