On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1947

Historical Events

InventionHistoric Invention

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca
  • Wes Studi, Native American actor (Last of the Mohicans), born in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma
1947 Highlights

About December 17, 1947

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 9 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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