Historical Events for Year 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
Jan 2nd - Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali
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
Jan 4th - Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element
Jan 6th - Ray Lindwall smashes 100 v England in MCG Test
Jan 7th - Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882
Jan 8th - Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State
Military Leader George MarshallMilitary 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
Jan 9th - Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the black dahlia, is last seen alive.
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
Baseball Player Hank GreenbergBaseball Player Hank Greenberg Jan 18th - Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)
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
Jan 29th - Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" premieres in NYC
Jan 29th - 35th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-3, 6-2)
Playwright Arthur MillerPlaywright Arthur Miller 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 conservatory 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 Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)
Feb 3rd - Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
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)
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman Feb 8th - KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
Feb 9th - Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia
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
Feb 12th - French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"
Feb 15th - "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater NYC after 60 perfs
Feb 16th - Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
Feb 17th - Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
Fashion Designer Christian DiorFashion Designer Christian Dior 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
Feb 23rd - Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
Feb 26th - 4th Golden Globes: The Best Years of Our Lives, Gregory Peck, & Rosalind Russell win
Actor Gregory PeckActor Gregory Peck 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
33rd US President Harry Truman33rd US President Harry Truman Mar 12th - Pres Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism
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
Mar 19th - Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan
Mar 20th - 180 tonne blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic
Mar 21st - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur
Mar 21st - Pres 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
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shekChinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek Mar 22nd - President Harry Truman signs executive order calling for loyalty
Mar 24th - Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency
Mar 24th - John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN
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 perfs
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 perfs
Apr 4th - Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller JrFinancier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr 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
Apr 9th - Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year
Apr 9th - Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
Apr 10th - King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
Apr 15th - Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
Apr 15th - Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
Apr 16th - -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson 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)
Apr 19th - After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.
Apr 20th - Frederik IX becomes king of Denmark
Apr 22nd - 1st NBA Championship: Phila Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
Ice Hockey Player Maurice RichardIce Hockey Player Maurice Richard Apr 25th - Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title
Apr 25th - Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Voete begins
Apr 26th - "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
Apr 27th - Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US
Apr 28th - Thor Heyerdahl & "Kon-Tiki" sail from Peru to Polynesia
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.
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor HeyerdahlEthnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl 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
May 7th - General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
May 7th - Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt

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