On This Day

What Happened in August 1947

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances
  • Aug 4 The Supreme Court of Japan is established
  • Aug 4 American boxer Ike Williams knocks out Bob Montgomery in 6 rounds in Philadelphia to unify the world lightweight title
  • Aug 5 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • Aug 6 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • Aug 7 The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Aug 8 Pakistan's National Flag is approved.
  • Aug 14 Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000
  • Aug 14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • Aug 15 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
  • Aug 15 India becomes a sovereign and democratic nation, independent from the United Kingdom
  • Aug 16 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 17 The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
  • Aug 18 Naval torpedo & mine factory explodes at Cadiz, Spain killing 300
  • Aug 19 J Arens & D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A
  • Aug 20 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
  • Aug 20 Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
  • Aug 21 1st Little League World Series Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win
  • Aug 22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • Aug 23 US President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert
  • Aug 23 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • Aug 25 Marion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speed record of 1,047 kph
  • Aug 26 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
  • Aug 29 Constantine Tsaldaris succeeds Maximos as Greek premier

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Aug 29 B.R. Ambedkar is appointed chairman of the drafting committee for the Indian constitution

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • Aug 31 Hungarian communist party wins election
  • Aug 31 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 1 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • Aug 1 Chris Barnard, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 1 Dennis Zine, American politician (Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 3rd district), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 2 Massiel, Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 4 Paul Leyton, English musician and rocker (Seekers), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Aug 4 Klaus Schulze, German composer
  • Aug 5 Greg Leskiw, Canadian rocker (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aug 5 Rick Derringer [Ricky Dead Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • Aug 5 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Sally Eaton, Ill, Broadway actress (Jeanie-Hair)
  • Aug 6 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • Aug 7 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own), born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • Aug 7 Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Mosman, New South Wales

Person of interestKen Dryden

Aug 8 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • Aug 8 Jose Cruz, leftfielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros)
  • Aug 8 Larry Wilcox, actor (Lassie, Officer Jon Baker-CHiPs), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 9 Barbara Mason, American singer (Yes, I'm Ready)
  • Aug 10 Alan Ward, England cricket pace bowler (1969-76)
  • Aug 10 Ian Anderson, Scottish-born musician, singer, and songwriter (Jethro Tull), born in Fife, Scotland
  • Aug 10 Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian politician and founder of the People's Justice Party (PKR), born in Bukit Mertajam, Malaya
  • Aug 11 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Schumann/Brahms)
  • Aug 11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Aug 11 Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician
  • Aug 12 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • Aug 13 Gretchen Corbett, American actress (Beth-Rockford Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 13 John Stocker, Canadian voice actor (The Dream Team), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 13 Margareta Winberg, Swedish politician (Minister of Gender Equality), born in Sjuntorp, Sweden

Person of interestDanielle Steel

Aug 14 Danielle Steel, American author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy), born in New York City, New York

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Aug 14 Peter Christian, English actor, born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 14 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band), born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • Aug 15 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Aug 15 Geraldo Velez, Puerto Rican musician and jazz congas player (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Puerto Rico
  • Aug 15 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, American chemist and NASA astronaut (STS 33), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • Aug 15 Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress (Shubho Mahurat), born in Ranaghat, Bengal, India
  • Aug 16 Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • Aug 16 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • Aug 17 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 17 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, born in Stockbridge, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Aug 19 Gerard Schwarz, American trumpeter/conductor (LA Chamber Orchestra), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • Aug 19 Gerald McRaney, American actor (Simon & Simon, Major Dad), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • Aug 19 Dave Dutton, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Atherton, England
  • Aug 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 James Pankow, American rocker (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 21 Carl Giammarese, American rock guitarist (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 22 Bud Cramer, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Aug 22 Cindy Williams, American actress (Shirley- Laverne & Shirley), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Aug 22 Donna Godchaux, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in Florence, Alabama
  • Aug 23 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 23 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • Aug 23 David Robb, British actor (I, Claudius), born in London
  • Aug 24 Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author (The Alchemist), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian racing cyclist, born in Eeklo, East Flanders, Belgium
  • Aug 24 Vladimir Masorin, Russian admiral (commanded the Caspian Flotilla 1996-2002), born in Bely, Tver Oblast, Soviet Union
  • Aug 25 Anne Archer, actress (Fatal Attraction, Patriot Games), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 26 Candy Moore, American actress (Lunch Wagon, Tomboy & Champ), born in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor
  • Aug 27 Jacques Arnold, MP (Conservative)
  • Aug 27 John Morrison, cricketer ("Mystery" NZ batsman 1973-82)

Person of interestBarbara Bach

Aug 27 Barbara Bach [Goldbach], American actress (The Spy Who Loved Me, Force 10 from Navarone), born in Queens, New York

Actress Barbara Bach
Actress
Barbara Bach
  • Aug 27 Harry Reems, American actor, (d. 2013)
  • Aug 27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 28 Alice Playton, American actress (Who Killed Mary Whats 'er Name), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 28 Shoto Tanemura, Japanese martial artist, born in Matsubushi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 29 Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 29 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • Aug 30 Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 31 Mona Marshall, American voice actress
  • Aug 31 Luca di Montezemolo, Italian businessman
  • Aug 31 Yumiko Ōshima, Japanese manga artist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 5 Joannes D M Cornelissen, historian (Johann de White), dies
  • Aug 8 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • Aug 13 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies at 68
  • Aug 19 Ernst Laqueur, Dut chemist/psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Franz VM Cumont, Belgian religious historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 21 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), dies at 65
  • Aug 25 Clark Wissler, American anthropologist (American Indian), dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Manolete [Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez], Spanish bullfighter, dies at 30