On This Day

What Happened in April 1947

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat
  • Apr 1 Shin Takarajima (New Treasure Island) by Osamu Tezuka published, first manga cartoon in tankōbon form
  • Apr 2 Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta" premieres in Rome
  • Apr 3 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 4 Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
  • Apr 4 Largest group of sunspots on record
  • Apr 4 UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 6 11th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins his 2nd Masters by 2 strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

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Apr 6 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Apr 8 Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
  • Apr 9 Atomic Energy Commission confirmed

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Apr 9 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

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

AgreementContract of Interest

Apr 10 Jackie Robinson becomes first black player of the 20th century to sign a MLB contract; Brooklyn GM, Branch Rickey announces Dodgers had bought Robinson’s contract from Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

  • Apr 15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
  • Apr 15 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • Apr 16 -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • Apr 16 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • Apr 16 Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx
  • Apr 17 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • Apr 19 AAU record for a 25-foot rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds
  • Apr 19 French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
  • Apr 19 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • Apr 19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

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

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Apr 19 England beats France, 6-3 at Twickenham to be level on points with Wales for a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship; first appearance of France in tournament since 1931
  • Apr 20 Frederik IX becomes King of Denmark
  • Apr 21 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39; world best time
  • Apr 22 1st Basketball Association of America Finals: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 83-80 to take inaugural series, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
  • Apr 25 Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Voete begins
  • Apr 26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London

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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 30 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Alain Connes, French mathematician
  • Apr 1 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • Apr 1 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • Apr 2 Camille Paglia, American author and social critic, born in Endicott, New York
  • Apr 2 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 4 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 4 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Wiranto, Indonesian army general (Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Apr 6 Jan-Kees Wiebenga, Dutch politician (VVD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Apr 6 John Ratzenberger, American actor (Cliff Clavin in Cheers), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Apr 6 Tony Cooner, Essex, drummer (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Apr 7 Patricia Bennett, American singer (He's So Fine)
  • Apr 7 Eliseo Soriano, Philippine evangelist
  • Apr 7 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Apr 7 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Apr 8 Cindy Pickett, American actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • Apr 8 Hsiao-hsien Hou, Taiwanese direstor (Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster), born in Mei County, China
  • Apr 8 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
  • Apr 8 Robert Kiyosaki, American investor
  • Apr 8 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 11 Michael Hindley, British politician, Member of the European Parliament, born in Blackburn, England
  • Apr 11 Michael Wright, British academic, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University
  • Apr 11 Peter Riegert, American actor (Animal House, Crossing Delancey), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 11 Uli Edel, German film director (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, South Baden, Germany
  • Apr 11 Meshach Taylor, American actor, born in Altadena, CA, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 11 Lev Bulat, Russian physicist, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine
  • Apr 12 Dan Lauria, American actor (Jack Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestDavid Letterman

Apr 12 David Letterman, American comedian (Late Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Apr 12 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 Antonin Kratochvil, Czech-American photojournalist (VII Photo Agency), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 13 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • Apr 13 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer and politician, born in Patras, Greece
  • Apr 14 Bob Massie, cricketer (Aust swing bowler, 16 wkts on debut v Eng 1972)
  • Apr 15 Bojoura [Raina van Melzen], Dutch singer and wife of Hans Cleuver, born in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Apr 15 Diane "DeDe" Lind, American glamour model and Playboy playmate (Aug, 1967), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 15 Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, American TV producer (Designing Women, Murphy Brown), born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri
  • Apr 15 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 15 Cristina Husmark Pehrsson, Swedish politician, born in Uddevalla, Sweden
  • Apr 15 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, born in Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

Apr 16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor] Basketball Hall of Fame center (6-time NBA champion), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 17 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • Apr 18 Dorothy Lyman, American actress (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestJames Woods

Apr 18 James Woods, American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds), born in Vernal, Utah

  • Apr 18 Lori Martin, American actress (Velvet-National Velvet), born in Glendale, California
  • Apr 18 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Apr 18 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer (killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s), born in Salinas, California
  • Apr 19 Frits Castricum, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), born in Boxtel, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Apr 19 Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Mark Volman, American rock and roll musician and songwriter (the Turtles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 20 David Leland, English actor and director (Nothing But Trouble), born in Cambridge, England
  • Apr 20 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
  • Apr 20 Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author (The Best Little Boy in the World), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • Apr 21 Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations)

Person of interestIggy Pop

Apr 21 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American rocker (Zombie Birdhouse), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • Apr 21 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • Apr 22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • Apr 23 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish political activist, born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 23 Saskia [Trudy van den Berg], Dutch singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel), born in Grootebroek, North Holland
  • Apr 23 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 23 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 24 Ann Kelly, American singer (Hues Corporation Rock the boat), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Apr 24 Josep Borrell, 22nd President of the European Parliament (2004-07), born in La Pobla de Segur, Lérida, Spain
  • Apr 24 Roger D. Kornberg, American biochemist (Nobel 2006), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 25 Bill Fontana, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 25 Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor (Blaze, Frances, Windy City), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Donna De Varona, American swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 26 Gervase Jackson-Stops, British architectural adviser to the National Trust (d. 1995)
  • Apr 26 Warren Clarke, English actor (Clockwork Orange), born in Oldham, Lancashire, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 27 Ann Peebles, American singer (I Can't Stand the Rain), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 27 Herbie Murrell, American soul singer (Stylistics-You are My Everything), born in Lane, South Carolina
  • Apr 27 Pete Ham, Welsh rock vocalist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Apr 27 George Kenneth Butterfield, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Apr 28 Steve Khan, jazz musician (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Apr 29 Johnny Miller, American golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 29 Tommy James, singer (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver)
  • Apr 29 Olavo de Carvalho, Brazilian philosopher
  • Apr 30 Robert Scott, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • Apr 30 Leslie Grantham, English actor
  • Apr 30 Mats Odell, Swedish politician
  • Apr 30 Tom Køhlert, Brondby IF coach

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 George II, King of Greece (1922-1924, and 1935-1947), dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • Apr 2 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies
  • Apr 4 William O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. ?)
  • Apr 6 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, dies at 58
  • Apr 6 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture), dies at 50

Person of interestHenry Ford

Apr 7 Henry Ford, American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Apr 9 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, composer, dies at 43
  • Apr 11 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • Apr 16 Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • Apr 18 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • Apr 18 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), dies at 59
  • Apr 20 Christian X, King of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Willa Cather, American writer (My Ántonia), dies at 73
  • Apr 29 Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80