Events in year of 1947

  • 01-01Benelux agress to work related issues
  • 01-01Britain nationalizes its coal industry
  • 01-01WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, DC (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 01-02Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali
  • 01-031st opening session of Congress to be televised
  • 01-03William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee
  • 01-04"Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 01-04"Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances
  • 01-06Ray Lindwall smashes 100 vs. England in MCG Test
  • 01-08Gen George Marshall becomes Secretary of State
  • 01-08Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • 01-09"Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • 01-10British stop ships Independence and In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • 01-10Greek steamer "Himara" strikes a wartime mine in Saronic Gulf south of Athens with loss of 392 of 637 aboard
  • 01-16Vincent Aurial elected President of France
  • 01-17Muiden Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
  • 01-18"Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances
  • 01-18Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)
  • 01-18Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400
  • 01-19SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
  • 01-20Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes Deputy Director of CIA
  • 01-21"Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances
  • 01-221st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood, California
  • 01-22KTLA TV channel 5 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 01-24NFL adds 5th official (back judge) and allows sudden death in playoffs
  • 01-26KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
  • 01-28"Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000
  • 02-01Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of Christian-dems and communists
  • 02-01Dmitri Shostakovitch named Professor at Conservatory of Leningrad
  • 02-031st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)

People born in year of 1947

  • 01-01Alexei Ivanovich Bobrov: Russia -- Cosmonaut
  • 01-01Gary "BB" Coleman: Blues vocal / guitarist / producer
  • 01-01Peter Lankhorst: Dutch MP (PPR)
  • 01-01Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov: Rus Cosmonaut (Soyuz T-8, TM-4, STS 63)
  • 01-02Aleksandr Tikhonova: USSR -- Biathalon relay (1968, 72, 76, 80 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-02Calvin Hill: NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 01-02Lanny Bassham: United States -- Rifle-3 position (1976 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-03Sergey Filipovich Protchenko: Russian Cosmonaut
  • 01-04J Danforth Quayle: (Sen-R-Ind, 44th VP 1989-93) / rich draft dodger
  • 01-05Michael DeWine: (Rep-R-Ohio, 1983- )
  • 01-06Ian Millar: Halifax, Nova Scotia -- Dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics - 1996)
  • 01-07David Porcelijn: Dutch composer / conductor
  • 01-08Igor Ivanov: Leningrad, Russia -- Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
  • 01-10George Alec Effinger: United States -- Sci-fi author (Nick of Time)
  • 01-11Anna Calder-Marshall: Kensington, England -- Actress (Zulu Dawn)
  • 01-11Bryan Robson: English international soccer star
  • 01-12Tom Dempsey: NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
  • 01-13John Lees: England, United Kingdom -- Rock guitarist / vocalist (Medicine Man)
  • 01-13Peter Sundelin: Sweden -- Yachtsmen (1968 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-14Bill Weberniuk: Canadian snookers player
  • 01-15Andrea Martin: Portland, Maine -- Comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise)
  • 01-15Pete Waterman: Rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • 01-16Georgette Mosbacher: CEO (La Prairie cosmetics)
  • 01-16Juliet Berto: Grenoble, France -- Actress (Le Sex Shop)
  • 01-17Gail Toushin: LPGA golfer
  • 01-17Jane Elliot: NYC, New York -- Actress (Baby Boom, General Hospital, Knots Landing)
  • 01-17Todd Susman: St. Louis, Missouri -- Actor (Goodnight Beantown)
  • 01-17Ulysses Dove: Dancer / choreographer
  • 01-19Alessandro Haber: Actor (China is Near)
  • 01-19Ann Compton: News reporter (ABC TV)

People died in year of 1947

  • 01-04Forrest Reid: Irish Author / critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • 01-09Karl Mannheim: Sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • 01-09Lambertus Zijl: Sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • 01-12Jonas Cohn: German / English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • 01-13Veit Valentin: German / US Historian (German People), dies at 61
  • 01-20Josh Gibson: Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
  • 01-23Pierre Bonnard: French Painter / illustrator, dies at 79
  • 01-24Felix Timmermans: Writer / Painter (Gift from St Nicholas), dies at 60
  • 01-25Al Capone: Chicago gangster, dies of syphilis at 48
  • 01-26Grace Moore: US soprano / actress (1 Night of Life), dies at 45
  • 01-26Gustav Adolf: Crown Prince of Sweden, dies in air crash
  • 01-28Reynaldo Hahn: Composer, dies at 72
  • 01-30Frederick F Blackman: English botanist, dies at 80
  • 02-03Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg: Austrian soprano / director, dies at 74
  • 02-03Marc A "Pete" Mitscher: US Lieutenant Admiral (WWII-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • 02-05Ganzefles: Dutch Nazi spy / Jews hunter, executed
  • 02-05Hans Fallada: Writer, dies at 53
  • 02-06Albert JM Bakker: Dutch actor (Teun the night watch), dies at 82
  • 02-06Luigi Russolo: Composer, dies at 61
  • 02-08Ernest Samuel Williams: Composer, dies at 65
  • 02-12Sidney Toler: Actor (Charlie Chan, Dark Alibi), dies at 72
  • 02-25Friedrich Paschen: German physicist, dies at 82
  • 02-26Ben Webster: Actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • 03-01J Boogaard: Nazi collaborator, executed
  • 03-05Alfredo Casella: Italian Composer / conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • 03-06Ludwig Weber: Composer, dies at 55
  • 03-11Victor Hely-Hutchinson: Composer, dies at 45
  • 03-19Willem F J Pijper: Dutch Composer / critic, dies at 52
  • 03-28Rudolph Hermann Simonsen: Composer, dies at 57
  • 04-01George II: King of Greece, dies at 56

Events in year of 1948

  • 01-011st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California)
  • 01-01Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test vs. India
  • 01-01Britain nationalizes its railways
  • 01-01General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade effective
  • 01-01Italy adopts constitution
  • 01-01Orissa province accedes to India
  • 01-02WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, New York (PBS) begins
  • 01-04Burma declares independence from the UK
  • 01-07US President Truman raises taxes for Marshall-plan
  • 01-08Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
  • 01-10"Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • 01-121st Supermarket in the UK opens
  • 01-12Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
  • 01-12US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel vs. Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • 01-131st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 01-1635 Haganah members are ambushed and killed in Gush Etzyon
  • 01-17Netherlands and Indonesia agree to a cease fire
  • 01-17Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City
  • 01-181st courses begin at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • 01-21West Indies vs. England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes and Jim Laker
  • 01-23Bradman scores 201 in 272 minutes vs. India, 21 fours 1 six
  • 01-23Test debut of Neil Harvey, vs. India at Adelaide
  • 01-24"Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 01-26Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • 01-271st locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg) operates
  • 01-271st tape recorder sold
  • 01-29Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • 01-305th Winter Olympic games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 01-31Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
  • 02-01Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates

People born in year of 1948

  • 01-03Larry McNeeley: Lafayette, Indiana -- Banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour)
  • 01-03Manfred Kokot: East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)
  • 01-05Thom Mooney: Rocker
  • 01-06Guy Spencer Gardner: Alta Vista, Virginia -- Lt Colonel USAF / Astronaut (STS 27, STS 35)
  • 01-06Robert E [Bob] Wise, Jr.: (Rep-D-West Virginia, 1983- )
  • 01-07Kaz Lux: Poland -- Singer
  • 01-08Gillies Mackinnon: Director (Playboys)
  • 01-08Mel Pritchard: Rocker
  • 01-09Bill Cowsill: Newport, Rhode Island -- Rock guitarist / vocals (Cowsills-We Can Fly)
  • 01-10William Sanderson: Memphis, Tennessee -- Actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner)
  • 01-11Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms: US 800m runner (1968 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-12Anthony Andrews: London, England -- Actor (Under the Volcano)
  • 01-14Carl Weathers: New Orleans, Louisiana -- Actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)
  • 01-14T-Bone Burnett: Musician / producer
  • 01-14Tim Harris: Rocker (Foundations)
  • 01-15Dini Petty: Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV)
  • 01-15Ronnie Van Zant: Rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 01-15Tommy Nolan: Montreal, Quebec -- Actor (Jody-Buckskin)
  • 01-16Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov: Riga, Russia -- Cosmonaut (TM-5, 9, 15, 26, STS 71)
  • 01-16Christopher Moran: English financier / multi-millionaire
  • 01-16Cliff Thorburn: Victoria, British Columbia -- Champion snooker player
  • 01-18Takeshi Kitano: Tokyo, Japan -- Actor (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence)
  • 01-19Harvey Hinsley: Rocker
  • 01-20Jerry Ross: Lt Colonel USAF / Astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, sk:88)
  • 01-20Melvyn John Pritchard: England, United Kingdom -- Rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 01-24Elliott Abrams: Assistant Secretary of State / supplied arms to the Contras
  • 01-26Corky Laing: Rocker (Mountain)
  • 01-27Chuck Larsen: Rocker (Snuff)
  • 01-28Gareth Roscoe: Legal adviser (BBC)
  • 01-28Mamoru Mohri Yoichi-machi: Hokkaido, Japan -- Astronaut (STS 47)

People died in year of 1948

  • 01-01Hermann K J Zilcher: German pianist / Composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 01-01Willem Louis Frederic Landre: Composer, dies at 73
  • 01-07Raoul Auernheimer: Writer
  • 01-08Kurt Schwitters: Writer, dies at 60
  • 01-14Anna "Ans" van Dike: Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • 01-21Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Composer, dies at 72
  • 01-26Ignaz Friedman: Composer, dies at 65
  • 01-30Herb Pennock: Pitcher (New York Yankees) / GM (Phillies)
  • 01-30Mahatma Ghandi: Murdered by Hindu extremists in India
  • 01-30Orville Wright: US aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • 02-05Johann Blaskowitz: German General (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • 02-06Robert Brasillach: French Author / Nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • 02-07"Red" McKenzie: Blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper)
  • 02-09Karl Valentin: German comic / writer, dies at 65
  • 02-10Sergei Eisenstein: Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • 02-11Sergy Eisenstein: Film director, dies at 50
  • 02-21Frederick Archibald Lamond: Composer, dies at 80
  • 03-04Antonin Artaud: French Poet / actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • 03-10Jan Masaryk: Czech Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
  • 03-25Warren Hymer: Actor (Show Them No Mercy), dies at 42
  • 03-26Helen Ernst: German poster artist / resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • 03-27Karel Candael: Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • 03-31Egon E Kisch: Czech writer / journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • 04-08Josef B Kjellgren: Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • 04-17Johan P Earl of Limburg Stirum: Diplomat, dies at 75
  • 04-21Carlos Lopez Buchardo: Composer, dies at 66
  • 04-24Joseph Wihtol: Composer, dies at 84
  • 04-24Manuel Marua Ponce: Mexican Composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • 04-24Rosita Marstini: Actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • 05-01Christos Ladas: Greek Minister of Justice, murdered