1947 ( MCMXLVII)
was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1947th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 947th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 47th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1940s decade.
April 15 – Jackie Robinson, an African-American, plays first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers major-league baseball team, ending the sport's unofficial rule against blacks playing.
June 26 - Sindh province joins Pakistan, after the majority voted in favour.
June 29 - Balochistan (Pakistan) province joins Pakistan, after the majority voted in favour.
July 2 - North-West Frontier Province province joins Pakistan, after the majority voted in favour.
July 19 - Punjab (Pakistan) province joins Pakistan, after the majority voted in favour.
July 22 – The former East Bengal province joins Pakistan on the basis of a Muslim-majority region the people had voted in to join the cause for Pakistan, according to the Partition Plan, based on the Two-nation theory. It later becomes the present day People's Republic of Bangladesh, since 1971.
August 14 – Pakistan is granted freedom from Britain, end of the British Raj. August 15 – India gains independence from Britain.
January 1 - Jon Corzine, American politician
January 8 – David Bowie, British singer (d. 2016)
March 8 – Carole Bayer Sager, American actress and singer
March 24 - Alan Sugar, British businessman
March 24 - Christine Gregoire, American politician
March 25 – Elton John, British singer
March 29 - Bobby Kimball, American singer ( Toto)
April 16 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player
April 18 - James Woods, American actor
May 8 - John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan, British politician
May 25 - Mitch Margo, American singer ( The Tokens) (d. 2017)
May 31 - Junior Campbell, Scottish musician and composer
June 24 - Mick Fleetwood, English drummer ( Fleetwood Mac)
July 9 - O. J. Simpson, American football player
July 17 - Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
July 19 - Brian May, English guitarist ( Queen)
July 19 - Bernie Leadon, American singer-songwriter and musician ( Eagles)
July 22 - Don Henley, American singer-songwriter and musician ( Eagles)
July 30 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born actor, bodybuilder and politician, former Governor of California
July 31 - Richard Griffiths, British actor (d. 2013)
August 16 – Carol Moseley Braun, American jurist
September 21 - Don Felder, American singer-songwriter and musician ( Eagles)
September 30 - Marc Bolan, British musician (d. 1977)
October 4 - Ann Widdecombe, British politician
October 26 – Hillary Clinton, former First Lady of the United States and United States Secretary of State
October 30 - Timothy B. Schmit, American singer-songwriter and musician ( Eagles)
November 1 - Bob Weston, English rock guitarist ( Fleetwood Mac) (d. 2012)
November 10 - Bachir Gemayel, Lebanese politician (d. 1982)
November 10 - Greg Lake, English musician ( Emerson, Lake & Palmer) (d. 2016)
November 20 - Joe Walsh, American singer-songwriter and musician ( Eagles)
December 8 – Gregg Allman, American rock musician ( The Allman Brothers Band) (d. 2017) December 11 - David E. Stone, American sound editor
Emil J. Brach, American candy manufacturer (b. 1859)
January 25 – Al Capone, American gangster (b. 1899)
March 11 – Victor Lustig, Austrian-born con artist (b. 1890)
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 30 – Arthur Machen, Welsh-born writer (b. 1863)
April 1 – King George II of Greece (b. 1890)
April 7 – Henry Ford, American automobile manufacturer (b. 1863)
April 20 – King Christian X of Denmark (b. 1870)
April 24 – Willa Cather, American novelist (b. 1873)
May 8 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American department store magnate (b. 1858)
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
May 20 – Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
May 24 – C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (b. 1878)
July 19 – Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915)
July 30 – Joseph Cook, sixth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
October 4 – Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
November 25 – Léon-Paul Fargue, French writer (b. 1876)
December 1 – Aleister Crowley, British occultist (b. 1875) December 1 –
G. H. Hardy, British mathematician (b. 1877)
December 7 – Tristan Bernard, French writer and lawyer (b. 1866) December 7 –
Nicholas M. Butler, American president of Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1862) December 17 – J. N. Brønsted, Danish chemist (b. 1879)
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