On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1947

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx

Famous Birthdays

  • Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

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


Famous Deaths

  • Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)