On This Day

July 1947 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 192m long passenger ship Willem Ruys (Achille Lauro) launched
  • 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

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

  • Jul 7 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident
  • Jul 8 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • Jul 8 Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico

HeartEngagement of Interest

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

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip

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Jul 9 Spain votes for Franco monarchy

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 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

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

Founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah
Founder of Pakistan
Mohammed Ali Jinnah
British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • Jul 18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine

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Jul 18 King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • Jul 18 US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act
  • Jul 18 US begins administering Trust Territory of Pacific Islands
  • 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 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

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

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jul 26 US President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act which establishes the Central Intelligence Agency
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of President LBJ
  • Jul 7 Felix Standaert, Belgian diplomat
  • Jul 7 Howard Rheingold, American author
  • Jul 7 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal
  • Jul 8 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • Jul 8 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jul 10 John Trevor Key, British photographer (d. 1995)
  • Jul 11 Bo Lundgren, Swedish politician
  • Jul 12 Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jul 14 Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army officer
  • Jul 16 Roelof Petrus Meyer, South African under minister of Law & Order etc, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jul 16 Alexis Herman, American politician (23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jul 16 Assata Shakur, American activist Black Liberation Army) and wanted by FBI, born in Queens, New York

Person of interestCamilla Parker Bowles

Jul 17 Camilla Parker Bowles, English wife of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, born in London, England

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Jul 18 Steven W. Mahoney, Canadian politician (Member of the Canadian Parliament for Mississauga West), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Jul 20 Gerd Binnig, Frankfurt, physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)
  • Jul 21 Jimmy Duncan, American politician (Rep-R-Tennessee 1988-2019), born in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Jul 22 Curt Weldon, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 1987-2007), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Gilles Duceppe, Canadian politician
  • Jul 23 Spencer Christian, American TV weatherman (Good Morning America), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jul 24 Michael Coveney, drama critic
  • Jul 24 Neil McIntosh, CEO (VSO, Center for British Teaching)
  • Jul 26 Pauline Clare, Britain's first female Chief Constable (Lancashire)
  • Jul 27 Wayne Dowdy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), born in Fitzgerald, Georgia
  • Jul 28 Alexei Sergeyevich Borodai, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jul 30 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Jul 30 Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French virologist (Nobel Prize 2008, discovered HIV), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 31 Dennis Greenslade, rocker

Deaths in History

  • Jul 9 Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)
  • Jul 16 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • Jul 17 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34
  • Jul 19 Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19 U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Willem Vliegen, Dutch journalist and chairman (SDAP), dies at 84
  • Jul 30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 86