Millennium: 2nd millennium Centuries: 19th century – 20th century – 21st century Decades: 1910s 1920s 1930s – 1940s – 1950s 1960s 1970s Years: 1944 1945 1946 – 1947 – 1948 1949 1950 1947 by topic: Subject Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Aviation – Awards – Comics – Film – Literature (Poetry) – Meteorology – Music (Country) – Rail transport – Radio – Science – Spaceflight – Sports – Television By country Australia – Canada – China – Ecuador – France – Germany – Greece – India – Ireland – Italy – Japan – Luxembourg – Malaya – Mexico – New Zealand – Norway – Pakistan – Palestine Mandate – Philippines – Singapore – South Africa– Soviet Union – UK – USA Leaders Sovereign states – State leaders – Religious leaders – Law Birth and death categories Births – Deaths Establishments and disestablishments categories Establishments – Disestablishments Works and introductions categories Works – Introductions 1947 in other calendars Gregorian calendar 1947
Ab urbe condita 2700 Armenian calendar 1396
Assyrian calendar 6697 Bahá'í calendar 103 – 104 Bengali calendar 1354 Berber calendar 2897 British Regnal year 11 Geo. 6 – 12 Geo. 6 Buddhist calendar 2491 Burmese calendar 1309 Byzantine calendar 7455 – 7456 Chinese calendar 丙戌年十二月初十日
(4583/4643-12-10)— to —丁亥年十一月二十日
Coptic calendar 1663 – 1664 Ethiopian calendar 1939 – 1940 Hebrew calendar 5707 – 5708 Hindu calendars - Bikram Samwat 2003 – 2004 - Shaka Samvat 1869 – 1870 - Kali Yuga 5048 – 5049 Holocene calendar 11947 Iranian calendar 1325 – 1326 Islamic calendar 1366 – 1367 Japanese calendar Shōwa 22
Korean calendar 4280 Minguo calendar ROC 36
Thai solar calendar 2490
January and February 1947 are remembered for the worst snowfalls in the UK in the 20th century, with extensive disruption of travel. Given the low car ownership this is mainly remembered in terms of the effects on the railway networks.
- 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 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 3
- February 5 – Bolesław Bierut becomes the President of Poland.
- February 6 – South Pacific Commission (SPC) founded.
- February 8 – A 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.
- February 12
- February 17 – Cold War: The Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
- February 20
- An explosion at the O'Connor Electro-Plating Company in Los Angeles, California, leaves 17 dead, 100 buildings damaged, and a 22-foot-deep (6.7 m) crater in the ground.
- U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hermes project V-2 rocket Blossom I launched into space carrying plant material and fruitflies, the first animals to enter space.
- 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 Cat Fishin', is released.
- February 23 – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.
- February 25
- John C. Hennessy, Jr., brings the first VW Beetle to the United States. He purchased the 1946 VW from the U.S. Army Post Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. The VW Beetle was shipped from Bremerhaven, Germany arriving in New York, U.S. on February 25, 1947. Copies of the bill of sale as well as the shipping documents and a letter from the Port of New York confirming the arrival of the VW can be found in John C. Hennessy’s book “The Bride and the Beetle.”
- The state of Prussia officially ceases to exist.
- The worst-ever train crash in Japan kills 184 people.
- February 28
- March 1
- March 4 – Treaty of Dunkirk (coming into effect 8 September) signed between the United Kingdom and France providing for mutual assistance in the event of attack.
- March 6 – USS Newport News, the first completely air-conditioned warship, is launched in Newport News, Virginia.
- March 12 – The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
- March 14 – The River Thames overruns its banks.
- March 15 – Hindus and Muslims clash in Punjab.
- March 19 – The 19th Academy Awards ceremony is held. The movie Best Years of Our Lives wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with several other Academy Awards.
- March 25 – A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois, kills 111 miners.
- March 28 – A World War II Japanese booby trap explodes on Corregidor island, killing 28 people.
- March 29 – A rebellion against French rule erupts in Madagascar.
- March 31 – The leaders of the Kurdish People's Republic of Mahabad, the second Kurdish state in the history of Iran, are hanged at the Chuwarchira Square in Mahabad after that country had been overrun by the Iranian army.
- April 1
- April 4 – International Civil Aviation Organization
- April 9 – Multiple tornadoes strike Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas killing 181 people and injuring 970.
- April 15 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to play modern Major League Baseball.
- April 16 – Texas City Disaster: the ammonium nitrate cargo of former Liberty ship SS Grandcamp explodes in Texas City, Texas, killing 552, injuring 3,000, causing 200 lost,[clarification needed] and destroying 20 city blocks.
- April 18 – Royal Navy detonates 6,800 tons of explosives in an attempt to demolish the fortified island of Heligoland, Germany, thus creating one of the largest man-made non-nuclear explosions in history.
- April 26 – Academy-Award winning Tom and Jerry cartoon, The Cat Concerto, is released to theatres.
- May 1 – The Salvatore Giuliano Gang opens fire on a labor parade near Portella Della Ginestra, Sicily, killing 11 people and wounding 30.
- May 2 – The movie Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmastime classic, is first shown in theaters.
- May 3 – The new post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
- May 12 – The animated cartoon film Rabbit Transit, directed by Friz Freleng, is released.
- May 22
- The Cold War begins: In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, President Harry S. Truman signs an Act of Congress that implements the Truman Doctrine. This Act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece.
- David Lean's film Great Expectations, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, opens in the United States. Critics call it the finest film ever made from a Charles Dickens novel.
- May 25 – An airliner of the Flugfelag Íslands crashes into a mountainside, killing 25 people.
- June 5 – U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the Marshall Plan for American reconstruction and relief aid to Europe.
- June 10 – SAAB produces its first automobile.
- June 15 – The Portuguese government orders 11 military officers and 19 university professors who were accused of revolutionary activity to resign.
- June 21
- June 23 – The United States Senate follows the House of Representatives in overriding President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
- June 24 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely-reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
- July 7 – 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 – Princess Elizabeth announces her engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
- July 11 – The Exodus leaves France for Palestine, with 4,500 Jewish Holocaust survivor refugees on board.
- July 17 – The Indian passenger ship Ramdas is capsized by a cyclone at Mumbai, India, with 625 people killed.
- July 18
- Following wide media and UNSCOP coverage, The Exodus is captured by British troops and refused entry into Palestine at the port of Haifa.
- President Harry S. Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act into law, which places the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate next in the line of succession after the Vice President.
- 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 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 5 – The Netherlands stops all political actions in Indonesia.
- 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, 4,300 mile, voyage across the Eastern Pacific Ocean, proving that pre-historic peoples could hypothetically have traveled to the Central Pacific islands from South America.
- The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
- August 14
- The Muslim majority region formed by the Partition of India gain independence from the British Empire and adopts the name Pakistan. While the transition is officially at midnight on this day, Pakistan celebrates its independence on August 14, compared with India on the 15th, because the Pakistan Standard Time is 30 minutes behind the standard time of India.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah becomes the first Governor General of Pakistan. Liaqat Ali Khan takes office as the first Prime Minister of Pakistan
- August 15
- The greater Indian subcontinent with a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims,Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, etc. formed by the Partition of India gain independence from the British Empire and retains the name India.
- Louis Mountbatten becomes the first Governor General of India. Jawaharlal Nehru takes office as the first Prime Minister of India.
- August 16 – In Greece, General Markos Vafiadis takes over the government.
- August 23 – The Prime Minister of Greece, Dimitrios Maximos, resigns.
- August 27 – When the French government lowers the daily bread ration to 200 grams, that causes riots in Verdun and in Le Mans.
- August 30 – A fire at a movie theater in Rueil, a suburb of Paris, France kills 87 people.
- August 31 – The communists seize power in Hungary.
- September 10 – Hasan Saka forms the new government of Turkey. (16 th government)
- September 13 – Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru suggests the exchange of four million Hindus and Muslims between India and Pakistan.
- September 17–September 21 – The 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane in southeastern Florida, and also in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, causes widespread damage and kills 51 people.
- September 18
- September 22 – Information Bureau of the Communist and Workers' Parties (Communist Information Bureau) ("Cominform") is founded.
- September 30 – Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations.
- 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 2
- November 6 – The program Meet the Press makes its television debut on the NBC-TV network in the United States.
- November 9 – Junagadh is invaded by the Indian army.
- November 10 – The arrest of four steel workers in Marseille begins a French communist riot that also spreads to Paris.
- November 15
- November 16
- In Brussels, 15,000 people demonstrate against the relatively-short prison sentences of Belgian Nazi criminals.
- Great Britain began withdrawing its troops from Palestine.
- November 18 – The Ballantyne's Department Store fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41 people.
- November 20
- November 21 – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment begins in Havana, Cuba. This conference ends in 1948, when its members finish the Havana Charter.
- November 24 – Red Scare: The U.S. House of Representatives votes 346 – 17 to approve citations of Contempt of Congress against the so-called Hollywood 10, after the ten men refuse to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of communist influences in the movie business. (The ten men are blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios on the following day.)
- November 25 – The Parliament of New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster, and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
- November 27 – In Paris, France, police occupy the editorial offices of the communist newspapers.
- November 29 – The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine between Arab and Jewish regions, which results in the creation of the State of Israel.
- December 3
- French communist strikers derail the Paris-Tourcoing express train because of false rumors that it was transporting soldiers. 21 people are killed.
- The Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Marlon Brando in his first great role, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Jessica Tandy also stars as Blanche Du Bois.
- December 4 – The French Interior Minister, Jules S. Moch, takes emergency measures against his country's rioters after six days of violent arguments in the National Assembly.
- December 6 – Arturo Toscanini conducts a concert performance of the first half of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello, which was based on William Shakespeare's play Othello, for a broadcast on NBC Radio. The second half of the opera is broadcast a week later.
- December 9 – French labor unions call off the general strike and re-commence negotiations with the French government.
- December 12 – The Iranian Royal Army takes back power in the Azerbaijan province.
- December 22
- December 30 – King Michael of Romania abdicates.
- The Doomsday Clock of a certain magazine is set.
- The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigations into communism in Hollywood.
- Cambridge University begins to admit women as full students.
- Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 assault rifle is accepted as the standard small arm of the Soviet military.
- Raytheon produces the first commercial microwave oven.
- Women's suffrage is granted in Argentina.
- In a cave in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea), several tall pottery jars containing leather scrolls are discovered, which later become known as the Dead Sea scrolls.
- By the discovery of promethium in the products of nuclear fission, the last remaining gap of the periodic table is closed.
- 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 16
- January 18 – Takeshi Kitano, Japanese film director and actor
- January 19 – Paula Dean, 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, Humble Pie) (d. 1991)
- January 31 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player
- 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 (Mickey Mouse) (d. 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 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 4
- March 6
- March 7 – Walter Röhrl, German race car driver
- March 8 – Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter
- March 10
- March 11 – David Ferguson, American music producer and activist
- March 12
- March 13 – Beat Richner, Swiss pediatrician and cellist
- March 14 – Pam Ayres, British poet
- March 15 – Ry Cooder, American guitarist
- March 16
- Baek Yoon-sik, South Korean actor
- Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist
- 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 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
- April 12
- April 15
- Lois Chiles, American actress (Moonraker)
- Mike Chapman, Australian-born record producer and songwriter
- 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 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 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 1
- June 4 – Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria
- 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 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 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 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 – Maddy Prior, English folk singer
- August 15 – Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress
- August 16 – Marc Messier, Canadian actor
- August 19
- 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
- August 29 – Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert
- August 30 – Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat
- August 31
- September 1 – Al Green, American politician
- September 3 – Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway
- September 5 – Kiyoshi Takayama, Japanese yakuza boss
- September 6
- September 8 – Benjamin Orr, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and 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, New Zealand actor (A Cry in the Dark)
- September 16 – Russ Abbot, British comedian and actor
- September 17 – Tessa Jowell, British politician
- September 19 – Steve Bartlett, U.S. Congressman and Mayor of Dallas, Texas
- September 21
- September 22 – Norma McCorvey, American abortion plaintiff (Roe v. Wade)
- September 23 – Mary Kay Place, American actress and singer
- September 25 – Ali Parvin, Iranian footballer and coach
- September 26 – Lynn Anderson, American country singer
- September 27
- September 30
- 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 9 – France Gall, French singer
- October 10 – Larry Lamb, British Actor
- October 13 – Sammy Hagar, American rock singer
- October 14 – Lukas Resetarits, Austrian singer and actor
- October 16 – Bob Weir, American rock guitarist (Grateful Dead)
- October 17
- October 18 – James H. Fallon, American neuroscientist
- October 19 – Giorgio Cavazzano, Italian comics artist and illustrator
- October 22 – Ed Welch, English television composer
- October 24 – Kevin Kline, American actor
- October 25 – Glenn Tipton, English rock guitarist (Judas Priest)
- October 26
- October 29 – Richard Dreyfuss, American actor (Mr. Holland's Opus)
- October 30 – Timothy B. Schmit, American musician (Eagles)
- October 31 – Herman Van Rompuy, Belgian politician
- 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 (Alice Cooper) (d. 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 – Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (d. 2008)
- 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, an eminent Azerbaijani author, political analyst, legendary anchorman, translator of the Bible into Azerbaijani language.
- November 30
- 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
- Ben Cross, English actor
- Vincent Matthews, American athlete
- 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
- Peter Irniq, Commissioner of Nunavut
- Stephen LaBerge, Lucid dream researcher
- Jamie Donnelly, an American film and stage actress
- January 3 – Al Herpin (The Man Who Never Slept), notable insomniac (b. 1853)
- January 9 – Herman Bing, German actor (b. 1889)
- January 15 – Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia), famous murder victim (b. 1924)
- January 20
- January 23 – Pierre Bonnard, French painter (b. 1867)
- January 25 – Al Capone, American gangster (b. 1899)
- January 26
- January 27 – Vasily Balabanov, administrator and Provincial Governor of Imperial Russia (b.1873)
- February 6 – O. Max Gardner, Governor of North Carolina
- February 11 – Martin Klein, Estonian wrestler (b.1884)
- February 12
- February 27 – Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1868)
- 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 (Collyer brothers) (b. 1881)
- March 23 – Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
- March 25 – Chen Cheng-po, Taiwanese painter (b. 1895)
- March 28 – Karol Świerczewski, Polish military leader (b. 1897)
- March 30 – Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (b. 1863)
- April 1 – King George II of Greece (b. 1890)
- April 7 – Henry Ford, American automobile manufacturer (b. 1863)
- April 8 – Langley Collyer, American hermit brother (Collyer brothers) (b. 1885)
- April 10 – John Ince, American actor (b. 1878)
- April 16 – Rudolf Höss, German commandant of Auschwitz (b. 1900)
- April 20 – King Christian X of Denmark (b. 1870)
- April 24 – Willa Siebert Cather, American novelist (b. 1873)
- May 8 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American department store magnate (b. 1858)
- May 13 – Sukanta Bhattacharya, Bengali poet (b. 1926)
- May 16 – Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (b. 1861)
- May 17 – George William 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 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 The Sound of Music fame (b. 1880)
- May 31 – Adrienne Ames, American actress (b. 1907)
- 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 12 – Jimmie Lunceford, American jazz musician (b. 1902)
- July 15 – Brandon Hurst, Anglo American stage and screen veteran (b. 1866)
- July 15 – Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
- July 17 – Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat and humanitarian (presumed dead on this date) (b. 1912)
- July 19 – Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915)
- July 27 – Ivan Regen, Slovenian biologist (b. 1868)
- July 30 – Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
- August 8 – Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian military leader (b. 1872)
- 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 1 – Olive Borden, American actress (b. 1906)
- October 4 – Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
- October 6 – Leevi Madetoja, Finnish composer (b. 1887)
- October 17 – John Halliday, American actor (b. 1880)
- October 24 – Dudley Digges, Irish actor (b. 1879)
- October 28 – Earl Snell, Governor of Oregon (plane crash) (b. 1895)
- October 29 – Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland (b. 1864)
- November 25 – Léon-Paul Fargue, French writer (b. 1876)
- November 28
- November 30 – Ernst Lubitsch, German film director (b. 1892)
- December 1
- December 7
- December 14
- December 17 – J. N. Brønsted, Danish chemist (b. 1879)
- December 25 – Gaspar G. Bacon, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
- December 27 – Johannes Winkler, German rocket pioneer (b. 1897)
- December 28 – Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (b. 1869)
- Physics – Edward Victor Appleton
- Chemistry – Sir Robert Robinson
- Medicine – Carl Ferdinand Cori, Gerty Cori, Bernardo Houssay
- Literature – André Gide
- Peace – The Friends Service Council (UK) and The American Friends Service Committee (USA), on behalf of the Religious Society of Friends
- ^ "Collection of weather statistics for the winter of 1947". http://www.winter1947.co.uk/.
- ^ "collection of film clips of UK rail disruption in winter 1947". http://www.bbc.co.uk/nationonfilm/topics/railways/background_conditions.shtml.
- ^ "BBC newsreel, snow affecting railways 1947". http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/nationonfilm/00338?size=4x3&bgc=C0C0C0&nbram=1&bbram=1.
- ^ "Year by Year 1947" – History Channel International
- Pathe newsreel, 1947. Experimental snowplough. Pathe says 'Grantham' but the station name 'Dowlais top' in Wales can be clearly seen
- Personal testimony of railway distruption in the winter of 1947
- Gallery of UK winter photographs
- Personal testimony of the winter of 1947
- Stories from the winter of 1947
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