On This Day

Historical Events in March 1947

  • Mar 1 International Monetary Fund begins operation

Sports History

Mar 1 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training camp in racially tolerant Phoenix, AZ in anticipation of signing team's first black players; Larry Doby is first acquisition later in the season

  • Mar 4 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 6 XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, CA
  • Mar 7 The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.
  • Mar 9 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • Mar 9 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • Mar 12 Belgian government of Huysmans resigns

Historic Event

Mar 12 US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

  • Mar 13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • Mar 13 19th Academy Awards: "Best Years of Our Lives", De Havilland, March win
  • Mar 15 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
  • Mar 16 Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested

Historic Event

Mar 17 Arnold J. Toynbee appears on the front cover of Time magazine

  • Mar 19 Belgian government of Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms

Victory in Battle

Mar 19 Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan

  • Mar 20 180 tonne blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic

Catholic Encyclical

Mar 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur

  • Mar 21 US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
  • Mar 21 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • Mar 21 U.S. President Harry Truman signs executive order 9835 requiring "complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States" of Federal employees
  • Mar 24 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

Historic Event

Mar 24 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

  • Mar 25 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma, 58-47; Crusaders' first victory in first title game
  • Mar 25 Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
  • Mar 25 Coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois kills 111
  • Mar 25 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • Mar 29 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • Mar 29 101st Grand National: 100/1 Irish outsider Caughoo ridden by 35-year-old jockey Eddie Dempsey wins by 20 lengths from Lough Conn

Golf Tournament

Mar 30 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her first of 3 Titleholders titles by 5 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby