On This Day

What Happened on April 19, 1947

Historical Events

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

Sports History

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 - "Happy Together"), 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
1947 Highlights

About April 19, 1947

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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