On This Day

What Happened on October 3, 1947

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • "Under the Counter" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • 1st telescope lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter completed
  • WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • 7th earl of Bradford, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Alan Rachins, American actor (Douglas-LA Law), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)