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, Paisley Scotland, guitarist/vocalist (Baker Street)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

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