What Happened on August 15, 1947

Historical Events

  • GLEEP (Graphite Low Energy Experimental Pile), the first experimental nuclear reactor in Western Europe begins operation in Oxford, England
  • India becomes a sovereign and democratic nation, independent from the United Kingdom
  • India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950

Famous Birthdays

  • (Gerardo) "Jerry" Velez, American drummer and percussionist (Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock appearance; Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, American chemist and NASA astronaut (STS 33), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress (Shubho Mahurat), born in Ranaghat, Bengal, India
1947 Highlights

About August 15, 1947

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 5 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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