This article is about the year 1947.
1947 ( was a MCMXLVII) common year starting on Wednesday (link displays the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1947th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 947th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 47th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1940s decade. Events [edit ] January [edit ] January–February – Winter of 1946–47 in the United Kingdom: Worst snowfall in the country in the 20th century, with extensive disruption of travel. Given the low ratio of private vehicle ownership at the time this is mainly remembered in terms of the effects on the railway networks. [1 ] [2 ] January 1 January 3 – Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time. January 10 – The United Nations takes control of the free city of Trieste. January 15 – Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress nicknamed the " Black Dahlia", is found brutally murdered in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case remains unsolved to this day. January 16 – Vincent Auriol is inaugurated as president of France. January 19 – A shipwreck near Athens, Greece kills 392. January 24 – Dimitrios Maximos founds a monarchist government in Athens. January 25 – A Philippine plane crashes in Hong Kong, with $5 million worth of gold and money. January 26 – A KLM Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft crashes soon after taking off from Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, killing all on board, including Prince Gustaf Adolf, second in line to the Swedish throne, and the American singer Grace Moore. January 30– February 8 – A heavy blizzard in Canada buries towns from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Calgary, Alberta. January 31 – The Communists take power in Poland. February [edit ] February 3 February 5 February 6 – South Pacific Commission (SPC) founded. February 8 – Karlslust dance hall fire in Berlin, Germany, kills over 80 people. February 10 – In Paris, France, peace treaties are signed between the World War II Allies and Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Finland. Italy cedes most of Istria to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later Croatia). February 12 A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union. Christian Dior introduces The "New Look" in women's fashion, in Paris. In Burma, the Panglong Agreement is reached between the Burmese government under its leader, General Aung San, and the Shan, Kachin, and Chin ethnic peoples at the Panglong Conference. U Aung Zan Wai, Pe Khin, Major Aung, Sir Maung Gyi, Dr. Sein Mya Maung and Myoma U Than Kywe are among the negotiators. February 17 – Cold War: The begins to transmit radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and the Voice of America Soviet Union. February 20 February 21 – In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", his Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America. February 22 – Tom and Jerry cartoon , is released. Cat Fishin' February 23 – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded. February 25 The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council. [4 ] The worst-ever train crash in Japan kills 184 people. John C. Hennessy, Jr., brings the first Volkswagen Beetle to the United States. He purchased the 1946 automobile from the U.S. Army Post Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, while serving in the U.S. Army. The Beetle was shipped from Bremerhaven, arriving in New York this day. [5 ] February 28 March [edit ] April [edit ] May [edit ] June [edit ] July [edit ] July 8 – A supposedly downed extraterrestrial spacecraft is reportedly found in the Roswell UFO incident, near Roswell, New Mexico, which was written about by Stanton T. Friedman. July 10 – In the U.K., Princess Elizabeth announces her engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. July 11 – leaves France for The Exodus Palestine, with 4,500 Jewish Holocaust survivor refugees on board. July 17 July 18 July 26 – Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into law, creating the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council. July 27– 28 – English endurance swimmer Tom Blower becomes the first person to swim the North Channel, from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland. July 29 – After being shut down on November 9, 1946, for a refurbishment, the ENIAC computer, the world's first electronic digital computer, is turned back on again. It next remains in continuous operation until October 2, 1955. August [edit ]
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India September [edit ] October [edit ] October – First recorded use of the word in its modern sense, referring to an electronic digital machine. computer [13 ] October 5 – President Harry S. Truman delivers the first televised White House address speaking on the world food crises. October 14 – The United States Air Force test pilot, Captain Chuck Yeager, flies a Bell X-1 rocket plane faster than the speed of sound, the first time it has been accomplished October 20 – A war begins in Kashmir, along the border between India and Pakistan, leading to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 in the following year. Also, Pakistan established diplomatic relations with the United States of America. October 24 – The first Azad Kashmir Government is established by the Freedom Fighters within Pakistan, headed by Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan as its first President supported by the government of Pakistan. October 30 – The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the foundation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), is established. November [edit ] December [edit ] Date unknown [edit ] In fiction [edit ]
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band mentions Sgt. Pepper teaching the band to play "20 years ago today". This would place the event somewhere between February 1 and June 1 of 1947. Births [edit ] January [edit ] January 1 January 2 – Jack Hanna, American zoologist January 4 – Chris Cutler, English percussionist January 5 – Mercury Morris, American football player January 6 – Sandy Denny, British singer (d. 1978) January 7 – Shobha De, Indian writer January 8 January 9 – Ronnie Landfield, American artist January 11 – Mart Smeets, Dutch sports journalist January 14 – Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (d. 2003) January 15 – Andrea Martin, American actress January 16 January 18 – Takeshi Kitano, Japanese film director and actor January 19 – Paula Deen, Food Channel star January 21 – Jill Eikenberry, American actress January 23 January 24 January 25 – Eduardo Goncalves de Andrade, Brazilian football player January 29 – Linda B. Buck, American biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine January 30 – Steve Marriott, British rock musician ( , Small Faces ) (d. Humble Pie 1991) January 31 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player February [edit ] February 1 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983) February 2 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress ( Charlie's Angels) (d. 2009) February 3 February 4 February 5 – Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver and broadcaster February 7 – Wayne Allwine, American voice actor ( ) (d. Mickey Mouse 2009) February 10 February 11 February 12 – Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Punjabi saint, Sikh theologian, military leader (d. 1984) February 13 – Mike Krzyzewski, American basketball coach February 15 – John Coolidge Adams, American composer February 18 February 19 – Gustavo Rodríguez, Venezuelan actor (d. 2014) February 20 February 21 – Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (d. 2006) February 24 – Edward James Olmos, American actor ( Stand and Deliver) February 25 – Doug Yule, American rock singer and musician ( ) The Velvet Underground February 26 – Sandie Shaw, British singer February 27 – Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist February 28 – Stephanie Beacham, English actress March [edit ] March 4 March 6 March 7 – Walter Röhrl, German race car driver March 8 – Carole Bayer Sager, American singer and songwriter March 10 March 11 March 12 March 13 – Beat Richner, Swiss pediatrician and cellist March 14 – Pam Ayres, British poet March 15 – Ry Cooder, American guitarist March 16 March 17 – Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born composer and producer March 19 – Glenn Close, American actress March 20 – John Boswell, American historian (d. 1994) March 22 – James Patterson, American author March 24 March 25 – Elton John, English rock singer, pianist and songwriter March 27 – Walt Mossberg, American newspaper columnist April [edit ] April 1 – Alain Connes, French mathematician April 2 April 4 – Eliseo Soriano, Philippine preacher April 5 – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incumbent Philippine president and daughter of former president Diosdado Macapagal April 6 – John Ratzenberger, American actor ( Cheers) April 8 Tom DeLay, American politician Robert Kiyosaki, American investor, businessman, self-help author, motivational speaker, game inventor, financial literacy activist, and occasional financial commentator April 12 April 15 April 16 April 17 – Jerzy Stuhr, Polish actor and director April 18 April 19 – Murray Perahia, American pianist April 20 – Hector, Finnish rock musician April 21 – Iggy Pop, American rock musician April 25 – Johan Cruijff, Dutch footballer and coach April 28 – Ken St. Andre, American game designer and author April 29 – Tommy James, American rock singer and producer ( Mony Mony) April 30 – Leslie Grantham, English actor May [edit ] May 4 – Theda Skocpol, American sociologist May 6 – Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher May 8 – H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine May 11 – Walter Selke, German physicist May 12 – Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician, philosopher and historian May 13 – Stephen R. Donaldson, American novelist May 19 – Paul Brady, Northern Irish singer/songwriter May 23 – Ken Westerfield, Disc sports (Frisbee) pioneer, athlete, showman, promoter May 24 – Maude Barlow, Canadian author, activist and National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians May 26 – Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket captain May 27 May 29 – Stan Zemanek, Australian radio broadcaster (d. 2007) June [edit ] June 1 June 4 – Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria June 5 – Laurie Anderson, American experimental performance artist, composer and musician June 6 June 7 – Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (d. 1979) June 8 – Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine June 14 – Barry Melton, American rock musician ( ) Country Joe and the Fish June 15 – John Hoagland, American war photographer (d. 1984) June 16 – -minu, Swiss columnist and writer June 19 June 20 – Candy Clark, American actress June 21 June 22 June 25 – Jimmie Walker, American actor ( ) Good Times June 28 – Mark Helprin, American writer June 29 – David Chiang, Hong Kong actor July [edit ] July 2 – Larry David, American actor, writer, producer and director July 3 July 6 – Larnelle Harris, American Christian musician July 7 July 8 – Bobby Sowell, American pianist and composer July 9 July 10 – Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer ( The City of New Orleans) July 12 – Loren Coleman, American cryptozoologist and author July 17 – Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, British Princess and second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales July 18 – Steven W. Mahoney, Canadian politician July 19 July 20 July 21 – Co Adriaanse, Dutch football manager July 22 July 23 July 24 – Peter Serkin, American pianist July 27 – Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (d. 2008) July 30 July 31 August [edit ] August 1 – Lorna Goodison, Jamaican poet August 3 – Colleen Corby, American fashion model August 6 – Mohammad Najibullah, former President of Afghanistan (d. 1996) August 7 – Franciscus Henri, Dutch-born Australian children's entertainer, composer and artist August 8 – Terangi Adam, Nauruan politician August 9 – John Varley, American science-fiction author August 10 August 12 – William Hartston, British chess player August 14 August 15 – Raakhee, Indian actress August 16 – Marc Messier, Canadian actor August 19 August 22 – Cindy Williams, American actress August 23 – Willy Russell, British playwright August 24 – Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist August 26 – Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor August 27 – Barbara Bach, American actress ( The Spy Who Loved Me) August 28 – Liza Wang, Hong Kong actress, Otis Surratt August 29 – Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert August 30 – Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat August 31 September [edit ] September 1 – Al Green, an American politician September 3 – Kjell Magne Bondevik, the Prime Minister of Norway September 5 – Kiyoshi Takayama, Japanese yakuza boss September 6 September 8 – Benjamin Orr, American singer and songwriter, a guitarist, and a singer for the band The Cars (d. 2000) September 9 – Freddy Weller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist for the band Paul Revere & The Raiders. September 14 – Sam Neill, an actor from New Zealand ( A Cry in the Dark) September 16 – Russ Abbot, a British comedian and actor September 17 – Tessa Jowell, a British politician September 19 – Steve Bartlett, a U.S. Congressman and the former mayor of Dallas, Tex. September 21 September 22 September 23 – Mary Kay Place, an American actress and singer September 25 September 26 – Lynn Anderson, an American country-music singer September 27 September 28 – Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1996–2001 and 2009–present) September 30 October [edit ] October 1 October 2 – Ward Churchill, American author and activist October 4 – Ann Widdecombe, British politician October 5 – Brian Johnson, English rock singer ( ) AC/DC October 6 – Gail Farrell, American singer October 7 – Pip Williams, British record producer October 8 – Stephen Shore, American photographer October 9 – France Gall, a French singer October 10 – Larry Lamb, British Actor October 13 – Sammy Hagar, an American rock singer October 14 – Nikolai Volkoff, an Croatian-Russian Professional Wrestler October 16 – Bob Weir, an American rock guitarist (the Grateful Dead) October 17 October 18 – James H. Fallon, an American neuroscientist October 19 – Giorgio Cavazzano, an Italian comics artist and illustrator October 22 – Ed Welch, an English TV-music composer October 24 – Kevin Kline, an American actor October 25 – Glenn Tipton, an English rock guitarist ( ) Judas Priest October 26 October 29 – Richard Dreyfuss, an American actor ( Mr. Holland's Opus) October 30 – Timothy B. Schmit, an American musician (the Eagles) October 31 – Herman Van Rompuy, a Belgian politician November [edit ] November 5 – Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist and singer-songwriter of tango (d. 2010) November 6 November 7 November 8 November 9 – Phil Driscoll, American Christian musician and trumpet player November 10 – Glen Buxton, American rock guitarist ( ) (d. Alice Cooper 1997) November 13 – Joe Mantegna, American actor November 14 – P. J. O'Rourke, American journalist and satirist November 15 – Steven G. Kellman, American author and critic November 17 – Inky Mark, Canadian politician November 19 November 20 – Joe Walsh, American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist ( ) Eagles November 21 November 23 – Alphons Orie, Dutch criminal lawyer and judge November 24 November 25 – John Larroquette, American actor ( Night Court) November 27 – Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti November 29 – Mirza Khazar, Azerbaijani author November 30 December [edit ] December 1 – Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league player December 2 – Isaac Bitton, French rock band drummer ( ) Les Variations December 7 – Wendy Padbury, British actress December 8 December 9 – Tom Daschle, U.S. Senator December 10 – Rainer Seifert, German field hockey player December 12 – Will Alsop, English architect December 14 December 16 December 18 – Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian crime fiction writer December 21 December 22 – Mitsuo Tsukahara, Japanese gymnast December 26 – Carlton Fisk, American baseball player December 28 – Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (d. 2000) December 29 – Ted Danson, American actor ( Cheers) December 30 – Jeff Lynne, British musician ( ) Electric Light Orchestra December 31 Date unknown [edit ] Deaths [edit ] January [edit ] February [edit ] March [edit ] March 5 – Alfredo Casella, Italian composer (b. 1883) March 11 – Victor Lustig, Austrian-born con artist (b. 1890) March 12 – Walter Samuel Goodland, Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1862) March 18 – William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861) March 19 – Prudence Heward, Canadian painter (b. 1896) March 20 – Victor Goldschmidt, Swiss geochemist (b. 1888) March 21 – Homer Lusk Collyer, American hermit brother ( ) (b. Collyer brothers 1881) March 23 – Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870) March 25 – Chen Cheng-po, Taiwanese painter (b. 1895) March 28 March 30 – Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (b. 1863) April [edit ] May [edit ] May 8 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American department store magnate (b. 1858) May 13 – Sukanta Bhattacharya, Bengali poet (b. 1926) May 14 – John R. Sinnock, eighth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint (b. 1888) May 16 – Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (b. 1861) May 17 – George Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869) May 18 – Lucile Gleason, American actress (b. 1888) May 20 – Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862) May 23 – Seabiscuit, Thoroughbred Racehorse (b. 1933) May 24 – C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (b. 1878) May 28 – August Eigruber, Nazi war criminal (executed) (b. 1907) May 29 – Martin Gottfried Weiss, Nazi war criminal (executed) (b. 1905) May 30 – Georg Ludwig von Trapp, Austrian sailor, patriarch of the Von Trapp Family of fame (b. The Sound of Music 1880) May 31 – Adrienne Ames, American actress (b. 1907) June [edit ] June 6 – Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, former President of Poland (b. 1885) June 9 – J. Warren Kerrigan, American actor (b. 1879) June 11 – Richard Hönigswald, Hungarian-born American philosopher (b. 1875) June 17 – Maxwell Perkins, American literary editor (b. 1884) June 18 – Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese rear admiral and convicted war criminal (executed) (b. 1898) June 19 – Kōsō Abe, Japanese admiral (b. 1892) June 20 – Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (b. 1906) June 22 – Jim Tully, vagabond, pugilist, noted American writer (b. 1891) June 26 – Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1870) July [edit ] August [edit ] August 3 – Vic Willis, American baseball player ( Boston Braves) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1876) August 8 – Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian military leader (b. 1872) August 25 – Franz Cumont, Belgian archaeologist and historian (b. 1868) August 29 – Kōtarō Nakamura, General of the Imperial Japanese Army (b. 1881) September 1 – Frederick Russell Burnham, American Scout, father of the international Scouting movement (b. 1861) September 9 – Ananda Coomaraswamy, philosopher (b. 1877) September 20 – Fiorello H. La Guardia, Mayor of New York (b. 1882) September 21 – Harry Carey, American actor (b. 1878) September 26 – Hugh Lofting, British writer (b. 1886) October [edit ] November [edit ] December [edit ] Nobel Prizes [edit ] References [edit ]