On This Day

Historical Events in May 1947

  • May 1 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park (venue for weekday games) to play all MLB games at Municipal Stadium
  • May 1 Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
  • May 1 Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated
  • May 1 Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA
  • May 3 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8

Historic Event

May 3 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war

  • May 5 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
  • May 7 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC

Historic Event

May 7 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

  • May 7 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt

Sports History

May 8 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Historic Event

May 8 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

  • May 10 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances
  • May 10 72nd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
  • May 11 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • May 11 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
  • May 13 US Senate approves the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions

Music History

May 16 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

  • May 17 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
  • May 18 MLB Philadelphia A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
  • May 22 "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey and Greece
  • May 22 1st US ballistic missile fired
  • May 23 PC Hooft prize forms for literature
  • May 25 Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111 in Illinois
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose leads for final 8 laps after confused pit messages with teammate Bill Holland to take the controversial victory; race marred by a 41st lap crash that claims life of Shorty Cantlon
  • May 31 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
  • May 31 Communists seize power in Hungary
  • May 31 Eastern DC-4 crashes between Ft Deposit & Perryville Md, kills 53
  • May 31 Italian government of Gasperi forms