On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1947

Historical Events

Historic Event

General George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

  • Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game

Famous Birthdays

David Bowie

David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • 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? 74 years, 10 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn