On This Day

October 1947 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 1st helicopter air mail & express service, LA, Ca
  • Oct 1 US control of Haitian customs & governmental revenue ends
  • Oct 1 William Wister Haines' "Command Decision" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 1 The F-86 Sabre flies for the first time.
  • Oct 2 Revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted
  • Oct 3 1st telescope lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter completed
  • Oct 9 First telephone conversation between occupants of a moving car and an airplane
  • Oct 11 Brazil & Chile break diplomatic relations with USSR
  • Oct 13 "Kukla, Fran & Ollie" premieres
  • Oct 14 Chuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)

Historic Event

Oct 14 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina gives golden award to general Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Oct 19 De Gaulles RPF wins French municipal elections

Historic Event

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

Greek Playwright Euripides
Greek Playwright
Euripides
  • Oct 21 Dutch Dakota explodes near Coopenhagen, 16 die
  • Oct 23 NAACP petition on racism "An Appeal to the World" presented to UN
  • 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 24 Series of forest fires burn over $30 million of timber across the New England States
  • 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), born in Hennepin County, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • Oct 1 Aaron Ciechanover, Israeli biologist
  • Oct 1 Adriano Tilgher, Italian politician
  • Oct 3 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 4 Ann Widdecombe, British politician
  • Oct 6 Aleksandr Stepanovich Andryushkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Oct 8 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a), born in Moscow
  • Oct 9 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • Oct 11 Lucas Papademos, Greek economist and Prime Minister of Greece (2011-12), born in Athens, Greece
  • Oct 14 Lukas Resetarits, Austrian cabaret artist, born in Stinatz, Austria
  • Oct 16 David Zucker, American director (Airplane, Naked Gun, Top Secret), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 17 Charles A Ingene, macromarketing researcher
  • Oct 17 Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • Oct 18 Luc Journet, Belgian physician (Order of Zonnetempel)
  • Oct 18 Job Cohen, Dutch politician, Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Oct 19 Giorgio Cavazzano, Italian comic strip artist
  • Oct 22 Edward F Feighan, (Rep-D-OH, 1983- )
  • Oct 22 Raymond Bachand, French Canadian politician and businessman
  • Oct 22 Haley Barbour, American politician, governor of Mississippi
  • Oct 24 Edgar Broughton, English rocker (Edgar Broughton Band), born in Warwick, Warwickshire, England
  • Oct 26 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet (The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine), born in Dublin, Ireland

Hillary Clinton

Oct 26 Hillary Rodham Clinton, US 1st Lady (1993-2001), Senator (NY, 2001-09), Secretary of State (2009-13) and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, born in Chicago, Illinois

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Oct 27 Terry Anderson, American journalist, US hostage held in Lebanon (1985-91), born in Lorain, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Helen Coonan, Australian politician (Senator for New South Wales), born in Mangoplah, Australia
  • Oct 31 Russ Ballard, English rocker (Argent), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • Oct 4 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Sydney Webb, English socialist and economist (founded London School of Economics) and husband of Beatrice Webb, dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
  • Oct 29 Frances Cleveland, American First Lady (1885-89 93-97), wife of Grover Cleveland dies at 83