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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 program.
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.
11 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.
15 The 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.
21 Paul Ramadier was named Prime
Minister of France.
24 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.
27 Eleven 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
28 An encounter between the Bolivian
Army and tin workers left 22 workers killed and another
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
3 Stefan 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.
1 Chiang Kai-shek replaced T. V.
Soong as President of China's Executive Yuan.
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.
18 General Motors founder William C.
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.
26 An 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
1 King George II of Greece died.
2 An 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
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 resigned.
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.
18 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
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.
29 A 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
31 Lajos Dinnyés replaced Ferenc
Nagy as Prime Minister of Hungary.
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,
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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