May 8, 1947 in History

Day of the Week: Thursday

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who had volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to gain information about the Holocaust, is arrested by Polish communist police

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki

Birthdays in History

  • H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate
  • Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)

Deaths in History

  • Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)