What Happened in December 1947

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Don Bradman scores 185 in the 1st Cricket Test v India at the Gabba

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 1 India cricket all out for 58 v Australia at the Gabba, Toshack 5-2
  • Dec 2 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Dec 4 USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Dec 6 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
  • Dec 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • 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 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
  • Dec 17 NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow
  • Dec 17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting

1stHistoric Invention

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

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 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 23 Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain & Shockley in Bell Labs
  • Dec 25 Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)
  • Dec 25 Constitution of the Republic of China comes into effect
  • 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 29 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
  • Dec 30 36th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • 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
  • Dec 1 Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 2 Dhiraj Parsana, cricket pace bowler (Indian v WI 1978-79)
  • Dec 2 Michael Green, English TV/video producer
  • Dec 2 Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist
  • Dec 2 Tommy Jenkins, English football player
  • Dec 4 Ursula Krechel, writer
  • Dec 4 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span)
  • Dec 5 Jim Messina, rocker (Loggins & Messina-Your Mamma Don't Dance)
  • Dec 5 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • Dec 5 Jugderdemidjin Gurragcha, Mongolia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 39)
  • Dec 5 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician
  • Dec 5 Tony Gregory, Irish politician
  • Dec 5 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • Dec 6 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 6 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 7 Johnny Bench, MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Dec 7 Mino Reitano, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 7 Peter de Jong, Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi)
  • Dec 7 Vincent Baggetta, actor (Lou-Chicago Story), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Dec 7 Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer
  • 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, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 8 Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer
  • Dec 9 Tom Daschle, American politician
  • Dec 9 Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician
  • Dec 10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (d. 1980)
  • Dec 10 Rəsul Quliyev, Azerbaijani politician
  • Dec 11 Tom Fuccello, actor (Dave-Dallas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Ralph Scala, rock musician
  • Dec 13 Les Joslin, cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2)
  • Dec 13 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Christopher Parkening, guitarist (transcribed sacred music), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 14 Linda Sutton, English artist
  • Dec 14 Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian politician, President of Brazil (2011-16), born in Belo Horizonte
  • Dec 15 Rodney Bingenheimer, Pioneering American radio personality
  • Dec 16 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 17 Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca
  • Dec 17 Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans)
  • Dec 18 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 19 Janie Fricke, South Whitley In, singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy)
  • Dec 20 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer
  • Dec 21 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician
  • Dec 22 Brian C Daley, American sci-fi author (Exploits of Han Solo, Tron)
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi)
  • Dec 23 Bill Rodgers, marathon runner (Boston, NY)
  • Dec 24 Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC
  • Dec 25 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • Dec 26 Joyce Jillson, Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)
  • Dec 26 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • Dec 27 Bill Eadie, professional wrestler known as "Ax" of Demolition
  • Dec 27 Janet Perry, American soprano
  • 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, England, rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, ELP)
  • Dec 29 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 29 Vincent Winter, British actor (d. 1998)
  • Dec 30 Jeff Lynne, rocker (ELO-Telephone Line, Travelling Wilburys)
  • Dec 30 Michael Burns, Mineola LI, actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train)
  • Dec 30 Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)
  • Dec 31 Burton Cummings, rock guitarist (Guess Who-These Eyes)
  • Dec 31 Tim Matheson, California, actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)
  • Dec 31 Rita Lee, Brazilian Rock Star

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Actress Estelle Getty (24) weds Arthur Gettleman

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty

HeartWedding of Interest

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

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Aleister Crowley, British occultist, founded the religion of Thelema, dies at 72
  • Dec 1 Hardy, mathematician, dies
  • 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 (b. 1866)
  • Dec 13 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter, dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Franz Zorell, German RC lexicographer, dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • Dec 14 Edward Higgins, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)
  • 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)
  • Dec 28 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 29 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/general, dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Han [Henricus A] van Meegeren, Dutch painter/art forger, dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79