May 1947 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war
  • 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)

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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
  • 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
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • 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 Dennis Cowan, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • May 6 Sandra Fisher, painter
  • May 6 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher
  • May 8 Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)
  • May 8 H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate
  • May 10 Jay Ferguson, rocker (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), born in Burbank, California
  • May 10 Paul Nicholas Young, architect
  • May 10 Caroline Cooney, American author
  • May 10 Thomas Tessier, American author
  • May 12 Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
  • May 12 catherine yronwode, American writer and editor
  • May 13 Stephen R Donaldson, US, sci-fi author (Lord Foul's Bane)
  • May 14 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in GroƟ Kiesow
  • May 18 John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • May 21 Bill Champlin, rocker, born in Oakland, California
  • 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 Martin Winterkorn, German automotive executive
  • May 25 Mitch Margo, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 26 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • May 27 Peter DeFazio, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • May 28 Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist
  • May 28 Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 29 Mark Nelson, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 29 Gene Robinson, American ecclesiastic
  • May 31 William H Campbell Jr, rocker

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • May 8 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • 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 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)