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 Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee's musical farce "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck Theatre, NYC; runs 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

US 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

Tony Awards

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

  • Apr 8 Largest recorded sunspot ever observed at 40 times the diameter of Earth
  • Apr 9 Atomic Energy Commission confirmed

Sports History

Apr 9 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Brooklyn Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year for "association with known gamblers"

  • Apr 9 Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
  • Apr 10 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned

Contract 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

  • 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 Fire aboard French-flagged cargo ship SS Grandchamp, docked at Port of Texas City, Texas and loaded with 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate causes massive explosion and spreads to nearby ships and oil facilities; deadliest industrial accident in US history kills 581, including all but one member of the city's fire departments
  • 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 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)

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

Apr 27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium and throughout the US

Historic Event

Apr 28 Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the "Kon-Tiki" sail from Peru to Polynesia

  • 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 point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), born in East Liverpool, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Apr 2 Camille Paglia, American author and social critic, born in Endicott, New York
  • Apr 2 Emmylou Harris, American country singer ("Together Again"; "Blue Kentucky Girl"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 3 Anders Eliasson, Swedish contemporary classical composer, born in Borlänge, Sweden (d. 2013)
  • Apr 4 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 4 Ray Fosse, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star, Gold Glove Award 1970, 71 Cleveland Indians; World Series Oakland A's 1973, 74) and broadcaster (Oakland A's NBC), born in Marion, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • Apr 4 Wiranto, Indonesian army general (Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Apr 4 James Hazeldine, British stage and screen actor (London's Burning), born in Salford, Lancashire, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 6 Jan-Kees Wiebenga, Dutch politician (VVD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Apr 6 John Ratzenberger, American actor (Cheers -"Cliff Clavin"; Toy Story; Ghandi), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Apr 6 Tony Cooner, British drummer (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Romford, England
  • Apr 6 Rosemary Ann Butler, American session singer (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne), born in California
  • Apr 7 Patricia Bennett, American singer (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 7 Eliseo Soriano, Filipino televangelist, born in Pasay, Philippines
  • Apr 7 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Apr 7 Charles '"Skip" Pitts, American soul & 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 director (Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster), born in Mei County, China

Steve Howe

Apr 8 Steve Howe, English progressive rock guitarist (Yes - "Roundabout"; Asia - "Heat Of The Moment"), born in London, England

  • Apr 8 Tom DeLay, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006), born in Laredo, Texas
  • Apr 8 Robert Kiyosaki, American investor (Rich Dad Company), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • 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 (d. 2021)
  • 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

David Letterman

Apr 12 David Letterman, American comedian and late night TV host (Late Night; Late Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 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, Australian cricket swing bowler (6 Tests; 16 wickets on debut v England 1972), born in Perth, Australia
  • 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 (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"; solo -"Baker Street"), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Apr 16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lew Alcindor], American Basketball Hall of Fame center (6 x NBA champion; NBA Finals MVP 1971, 85; 6 × NBA MVP; 19 × NBA All-Star), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 16 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 16 Johnny Grier, American football official (1981-2004; first African-American referee in NFL history 1988), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • 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

James 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 18 Walt Richmond, American rock keyboardist (The Tractors; J.J. Cale; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 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 - "Happy Together"), 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)

Iggy Pop

Apr 21 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American singer and lyricist known as "The Godfather of Punk" (The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; solo - "Lust For Life"), born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • 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, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), 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 popsinger (The 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

Johan Cruyff

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 soul singer-songwriter ("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 singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1975)
  • Apr 27 George Kenneth Butterfield, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Apr 27 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1971, 72; Chicago Black Hawks), born in Wadena, Saskatchewan (d. 2003)
  • Apr 28 Steve Khan [Cahn], American jazz guitarist (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, American singer-songwriter (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 29 Olavo de Carvalho, Brazilian polemicist and right wing conspiracy theorist, born in Campinas, Brazil
  • Apr 29 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • Apr 30 Robert Scott, American politician, Rep-D-Virginia (1993-), born in Washington D.C.
  • Apr 30 Leslie Grantham, English actor (EastEnders), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 30 Tom Køhlert, Danish former player and Brondby IF coach
  • Apr 30 Denny Carmassi, American session and touring drummer (Montrose/Sammy Hagar, 1972-79; Heart, 1982-93; Whitesnake), born in San Francisco, California

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 George II, King of Greece (1922-1924, and 1935-1947), dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • Apr 2 Joe Hardstaff Sr., English cricket batsman (5 Tests; 3 x 50; Nottinghamshire CCC) and umpire (21 Tests), dies at 64
  • 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

Henry Ford

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

  • Apr 9 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, German 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, German commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, dies at 45
  • Apr 18 Benny Leonard, Jewish-American lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • Apr 18 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), dies at 59
  • Apr 19 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), dies of pneumonia at 51
  • 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
  • Apr 30 Almroth Wright, English bacteriologist (developed one of 1st vaccines for typhoid), dies at 85