Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1947
January 1 - Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer January 2 - Calvin Hill, American football player January 4 - Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow January 4 - Rick Stein, English chef and television presenter January 5 - Mercury Morris, American football player January 6 - Sandy Denny, English singer and songwriter (d. 1978) January 7 - Shobha De, Indian writer January 8 - Don Bendell, American author & karate master January 8 - David Bowie, English musician January 8 - Terry Sylvester, British singer and musician January 10 - Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur January 14 - Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (d. 2003) January 15 - Andrea Martin, Canadian actress January 16 - Magdalen Nabb, British author (d. 2007) January 16 - Laura Schlessinger, American radio talk show host January 18 - Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director January 18 - Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseball player January 19 - Ann Compton, American news reporter January 19 - Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur January 19 - Rod Evans, British musician (Deep Purple) January 20 - Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif January 21 - Jill Eikenberry, American actress January 21 - Pye Hastings, English singer and musician (Caravan) January 21 - Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer January 24 - Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer January 24 - Warren Zevon, American musician (d. 2003) January 25 - Tostão, Brazilian footballer January 25 - Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer January 26 - Michel Sardou, French singer January 26 - Patrick Dewaere, French actor (d. 1982) January 27 - Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999) January 29 - David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (d. 1985) January 29 - Marián Varga, Slovak musician January 30 - Les Barker, English poet January 30 - Steve Marriott, English musician (The Small Faces) (d. 1991) January 31 - Jonathan Banks, American actor January 31 - Nolan Ryan, American baseball player February 1 - Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer (d. 1975) February 1 - Normie Rowe, Australian singer February 2 - Farrah Fawcett, American actress February 3 - Paul Auster, American novelist February 3 - Dave Davies, British musician (The Kinks) February 3 - Stephen McHattie, Canadian actor February 3 - Melanie Safka, American singer-songwriter February 5 - Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver February 9 - Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor February 9 - Joe Ely, American musician February 9 - Major Harris, American singer February 10 - Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer February 10 - Nicholas Owen, English newsreader February 11 - Joselito, Spanish singer February 11 - Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress February 11 - Derek Shulman, English musician February 14 - Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter (d. 1975) February 15 - John Coolidge Adams, American composer February 15 - Marisa Berenson, American actress February 15 - David Brown, American musician (Santana) (d. 2000) February 15 - Rusty Hamer, American actor (d. 1990) February 18 - Dennis DeYoung, American musician (STYX) February 18 - Carlos Lopes, Portuguese athlete February 20 - André van Duin, Dutch comedian February 20 - Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006) February 20 - Peter Strauss, American actor February 21 - Johnny Echols, American musician February 22 - Carol Burns, Australian actress February 24 - Rupert Holmes, English musician February 24 - Edward James Olmos, American actor February 25 - Lee Evans, American athlete February 25 - Doug Yule, American bass guitarist (The Velvet Underground) February 26 - Sandie Shaw, English singer February 27 - Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist February 28 - Stephanie Beacham, English actress March 1 - Alan Thicke, Canadian actor and songwriter March 3 - Jennifer Warnes, American singer and songwriter March 3 - Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001) March 3 - Clifton Snider, American poet and writer March 4 - David Franzoni, American screenwriter March 4 - Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician March 4 - Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic actor March 4 - Gwen Welles, American actress (d. 1993) March 5 - Eddie Hodges, American actor and singer March 5 - Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer March 5 - Kent Tekulve, American baseball player March 6 - Kiki Dee, British singer March 6 - Dick Fosbury, American athlete March 6 - Martin Kove, American actor March 6 - Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author March 6 - Rob Reiner, American actor March 7 - Richard Lawson, American actor March 7 - Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver March 8 - Mike Allsup, American musician (Three Dog Night) March 8 - Carole Bayer Sager, American composer March 9 - Keri Hulme, New Zealandic writer March 10 - Paul Condon, Baron Condon March 10 - Tom Scholz, American songwriter and guitarist (Boston) March 11 - Tristan Murail, French composer March 14 - Pam Ayres, British poet March 15 - Ry Cooder, American guitarist March 15 - Juraj Kukura, Slovak actor March 16 - Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist March 17 - James Morrow, American author March 17 - Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer March 18 - B.J. Wilson, English drummer (d. 1990) March 18 - Patrick Chesnais, French actor March 18 - Patrick Barlow, English actor March 18 - Heather Ryan, American model and Playmate of the Month March 19 - Glenn Close, American actress March 19 - Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player March 22 - James Patterson, American author March 24 - Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress March 25 - Elton John, English singer and songwriter March 26 - Dar Robinson, American stuntman (d. 1986) March 27 - Brian Jones, British balloonist March 28 - John Landecker, American disk jockey March 29 - Bobby Kimball, American singer April 1 - M, English singer April 1 - Norm Van Lier, American basketball player April 2 - Emmylou Harris, American singer April 2 - Camille Paglia, American feminist writer April 4 - Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster April 4 - Luke Halpin, American actor April 6 - John Ratzenberger, American actor April 7 - Patricia Bennett, American singer (The Chiffons) April 7 - Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk) April 7 - Eliseo Soriano, Philippine evangelist April 8 - Steve Howe, English guitarist (Yes April 8 - Robert Kiyosaki, American investor April 8 - Larry Norman, American singer/songwriter April 10 - Bunny Wailer, Jamaican musician April 11 - Peter Riegert, American actor April 11 - Meshach Taylor, American actor April 12 - Tom Clancy, American author April 12 - Woody Johnson, sports team owner April 12 - Antonin Kratochvil photographer, April 12 - David Letterman, American talk show host April 15 - Lois Chiles, American actress April 15 - Mike Chapman, British songwriter April 15 - Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, American writer and television producer April 16 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player April 16 - Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter April 17 - Linda Martin, Irish singer April 17 - Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player April 18 - Kathy Acker, American author (d. 1997) April 18 - Dorothy Lyman, American actress April 18 - Cindy Pickett, American actress April 18 - James Woods, American actor April 19 - Murray Perahia, American pianist April 19 - Mark Volman, American musician (The Turtles) April 20 - Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede) April 20 - David Leland, British actor April 21 - Iggy Pop, American musician (The Stooges) April 21 - John Weider, British rock musician (Eric Burdon and the Animals April 23 - Glenn Cornick, British musician (Jethro Tull) April 24 - Claude Dubois, Quebec singer and songwriter April 25 - Johan Cruijff, Dutch footballer April 25 - Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor April 26 - Warren Clarke, English actor April 27 - Ann Peebles, American singer April 27 - Peter Ham, Welsh singer and songwriter (Badfinger) (d. 1975) April 27 - Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2003) April 29 - Serge Bernier, Canadian ice hockey player April 29 - Tommy James, American musician April 30 - Leslie Grantham, English actor April 30 - Finn Kalvik, Norwegian singer May 1 - Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer May 3 - Doug Henning, Canadian magician (d. 2000) May 4 - Richard Jenkins, American actor May 6 - Alan Dale, New Zealand actor May 8 - H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate May 10 - Caroline Cooney, American author May 10 - Jay Ferguson, American musician and composer May 10 - Thomas Tessier, American author May 11 - Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band) May 12 - Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor May 14 - Tamara Dobson, American actress (d. 2006) May 15 - Graeham Goble, Australian musician May 16 - Bill Smitrovich, American actor May 18 - John Bruton, ninth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland May 19 - Michele Placido, Italian actor and director May 19 - Paul Brady, Northern Ireland singer/songwriter May 19 - David Helfgott, Australian pianist May 21 - Bill Champlin, American singer May 21 - Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor May 23 - Bernard Comrie, English linguist May 23 - Ann Hui, Hong Kong film director May 23 - Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995) May 27 - Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer May 28 - Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist May 29 - Gene Robinson, American ecclesiastic May 29 - Anthony Geary, American actor May 30 - Jocelyne Bourassa, French Canadian golfer May 31 - Junior Campbell, British musician and songwriter (The Marmalade) June 1 - Jonathan Pryce, British actor June 1 - Ron Dennis, CBE June 1 - Ronnie Wood, English guitarist (Rolling Stones) June 3 - Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003) June 3 - Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986) June 3 - John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor June 4 - Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria June 5 - Tom Evans, English musician (Badfinger) (d. 1983) June 6 - Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer June 7 - Don Money, American baseball player June 7 - Thurman Munson, American baseball player (d. 1979) June 8 - Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist June 10 - Ken Singleton, American baseball player June 11 - Richard Palmer-James, British lyricist and guitarist (King Crimson and Supertramp) June 11 - Bob Evans, British racing driver June 14 - Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish) June 15 - Lee Purcell, American actress June 16 - -minu, Swiss columnist and writer June 17 - Christopher Allport, American actor (d. 2008) June 17 - George S. Clinton, American composer and musician June 17 - Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (d. 2000) June 19 - Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer June 19 - Salman Rushdie, Indian author June 20 - Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals) June 20 - Candy Clark, American actress June 21 - Meredith Baxter, American actress June 21 - Michael Gross, American actor June 21 - Joey Molland, English musician (Badfinger) June 22 - Octavia Butler, American author (d. 2006) June 22 - David Lander, American actor and baseball scout June 22 - Pete Maravich, American basketball player (d. 1988) June 23 - Bryan Brown, Australian actor June 24 - Peter Weller, American actor June 24 - Mick Fleetwood, English musician (Fleetwood Mac) June 25 - Jimmie Walker, American actor (Good Times) June 28 - Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef June 28 - Anny Duperey, French film and television actress June 28 - Mark Helprin, American writer June 29 - Michael Carter, British actor June 29 - Richard Lewis, American comedian July 1 - Shirley Hemphill, American actress (d. 1999) July 1 - Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese racing driver July 2 - Larry David, American television producer July 3 - Dave Barry, American humorist and author July 3 - Betty Buckley, American actress July 6 - Richard Beckinsale, English actor (d. 1979) July 6 - Lance Clemons, baseball player July 7 - Howard Rheingold, American author July 7 - Rob Townsend, English drummer (Family) July 7 - Víctor Manuel, Spanish songwriter and singer July 8 - Kim Darby, American actress July 9 - Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician July 9 - Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience) July 9 - O.J. Simpson, American football player and actor July 10 - Arlo Guthrie, American musician July 12 - Gareth Edwards, Welsh rugby union footballer July 12 - Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology July 15 - Peter Banks, British guitarist (Yes) July 17 - Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall July 17 - Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk) July 19 - Hans-Jürgen Kreische, East German footballer July 19 - Bernie Leadon, American musician (The Eagles) July 19 - Brian May, English musician (Queen) July 20 - Carlos Santana, Mexican-born American guitarist July 21 - Chetan Chauhan, Former Indian cricketer July 22 - Albert Brooks, American comedian July 22 - Don Henley, American musician (Eagles) July 23 - Gardner Dozois, American author July 23 - David Essex, English singer July 23 - Torsten Palm, Swedish racing driver July 24 - Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer July 24 - Robert Hays, American actor July 24 - Peter Serkin, American pianist July 29 - Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006) July 30 - William Atherton, American actor July 30 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American actor August 1 - Chris L. Barnard, Welsh footballer August 1 - Dennis Zine, Los Angeles City Councilman August 2 - Massiel, Spanish singer August 4 - Klaus Schulze, German composer August 5 - Bernie Carbo, American baseball player August 5 - Rick Derringer, American musician August 6 - Tony Dell, Australian cricketer August 8 - José Cruz, Puerto Rican baseball player August 8 - Ken Dryden, Canadian ice hockey player and parliamentarian August 8 - Larry Wilcox, American actor August 9 - Barbara Mason, American soul singer August 9 - Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (d. 2000) August 10 - Ian Anderson, Scottish musician (Jethro Tull) August 10 - Alan Ward, Former England cricketer August 12 - Ron Mael, American musician (Sparks) August 12 - Sam Rosen, American sportscaster August 13 - John Stocker, Canadian actor August 14 - Peter Christian, English actor August 14 - Danielle Steel, American novelist August 14 - Bruce Nash, American television producer August 14 - Maddy Prior, English folk singer August 15 - Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress August 15 - Jenny Hanley, British TV presenter August 16 - Marc Messier, Canadian actor August 17 - Gary Talley, American musician (Box Tops) August 19 - Dave Dutton, English actor August 22 - Cindy Williams, American actress August 22 - Donna Godchaux, singer (Grateful Dead) August 23 - Willy Russell, British playwright August 23 - David Robb, British actor August 24 - Anne Archer, American actress August 24 - Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author August 24 - Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist August 26 - Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor August 27 - Barbara Bach, American actress August 27 - Harry Reems, American actor August 27 - John Morrison, New Zealand cricketer August 28 - Liza Wang, Hong Kong actress August 29 - Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert August 29 - James Hunt, English race car driver (d. 1993) August 31 - Mona Marshall, American voice actress September 2 - Richard Coughlan, English drummer and percussionist (Caravan) September 3 - Eric Bell, Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy) September 5 - Buddy Miles, American musician (d. 2008) September 5 - Bruce Yardley, Australian cricketer September 6 - Jane Curtin, American actress September 6 - Sylvester James, American singer September 8 - Ann Beattie, American writer September 8 - Valery Afanassiev, Russian pianist September 9 - David Rosenboom, American composer September 14 - Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, American singer (Sha Na Na) September 14 - Sam Neill, New Zealand actor September 16 - Russ Abbot, British comedian September 18 - Giancarlo Minardi, Italian motor racing team boss September 19 - Lol Creme, English musician (10cc September 20 - Mia Martini, Italian singer (d. 1995) September 20 - Bruce Pasternack, American CEO September 20 - Steve Gerber, American comics writer (d. 2008) September 21 - Stephen King, American author September 21 - Marsha Norman, American playwright September 21 - Don Felder, American guitarist (Eagles) September 22 - Robert Morace, American writer September 23 - Mary Kay Place, American actress September 23 - Jerry Corbetta, American singer and musician (Sugarloaf) September 23 - Neal Smith, American musician (Alice Cooper) September 24 - Erik Hivju, Norwegian actor September 25 - Cheryl Tiegs, American model September 26 - Lynn Anderson, American country music singer September 27 - Barbara Dickson, Scottish singer September 27 - Denis Lawson, Scottish actor September 27 - Meat Loaf, American singer September 27 - Liz Torres, American actress and singer September 29 - Martin Ferrero, American actor September 30 - Marc Bolan, British musician (d. 1977) September 30 - Rula Lenska,English Actress, October 1 - Aaron Ciechanover, Israeli biologist October 1 - Stephen Collins, American actor October 1 - Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue) (d. 2006) October 3 - John Perry Barlow, American musician October 4 - Julien Clerc, French singer October 4 - Jim Fielder, American bassist (Blood October 5 - Brian Johnson, English singer (AC/DC) October 6 - Patxi Andión, Spanish singer-songwriter October 8 - Emiel Puttemans, Belgian athlete October 9 - France Gall, French singer October 9 - William E. McAnulty, Jr. October 9 - Tony Zappone, American broadcaster October 10 - Martin Ruane, English professional wrestler (d. 1998) October 11 - Al Atkins, English musician October 11 - Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist October 12 - George Lam, Hong Kong singer October 13 - Sammy Hagar, American singer (Van Halen) October 13 - Jerry Trupiano, American sports broadcaster October 13 - Alan Wakeman, English saxophonist (Soft Machine) October 16 - Terry Griffiths, Welsh snooker player October 16 - Bob Weir, American musician (Grateful Dead) October 16 - David Zucker, American film director October 17 - Michael McKean, American actor October 18 - Joe Morton, American actor October 18 - Laura Nyro, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997) October 18 - Paul Chuckle, British comedian October 24 - Kevin Kline, American actor October 25 - Glenn Tipton, English guitarist (Judas Priest) October 26 - Jaclyn Smith, American actress October 26 - Trevor Joyce, Irish poet October 26 - Ian Ashley, British racing driver October 29 - Richard Dreyfuss, American actor October 30 - Timothy B. Schmit, American musician (Eagles) October 31 - Deidre Hall, American actress October 31 - Frank Shorter, American runner November 1 - Jim Steinman, American songwriter November 5 - Peter Noone, English musician (Herman's Hermits) November 6 - Jim Rosenthal, English sports presenter November 6 - George Young, Australian musician (AC/DC) November 7 - Bob Anderson, English darts player November 7 - Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player November 8 - Minnie Riperton, American singer (d. 1979) November 9 - Robert David Hall, American actor November 10 - Greg Lake, British musician (Emerson November 10 - Glen Buxton, American musician (Alice Cooper) (d. 1997) November 10 - Dave Loggins, American songwriter and singer November 12 - Ron Bryant, American baseball player November 12 - Patrice Leconte, French film director and screenwriter November 12 - Buck Dharma, American musician (Blue Öyster Cult) November 13 - Gene Garber, American baseball player November 13 - Joe Mantegna, American actor November 14 - Bharathan, Malayalam film director (d. 1998) November 14 - P. J. O'Rourke, American writer November 16 - Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer November 17 - Steven E. de Souza, American scriptwriter November 18 - Jameson Parker, American actor November 20 - Joe Walsh, American musician November 22 - Valerie Wilson Wesley, American author November 22 - Paloma San Basilio, Spanish singer November 24 - Dave Sinclair, English musician (Caravan November 24 - Dwight Schultz, American actor November 25 - Jonathan Kaplan, American filmmaker November 25 - John Larroquette, American actor November 25 - Tracey Walter, American actor November 26 - Susanne Zenor, American actress November 26 - Roger Wehrli, American football player November 28 - Michel Berger, French songwriter (d. 1992) November 28 - Maria Farantouri, Greek singer November 29 - Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist November 30 - David Mamet, American playwright November 30 - Sergio Badilla Castillo, Chilean poet December 1 - Alain Bashung, French singer December 1 - Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league footballer December 2 - Isaac Bitton, French rock band drummer (Les Variations) December 2 - Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist December 2 - Tommy Jenkins, English football player December 4 - Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues December 5 - Jim Messina, American musician (Buffalo Springfield December 5 - Jim Plunkett, American football player December 6 - Miroslav Vitous, Czech jazz musician December 7 - Johnny Bench, American baseball player December 7 - Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer December 7 - Garry Unger, Canadian ice hockey player December 8 - Gregg Allman, American musician December 8 - Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer December 10 - Douglas Kenney, American humorist (d. 1980) December 10 - Rainer Seifert, German field hockey player December 13 - Darlene Cates, American actress December 13 - Dave Hamilton, American baseball player December 14 - Christopher Parkening, American guitarist December 16 - Ben Cross, English actor December 17 - Wes Studi, American actor December 20 - Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer December 21 - Bryan Hamilton, Northern Irish footballer December 21 - Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician December 24 - Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC December 26 - James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps December 26 - Carlton Fisk, American baseball player December 27 - Bill Eadie, professional wrestler known as "Ax" of Demolition December 27 - Tracy Nelson, American blues singer December 27 - Mickey Redmond, National Hockey League player December 27 - Janet Perry, American soprano December 27 - Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete December 28 - Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican baseball player (d. 2000) December 29 - Ted Danson, American actor December 29 - Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (d. 1998) December 29 - Vincent Winter, British actor (d. 1998) December 30 - Jeff Lynne, English musician (ELO) December 31 - Burton Cummings, Canadian keyboardist (The Guess Who) December 31 - Tim Matheson, American actor December 31 - Rita Lee, Brazilian Rock Star
January 9 - Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (b. 1893) January 15 - Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924) January 20 - Josh Gibson, African-American baseball player (b. 1911) January 25 - Al Capone, American gangster (b. 1899) January 26 - Grace Moore, American soprano (b. 1898) January 28 - Reynaldo Hahn, French composer (b. 1875) March 5 - Alfredo Casella, Italian composer (b. 1883) March 12 - "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871) March 20 - Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (b. 1884) April 11 - Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880) April 16 - Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900) April 24 - Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873) May 5 - Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917) May 24 - C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (b. 1878) May 27 - Ed Konetchy, American baseball player (b. 1885) June 20 - Bugsy Siegel, American crime figure (b. 1906) July 15 - Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893) July 16 - Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish humanitarian (exact date of death uncertain) (b. 1912) July 19 - Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915) August 21 - Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1881) September 1 - Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international Scouting movement (b. 1861) September 26 - Hugh Lofting, English writer (b. 1886) October 6 - Leevi Madetoja, Finnish composer (b. 1887) October 26 - Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862) November 1 - Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917) November 14 - Joseph Allard, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1873) November 17 - Victor Serge, Russian anarchist November 25 - Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876) December 1 - Aleister Crowley, English occultist (b. 1875) December 7 - Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866) December 15 - Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863) December 22 - Hans Aumeier, German Nazi official and concentration camp commandant (b. 1906) December 22 - Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (b. 1902)
January 1 - The American and British occupation zones in Germany, after the World War II, merge to form the Bizone, that later became the Federal Republic of Germany. January 3 - Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time. January 9 - Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the Black Dahlia, is last seen alive. January 15 - The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. January 22 - KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California. February 3 - The lowest temperature in North America is recorded in Snag, Yukon. February 10 - Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia. February 16 - Canadians granted Canadian citizenship after 80 years of being British subjects. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen. February 17 - The Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into the Soviet Union. February 20 - State of Prussia ceases to exist. February 21 - In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America. February 23 - The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded. February 28 - 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives. March 1 - The International Monetary Fund begins financial operations. March 7 - The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War. March 12 - The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism. March 25 - An explosion in a coalmine in Centralia, Illinois kills 111. April 6 - The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievements. April 9 - The Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes kill 181 and injure 970 in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. April 9 - The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel. April 15 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. April 16 - Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600. April 16 - Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. April 28 - Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia. April 30 - In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time. May 3 - New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect. May 22 - Cold War: in an effort to fight the spread of Communism, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece. June 5 - Marshall Plan: At a speech at Harvard University, United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe. June 10 - Saab produces its first automobile. June 23 - The United States Senate follows the United States House of Representatives in overriding U.S. President Harry Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act. June 24 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington. July 4 - The "Indian Independence Bill" is presented before British House of Commons, suggesting bifurcation of British India into two sovereign countries July 5 - Larry Doby signs a contract with the Cleveland Indians baseball team, becoming the first black player in the American League. (Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League 11 weeks earlier.) July 6 - The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union. July 7 - Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident. July 8 - Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crashed landed in Roswell, New Mexico. July 10 - Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee. July 11 - The Exodus 1947 heads to Palestine from France. July 19 - Prime minister of shadow Burma government ,Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members were assassinated by British , which resulted in the political chaos in the country lasting until now. July 20 - Police in Burma arrest former Prime Minister U Saw and 19 others on charges of assassinating Prime Minister U Aung San and seven members of his cabinet. July 20 - The Viceroy of India says the people of the Northwest Frontier Province overwhelmingly voted the previous day to join Pakistan rather than India. July 26 - Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council. August 4 - The Supreme Court of Japan is established. August 7 - Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7000-km (4375-mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean proving that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America. August 7 - The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). August 8 - Pakistan's National Flag is approved. August 14 - Pakistan gains Independence from the British Indian Empire under the administration of United Kingdom and joins the British Commonwealth. August 15 - India gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes an independent nation within the Commonwealth , Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the nation with the Indian Declaration of Independence and takes office as the first Prime Minister of India. August 15 - Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor General of Pakistan at Karachi. August 17 - The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed. September 9 - First actual case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. September 15 - RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube. September 15 - Typhoon Kathleen hit Tone River, Saitama and Tokyo area, killing at least 1,930 and injuring 1,750. September 16 - Typhoon Kathleen hit Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River erea, at least 1,930 killed. September 17 - James V. Forrestal is sworn in as the first Secretary of Defense of United States. September 18 - The United States Air Force becomes an independent service. September 24 - Majestic 12 is allegedly established by secret executive order of President Harry Truman September 30 - The Islamic Republic of Pakistan joins the United Nations. September 30 - The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time. October 1 - The F-86 Sabre flies for the first time. October 5 - The first televised White House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman. October 14 - Chuck Yeager flies a Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound, the first man to do so in level flight. October 20 - The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in a blacklist that prevents some from working in the industry for years. October 24 - Walt Disney testifies to the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists. October 26 - The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India. October 26 - The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq. October 30 - The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which is the foundation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is founded. November 2 - In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built. November 6 - Meet The Press makes its television debut (the show went to a weekly schedule on September 12, 1948). November 17 - The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath. November 18 - Ballantyne's Department Store fire, Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41 (New Zealand's worst ever fire) November 20 - The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London. November 24 - Red Scare: After the so-called Hollywood 10 refuse to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of Communist influence in the movie industry, the United States House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt of Congress against them. November 25 - Red Scare: The "Hollywood Ten" are blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios. November 25 - New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the United Kingdom. November 29 - The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine (The Partition Plan). December 2 - Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan. December 6 - The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated. December 14 - The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida. December 16 - William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor. December 22 - The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves its constitution. December 23 - The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories. December 25 - The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.