On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1947

Historical Events

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A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who had volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to gain information about the Holocaust, is arrested by Polish communist police

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki

Famous Birthdays

  • Felicity Lott, British lyric and operatic soprano (We Come To The River), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate
  • Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)

Famous Deaths

  • Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
1947 Highlights

About May 8, 1947

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Taurus