What Happened on April 16, 1947

Historical Events

  • -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • 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
  • Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
1947 History

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)
  • Johnny Grier, American football official (1981-2004; first African-American referee in NFL history 1988), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2022)

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar (76 years old)

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)
Born in 1947

Famous Deaths

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

About April 16, 1947

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 1 month and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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