Historical Events in 1947 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 417

  • Jun 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Plum Hollow CC: Jim Ferrier becomes first Australian to win a major title; beats Chick Herbert, 2 & 1

Historic Publication

Jun 25 1st version of Anne Frank's diary "Het Achterhuis" published in The Netherlands

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 25 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello

  • Jun 27 98°F (36.8°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands
  • Jun 27 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington, D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 28 "Temptation" (Tim-Tayshun) by Red Ingle with Jo Stafford hits #1
  • Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Starmount Forest CC: American Betty Jameson wins her only US crown, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Polly Riley and Sally Sessions, both amateurs
  • Jun 29 Yanks beat Senators 3-1 starting a 19 game winning streak
  • Jul 1 192m long passenger ship Willem Ruys (Achille Lauro) launched
  • Jul 1 Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA), holds its inaugural college player draft
  • Jul 1 British Dominion Affairs office becomes Commonwealth Relations office
  • Jul 2 Military coup discovered in France
  • Jul 3 252,288 people (record) pass through Grand Central Station, NYC
  • Jul 3 Soviet Union doesn't participate in Marshall Plan
  • Jul 4 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool: Irishman Fred Daly wins his only Open, 1 stroke clear of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jack Kramer wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Tom Brown 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jul 5 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances
  • Jul 5 Cleveland Indians rookie Larry Doby becomes 1st black player in AL when he strikes out in 6-5 loss vs Chicago White Sox
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon singles title

Historic Event

Jul 6 The Ak-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union

  • Jul 7 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident
  • Jul 8 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 8 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • Jul 8 Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico

Engagement of Interest

Jul 9 Engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten

Historic Event

Jul 9 Spain votes for Franco monarchy

  • Jul 10 200 die when train derails and falls into a river in Canton, China
  • Jul 10 Cleveland Indian Don Black no-hits Philadelphia A's, 3-0

Historic Event

Jul 10 Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee

  • Jul 16 Bobo Newsom wins 200th game, 1st as a Yankee & Yanks 18th straight In nightcap Vic Rashi extends streak to 19
  • Jul 18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine

Historic Event

Jul 18 King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

  • Jul 18 Tigers shut out Yanks 2-0, end 19 game winning streak
  • Jul 18 US begins administering Trust Territory of Pacific Islands
  • Jul 18 US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act

Assassination

Jul 19 Prime Minister of shadow Burma government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members assassinated by armed paramilitaries

  • Jul 20 1st political action of Netherlands Army on Java and Sumatra
  • Jul 20 Tour de France: French rider Jean Robic takes lead on final stage to win overall classification; Pierre Brambilla of Italy mountains champion
  • Jul 21 Indonesia begins 1st political election
  • Jul 22 -8°F (-13°C), Charlotte Pass, NSW (Australian record)
  • Jul 23 1st (US Navy) air squadron of jets, Quonset Point, Rhode Island
  • Jul 26 46th Men's French Championships: Jozsef Asboth beats Eric Sturgess (8-6, 7-5, 6-4)
  • Jul 26 46th Women's French Championships: Patricia Todd beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-4)

Historic Event

Jul 26 President Truman signs National Security Act (1947), establishing Department of Defense, CIA, National Security Council and Joint Chiefs of Staff

  • Jul 26 US President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act which establishes the Central Intelligence Agency

Sports History

Jul 27 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra starts a record 148 game errorless streak

  • Jul 28 Iuliu Maniu's Farmers' Party is banned in Romania
  • Jul 29 Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Ewell Blackwell record-breaking 16 game winning streak ends, losing to NY Giants 5-4
  • Aug 1 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances
  • Aug 2 Greek-American soprano makes her Italian debut in the title role of Amilcare Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" at the Verona Arena
  • Aug 4 American boxer Ike Williams knocks out Bob Montgomery in 6 rounds in Philadelphia to unify the world lightweight title
  • Aug 4 The Supreme Court of Japan is established
  • Aug 5 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • Aug 6 1st performance of Hector Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • Aug 7 The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST)

Historic Event

Aug 7 Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean

  • Aug 8 Pakistan's National Flag is approved.

Sports History

Aug 14 Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000

  • Aug 14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • Aug 15 GLEEP (Graphite Low Energy Experimental Pile), the first experimental nuclear reactor in Western Europe begins operation in Oxford, England
  • Aug 15 India becomes a sovereign and democratic nation, independent from the United Kingdom
  • Aug 15 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
  • Aug 16 Future Baseball HOF outfielder Ralph Kiner hits 3 successive HRs for host Pittsburgh Pirates in a 12-7 win over St. Louis Cardinals; both clubs smash a then MLB record 10 homers
  • Aug 17 The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
  • Aug 18 Naval torpedo & mine factory explodes at Cadiz, Spain killing 300
  • Aug 19 J Arens & D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A
  • Aug 20 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
  • Aug 20 Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
  • Aug 22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • Aug 23 1st Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Maynard Midgets beat Lock Haven All Stars, 16-7
  • Aug 23 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • Aug 23 US President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert
  • Aug 25 Marion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speed record of 1,047 kph
  • Aug 26 Dodgers' Dan Bankhead, MLB's 1st African-American pitcher, homers in his 1st MLB at bat in 16-3 loss to Pittsburgh, at Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn, NYC

Appointment of Interest

Aug 29 B.R. Ambedkar is appointed chairman of the drafting committee for the Indian constitution

  • Aug 29 Constantine Tsaldaris succeeds Maximos as Greek premier
  • Aug 31 Hungarian communist party wins election
  • Aug 31 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)
  • Sep 1 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: USA retains title as Ted Schroeder outlasts Australian Dinny Pails 6-3, 8-6, 4-6, 9-11, 10-8 4-1 for a 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • Sep 1 Infielder Jack Lohrke hits NY Giants' 183rd homer of season in 2-1 win v Boston Braves; breaks NY Yankees MLB mark of 182 set in 1936
  • Sep 1 With a victory by Armed in the Washington Park Handicap, Calumet Farm becomes the first stable to surpass $1 million in annual earnings; leads all owners with total earnings of $1,402,436
  • Sep 3 New York Yankees total 18 hits, all singles to rout Boston Red Sox, 11-2 at Fenway Park
  • Sep 3 Philadelphia A's rookie pitcher Bill McCahan no-hits Washington Senators, 3-0
  • Sep 4 Champion Middlesex cricket batsman Denis Compton scores 101 for South of England in tour match defeat to South Africa at Lord's; his record 17th century of the English season
  • Sep 7 Battles between Hindus & Muslims in New Delhi, India
  • Sep 12 Pittsburgh's future Baseball HOF left fielder Ralph Kiner hits 2 HRs in Pirates' 4-3 win over the Boston Braves at Forbes Field; record 8th HR in 4 games

Music Recording

Sep 13 T-Bone Walker records his biggest hit "Call it Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" in Hollywood, California

  • Sep 13 WPVI TV channel 6 in Philadelphia, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jack Kramer wins second straight US title; beats fellow American Frank Parker 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
  • Sep 14 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Louise Brough beats Margaret Osborne duPoint 8-6, 4-6, 6-1 for her only US singles title
  • Sep 15 First four-engined jet-propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 15 RCA releases the 12AX7 miniature dual triode vacuum tube; it is still in production
  • Sep 15 Typhoon Kathleen hit Tone River, Saitama and Tokyo area, killing at least 1,930 and injuring 1,750
  • Sep 15 Yanks clinch pennant #15
  • Sep 16 John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH
  • Sep 16 Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, killing at least 1,930

Sports History

Sep 17 Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News

  • Sep 17 James Forrestal sworn in as 1st US Secretary of Defense
  • Sep 18 The Central Intelligence Agency officially comes into existence after being established by President Truman in July
  • Sep 18 US Air Force created as a separate military service by passing of the National Security Act
  • Sep 18 US Department of Defense 1st day of operation
  • Sep 19 Jackie Robinson is named 1947 "Rookie of Year"
  • Sep 22 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant as Chicago defeats St. Louis Cardinals in second game of a double header

Cannes Film Festival

Sep 25 2nd Cannes Film Festival ends with six different awards presented including Best Musical for Vincente Minnelli's" Ziegfeld Follies" and Walt Disney's "Dumbo" Best Animation

  • Sep 26 Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series
  • Sep 27 Revival of Victor Herbert's 1913 operetta "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC. after 288 performances
  • Sep 29 Dizzy Gillespie presented his 1st Carnegie Hall concert in NY
  • Sep 29 Former Yank manager Joe McCarthy signs to manage Red Sox
  • Sep 30 In first televised World Series Baseball game, NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3 in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; also largest WS crowd to date, 73,365
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Oct 25 "Under the Counter" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 27 performances

Sports History

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

  • 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

  • Nov 1 "Medium & The Telephone" closes at Barrymore NYC after 211 performances
  • Nov 1 First Aloha Week Parade held in Hawaii
  • Nov 1 UN trusteeship for Nauru granted to Australia, NZ & UK
  • Nov 2 After just 6 games of the season, Chicago Blackhawks trade NHL scoring leader Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas to Toronto Maple Leafs for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens

Historic Event

Nov 2 Howard Hughes flies "Spruce Goose", a huge wooden airplane for the first and last time

Ryder Cup

Nov 2 Ryder Cup Golf, Portland GC: US wins first post WWII event, 11-1; Ben Hogan American captain; Henry Cotton GB skipper

  • Nov 6 NBC's "Meet the Press" debuts - US's longest running TV show
  • Nov 8 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 South Australia v Victoria

Film Premiere

Nov 11 "Gentlemen's Agreement" directed by Elia Karan and starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire premieres in New York (Best Picture 1948)

  • Nov 12 KPO-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR)
  • Nov 12 Schilderijenvervalser Han of Meegeren to 1 years jail sentenced
  • Nov 15 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 v Indians at the SCG
  • Nov 15 Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal
  • Nov 16 15,000 demonstrate in Brussels against mild sentence of Nazis
  • Nov 17 The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
  • Nov 19 200" mirror arrives at Mt Palomar Observatory, California
  • Nov 20 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey)

Catholic Encyclical

Nov 20 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mediator Dei

  • Nov 20 UN General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps

Sports History

Nov 21 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title

  • Nov 23 French government of Schumann forms

Sports History

Nov 23 Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Chicago Cardinals (45-21)

Historic Publication

Nov 24 John Steinbeck's novella "The Pearl" published

  • Nov 24 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
  • Nov 25 New Zealand accedes to Statute of Westminster, becomes a dominion
  • Nov 25 The 1st systematic Hollywood blacklist is instituted, denying employment to American entertainment professionals due to alleged Communist ties or sympathies
  • Nov 27 Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote
  • Nov 29 Anti-Jewish riots in Aleppo erupt after UN votes to partition Palestine, with cost of 75 lives and the disappearance of medieval manuscript the Aleppo Codex
  • Nov 29 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win 3rd straight and 8th title; beat Calgary Stampeders, 10-9
  • Nov 29 UN General Assembly vote to allow the partition of Palestine between Arabs & Jews
  • Nov 30 Day after UN decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked
  • 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 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 4 USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union
  • Dec 5 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Dec 6 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by President Harry S. Truman
  • Dec 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances

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 10 USSR & Czechoslovakia sign trade agreement
  • 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

Historic Invention

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