On This Day

What Happened in July 1947

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 192m long passenger ship Willem Ruys (Achille Lauro) launched
  • Jul 1 British Dominion Affairs office becomes Commonwealth Relations office
  • Jul 1 Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA), holds its inaugural college player draft
  • Jul 2 Military coup discovered in France
  • Jul 3 252,288 people (record) pass through Grand Central Station, NYC
  • Jul 3 Soviet Union doesn't participate in Marshall Plan

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jack Kramer wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Tom Brown 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jul 4 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool: Irishman Fred Daly wins his only Open, 1 stroke clear of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan
  • Jul 5 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 5 Cleveland Indians rookie Larry Doby becomes 1st black player in AL when he strikes out in 6-5 loss vs Chicago White Sox

Historic Event

Jul 6 The Ak-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union

  • Jul 7 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident
  • Jul 8 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 8 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • Jul 8 Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico

Engagement of Interest

Jul 9 Engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten

Historic Event

Jul 9 Spain votes for Franco monarchy

  • Jul 10 200 die when train derails and falls into a river in Canton, China
  • Jul 10 Cleveland Indian Don Black no-hits Philadelphia A's, 3-0

Historic Event

Jul 10 Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee

  • Jul 16 Bobo Newsom wins 200th game, 1st as a Yankee & Yanks 18th straight In nightcap Vic Rashi extends streak to 19
  • Jul 18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine

Historic Event

Jul 18 King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

  • Jul 18 US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act
  • Jul 18 Tigers shut out Yanks 2-0, end 19 game winning streak
  • Jul 18 US begins administering Trust Territory of Pacific Islands

Assassination

Jul 19 Prime Minister of shadow Burma government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members assassinated by armed paramilitaries

  • Jul 20 1st political action of Netherlands Army on Java and Sumatra
  • Jul 20 Tour de France: French rider Jean Robic takes lead on final stage to win overall classification; Pierre Brambilla of Italy mountains champion
  • Jul 21 Indonesia begins 1st political election
  • Jul 22 -8°F (-13°C), Charlotte Pass, NSW (Australian record)
  • Jul 23 1st (US Navy) air squadron of jets, Quonset Point, Rhode Island

Historic Event

Jul 26 President Truman signs National Security Act (1947), establishing Department of Defense, CIA, National Security Council and Joint Chiefs of Staff

  • Jul 26 46th Men's French Championships: Jozsef Asboth beats Eric Sturgess (8-6, 7-5, 6-4)
  • Jul 26 46th Women's French Championships: Patricia Todd beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jul 26 US President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act which establishes the Central Intelligence Agency

Sports History

Jul 27 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra starts a record 148 game errorless streak

  • Jul 28 Iuliu Maniu's Farmers' Party is banned in Romania
  • Jul 29 Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Ewell Blackwell record-breaking 16 game winning streak ends, losing to NY Giants 5-4

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Marc Benno, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter ("Rock 'n' Roll Me Again"; Asylum Choir), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 1 Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese auto racer (Fuji 1,000 1985), born in Shizuoka-shi, Japan
  • Jul 2 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Larry David

Jul 2 Larry David, American actor, comedian and screenwriter (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Jul 2 Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of President LBJ
  • Jul 3 Betty Buckley, American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (Cats - "Memory"; Eight Is Enough - "Abby"; 1776), born in Big Spring, Texas
  • Jul 3 Dave Barry, American humorist and author, born in Armonk, New York
  • Jul 3 Rob Rensenbrink, Dutch soccer left winger or forward (46 caps; Anderlecht), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Jul 4 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 4 Bill Schnee, American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning audio engineer (Steely Dan; Bette Midler; Natalie Cole), and music producer (Pablo Cruise; Huey Lewis; Boz Scaggs), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jul 6 Richard Beckinsale, English actor (Porridge, Doing Time), born in Carlton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1979)
  • Jul 6 Lance Clemons, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 7 Rob Townsend, rock drummer (Family Leicester)
  • Jul 7 Felix Standaert, Belgian diplomat
  • Jul 7 Howard Rheingold, American author
  • Jul 7 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal
  • Jul 8 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • Jul 8 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jul 9 (John) "Mitch" Mitchell, British drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Jerney Kaagman, Dutch singer (Earth & Fire), born in The Hague, Netherlands

O.J. Simpson

Jul 9 O.J. Simpson, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, broadcaster and actor (Heisman Trophy 1968; NFL MVP 1973; Buffalo Bills), born in San Francisco, California

  • Jul 9 Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 10 Arlo Guthrie, American singer ("Alice's Restaurant"; "City of New Orleans"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 10 Richard Schmiechen, American film producer (The Times of Harvey Milk), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1993) [1]
  • Jul 10 (John) Trevor Key, British photographer and graphic designer, known for his work for album cover art (Mike Oldfield; Phil Collins; New Order; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 11 Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 11 Bo Lundgren, Swedish politician
  • Jul 11 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), born in Nižný Medzev, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • Jul 12 Pollamani Krishnamurthy, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1971 WI tour) (d. 1999)
  • Jul 12 Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jul 12 Wilko Johnson [John Wilkinson], British guitarist, singer and songwriter (Dr. Feelgood, 1971-77 - "She Does It Right"), born in Canvey Island, Essex, England
  • Jul 12 György Orbán, Hungarian choral composer and educator, born in Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • Jul 14 Nick Benedict, American actor (Pistol-Birth of a Legend), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 14 Steve Stone, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 14 Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army officer (first female three star general in US army), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 15 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), born in Chipping Barnet, London (d. 2013)
  • Jul 15 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Jul 15 Bertus Borgers, Dutch musician rock saxophonist (Mr. Albert Show - "Wild Sesation"; Sweet d'Buster), and educator (Fontys Rock Academy), born in Vessem, Netherlands
  • Jul 16 Roelof Petrus Meyer, South African under minister of Law & Order etc, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jul 16 Alexis Herman, American politician (23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jul 16 Assata Shakur, American activist Black Liberation Army) and wanted by FBI, born in Queens, New York

Camilla Parker Bowles

Jul 17 Camilla Parker Bowles, English wife of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, born in London, England

  • Jul 17 Wolfgang Flür, German percusionist (Kraftwerk, 1973-87), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 17 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), born in Kingsbury, North West London, England (d. 2002)
  • Jul 17 Abraham Laboriel, Sr, Mexican-American session and jazz bassist, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jul 18 Ayn Rumen, American actress (Janet-McLean Stevenson Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 18 Kurt Mann, American actor (Bad Penny), born in Roslyn, New York
  • Jul 18 Steven W. Mahoney, Canadian politician (Member of the Canadian Parliament for Mississauga West), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Jul 19 Bernie Leadon, American guitarist, mandolinist, banjo player, and vocalist (Flying Burrito Brothers; Eagles, 1971-75 & 2013-16 - "Take It Easy"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 19 Brian May, British rock guitarist (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "We Are The Champions"), born in London, England
  • Jul 19 Mike Dutfield, documentary producer, born in Chingford, Essex, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 19 Hans-Jürgen Kreische, East German footballer, born in Dresden, Germany

Carlos Santana

Jul 20 Carlos Santana, Mexican-American rock guitarist (Santana - "Black Magic Woman"), born in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico

  • Jul 20 Gerd Binnig, Frankfurt, physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)
  • Jul 20 James Harris, Amnerican NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Jul 21 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), born in Meerut, India (d. 2020)
  • Jul 21 Jimmy Duncan, American politician (Rep-R-Tennessee 1988-2019), born in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Jul 21 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jul 22 Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 22 Curt Weldon, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 1987-2007), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Don Henley, American rock drummer, singer, and songwriter (Eagles - "Desperado"; "Hotel California"; solo - "Boys Of Summer"), born in Linden, Texas
  • Jul 22 Gilles Duceppe, Canadian politician
  • Jul 22 Terry Clements, American guitarist (Gordon Lightfoot), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jul 23 David Essex [Cook], English rock vocalist ("Rock On") and actor (That'll Be The Day), born in Plaistow, Essex (now part of Greater London), England
  • Jul 23 Spencer Christian, American TV weatherman (Good Morning America), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jul 23 Torsten Palm, Swedish racing driver, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • Jul 24 Geoffrey McQueen, TV Writer
  • Jul 24 M Jacques Fouroux, rugby player
  • Jul 24 Michael Coveney, drama critic
  • Jul 24 Neil McIntosh, CEO (VSO, Center for British Teaching)
  • Jul 24 Peter Serkin, American concert pianist (TASHI quartet), and pedagogue (Juilliard; Curtis Institute; Yale; Bard College), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
  • Jul 24 Robert Hays, actor (Airplane!, Starman, Scandalous), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Jul 24 Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer (probably Pakistan's finest batsman ever), born in Sialkot, Punjab
  • Jul 26 Pauline Clare, Britain's first female Chief Constable (Lancashire)
  • Jul 26 Al Anderson, American songwriter and guitarist (NRBQ - "Ridin' In My Car"), born in Windsor, Connecticut
  • Jul 27 Betty Thomas [Neinhauser], American Emmy Award-winning actress (Hill Street Blues - "Sgt. Lucy Baines"), and director (The Late Show; The Brady Bunch Movie; Private Parts), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 27 Wayne Dowdy, American lawyer and politician (US Representative from Mississippi (D), 1981-89), born in Fitzgerald, Georgia
  • Jul 28 Alexei Sergeyevich Borodai, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jul 28 Barbara Ferrell, American runnerr (Olympic gold 1968), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jul 28 Elena Belova, Russian foils fencer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Sovetskaya Gavan, Soviet Union
  • Jul 28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • Jul 28 Sally Struthers, American actress (All in the Family - "Gloria"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 29 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), born in New Rochelle, NY (d. 2006)
  • Jul 29 Lenny Zakatek [du Platel], Indian-English rock singer (Alan Parsons Project; Gonzalez), born in Karachi, British India
  • Jul 29 Michael Pedicin, American jazz soprano saxophonist, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Jul 30 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American body builder, actor (Terminator), and politician (38th Governor of California), born in Thal, Austria

  • Jul 30 Margo Sappington, American actress (Oh Calcutta, Where's Charley), born in Baytown, Texas
  • Jul 30 William Atherton, American actor (Real Genius, Ghostbusters, Class of 44), born in Orange, Connecticut
  • Jul 30 John Siomos, American rock drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Jul 30 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Jul 30 Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French virologist (Nobel Prize 2008, discovered HIV), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 31 Richard Griffiths, British actor (Withnail & I, Harry Potter), born in Thornaby-on-Tees
  • Jul 31 Dennis Greenslade, rocker
  • Jul 31 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You Have A Lovely Daughter"), born in Salford, England
  • Jul 31 Ian Beck, British children's illustrator and author, who illustrated Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album cover, born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • Jul 31 John Vukovich, American baseball infielder, manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Clarence Lucas, Canadian composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 9 Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)
  • Jul 12 Jimmie Lunceford, American swing jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Rhythm Is Our Business; For Dancers Only), dies of a heart attack at 45 [1] [2]
  • Jul 13 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (50 Tests 1901-21, 2863 runs), dies at 68
  • Jul 15 Henry Kolker, German-American actor and director (Holiday, Baby Face, Mad Love), dies at 72
  • Jul 15 Walter Donaldson, American pianist and popular song composer ("Makin' Whoopee"; "My Blue Heaven"; "My Buddy"), dies at 54
  • Jul 16 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • Jul 17 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34

AssassinationAung San

Jul 19 Aung San, Burmese general and nationalist politician, assassinated by armed paramilitaries along with 6 members of his cabinet at 32

  • Jul 19 U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
  • Jul 24 Ernest Austin, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 29 Willem Vliegen, Dutch journalist and chairman (SDAP), dies at 84
  • Jul 30 George Challenor, West Indian cricketer (played in 1st WI Test side 1928), dies at 59
  • Jul 30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 86