January 1947 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Benelux agress to work related issues
  • Jan 1 Britain nationalizes its coal industry

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

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 3 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
  • Jan 3 William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee

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Jan 4 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 6 Ray Lindwall smashes 100 v England in MCG Test
  • Jan 6 Pan American Airlines offers a round-the-world-ticket, the first commercial airline to do so

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Jan 8 Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

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

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 10 British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • Jan 10 Greek steamer "Himara" strikes a wartime mine in Saronic Gulf south of Athens with loss of 392 of 637 aboard
  • Jan 15 The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.
  • Jan 16 Vincent Aurial elected president of France
  • Jan 17 Muiden Neth ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
  • Jan 18 Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400
  • Jan 19 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
  • Jan 20 Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 26 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
  • Jan 28 "Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000

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

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Alexei Ivanovich Bobrov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Lankhorst, Dutch MP (PPR)
  • Jan 1 Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov, Rus cosmonaut (Soyuz T-8, TM-4, STS 63)
  • Jan 1 Jon Corzine, American politician
  • Jan 2 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Oly-gold-1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • Jan 2 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • Jan 3 Sergey Filipovich Protchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 5 Michael DeWine, (Rep-R-Oh, 1983- )
  • Jan 7 Shobha De, Indian writer
  • Jan 8 Igor Ivanov, Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
  • Jan 8 Don Bendell, American author & karate master
  • Jan 8 Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician
  • Jan 9 Ronnie Landfield, American artist
  • Jan 10 George Alec Effinger, US, sci-fi author (Nick of Time)
  • Jan 10 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, born in Lumberton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • Jan 13 Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kraków
  • Jan 14 Bill Weberniuk, Canadian snookers player
  • Jan 15 Andrea Martin, Portland ME, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise)
  • Jan 16 Georgette Mosbacher, CEO (La Prairie cosmetics)
  • Jan 16 Magdalen Nabb, British author (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Harvey Proctor, British politician
  • Jan 19 Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur
  • Jan 23 Thomas R Carper, (Rep-D-DE, 1983- )
  • Jan 23 Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia
  • Jan 23 Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], Carlisle, Kentucky, Lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 Vyron Polydoras, Greek politician
  • Jan 28 MJ Ainsworth, CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries)
  • Jan 28 Valerie Bragg, principal (City Technology College-Kingshurst)
  • Jan 29 Israel Wetrin, managing director (Elonex)
  • Jan 29 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 30 Les Barker, English poet

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Karl Mannheim, sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • Jan 9 Lambertus Zijl, sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Jan 12 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Veit Valentin, German/US historian (German People), dies at 61

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Jan 15 Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 17 Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • Jan 17 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • Jan 20 Josh Gibson, Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79
  • Jan 24 Felix Timmermans, writer/painter (Gift from St Nicholas), dies at 60

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Jan 25 Al Capone, Chicago gangster, dies of neurosyphilis at 48

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Jan 26 Gustav Adolf, crown prince of Sweden, dies in air crash
  • Jan 30 Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80