May 1947 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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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 for his novel "All the King's Men"

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May 7 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

  • May 7 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt

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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 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
  • 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 31 Communists seize power in Hungary
  • May 31 Eastern DC-4 crashes between Ft Deposit & Perryville, Maryland, kills 53
  • May 31 Italian government of Gasperi forms

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • May 1 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • May 1 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • May 2 Bill Lowery, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California, 1981-93), born in San Diego, California
  • May 2 James Dyson, British inventor, industrial designer, and entrepreneur (bagless vacuum cleaner; bladeless fan), born in Cromer, Norfolk, England
  • May 3 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • May 6 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, born in New York City
  • May 6 Sandra Fisher, American painter, born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • May 7 Gary Herbert, American politician, Governor of Utah (2009-), born in American Fork, Utah
  • May 8 H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2002 for"genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 8 Phil Sawyer, English rocker (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • May 10 Caroline Cooney, American author
  • May 10 Paul Nicholas Young, architect
  • May 10 Thomas Tessier, American author
  • May 12 Catherine "Cat" Yronwode, American writer and editor-in-chief (Eclipse Comics), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 12 Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician (Leader of the Liberal Party), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 13 Stephen R. Donaldson, American sci-fi author (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Lord Foul's Bane), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 14 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in Groß Kiesow
  • May 18 John Bruton, Irish politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1994-97), born in, Dunboyle, Ireland
  • May 21 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", born in Punjab region, India (d. 2019)
  • May 23 Ann Hui, director (Boat People)
  • May 23 Bernard Comrie, English linguist
  • May 23 Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995)
  • May 24 Cynthia Plaster Caster [Cynthia Albritton], American artist who made plaster casts of celebrity penises and breasts, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 24 Luke Rittner, British art administrator (Arts Council), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • May 24 Martin Winterkorn, German automotive executive, born in Leonberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • May 25 Mitch Margo, American rocker (The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 26 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • May 27 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 2014)
  • May 27 Henry McMaster, American politician, Governor of South Carolina (2017-), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • May 27 Peter DeFazio, American politician, Rep-D-Oregon (1987-), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 28 Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist
  • May 29 Gene Robinson, American Episcopal Bishop and 1st openly gay priest of any Christian denomination, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • May 29 Mark Nelson, American crew member of Biosphere 2, born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, German Nazi war criminal (Ravensbrück concentration camp), executed by hanging for her crimes at 27
  • May 2 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), dies at 53
  • May 8 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • May 14 John Ray Sinnock, US chief engraver (1925-47), dies at 59
  • May 16 Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize, 1929), dies at 85
  • May 17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist (Nobel 1905), dies at 84
  • May 23 Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss writer (Le Petit Village), dies at 68
  • May 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal, dies at 40
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67