On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1947

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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