1947 in History
January 1 Benelux agress to work related issues
January 1 Britain nationalizes its coal industry
January 1 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
January 2 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali
January 3 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
January 3 William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee
January 4 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 72 performances
January 4 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 417 performances
January 6 Ray Lindwall smashes 100 vs. England in MCG Test
January 7 Australia vs. England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882
January 8 General George Marshall becomes Secretary of State
January 8 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
January 9 Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony, premieres in SF
January 9 "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 148 performances
January 10 British stop ships Independence and In-Gathering from landing in Israel
January 10 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 725 performances
January 10 Greek steamer "Himara" strikes a wartime mine in Saronic Gulf south of Athens with loss of 392 of 637 aboard
January 16 Vincent Aurial elected president of France
January 17 Muiden Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
January 18 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)
January 18 "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 831 performances
January 18 Small river steamer sank on Yangtze River, kills 400
January 19 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
January 20 Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
January 21 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
January 21 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 288 performances
January 22 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA
January 22 KTLA TV channel 5 in Los Angeles, California (IND) begins broadcasting
January 24 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) and allows sudden death in playoffs
January 26 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
January 28 "Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000
January 29 Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," premieres in New York City
February 1 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems and communists
February 1 Dmitri Shostakovich named professor at conservatory of Leningrad
February 1 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established
February 3 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)
February 3 -81 degrees F (-63 degrees C), Snag Yukon (North American record)
February 3 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
February 5 Bolewet Beirut becomes president of Poland
February 6 Compton and Arthur Morris both complete dual tons in same Test Cricket
February 7 Arabs and Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
February 8 Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51)
February 8 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St. Louis, Missouri (NBC) begins broadcasting
February 9 Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia
February 10 Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia
February 10 Netherlands Radio Union forms
February 10 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
February 10 WW II peace treaties signed
February 12 Daytime fireball and meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
February 12 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
February 15 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater New York City after 60 performances
February 16 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
February 17 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
February 17 Voice of America begins broadcasting to U.S.S.R.
February 18 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin Pa
February 18 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone," premieres in New York City
February 19 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
February 20 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles
February 20 Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India
February 21 1st broadcast of 1st U.S. TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"
February 21 1st instant developing camera demonstrated in New York City, by E H Land
February 21 Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ
February 23 General Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
February 27 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
February 28 Anti Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan
March 1 International Monetary Fund begins operation
March 4 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 6 XB-45, 1st U.S. 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc, California
March 9 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
March 9 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
March 12 Belgian government of Huysmans resigns
March 12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater New York City for 69 performances
March 12 President Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism
March 13 19th Academy Awards - "Best Years of Lives," De Havilland, March win
March 13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 581 performances
March 15 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in U.S. Navy
March 16 Convair Liner, 1st U.S. twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
March 19 Belgian government of Spaak, forms
March 19 Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conquers Jenan
March 20 180-metric ton blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic
March 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur
March 21 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
March 21 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand vs. England at Christchurch
March 22 President Truman signs executive order calling for loyalty
March 24 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency
March 24 John D Rockefeller, Jr. donates New York City East River site to the U.N.
March 25 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma 58-47
March 25 Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
March 25 Coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois, claims 111
March 25 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (vs. New Zealand, Christchurch)
March 29 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 111 performances
April 1 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat
April 2 Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta," premieres in Rome
April 3 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck New York City for 108 performances
April 4 Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
April 4 Largest group of sunspots on record
April 4 U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization forms
April 6 11th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 281
April 6 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne and Patricia Neal win
April 8 Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
April 9 Atomic Energy Commission confirmed
April 9 Baseball suspends Brooklyn Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year
April 9 Tornadoes striking West Texas and Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
April 10 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in major league baseball (Dodgers)
April 10 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
April 11 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball
April 15 Jackie Robinson goes hitless in his major league debut
April 15 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
April 16 Explosions and fire on French ship Grandcamp
April 16 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated in New York City
April 16 Massive explosion and fire kills 522 in Texas City, Texas
April 17 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
April 19 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
April 19 AAU record for a 25' rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds
April 19 French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
April 19 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
April 19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)
April 20 Frederik IX becomes king of Denmark
April 22 1st NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
April 25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
April 25 Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Vonte begins
April 26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
April 27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium and through out United States
April 28 Thor Heyerdahl and Kon-Tiki sail from Peru to Polynesia
April 30 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover
May 1 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stad
May 1 Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
May 1 Radar for commercial and private planes 1st demonstrated
May 1 Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA
May 2 Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten," premieres in New York City
May 3 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
May 3 Japan forms a constitutional democracy
May 5 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 and causes $850M in damage
May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men)
May 7 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
May 7 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC
May 7 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt
May 8 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
May 10 73rd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
May 10 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater New York City after 69 performances
May 11 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire in Akron, Ohio
May 11 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
May 13 Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions
May 17 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 148 performances
May 18 A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
May 22 1st U.S. ballistic missile fired
May 22 "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey and Greece
May 23 PC Hooft prize forms for literature
May 25 Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111
May 31 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
May 31 Communists grab power in Hungary
May 31 Eastern DC-4 crashes between Ft. Deposit and Perryville Md, kills 53
May 31 Italian government of Gasperi forms
June 1 OPA, which issued WW II rationing coupons, disbands
June 1 Photosensitive glass developed
June 2 Hungarian premier Ferenc Nagy resigns
June 2 "Louisiana Lady" opens at Century Theater New York City for 4 performances
June 3 British viceroy of India lord Mountbatten visits Pakistan
June 4 House of Representatives approves Taft-Hartley act
June 4 "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater New York City after 4 performances
June 5 Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines Marshall Plan
June 6 Treaty drawn for establishment of International Patent Institute
June 11 WW II sugar rationing finally endd in U.S., began May 28, 1942
June 12 Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Champ
June 13 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)
June 15 1st night game at Detroit Briggs Stadium (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
June 15 47th U.S. Golf Open: Lew Worsham shoots a 282 at St. Louis CC in MO
June 16 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
June 16 Pravda denounces Marshall Plan
June 17 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves New York City
June 17 Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
June 17 Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline
June 18 Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
June 19 1st plane (F-80) to exceed 600 mph (1004 kph)-Albert Boyd, Muroc Ca
June 20 President Truman vetoes Taft-Hartley Act
June 22 Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back-to-back no-hitters (9th inn)
June 23 Compton and Bill Edrich make 370 stand for 3rd wkt vs. South Africa
June 23 Truman's veto of Taft-Hartley Act overridden by congress
June 24 29th PGA Championship: Jim Ferrier at Plum Hollow CC Detroit
June 24 Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career
June 24 Jim Ferrier wins PGA golf tournament
June 25 1st edition of Anne Frank's "The Back of House" published
June 25 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello
June 25 Tennis shoe introduced
June 27 98 degrees F (36.8 degrees C) in De Bilt Netherlands
June 27 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting
June 28 "Temptation (Tim-Tayshun) by Red Ingle with Jo Stafford hits #1
June 29 2nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betty Jameson
June 29 Yankees beat Senators 3-1 starting a 19 game win streak
July 1 192m long passenger ship Willem Ruys (Achille Lauro) launched
July 1 British Dominion Affairs office becomes Commonwealth Relations office
July 2 Military coup discovered in France
July 3 252,288 people (record) pass through Grand Central Station, New York City
July 3 Cleveland Indians purchase Larry Dolby, the 1st black in AL
July 3 Soviet Union doesn't partake in Marshall Plan
July 4 61st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Tom P Brown (61 63 62)
July 5 54th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Margaret Osborne beat Doris Hart (62 64)
July 5 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck New York City after 108 performances
July 5 Larry Doby signs with Cleveland Indians-1st black player in AL
July 8 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
July 8 Demolition begins for United Nations HQ in New York City
July 9 Britain's Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten's engagement
July 9 Spain votes for Franco monarchy
July 10 200 die when train derails and fell into a river in Canton, China
July 10 Cleveland Indian Don Black no-hits Philadelphia A's, 3-0
July 16 Bobo Newsom wins 200th game, 1st as a Yankee and Yankees 18th straight In nightcap Vic Rashi extends streak to 19
July 18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
July 18 King George VI signs Indian Independence Bill
July 18 President Truman signs Presidential Succession Act
July 18 Tigers shut out Yankees 2-0, end 19 game win streak
July 18 U.S. begins administering Trust Territory of Pacific Islands
July 20 1st political action of Netherlands Army on Java and Sumatra
July 21 Indonesia begins 1st political election
July 22 -8 degrees F (-13 degrees C), Charlotte Pass, NSW (Australian record)
July 23 1st (U.S. Navy) air squadron of jets, Quonset Point, Rhode Island
July 25 U.S. Air Force, Navy and War Department form U.S. Department of Defense
July 25 U.S. Department of Army created
July 26 Department of Defense forms
July 26 National Security Act establishes CIA
July 27 Yogi Berri starts record 148 game errorless streak
July 28 Iuliu Maniu's Boer party becomes forbidden in Romania
July 29 Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia
July 30 Cincinnati Reds 16 game win streak ends, losing to New York Giants 5-4
August 1 "Medium and The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 211 performances
August 1 Valleivogels soccer team forms in Scherpenzeel
August 5 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to United Nations pressure
August 6 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
August 7 Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef
August 14 India granted independence within British Commonwealth
August 14 Mildred Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000
August 14 Pakistan gains independence from Britain
August 15 India declares independence from UK, Islamic part becomes Pakistan
August 15 Pakistan, formerly West Pakistan, declares independence from UK
August 16 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive home runs
August 18 Naval torpedo and mine factory explodes at Cadiz, Spain killing 300
August 19 J Arens and D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A
August 20 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
August 20 Turner Caldwell in D-558-I sets aircraft speed record, 1131 kph
August 21 1st Little League World Series Maynard Midgets of Williamsport Pennsylvania win
August 22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chi Bears 0 (105,840)
August 23 President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert
August 25 Marion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speed record, 1,047 kph
August 26 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a home run on 1st at bat)
August 29 Constantine Tsaldaris follows Maximos as Greece premier
August 31 Hungarian Communist Party wins election
August 31 New York Giants set season record for home runs by a club 183 (en route to 221)
September 1 New York Giants 183-185 home run of year breaks Yankee mark of 182 in 1936
September 3 Philadelphia A's Bill McCahan no-hits Washington Senators, 3-0
September 3 Yankees get 18 singles to beat Red Soxs 11-2
September 7 Battles between Hindus and Moslems in New Delhi
September 8 British government sails "Exodus" with fugitives from Nazis
September 12 Pirate Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th home run in 4 games
September 13 WPVI TV channel 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 14 61st U.S. Womens Tennis: A Louise Brough beats M O duPont (86 46 61)
September 14 67th U.S. Mens Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Frank A Parker (46 26 61 60 63)
September 15 1st 4 engine jet propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Oh
September 15 Yankees clinch pennant #15
September 16 John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH
September 17 Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News
September 17 James Forrestal sworn in as 1st U.S. Secretary of Defense
September 17 U.S. Department of Defense forms
September 18 National Security Act, passes
September 18 USAF (U.S. Air Force) forms
September 19 Jackie Robinson is named 1947 "Rookie of Year"
September 22 Dodgers clinch NL pennant
September 26 Happy Chandler announces Ford and Gillette to sponsor World Series
September 27 "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 288 performances
September 29 Dizzy Gillespie presented his 1st Carnegie Hall concert in NY
September 29 Former Yank manager Joe McCarthy signs to manage Red Sox
September 29 Record World Series crowd of 73,365 at Yankee Stadium ($325,828)
September 30 New York Yankees beat Dodgers 5-3-largest WS crowd 73,365-1st WS televised
October 1 1st helicopter air mail and express service
October 1 NHL Pension Society founded
October 1 U.S. control of Haitian customs and governmental revenue ends
October 1 William Wister Haines' "Command Decision," premieres in New York City
October 2 "Music in My Heart" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 124 performances
October 2 Revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted
October 2 Yankee Yogi Berra becomes 1st to pinch hit a World Series homer
October 3 1st telescope lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter completed
October 3 "Under the Counter" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 27 performances
October 3 With only 1 out to go, Yank Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his World Series no-hit bid, it scored 2 runs and he lost game
October 3 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins
October 5 1st Presidential address televised from White House-HS Truman
October 5 Al Gionfriddo makes a great catch off Joe Dimaggio in World Series
October 6 New York Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3, in 44th World Series
October 7 Larry MacPhail resigns as Yankees General Manager after final game of World Series
October 9 1st telephone conversation between a moving car and a plane
October 9 "High Button Shoes" opens at Century Theater New York City for 727 performances
October 9 Julie Styne and Sam Cohn's musical "High Button Shoes," premieres in New York City
October 10 "Allegro" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 318 performances
October 10 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Allegro," premieres in New York City
October 11 Brazil and Chile break diplomatic relations with U.S.S.R.
October 13 1st NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 4-3 at Toronto
October 13 "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" premieres
October 14 Chuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)
October 14 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina gives golden award to general Eisenhower
October 19 De Gaulles RPF wins French municipal elections
October 20 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
October 20 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years
October 20 Robinson Jeffer's "Medea," premieres in New York City
October 21 Dutch Dakota explodes near Coopenhagen, 16 die
October 23 Husband and wife Dr. Carl Cori and Dr. Gerty Cori are 1st spouses to be awarded joint Nobel Prizes
October 23 NAACP petition on racism, "An Appeal to the World" presented to UN
October 24 Series of forest fires $30 million of timber (New England States)
October 25 Bradman scores 156 for SA vs. the Indians, 152 minutes, 22 fours
October 25 Sam Breadon sells Cards to Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh for $4M
October 25 "Under the Counter" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 27 performances
October 26 Maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir accedes to India
October 27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
October 27 "You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premieres on ABC radio
October 29 Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherland form Benelux Union
October 29 Trial of art forger Han of Meegeren begins in Amsterdam
October 30 23 countries sign GATT agreement in Geneva
October 30 Darius Milhauds 3rd Symphony "Hymnus Ambrosianus," premieres in Paris
November 1 1st Aloha Week Parade held in Hawaii
November 1 Howard Hughes flies "Spruce Goose," a large wooden airplane
November 1 "Medium and The Telephone" closes at Barrymore New York City after 211 performances
November 1 U.N. trusteeship for Nauru granted to Australia, New Zealand and UK
November 2 7th Ryder Cup: U.S. wins 11-1 at Portland CC Ore
November 2 Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" flies for 1st (& last) time
November 8 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 SA vs. Victoria
November 12 KPO-AM in San Francisco, California changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR)
November 12 Schilderijenvervalser Han of Meegeren to 1 years jail sentenced
November 15 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 vs. Indians at the SCG
November 15 Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal
November 16 15,000 demonstrate in Brussels against mild sentence of nazis
November 19 200" mirror arrives at Mount Palomar
November 20 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey)
November 20 Britain's Princess Elizabeth, marries Duke Philip Mountbatten
November 20 "Meet the Press" makes network TV debut on NBC
November 20 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mediator Dei
November 20 U.N. General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps
November 21 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
November 23 French government of Schumann, forms
November 23 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)
November 24 John Steinbeck's novel "Pearl" published
November 24 Un-American Activities Committee finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
November 25 Future Queen Elizabeth marries Prince Philip in Westminster Abbey
November 25 New Zealand acedes to Statute of Westminster, becomes a dominion
November 27 Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote
November 29 35th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Calgary Stampeders, 10-9
November 29 U.N. General Assembly partitions Palestine between Arabs and Jews
November 30 Arab terrorist campaign opens in Palestine
November 30 Day after United Nations decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked
December 1 Bradman scores 185 in the 1st Cricket Test vs. India at the Gabba
December 1 India cricket all out for 58 vs. Australia at the Gabba, Toshack 5-2
December 2 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (quarterback)
December 3 Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire," premieres in New York City
December 4 U.S.S.R. joins International Amateur Athletic Union
December 5 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
December 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater New York City for 11 performances
December 10 U.S.S.R. and Czechoslovakia sign trade agreement
December 11 "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater New York City for 308 performances
December 11 Bob Hilliard/Carl Sigman's musical "Angel in Wings," premieres in New York City
December 11 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
December 12 United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL
December 13 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International New York City after 11 performances
December 13 Maine Turnpike opens to traffic
December 14 Cleveland Browns beat New York Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
December 17 NY struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow
December 17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
December 18 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax
December 22 Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution
December 23 Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley in Bell Labs
December 25 Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)
December 26 British transfer Heard and McDonald Is (Indian Ocean) to Australia
December 26 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater New York City for 34 performances
December 26 Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries New York City under 25.8" of snow in 16 hours That same day, LA set a record high of 84 degrees F
December 27 1st "Howdy Doody Show," (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
December 28 Chicago Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
December 29 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
December 30 36th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
December 30 King Michael of Romania, forced by communists abdicates his throne
December 30 Romanian republic proclaimed