Historical Events in October 1947

  • Oct 1 1st helicopter air mail & express service, LA, Ca
  • Oct 1 The F-86 Sabre flies for the first time.
  • Oct 1 US control of Haitian customs & governmental revenue ends
  • Oct 1 William Wister Haines' "Command Decision" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 2 "Music in My Heart" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 124 performances

Baseball Record

Oct 2 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in Baseball World Series history off Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3

  • Oct 2 Revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted
  • Oct 3 1st telescope lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter completed
  • Oct 3 Manning Sherwin and Harold Purcell's musical "Under the Counter" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 27 performances
  • Oct 3 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins

Sports History

Oct 5 Brooklyn outfielder Al Gionfriddo makes famous catch off Joe DiMaggio in Game 6 of Baseball World Series; Dodgers beat Yankees, 8-6; catch inspires "back-back-back" expression

Historic Communication

Oct 5 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House

  • Oct 6 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-2 at Yankee Stadium to clinch series, 4 games to 3; 11th championship in team history
  • Oct 7 Larry MacPhail resigns as NY Yankees GM after final game of 4-3 World Series win over Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Oct 9 First telephone conversation between occupants of a moving car and an airplane
  • Oct 9 Julie Styne and Sammy Cahn's musical "High Button Shoes" premieres at the New Century Theatre, NYC (later transferred to the Shubert, then to The Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 727 performances
  • Oct 10 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Allegro" premieres at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 318 performances
  • Oct 11 Brazil & Chile break diplomatic relations with USSR
  • Oct 13 "Kukla, Fran & Ollie" premieres
  • Oct 13 1st NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: All-Stars beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3
  • Oct 14 Chuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)
  • Oct 19 De Gaulles RPF wins French municipal elections
  • Oct 20 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
  • Oct 20 Radio rights for the Baseball World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years

Historic Event

Oct 20 Robinson Jeffers' play "Medea" adapted from Euripides premieres in NYC

  • Oct 21 Dutch Dakota explodes near Coopenhagen, 16 die
  • Oct 23 Husband & wife Carl Cori & Gerty Cori are 1st spouses to be awarded joint Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen" (alongside Bernardo Alberto Houssay)
  • Oct 23 NAACP petition on racism "An Appeal to the World" presented to UN
  • Oct 24 Series of forest fires burn over $30 million of timber across the New England States

Sports History

Oct 25 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours

  • Oct 25 Manning Sherwin and Harold Purcell's musical "Under the Counter" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 27 performances
  • Oct 25 Sam Breadon sells Cards to Robert Hannegan & Fred Saigh for $4M
  • Oct 26 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India
  • Oct 26 The British military occupation ends in Iraq

Radio Premiere

Oct 27 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

  • Oct 27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 29 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands form Benelux Union
  • Oct 29 Trial of art forger Han van Meegeren begins in Amsterdam
  • Oct 30 23 countries sign GATT agreement in Geneva

Music Premiere

Oct 30 Darius Milhaud's 3rd Symphony "Hymnus Ambrosianus," premieres in Paris