On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1947

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

General George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestDavid Bowie

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
  • Don Bendell, American author & former Green Beret, born in Akron, Ohio
  • Igor Ivanov, Russian-born Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- ), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician, born in Rüti bei Büren, Switzerland
  • Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general during the Second Polish Republic, dies at 61
1947 Highlights

About January 8, 1947

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 73 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn