Historical Events in 1947

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  • Jan 1st Benelux agress to work related issues
  • Jan 1st Britain nationalizes its coal industry
  • Jan 1st WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1st 33rd Rose Bowl: #5 Illinois beats #4 UCLA, 45-14
  • Jan 1st 13th Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina, 20-10
  • Jan 1st 13th Orange Bowl: #10 Rice beats #7 Tennessee, 8-0

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Jan 2nd Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 3rd 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
  • Jan 3rd William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee
  • Jan 4th "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 4th "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances

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Jan 4th Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Jan 6th Ray Lindwall smashes 100 v England in MCG Test
  • Jan 6th Pan American Airlines offers a round-the-world-ticket, the first commercial airline to do so
  • Jan 7th Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

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Jan 8th Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Jan 8th Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • Jan 9th "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • Jan 9th Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony premieres in SF

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Jan 9th Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the black dahlia, is last seen alive.

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 10th "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 725 performances
  • Jan 10th British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • Jan 10th Greek steamer "Himara" strikes a wartime mine in Saronic Gulf south of Athens with loss of 392 of 637 aboard
  • Jan 15th The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.
  • Jan 16th Vincent Aurial elected president of France
  • Jan 17th Muiden Neth ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
  • Jan 18th "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances

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Jan 18th Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 18th Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400
  • Jan 19th SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
  • Jan 20th Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 21st "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances
  • Jan 21st Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
  • Jan 22nd 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA
  • Jan 22nd KTLA TV channel 5 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 24th NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs
  • Jan 26th KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
  • Jan 28th "Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000

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Jan 29th Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Jan 29th 35th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-3, 6-2)
  • Jan 29th 35th Men's Australian Championships: Dinny Pails beats John Bromwich (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6)
  • Feb 1st Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists
  • Feb 1st Dmitri Shostakovitch named professor at conservatoire of Leningrad
  • Feb 1st NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established
  • Feb 3rd -81°F (-63°C), Snag Yukon (North American record)
  • Feb 3rd 1st black reporter in US Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 5th Bolewet Beirut becomes president of Poland
  • Feb 6th Compton & Arthur Morris both complete dual tons in same Test Cricket
  • Feb 7th Arabs & Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
  • Feb 8th Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51)
  • Feb 8th KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 9th Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia

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

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

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

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Feb 23rd 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 26th 4th Golden Globes: The Best Years of Our Lives, Gregory Peck, & Rosalind Russell win

  • Feb 27th Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
  • Feb 28th Anti Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan
  • Feb 28th 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
  • Mar 1st International Monetary Fund begins operation
  • Mar 4th WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 6th XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, CA
  • Mar 7th The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.
  • Mar 9th US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 9th US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 12th "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • Mar 12th Belgian government of Huysmans resigns

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Mar 12th US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Mar 13th "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • Mar 13th 19th Academy Awards: "Best Years of Our Lives", De Havilland, March win
  • Mar 15th John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
  • Mar 16th Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
  • Mar 19th Belgian government of Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms

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Mar 19th Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Mar 20th 180 tonne blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic
  • Mar 21st Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur
  • Mar 21st US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
  • Mar 21st Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • Mar 22nd President Harry Truman signs executive order calling for loyalty
  • Mar 24th Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

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Mar 24th John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • Mar 25th 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma 58-47
  • Mar 25th Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
  • Mar 25th Coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill, claims 111
  • Mar 25th Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • Mar 29th "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • Mar 29th 101st Grand National: Eddie Dempsey aboard Caughoo wins
  • Apr 1st 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat
  • Apr 2nd Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta" premieres in Rome
  • Apr 3rd "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 4th Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
  • Apr 4th Largest group of sunspots on record
  • Apr 4th UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms
  • Apr 6th 11th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 6th 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements
  • Apr 8th Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
  • Apr 9th Atomic Energy Commission confirmed

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Apr 9th Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Apr 9th Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
  • Apr 10th King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
  • Apr 10th Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season

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Apr 15th Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 15th Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • Apr 16th -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • Apr 16th Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • Apr 16th Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx
  • Apr 17th Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • Apr 19th 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
  • Apr 19th AAU record for a 25-foot rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds
  • Apr 19th French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
  • Apr 19th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 19th Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

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Apr 19th After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Apr 20th Frederik IX becomes king of Denmark
  • Apr 22nd 1st NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 25th Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Apr 25th Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Voete begins
  • Apr 26th "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London

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Apr 27th Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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Apr 28th Thor Heyerdahl & "Kon-Tiki" sail from Peru to Polynesia

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 30th Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover
  • May 1st Cleve Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stad
  • May 1st Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
  • May 1st Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated
  • May 1st Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA
  • May 2nd Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres in NYC
  • May 3rd 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
  • May 3rd New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
  • May 5th Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
  • May 5th Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
  • May 7th "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC

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May 7th General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • May 7th Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt
  • May 8th A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
  • May 10th "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances
  • May 10th 72nd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
  • May 11th BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • May 11th Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
  • May 13th US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions

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

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • May 17th "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
  • May 18th A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
  • May 22nd "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
  • May 22nd 1st US ballistic missile fired
  • May 23rd PC Hooft prize forms for literature
  • May 25th Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:17:52.159 (187.228 km/h)
  • May 31st 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
  • May 31st Communists seize power in Hungary
  • May 31st Eastern DC-4 crashes between Ft Deposit & Perryville Md, kills 53
  • May 31st Italian government of Gasperi forms
  • Jun 1st OPA, which issued WW II rationing coupons, disbands
  • Jun 1st Photosensitive glass developed
  • Jun 2nd "Louisiana Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Jun 2nd Hungarian premier Ferenc Nagy resigns
  • Jun 3rd British Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten visits Pakistan
  • Jun 4th "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Jun 4th US House of Representatives approves Taft-Hartley act
  • Jun 5th US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines "Marshall Plan"
  • Jun 6th Treaty drawn for establishment of Intl Patent Institute
  • Jun 10th Saab produces its first automobile.
  • Jun 11th WW II sugar rationing finally endd in US (began May 28, 1942)
  • Jun 12th Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Champ
  • Jun 13th 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)
  • Jun 15th 1st night game at Detroit Briggs Stadium (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
  • Jun 15th 47th US Golf Open: Lew Worsham shoots a 282 at St Louis CC in MO
  • Jun 16th 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
  • Jun 16th Pravda denounces Marshall Plan
  • Jun 17th 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
  • Jun 17th Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
  • Jun 17th Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline
  • Jun 18th Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • Jun 19th 1st plane (F-80) to exceed 600 mph (1004 kph)-Albert Boyd, Muroc Ca
  • Jun 20th US President Harry Truman vetoes Taft-Hartley Act
  • Jun 22nd 12" rain in 42 mins (Holt, MO)
  • Jun 22nd Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back-to-back no-hitters (9th inn)
  • Jun 23rd Compton & Bill Edrich make 370 stand for 3rd wkt v South Africa
  • Jun 23rd US President Truman's veto of Taft-Hartley Act overridden by Congress
  • Jun 24th 29th PGA Championship: Jim Ferrier at Plum Hollow CC Detroit
  • Jun 24th Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold
  • Jun 24th Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career