On This Day

What Happened on April 19, 1947

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • AAU record for a 25-foot rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 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
  • French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
  • 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
  • Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

Famous Birthdays

  • Frits Castricum, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), born in Boxtel, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Mark Volman, American rock and roll musician and songwriter (the Turtles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), dies of pneumonia at 51