On This Day

What Happened in January 1947

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Benelux agress to work related issues
  • Jan 1 Britain nationalizes its coal industry
  • Jan 1 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 33rd Rose Bowl: #5 Illinois beats #4 UCLA, 45-14
  • Jan 1 13th Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina, 20-10
  • Jan 1 13th Orange Bowl: #10 Rice beats #7 Tennessee, 8-0

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Jan 2 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 3 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
  • Jan 3 William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee
  • Jan 4 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 4 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances

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Jan 4 Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Jan 6 Ray Lindwall smashes 100 v England in MCG Test
  • Jan 6 Pan American Airlines offers a round-the-world-ticket, the first commercial airline to do so
  • Jan 7 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

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Jan 8 General George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

  • Jan 8 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • Jan 9 "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • Jan 9 Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony premieres in San Francisco

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Jan 9 Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the black dahlia, is last seen alive.

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 9 Providence Steamrollers guard Dino Martin becomes the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a 91-68 win over Cleveland Rebels at Rhode Island Auditorium
  • Jan 10 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 725 performances
  • Jan 10 British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • Jan 10 Greek steamer "Himara" strikes a wartime mine in Saronic Gulf south of Athens with loss of 392 of 637 aboard
  • Jan 15 The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Vincent Aurial elected President of France
  • Jan 17 Ammunition factory explodes in Muiden, Netherlands, 16 die
  • Jan 18 "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 18 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 18 Small river steamer sinks on Yangtze River, kills 400
  • Jan 19 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
  • Jan 20 Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 21 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances
  • Jan 21 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
  • Jan 22 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 24 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs
  • Jan 26 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
  • Jan 28 "Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Jan 29 Arthur Miller's play "All My Sons" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton wins 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown; beats Nell Hall Hopman 6-3, 6-2
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Dinny Pails beats fellow Australian John Bromwich 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6 for his only Grand Slam title

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Alexei Ivanovich Bobrov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • Jan 1 Peter Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PPR), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Jan 1 Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov, Rus cosmonaut (Soyuz T-8, TM-4, STS 63)
  • Jan 1 Jon Corzine, American politician
  • Jan 1 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • Jan 2 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • Jan 2 Calvin Hill, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 2 Lanny Bassham, American rifle-3 position (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jan 2 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • Jan 3 Sergey Filipovich Protchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 4 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • Jan 4 Rick Stein, English chef and television presenter
  • Jan 5 Mike DeWine, American politician (Ohio senator (R) 1995-2007, Governor 2019-present), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Ted Lange, American actor (Isaac-Love Boat, Mr T & Tina), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 5 Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Jan 7 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer & conductor, born in Achtkarspelen, Netherlands
  • Jan 7 Shobha De, Indian columnist & novelist, born in Satara, India

Person of interestDavid Bowie

Jan 8 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 8 Igor Ivanov, Russian-born Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- ), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Jan 8 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 8 Don Bendell, American author & former Green Beret, born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician, born in Rüti bei Büren, Switzerland
  • Jan 9 Ronnie Landfield, American abstract painter, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 10 George Alec Effinger, American sci-fi author (Nick of Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • Jan 10 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, born in Lumberton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • Jan 11 Anna Calder-Marshall, English actress (Zulu Dawn), born in Kensington, England
  • Jan 11 Bill Narum, American artist and counter-culture figure (ZZ Top band artist), (d. 2009)
  • Jan 12 Tom Dempsey, American NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 13 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham
  • Jan 13 Peter Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jan 13 Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kraków
  • Jan 13 Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
  • Jan 14 Bill Weberniuk, Canadian snookers player, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2003)
  • Jan 14 Rubén Olivares, Mexican boxer (4-division world champion), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 15 Andrea Martin, American comedienne (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine
  • Jan 15 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • Jan 16 Georgette Mosbacher, CEO (La Prairie cosmetics)
  • Jan 16 Juliet Berto, Grenoble France, actress (Le Sex Shop)
  • Jan 16 Magdalen Nabb, British author (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Harvey Proctor, British politician
  • Jan 17 Jane Elliot, American actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 17 Todd Susman, actor (Goodnight Beantown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 17 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • Jan 18 Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 18 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • Jan 19 Alessandro Haber, actor (China is Near)
  • Jan 19 Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)
  • Jan 19 Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
  • Jan 20 George Grantham, American drummer & vocalist (Poco-Crazy Eyes), born in Cordell, Oklahoma
  • Jan 20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist & directeur sportif, born in Bouguenais, France
  • Jan 20 Stephen A. Schwarzman, American CEO of The Blackstone Group & Chairman of President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, born in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Jill Eikenberry, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 21 Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • Jan 21 Pye Hastings, English singer and musician (Caravan)
  • Jan 21 Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • Jan 23 Tom Carper, American politician (Rep-D-DE, 1983- ), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • Jan 23 Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia, born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Jan 23 Gatewood Galbraith, American author & attorney, born in Carlisle, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara (d. 1996)
  • Jan 24 Giorgio Chinaglia, Carrara Italy, soccer star (Lazio of Italy, NY Cosmos), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jan 24 Masashi 'Jumbo' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (record 94 Japan Tour titles), born in Kaifu District, Tokushima
  • Jan 25 Tostão [Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade], Brazilian footballer, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Jan 25 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Zamora, Spain (d. 2017)
  • Jan 26 Patrick Dewaere, [PJMH Bordeaux], French actor (Les Valseuses)
  • Jan 26 Michel Sardou, French singer
  • Jan 27 Nedra Telley, American vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Little Baby), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 27 Vyron Polydoras, Greek politician
  • Jan 28 MJ Ainsworth, CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries)
  • Jan 28 Valerie Bragg, principal (City Technology College-Kingshurst)
  • Jan 29 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), born in Epping, England (d. 1985)
  • Jan 29 Israel Wetrin, managing director (Elonex)
  • Jan 29 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)
  • Jan 29 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 29 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • Jan 30 Martin Christoph Redel, German composer, born in Detmold, Germany
  • Jan 30 Steve Marriott, English musician & songwriter (Humble Pie-Eat It, Faces), born in Manor Park, London (d. 1991)
  • Jan 30 Les Barker, English poet, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestNolan Ryan

Jan 31 Nolan Ryan, American baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general during the Second Polish Republic, dies at 61
  • Jan 9 Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • Jan 9 Lambertus Zijl, Dutch sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • Jan 12 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Veit Valentin, German/American historian (German People), dies at 61

MurderElizabeth Short

Jan 15 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, murdered at 22

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 17 Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • Jan 17 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Josh Gibson, Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bonnard, French painter and illustrator, dies at 79
  • Jan 23 Roy Park, Australian cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Felix Timmermans, Flemish painter and illustrator (Pallieter), dies at 60

Person of interestAl Capone

Jan 25 Al Capone, Chicago gangster, dies of neurosyphilis at 48

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Jan 26 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • Jan 26 Gustav Adolf, crown prince of Sweden, dies in air crash
  • Jan 26 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Swedish prince second in line to the Swedish throne, dies at 40
  • Jan 28 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • Jan 30 Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80