On This Day

Historical Events in December 1947

Sports History

Dec 1 In first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 58 by Australia in Brisbane; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 5 for 2 off 2.3 overs; Don Bradman scores 185 as Australia wins by an innings & 226 runs

  • Dec 2 13th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)

Historic Event

Dec 3 Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 4 USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union
  • Dec 4 In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31
  • Dec 6 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
  • Dec 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Dec 10 USSR & Czechoslovakia sign trade agreement

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 American physiologists Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Gasser presented with Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm (awarded 1944), for research into nerve function

  • Dec 11 Bob Hilliard and Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Dec 11 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • Dec 12 United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL
  • Dec 13 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International Theatre, NYC, after 11 performances
  • Dec 13 Maine Turnpike opens to traffic
  • Dec 14 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 14 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Dec 17 NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow
  • Dec 17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting

Historic Invention

Dec 17 British industrial company BTH receives a patent for holography, invented by Dennis Gabor in their development lab

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 18 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax

  • Dec 19 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 22 Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution
  • Dec 25 Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)
  • Dec 25 Constitution of the Republic of China comes into effect
  • Dec 26 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances
  • Dec 26 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • Dec 26 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84°F
  • Dec 27 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
  • Dec 28 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 28 National Football League Championship, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21; Cardinals' only title victory
  • Dec 29 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
  • Dec 30 King Michael of Romania, forced by Communists abdicates his throne, sending him into exlie
  • Dec 30 Romanian republic proclaimed