On This Day

Historical Events in April 1947

  • Apr 1 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat
  • Apr 1 Shin Takarajima (New Treasure Island) by Osamu Tezuka published, first manga cartoon in tankōbon form
  • Apr 2 Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta" premieres in Rome
  • Apr 3 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 4 Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
  • Apr 4 Largest group of sunspots on record
  • Apr 4 UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 6 11th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins his 2nd Masters by 2 strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

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Apr 6 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Apr 8 Largest recorded sunspot ever observed at 40 times the diameter of Earth
  • Apr 9 Atomic Energy Commission confirmed

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Apr 9 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Apr 9 Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
  • Apr 10 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
  • Apr 10 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season

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Apr 10 Jackie Robinson becomes first black player of the 20th century to sign a MLB contract; Brooklyn GM, Branch Rickey announces Dodgers had bought Robinson’s contract from Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

  • Apr 15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
  • Apr 15 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • Apr 16 -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • Apr 16 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • Apr 16 Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx
  • Apr 17 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • Apr 19 AAU record for a 25-foot rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds
  • Apr 19 French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
  • Apr 19 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • Apr 19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

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Apr 19 After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Apr 19 England beats France, 6-3 at Twickenham to be level on points with Wales for a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship; first appearance of France in tournament since 1931
  • Apr 20 Frederik IX becomes King of Denmark
  • Apr 21 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39; world best time
  • Apr 22 1st Basketball Association of America Finals: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 83-80 to take inaugural series, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
  • Apr 25 Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Voete begins
  • Apr 26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London

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Apr 27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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Apr 28 Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the "Kon-Tiki" sail from Peru to Polynesia

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 30 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover