On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1947

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 (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"; solo -"Baker Street"), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

  • Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

  • Rudolf Höss, German commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, dies at 45
1947 Highlights

About April 16, 1947

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 5 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries