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Chronology of Events in 1947
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1 The United States
Atomic Energy Commission assumed from the U.S. Army the
management of the nation's atomic energy development
5 Three persons were killed an 16 injured when a transport plane en route from Miami, Florida, to Newark, New Jersey, crashed in a heavy snow storm near Vineland, New Jersey.
7 U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes resigned.
8 The Cabinet of Peru resigned.
Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall resigned in favor of
Lieutenant Governor M. E. Thompson.
12 An Eastern Airlines DC-3 crashed during a rainstorm near Galax, Virginia, killing 18 of the 19 persons aboard.
14 Vincent Auriol was elected President of the French National Assembly.
horribly mutilated body of Elizabeth Short was found in
Los Angeles, California.
17 Seven persons were killed and 70 injured when a Southern Pacific passenger train struck a broken rail and derailed 12 miles northwest of Bakersfield, California.
19 Three hundred and ninety-two people were killed when the Greek steamer Himara sank after striking a mine off Rafina, Greece.
20 The entire Italian cabinet resigned.
Ramadier was named Prime Minister of France.
Dimitrios Maximos became Prime Minister of Greece.
25 Former Chicago crime boss Al Capone died.
26 A Royal Dutch Airlines plane crashed just after taking off from Kastrup (Denmark) Airport, killing all 22 persons aboard.
U.S. Army fliers, most of them combat veterans, died when
a B-29 crashed soon after taking off on a training
mission from Kirtland Field, New Mexio.
28 An encounter between
the Bolivian Army and tin workers left 22 workers killed
and another 64 wounded.
29 The United States announced an end to its efforts to mediate a truce between the Kutomintang and Communists in China.
30 Tornadoes caused more than 20 deaths and injured about 100 in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, and Missouri.
31 William John McKell became Governor-General of Australia.
1 Edwin Land demonstrated
the Polaroid Land Camera.
Johann Stefansson became Prime Minister of Iceland.
4 Four persons were killed and 64 injured when a Southern Pacific streamliner smashed into an oil truck that was crossing the tracks ahead of the train at Kingsburg, California.
6 A mob of Bolivian
Indians attacked the proprietors of several haciendas in
the Cochabamba District, killing several of them.
7 The New York State Athletic Commission revoked Rocky Graziano's boxing license.
9 About 150 persons were killed in a dance hall fire in the British Zone of Berlin, Germany.
10 Italy signed the post-World War II peace treaty.
12 Actor Sidney Toler died.
15 A Colombian Avianca Airlines plane crashed into Mount Tablazo, northwest of Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53 persons.
18 Seventeen persons were confirmed killed and at least 85 others injured when a passenger train derailed about 10 miles west of Altoona, Pennsylvania.
20 Seventeen persons were killed when a plating works exploded in Los Angeles, California.
28 A P-82 completed the longest nonstop flight ever made by a fighter plane, 4,978 miles, from Hawaii to New York, in 14 hours 33 minutes.
Kai-shek replaced T. V. Soong as President of China's
4 The United Kingdom and France signed a mutual defense and economic assistance treaty at Dunkerque, France.
10 Enrique Hertzog was inaugurated as President of Bolivia.
15 General Lucius D. Clay was appointed Commander of United States forces in Europe.
General Motors founder William C. Durant died.
20 Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak became Prime Minister of Belgium.
21 The U.S. Congress submitted the 22nd Amendment, limiting a President to two full elected terms, to the states for ratification.
undersea earthquake caused a tsunami which inundated
Gisborne, New Zealand.
30 Forty people were killed and 137 wounded in rioting in Bombay, India.
31 The United States
ended the government monopoly over the purchase and
import of natural rubber.
1 King George II of Greece died.
explosion and fire at a fireworks manufacturing plant in
Clinton, Misouri, killed 12 persons and injured 3 others.
5 Two passengers were killed and 34 persons were injured when the "Pam City Zephyr" derailed and crashed into the railroad station at Downers Grove, Illinois.
7 Ford Motors founder Henry Ford died.
9 The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of David E. Lilienthal as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
10 The first television
program ever transmitted from a submerged submarine
occurred, aboard the Trumpetfish.
15 Jackie Robinson became the first black to play in a Major League Baseball game.
16 A series of explosions all but destroyed Texas City, Texas, and killed 468 persons.
20 King Christian X of Denmark died.
21 Nine persons were killed when a special Delta Airplanes plane carrying 8 employees collided with a private plane while landing at Columbus, Georgia.
22 Terrorists blew up a train near Rehovoth, Palestine, killing 8 persons and injuring 41.
23 Chang Chun succeeded Chiang Kai-shek as President of the Executive Yuan of China.
24 Novelist Willa Cather died.
25 Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park was established.
27 Thirty-six persons were injured when the "Argonaut" passenger strain struck a broken rail at Ontario, California.
28 The Kingdom of Siam became the 55th member of the United Nations.
29 India's Constituent Assembly ended the legal existence of the "untouchable caste."
30 Cuba's Cabinet
1 A parade
of workers at Piano dei Greci, Sicily, Italy, was
machine-gunned by men of unknown identity and motive; ten
persons were killed and 33 were wounded.
3 The Kentucky Derby was won by Maine Chance Farm's Jet Pilot, Eric Guerin up.
4 The Mayor of Havana, Cuba, Manuel Fernandez Supervielle, committed suicide.
6 An Allied-imposed constitution went into effect in Japan.
Philippine President Manuel A. Roxas' personal airplane
crashed on Katanglad Mountain, killing 16 government
officials and military men; the President was not aboard.
20 A total eclipse of
the Sun was "observed," with the best views
being in Brazil.
21 The United States
Maritime Commission returned to private carriers the
ships which had been requisitioned for service during
World War II.
24 Tetsu Katayama became Prime Minister of Japan.
26 The government of Nicaragua was seized by the Nicaraguan Army under former President General Anastasio Somoza.
United Airlines passenger plane crashed while attempting
to take off from La Guardia Field in New York, New York,
killing 43 persons.
Mauri Rose won the 500-mile Memorial Day race at
Dinnyés replaced Ferenc Nagy as Prime Minister of
1 A huge tornado killed at least 34 persons, injured hundreds more, and damaged hundreds of structures in and around Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
5 The U.S. Senate ratified the peace treaties with Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
7 Barbara Washburn became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount McKinley.
13 A Capital Airlines plane flying from Chicago, Illinois, to Washington, D.C. crashed into a mountain near Hillsboro, Virginia, killing all 50 persons aboard.
19 The Constituent Assembly of Burma began its first session.
20 Mobster Benjamin
"Bugsy" Siegel was shot and killed at his home
in Beverly Hills, California.
22 Eleven persons were killed when the oil tanker Markay exploded in Los Angeles (California) Harbor.
23 The Taft-Hartley Act went into effect.
25 Boxer Jimmy Doyle died several hours after being knocked out by Ray Robinson in a World Welterweight Title bout.
30 THe U.S. House of Representatives voted to admit Hawaii to the Union.
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