What Happened in December 1947

Historical Events

Sports History

Dec 1 In first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 58 by Australia in Brisbane; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 5 for 2 off 2.3 overs; Don Bradman scores 185 as Australia wins by an innings & 226 runs

  • Dec 2 13th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)

Theater Premiere

Dec 3 Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 4 In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31
  • Dec 4 USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union

Historic Event

Dec 6 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by President Harry S. Truman

  • Dec 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 American physiologists Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Gasser presented with Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm (awarded 1944), for research into nerve function

  • Dec 10 USSR & Czechoslovakia sign trade agreement
  • Dec 11 Bob Hilliard and Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Dec 11 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • Dec 12 United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL
  • Dec 13 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International Theatre, NYC, after 11 performances
  • Dec 13 Maine Turnpike opens to traffic
  • Dec 14 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 14 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida

Historic Invention

Dec 17 British industrial company BTH receives a patent for holography, invented by Dennis Gabor in their development lab

  • Dec 17 NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow
  • Dec 17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 18 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax

  • Dec 19 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 22 Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution
  • Dec 25 Constitution of the Republic of China comes into effect
  • Dec 25 Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)
  • Dec 26 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances
  • Dec 26 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • Dec 26 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
  • Dec 27 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
  • Dec 28 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 28 National Football League Championship, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21; Cardinals' only title victory
  • Dec 29 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
  • Dec 30 King Michael of Romania, forced by Communists abdicates his throne, sending him into exlie
  • Dec 30 Romanian republic proclaimed

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Alain Bashung, French singer-songwriter (Gaby oh Gaby), born in Paris, France (d. 2009)
  • Dec 1 Andy Ripley, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 1 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • Dec 1 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Dec 2 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • Dec 2 Dhiraj Parsana, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  • Dec 2 Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist (research on biopsy investigation of muscle and peripheral nerves in neuromuscular diseases), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Dec 2 Michael Green, English businessman and psychotherapist, born in Hampstead, London
  • Dec 3 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them, 1965), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 4 Terry Woods, Irish folk, rock, and celtic punk mandolin, cittern, and banjo player and songwriter (The Pogues; Steeleye Span), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Dec 4 Ursula Krechel, German writer (Shanghai far from where), born in Trier, Germany
  • Dec 5 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician (8th Prime Minister of Jamaica 2007-11), born in Chapelton, Jamaica
  • Dec 5 Jim Messina, American guitarist and songwriter (Buffalo Springfield; Poco: Loggins & Messina - "Your Mamma Don't Dance"), born in Maywood, California
  • Dec 5 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • Dec 5 Jugderdemidjin Gurragcha, Mongolian cosmonaut (Soyuz 39), born in Gurvanbulag, Bulgan, Mongolia
  • Dec 5 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • Dec 5 Rick Wills, British bass guitarist (Peter Frampton, 1972-74: Foreigner, 1977-91), born in Cambridge, England
  • Dec 5 Tony Gregory, Irish politician, born in Dublin
  • Dec 6 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician (9th Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Dec 6 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Johnny BenchJohnny Bench (74 years old)

Dec 7 American Baseball HOF catcher (14 x MLB All Star; World Series 1975, 76 [MVP]; NL MVP 1970, 72; 10 x Gold Glove; Cincinnati Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Dec 7 Mino Reitano, Italian entertainer, born in Fiumara, Italy (d. 2009)
  • Dec 7 Peter de Jong, Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 7 Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer, born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 7 Vincent Baggetta, American actor (Lou-Chicago Story), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Belinda Balaski, actor (Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling), born in Inglewood, California
  • Dec 8 Geoff Daking, American rocker (Blue Magoos)
  • Dec 8 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer
  • Dec 8 Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 9 Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician (Minister of Defence 2004-05), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Dec 9 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • Dec 9 Tom Daschle, American politician (U.S. Senator from South Dakota), born in Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Dec 10 Brian Hogan, English rugby league forward (5 Tests; St. Helens, Wigan, Bradford Northern, Widnes), born in Merton Bank, England (d. 2022)
  • Dec 10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 1980)
  • Dec 10 Rəsul Quliyev, Azerbaijani politician, born in Qazanci, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
  • Dec 10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 11 Tom Fuccello, American actor (Dave-Dallas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Irving Azoff, American entertainment executive and artist manager (REO Speedwagon; The Eagles), born in Danville, Illinois
  • Dec 13 Charles “Chuck” Findley, American jazz and rock session trumpet and flugelhorn player (Steely Dan; The Carpenters; The Tonight Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 13 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Dec 13 Les Joslin, Australian cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2), born in Yarraville, Victoria
  • Dec 14 Christopher Parkening, American classical guitarist (transcribed sacred music), born in Los Angeles, California

Dilma RousseffDilma Rousseff (74 years old)

Dec 14 Brazilian politician, President of Brazil (2011-16), born in Belo Horizonte

  • Dec 14 Linda Sutton, English artist, born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  • Dec 15 Davie Robb, Scottish soccer forward (5 caps; Aberdeen FC 251 games), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Dec 15 Rodney Bingenheimer, American disc jockey, born in Mountain View, California
  • Dec 16 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 17 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan, 1972-74), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • Dec 17 Marilyn Hassett, American actress (The Other Side of the Mountain), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 17 Wes Studi, Native American actor (Last of the Mohicans), born in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma
  • Dec 18 Eddie Antar, American businessman (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 18 Judy Heumann, American disability rights activist, and author, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 19 Janie Fricke, American country music singer ("It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy"), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • Dec 20 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian pop singer, born in Verona, Italy
  • Dec 21 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Dec 22 Brian C. Daley, American sci-fi author (Exploits of Han Solo, Tron), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricket spin bowler (33 Tests, 114 wickets, BB 6/102; Bengal, East Zone, Nottinghamshire CCC, Warwickshire CCC), born in Rajkot, India

Bill RodgersBill Rodgers (74 years old)

Dec 23 American athlete (Boston Marathon 1975, 78, 79, 80; NY Marathon 1976, 77, 78, 79; Fukuoka Marathon 1977), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • Dec 24 Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, American Baseball HOF catcher (11 x MLB All Star; AL Rookie of the Year 1972; Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox), born in Bellows Falls, Vermont
  • Dec 26 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • Dec 26 Joyce Jillson, Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)
  • Dec 27 (Alan) "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York
  • Dec 27 Bill Eadie, professional wrestler known as "Ax" of Demolition
  • Dec 27 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 27 Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Danish businessman (CEO of Lego Group, 1979-2004), born in Billund, Denmark
  • Dec 27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 28 Andrew Olle, broadcaster
  • Dec 28 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player
  • Dec 28 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • Dec 29 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • Dec 29 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers -"Sam"; 3 Men & A Baby: CSI; The Good Place), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 29 Vincent Winter, Scottish child actor, born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • Dec 30 Janet Mills, American lawyer and politician, first female Governor of Maine (2018-), born in Farmington, Maine
  • Dec 30 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • Dec 30 Michael Burns, American actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train), born in Mineola, New York
  • Dec 30 Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)
  • Dec 31 Burton Cummings, Canadian rock singer-songwriter, and keyboardist (Guess Who - "These Eyes"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Dec 31 June Tabor, British folk singer, born in Warwick, England
  • Dec 31 Rita Lee [Jones], Brazilian rock singer, songwriter and musician (Os Mutantes), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 31 Tim Matheson, American actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek), born in Glendale, California

Famous Weddings

Stan Lee

Dec 5 "Spider-Man" creator Stan Lee (24) weds Joan Clayton Boocock

Ella Fitzgerald

Dec 10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21); divorce 1953

Estelle Getty

Dec 21 Actress Estelle Getty (24) weds Arthur Gettleman

Suharto

Dec 26 President of Indonesia Suharto (26) weds Siti Hartinah (24) in Surakarta at a traditional Javanese ceremony


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Aleister Crowley, British occultist, founded the religion of Thelema, dies at 72
  • Dec 1 G. H. Hardy, English mathematician (Hardy–Weinberg principle, A Mathematician's Apology), dies at 70
  • Dec 7 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), dies at 85
  • Dec 7 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Huda Sha'arawi, Egyptian feminist and nationalist, founder of Egyptian Feminist Union, dies at 68
  • Dec 13 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter, dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Edward Higgins, English General of The Salvation Army, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Franz Zorell, German lexicographer, dies at 84

Stanley BaldwinStanley Baldwin (1867-1947)

Dec 14 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), dies at 80

  • Dec 15 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • Dec 22 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (b. 1902)
  • Dec 25 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)

Victor Emmanuel IIIVictor Emmanuel III (1869-1947)

Dec 28 King of Italy (1900-46), dies of pulmonary edema at 78

  • Dec 29 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian and general archivist, dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Alfred North Whitehead, British mathematician and philosopher (Adventures of Ideas), dies at 86
  • Dec 30 Han [Henricus Antonius] van Meegeren, Dutch painter and art forger (Vermeer), dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79