What Happened in October 1947

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st helicopter air mail & express service, LA, Ca
  • Oct 1 NHL Pension Society founded
  • Oct 1 US control of Haitian customs & governmental revenue ends
  • Oct 1 William Wister Haines' "Command Decision" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 1 The F-86 Sabre flies for the first time.
  • Oct 2 "Music in My Heart" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • Oct 2 Revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted

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Oct 2 Yankee Yogi Berra becomes 1st to pinch hit a World Series homer

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Oct 3 "Under the Counter" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • Oct 3 1st telescope lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter completed
  • Oct 3 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins
  • Oct 3 With only 1 out to go, Yank Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his World Series no-hit bid, it scored 2 runs & he lost game
  • Oct 4 Negro League World Series, NY Cubans beat Cleveland Buckeyes, 6-5

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Oct 5 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Oct 5 Al Gionfriddo makes a great catch off Joe Dimaggio in World Series
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3, in 44th World Series
  • Oct 7 Larry MacPhail resigns as Yank GM after final game of World Series
  • Oct 9 First telephone conversation between a moving car & a plane
  • Oct 9 Julie Styne & Sam Cohn's musical "High Button Shoes" premieres in NYC for 727 performances
  • Oct 10 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Allegro" premieres at Majestic Theater NYC for 318 performances
  • Oct 11 Brazil & Chile break diplomatic relations with USSR
  • Oct 13 "Kukla, Fran & Ollie" premieres
  • Oct 13 1st NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 4-3 at Toronto
  • Oct 14 Chuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)

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Oct 14 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina gives golden award to general Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Oct 19 De Gaulles RPF wins French municipal elections
  • Oct 20 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
  • Oct 20 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years
  • Oct 20 Robinson Jeffer's "Medea" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 Dutch Dakota explodes near Coopenhagen, 16 die
  • Oct 23 NAACP petition on racism "An Appeal to the World" presented to UN
  • Oct 23 Husband & wife Dr Carl Cori & Dr Gerty Cori are 1st spouses to be awarded joint Nobel Prizes
  • Oct 24 Series of forest fires $30 million of timber (New England States)
  • Oct 25 "Under the Counter" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 27 performances

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Oct 25 Bradman scores 156 for SA v the Indians, 152 mins, 22 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Oct 25 Sam Breadon sells Cards to Robert Hannegan & Fred Saigh for $4M
  • Oct 26 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India
  • Oct 26 The British military occupation ends in Iraq.

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Oct 27 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • Oct 27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 29 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands form Benelux Union
  • Oct 29 Trial of art forger Han van Meegeren begins in Amsterdam
  • Oct 30 23 countries sign GATT agreement in Geneva
  • Oct 30 Darius Milhauds 3rd Symphony "Hymnus Ambrosianus," premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue)
  • Oct 1 Martin Turner, rocker (Wishbone)
  • Oct 1 Rob Davis, English musician and songwriter (Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), born in London
  • Oct 1 Stephen Collins, actor (Star Trek I, Tattingers), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Oct 1 Aaron Ciechanover, Israeli biologist
  • Oct 1 Adriano Tilgher, Italian politician
  • Oct 3 7th earl of Bradford, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Oct 3 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 3 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Oct 4 James Fielder, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Denton, Texas
  • Oct 4 Ann Widdecombe, British politician
  • Oct 4 Julien Clerc, French singer
  • Oct 5 Brian Johnson, English singer-songwriter (AC/DC), born in Dunston, Gateshead
  • Oct 6 Aleksandr Stepanovich Andryushkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Oct 6 Klaus Dibiasi, Italy, platform diver (Olympic-gold-1968, 72, 76)
  • Oct 8 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete
  • Oct 8 Tony Wilson, Trinidad, rock vocalist (Hot Chocolate)
  • Oct 8 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a)
  • Oct 9 France Gall, French singer
  • Oct 9 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 9 Tony Zappone, American broadcaster, journalist, author, photographer
  • Oct 10 Alan Rachins, actor (Douglas-LA Law), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 10 Martin Ruane, English professional wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Oct 11 Al Atkins, West Bromwich UK, English musician (Judas Priest)
  • Oct 11 Lucas Papademos, Greek economist
  • Oct 11 Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist
  • Oct 12 Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 12 George Lam, Hong Kong singer
  • Oct 13 Sammy Hagar, American rock vocalist (I Can't Drive 55), born in Monterey California
  • Oct 13 Jerry Trupiano, American sports broadcaster
  • Oct 14 Charlie Joiner, Many La, NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego)
  • Oct 14 Lukas Resetarits, Austrian cabaret artist
  • Oct 15 Lynn Lowry, E St Louis Ill, actress (Cat People, Crazies)
  • Oct 16 Bob Weir, guitarist (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe's Band), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 16 David Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun, Top Secret), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 17 Charles A Ingene, macromarketing researcher
  • Oct 17 Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • Oct 17 Lesley Sunderland, decorative artist
  • Oct 17 Michael McKean, actor (Laverne & Shirley, Saturday Night Live, Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 18 Joe Morton, actor (Hal-Grady, Abel Marsh-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 18 John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Oct 18 Laura Nyro, singer/songwriter (Eli's Coming, Stoney End), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 18 Luc Journet, Belgian physician (Order of Zonnetempel)
  • Oct 18 Job Cohen, Dutch politician, mayor of Amsterdam
  • Oct 18 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • Oct 19 Wilbert Hart, US singer (Four Gents, Delfonics-Didn't I)
  • Oct 19 Giorgio Cavazzano, Italian comic strip artist
  • Oct 21 Younis Ahmed, cricketer (batted for Pakistan in 1969 & again in 1987)
  • Oct 22 Edward F Feighan, (Rep-D-OH, 1983- )
  • Oct 22 Lee Meredith, [Judith Lee Sauls], River Edge NJ, actress (Producers)
  • Oct 22 Neil Burton Rolnick, composer
  • Oct 22 Raymond Bachand, French-Canadian politician and businessman
  • Oct 22 Haley Barbour, American politician, governor of Mississippi
  • Oct 23 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland (d. 2003)
  • Oct 24 Edgar Broughton, rocker

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Oct 24 Kevin Kline, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Oct 25 Glenn Tipton, rock guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
  • Oct 26 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet
  • Oct 26 Ian Ashley, British racing driver

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Oct 26 Hillary Rodham Clinton, US 1st Lady (1993-2001), Senator (NY, 2001-09), Secretary of State (2009-13) and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, born in Chicago, Illinois

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Oct 27 Terry Anderson, AP correspondent/US hostage held in Lebanon (1985-91)
  • Oct 28 Tom Fitzsimmons, actor (Franklin-Paper Chase), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 29 Richard Dreyfuss, American actor (Jaws, Nuts, Mr Holland's Opus), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 29 Helen Coonan, Australian politician
  • Oct 30 Chris Komar, American dancer, born in Milwaukee (d. 1996)
  • Oct 30 Timothy B Schmidt, rocker (Eagles), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 31 Frank Shorter, Munich Germany, US marathoner (Oly-gold/silver-72, 76)
  • Oct 31 Russ Ballard, rocker (Argent)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • Oct 4 Max Planck, German physicist (constantly of P, Nobel 1918), dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Leevi Antti Madetoya, composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 12 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • Oct 13 Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter, dies
  • Oct 26 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
  • Oct 29 Frances Cleveland Preston, former 1st lady (1885-89 93-97), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer, dies at 69