January–February – Winter of 1946–47 in the United Kingdom: Worst snowfall in the country in the 20th century, with extensive disruption of travel. Given the low ratio of private vehicle ownership at the time this is mainly remembered in terms of the effects on the railway networks.
British coal mines are nationalised.
Nigeria gains limited autonomy before gaining independence in 1960.
The Canadian Citizenship Act comes into effect.
January 3 – Proceedings of the United States 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 25 – Famous gangster Al Capone dies.
January 26 – A KLM Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft crashes soon after taking off from Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen, killing all on board, including Prince Gustaf Adolf, second in line to the Swedish throne, and the American singer Grace Moore.
January 30 – February 8 – A heavy blizzard in Canada buries towns from Winnipeg, to Calgary.
January 31 – The Communists take power in Poland.
The lowest air temperature in North America (-63 degrees Celsius) is recorded in Snag in the Yukon Territory.
Percival Prattis becomes the first African-American news correspondent allowed in the United States House of Representatives and Senate press galleries.
Bolesław Bierut becomes the President of Poland.
The Government of the United Kingdom announces the £25 million Tanganyika groundnut scheme for cultivation of peanuts in the Tanganyika Territory.
February 6 – South Pacific Commission (SPC) founded.
February 8 – Karlslust 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 (later Croatia).
A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union.
Christian Dior introduces The "New Look" in women's fashion, in Paris.
In Burma, the Panglong Agreement is reached between the Burmese government under its leader, General Aung San, and the Shan, Kachin, and Chin ethnic peoples at the Panglong Conference. U Aung Zan Wai, Pe Khin, Major Aung, Sir Maung Gyi, Dr. Sein Mya Maung and Myoma U Than Kywe are among the negotiators.
February 17 – Cold War: The Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
An explosion at the O'Connor Electro-Plating Company in Los Angeles, leaves 17 dead, 100 buildings damaged, and a 22-foot-deep (6.7 m) crater in the ground.
U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hermes program 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.
The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council.
The worst-ever train crash in Japan kills 184 people.
John C. Hennessy, Jr., brings the first Volkswagen Beetle to the United States. He purchased the 1946 automobile from the U.S. Army Post Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, while serving in the U.S. Army. The Beetle was shipped from Bremerhaven, arriving in New York this day.
The United States grants France a military base in Casablanca.
In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with large loss of civilian lives.
The International Monetary Fund begins to operate.
Wernher von Braun marries his first cousin, the 18-year-old Maria von Quirstorp.
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 9 – Carrie Chapman Catt dies in New Rochelle.
March 12 – The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
March 14 – Thames flood and other widespread flooding as the exceptionally harsh British winter of 1946–1947 ends in a thaw.
March 15 – Hindus and Muslims clash in Punjab.
March 19 – The 19th Academy Awards ceremony is held. The movie The 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 – Previous discovery of the 'Dead Sea Scrolls' in the Qumran Caves (above the northwest shore of the Dead Sea) by Bedouin shepherds, becomes known.
Jackie Robinson, the first African American in Major League Baseball since the 1880s, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
King George II of Greece is succeeded by his brother King Paul I.
April 4 – International Civil Aviation Organization begins operations.
Edaville Railroad was opened as the first railway theme parks.
The largest recorded sunspot group appears on the solar surface.
Multiple tornadoes strike Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas killing 181 and injuring 970.
the Journey of Reconciliation began, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality
April 15 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to play Major League Baseball since the 1880s.
Texas City disaster: The ammonium nitrate cargo of French-registered Liberty ship SS Grandcamp explodes in Texas City, Texas, killing at least 581, including all but one member of the city fire department, injuring at least 5,000 and destroying 20 city blocks. Of the dead, remains of 113 are never found and 63 are unidentifiable.
American financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch describes the post–World War II tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States as a "Cold War".
The British 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.
Mrs. Ples is discovered in the Sterkfontein area in Transvaal, South Africa.
April 26 – Academy-Award-winning Tom and Jerry cartoon, The Cat Concerto, is released to theatres.
May 1 – Portella della Ginestra massacre: The Salvatore Giuliano gang of Sicilian separatists opens fire on a Labour Day parade at Portella della Ginestra, Sicily, killing 11 people and wounding 27.
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.
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. The Cold War ended in 1991.
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 29 – An airliner of the Flugfelag Íslands crashes into a mountainside, killing 25 people.
May 30 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 605: A Douglas C-54 Skymaster crashes near Bainbridge, Maryland, killing all 53 aboard in the worst commercial aviation disaster in US history.
June – The Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is introduced.
June 5 – U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the Marshall Plan for American reconstruction and relief aid to Europe in a speech at Harvard University.
June 7 – The Royal Romanian Army founds the Association football club FC Steaua București, which will become the most successful Romanian football team, as A.S.A. București.
June 10 – SAAB in Sweden produces its first automobile.
June 11–15 – First Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is held in Wales.
June 15 – The Portuguese government orders 11 military officers and 19 university professors who are accused of revolutionary activity to resign.
Seaman Harold Dahl claims to have seen six unidentified flying objects (UFOs) near Maury Island in Puget Sound, Washington. On the next morning, Dahl reports the first modern so-called "Men in Black" encounter.
The Canadian Parliament votes unanimously to pass several laws regarding displaced foreign refugees.
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.
June 25 – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is published for the first time as Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven 14 juni 1942 – 1 augustus 1944 ("The Annex: Diary Notes from 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944") in Amsterdam, two years after the writer's death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
July 1 – The United States begins the National Malaria Eradication Program, successfully eradicating Malaria in 1951.
July 6 – The AK-47 assault rifle enters production, becoming the most produced gun in history.
July 8 – 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 9 – In the UK, King George VI announces the engagement of his daughter Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten.
July 11 – The Exodus leaves France for Palestine, with 4,500 Jewish Holocaust survivor refugees on board.
The Indian passenger ship SS Ramdas is capsized by a cyclone at Mumbai, India, with 625 people killed.
This is the alleged date when Raoul Wallenberg dies in a Soviet prison. It is not announced until February 6, 1957. There will be reported sightings of him until 1987.
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 19 – Burmese nationalist Aung San and six members of his newly formed cabinet are assassinated during a cabinet meeting.
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 27–28 – English endurance swimmer Tom Blower becomes the first person to swim the North Channel, from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland.
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 "police actions" in Indonesia.
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).
The Muslim majority region formed by the Partition of India gains 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. Liaquat Ali Khan takes office as the first Prime Minister of Pakistan
The greater Indian subcontinent with a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Jews, 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. He took the Prime Minister's oath from Mountbatten.
August 16 – In Greece, General Markos Vafiadis takes over the government.
August 23 – The Prime Minister of Greece, Dimitrios Maximos, resigns.
August 27 – The French government lowers the daily bread ration to 200 grams, causing 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 9 –A moth lodged in a relay is found to be the cause of a malfunction in the Harvard Mark II electromechanical computer, logged as "First actual case of bug being found."
September 13 – Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru suggests the exchange of four million Hindus and Muslims between India and Pakistan.
September 16 – 1947 Typhoon Kathleen, where damaged in centralized torrential rain, following to embankment collapse and flood in Tone River, debris flow in Kanto region, Japan. According to Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency official confirmed report, killing 1,930 persons with injuring 1,547 persons.
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.
National Security Act of 1947 becomes effective on this day creating the United States Air Force, National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.
War Department becomes the Department of the Army, a branch of the new Department of Defense.
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 – First recorded use of the word computer in its modern sense, referring to an electronic digital machine.
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 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.
In Long Beach, California, the designer and airplane pilot Howard Hughes carries out the one and only flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules, the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built and flown. This flight only lasted eight minutes.
An earthquake in the Chilean Andes kills 233 people.
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.
International Telecommunication Union becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Universal Postal Union (UPU) becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations (effective 1 July 1948).
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.
The Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II), the daughter of George VI, marries The Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom.
Paul Ramadier resigns as the Prime Minister of France. He is succeeded by Robert Schuman, who calls 80,000 army reservists to quell rioting miners in France.
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 – McCarthyism: The United States House of Representatives votes 346–17 to approve citations of Contempt of Congress against the "Hollywood Ten" after the screenwriters and directors 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.
The Parliament of New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster, and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
The new Pakistan Army and Pashtun mercenaries overrun Mirpur in Kashmir, resulting in the death of 20,000 Hindus and Sikhs.
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.
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.
Arturo Toscanini conducts a concert performance of the first half of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello for a broadcast on NBC Radio in the United States. The second half of the opera is broadcast a week later.
Women are admitted to full membership of the University of Cambridge in England following a vote in September.
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 14 – Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, as known well for sports venues of Spain, officially opened in Madrid.
December 21 – 400,000 slaughtered during mass migration of Hindus and Muslims into the new states India and Pakistan.
The Italian Constituent Assembly votes to accept the new Constitution of Italy.
The first practical electronic transistor is demonstrated by Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley of the United States.
December 30 – King Michael I of Romania abdicates.
The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigations into communism in Hollywood.
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.
The longest ever Ice cream serving career, the one of Allen Gans, started in 1947 in Boston.
The song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" mentions Sgt. Pepper teaching the band to play "20 years ago today". This would place the event somewhere between February 1 and June 1 of 1947.
L.A. Noire, a video game released in 2011 by Rockstar Games, takes place in Los Angeles throughout the year 1947.
F. R. David, Tunisian-born French singer
Leon Patillo, American Christian musician
Vladimir Titov, Russian cosmonaut
Frances Yip, Hong Kong singer
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)
David Bowie, English singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
Samuel Schmid, Swiss Federal Councilor
Terry Sylvester, English singer and musician
Laurie Walters, American actress
Nic Jones, English folk singer
Ronnie Landfield, American artist
January 10 – Peer Steinbrück, German politician
January 11 – Mart Smeets, Dutch sports journalist
January 14 – Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (d. 2003)
Andrea Martin, American actress
Michael Schanze, German television presenter
Apasra Hongsakula, Miss Universe 1965
Laura Schlessinger, American radio and TV talk show host
January 18 – Takeshi Kitano, Japanese film director and actor
January 19 – Paula Deen, Food Channel star
January 21 – Jill Eikenberry, American actress
Thomas R. Carper, U.S. Senator from Delaware
Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia
Michio Kaku, American theoretical physicist
Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
Warren Zevon, American rock musician (d. 2003)
January 25 – Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade (Tostão), Brazilian football player
Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hoola Bandoola Band) (d. 1999)
Vyron Polydoras, Greek politician
Cal Schenkel, American illustrator
Philip Sugden, English historian (d. 2014)
January 29 – Linda B. Buck, American biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
January 30 – Steve Marriott, British rock musician (d. 1991)
January 31 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player
January 31 - Maggi Clayden, Test Pilot, Solicitor, Artist and serial Entrepreneur
February 1 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983)
February 2 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress (d. 2009)
Paul Auster, American novelist
Melanie Safka, American rock singer
Dennis C. Blair, American admiral and Director of National Intelligence
Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President of the United States
February 5 – Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver and broadcaster
February 7 – Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (d. 2009)
Louise Arbour, Canadian jurist
Nicholas Owen, English newsreader (ITN)
Yukio Hatoyama, 60th Prime Minister of Japan
Derek Shulman, Lead Singer of Gentle Giant
February 13 – Mike Krzyzewski, American basketball coach
John Adams, American composer
Wenche Myhre, Norwegian actress and singer
Ádám Nádasdy, Hungarian linguist and poet
Princess Christina of the Netherlands
Dennis DeYoung, American rock musician (Styx)
February 19 – Gustavo Rodríguez, Venezuelan actor (d. 2014)
Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
Peter Strauss, American actor
February 21 – Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (d. 2006)
Rupert Holmes, British-born American singer-songwriter
Edward James Olmos, American actor, better known for his role in Stand and Deliver
Lee Evans, American Olympic athlete
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 1 – Alan Thicke, Canadian actor and television host (d. 2016)
David Franzoni, American screenwriter
Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic actor (d. 2015)
Kiki Dee, English pop singer
Dick Fosbury, American athlete
Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
Rob Reiner, American actor, comedian, producer, director, activist
March 7 – Walter Röhrl, German race car driver
Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter
Michael S. Hart, American author and inventor (d. 2011)
Kim Campbell, 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Tom Scholz, American musician, songwriter and inventor
David Ferguson, American music producer and activist
Geoff Hunt, Australian squash player
Kalervo Palsa, a Finnish artist
Mitt Romney, American businessman, politician, former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 presidential candidate
March 13 – Beat Richner, Swiss pediatrician and cellist
March 14 – Pam Ayres, British poet
March 15 – Ry Cooder, American guitarist
Baek Yoon-sik, South Korean actor
Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist
March 17 – Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born composer and producer
March 18 – Tamara Griesser Pečar, Slovenian historian
March 19 – Glenn Close, American actress
March 20 – John Boswell, American historian (d. 1994)
James Patterson, American author
Florence Warner, Voice of Adult Abigail the Woman in Once Upon a Forest
Louise Lanctôt, Canadian terrorist and writer
Alan Sugar, Baron Sugar, English entrepreneur
March 25 – Elton John, British rock musician
March 27 – Walt Mossberg, American newspaper columnist
March 31 – César Gaviria, President of Colombia
Alain Connes, French mathematician
Ingrid Steeger, German actress and comedian
Emmylou Harris, American singer-songwriter
Camille Paglia, American literary critic
April 4 – Eliseo Soriano, Philippine preacher
April 5 – Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 14th President of the Philippines and daughter of former president Diosdado Macapagal
April 6 – John Ratzenberger, American actor
Tom DeLay, American politician
Robert Kiyosaki, American investor, businessman, self-help author
Meshach Taylor, American actor (d. 2014)
Lucian Truscott IV, American writer and journalist
Tom Clancy, American author (d. 2013)
David Letterman, American talk show host
Mike Chapman, Australian-born songwriter, record producer
Lois Chiles, American actress
Roy Raymond (businessman), American entrepreneur and founder of Victoria's Secret (d. 1993)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American pro basketball player
Gerry Rafferty, Scottish singer-songwriter (d. 2011)
Kathy Acker, American author (d. 1997)
Jerzy Stuhr, Polish actor and director
James Woods, American actor
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 (d. 2016)
April 28 – Ken St. Andre, American game designer and author
April 29 – Tommy James, American rock singer and producer
April 30 – Leslie Grantham, English actor
May 3 – Richard Jenkins, American 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 23 – Ken Westerfield, Disc sports (Frisbee) pioneer, athlete, showman, promoter
May 24 – Maude Barlow, Canadian author, activist and National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians
May 26 – Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket captain
Branko Oblak, Slovenian football player and coach
Peter DeFazio, American politician
May 29 – Stan Zemanek, Australian radio broadcaster (d. 2007)
Jonathan Pryce, Welsh actor
Ronnie Wood, English rock musician (The Faces, The Rolling Stones)
June 2 – Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Punjabi saint, Sikh theologian, military leader (d. 1984)
June 4 – Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria
June 5 – Laurie Anderson, American experimental performance artist, composer and musician
June 5 – Jojon, Indonesian comedian and actor (d. 2014)
David Blunkett, British politician
Robert Englund, American actor (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
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 9 – Robert Indermaur, Swiss painter and sculptor
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
Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer
Salman Rushdie, Indian-born British author (The Satanic Verses)
June 20 – Candy Clark, American actress
Meredith Baxter, American actress
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Michael Gross, American actor
Fernando Savater, Spanish philosopher and author
Octavia E. Butler, American author (d. 2006)
David Lander, American actor
Pete Maravich, American basketball player (d. 1988)
Jerry John Rawlings, 3-Time President of Ghana
June 23 – Bryan Brown, Australian actor
June 25 – Jimmie Walker, American actor
June 28 – Mark Helprin, American writer
June 29 – David Chiang, Hong Kong actor
July 2 – Larry David, American actor, writer, producer and director
Dave Barry, American writer
Betty Buckley, American actress and singer
Joe Brown (judge), TV Judge
July 6 – Larnelle Harris, American Christian musician
Richard Beckinsale, English actor (d. 1979)
Felix Standaert, Belgian diplomat
July 8 – Bobby Sowell, American pianist and composer
Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra)
Mitch Mitchell, English rock drummer (d. 2008)
O. J. Simpson, American football player, actor
July 10 – Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer
July 12 – Loren Coleman, American cryptozoologist and author
July 17 – Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, British Princess and second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales
July 18 – Steven W. Mahoney, Canadian politician
Bernie Leadon, American musician and songwriter
Brian May, English rock guitarist (Queen)
Gerd Binnig, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
Carlos Santana, Mexican-born rock guitarist
July 21 – Co Adriaanse, Dutch football manager
Albert Brooks, American actor, comedian, director, and novelist
Don Henley, American singer-songwriter and musician
July 23 – Spencer Christian, American television personality
July 24 – Peter Serkin, American pianist
Bob Klein, American football player
Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (d. 2008)
William Atherton, American actor
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and 38th Governor of California
Richard Griffiths, English actor (d. 2013)
Joe Wilson, American politician
August 1 – Lorna Goodison, Jamaican poet
August 3 – Colleen Corby, American fashion model
August 4 – Hubert Ingraham, Bahamian politician
August 7 – Franciscus Henri, Dutch-born Australian children's entertainer, composer and artist
Terangi Adam, Nauruan politician
George Costigan, British actor and screenwriter
August 9 – John Varley, American science-fiction author
Ian Anderson, British rock musician
Drupi, Italian singer
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian politician
August 11 – Diether Krebs, German actor, cabaret artist and comedian. (d. 2000)
August 12 – William Hartston, British chess player
August 13 – John Stocker, Canadian voice actor
Maddy Prior, English folk singer
Danielle Steel, American romance novelist
August 15 – Raakhee, Indian actress
August 16 – Marc Messier, Canadian actor
Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
Gerard Schwarz, American conductor
August 22 – Cindy Williams, American actress
August 23 – Willy Russell, British playwright
August 24 – Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
August 27 – Barbara Bach, American actress
August 28 – Liza Wang, Hong Kong actress, Otis Surratt
August 29 – Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert
August 30 – Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat
Ramón Castellano de Torres, Spanish painter
Somchai Wongsawat, 26th Prime Minister of Thailand
September 1 – Al Green, American politician
September 3 – Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway
September 5 – Kiyoshi Takayama, Japanese yakuza boss
Jane Curtin, American actress and comedian
Bruce Rioch, Scottish footballer and coach
Jacob Rubinovitz, Israeli scientist.
Amos Biwott, Kenya Olympic athlete
Benjamin Orr, American singer-songwriter (d. 2000)
September 9 – Freddy Weller, American singer-songwriter
Sam Neill, British-born New Zealand actor
Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish Roman Catholic priest and blessed (d. 1984)
September 16 – Russ Abbot, British comedian and actor
September 17 – Dame Tessa Jowell, British politician
Steve Bartlett, American businessman, lobbyist, politician (former U.S. congressman from Texas's 3rd congressional district; former mayor of Dallas, Texas; member of the Dallas City Council)
Tanith Lee, British author (d. 2015)
Don Felder, American musician and songwriter
Stephen King, American writer and novelist, specializing in the horror genre
Jo Beverley, Anglo-Canadian writer (d. 2016)
Norma McCorvey, American abortion plaintiff (Roe v. Wade) (d. 2017)
September 23 – Mary Kay Place, American actress
September 25 – Cheryl Tiegs, American model and actress
September 26 – Lynn Anderson, American country-music singer (d. 2015)
Dick Advocaat, a Dutch football manager
Meat Loaf, American rock singer, actor
September 28 – Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1996–2001; 2009–present)
Marc Bolan, English rock musician (d. 1977)
Rula Lenska, English actress
Aaron Ciechanover, an Israeli biologist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Stephen Collins, American actor
October 2 – Ward Churchill, American author and activist
Alain Mucchielli, French physician
Fred DeLuca, American entrepreneur and co-founder of Subway (d. 2015)
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 8 – Stephen Shore, American photographer
October 9 – France Gall, French singer
October 10 – Larry Lamb, British actor
October 13 – Sammy Hagar, Lead singer of American rock group Van Halen
October 14 – Nikolai Volkoff, Croatian-Russian professional wrestler
Nicholas Day, British actor
Bob Weir, American rock guitarist
Gene Green, American politician
Michael McKean, American actor and comedian
James H. Fallon, American neuroscientist
Job Cohen – Dutch politician
Giorgio Cavazzano, Italian comics artist and illustrator
Gunnar Staalesen, Norwegian author
October 22 – Ed Welch, English TV-music composer
October 24 – Kevin Kline, American actor
October 25 – Glenn Tipton, English rock guitarist
Hillary Clinton, American politician, former First Lady, US Senator (D-Ny.) and Secretary of State
Ene Järvis, Estonian actress
Trevor Joyce, Irish poet
October 29 – Richard Dreyfuss, American actor
October 30 – Timothy B. Schmit, American musician
October 31 – Herman Van Rompuy, Belgian politician and 66th Prime Minister of Belgium
November 5 – Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist and singer-songwriter of tango (d. 2010)
Jim Rosenthal, ITV sport presenter
E. Lee Spence, pioneer underwater archaeologist and treasure hunter
Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player
Sondhi Limthongkul, Thai journalist, writer and founder of Manager Daily
Minnie Riperton, American singer (d. 1979)
Cassandra B. Whyte, American educator and higher education administrator
Lewis Yocum, American orthopedic surgeon (d. 2013)
November 9 – Phil Driscoll, American Christian musician and trumpet player
Glen Buxton, American rock guitarist (d. 1997)
Greg Lake, English musician and producer (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) (d. 2017)
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
Bob Boone, American baseball player and manager
Anfinn Kallsberg, former Faroese Prime Minister
Lamar S. Smith, American politician
Joe Walsh, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist
Nurlan Balgimbayev, Kazakh politician (d. 2015)
Nickolas Grace, British actor
Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (d. 2008)
November 23 – Alphons Orie, Dutch criminal lawyer and judge
November 24 – Dwight Schultz, American actor (The A-Team)
November 25 – John Larroquette, American actor
November 27 – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
November 29 – Mirza Khazar, Azerbaijani author
Sergio Badilla Castillo, Chilean poet
Stuart Baird, English film editor, producer and director
Jude Ciccolella, American actor
Véronique Le Flaguais, Canadian actress
David Mamet, American playwright
December 1 – Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league player
December 2 – Isaac Bitton, French rock band drummer
Johnny Bench, American baseball player
Wendy Padbury, British actress
Gregg Allman, American singer and songwriter
Gérard Blanc, French singer
Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
December 9 – Tom Daschle, U.S. Senator
December 10 – Rainer Seifert, German field hockey player
December 12 – Will Alsop, English architect
Christopher Parkening, American guitarist
Dilma Rousseff, 36th President of Brazil
Ben Cross, English actor
Vincent Matthews, American athlete
December 18 – Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian crime fiction writer
December 21 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist
Mitsuo Tsukahara, Japanese gymnast
Porfirio Lobo, 54th President of Honduras
December 26 – Carlton Fisk, American baseball player
December 28 – Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (d. 2000)
Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers)
Cozy Powell, British Rock Drummer (d. 1998)
December 30 – Jeff Lynne, British musician
Burton Cummings, Canadian rock musician
Tim Matheson, American actor, film director and producer
Jean-François Batellier, French political cartoonist
Peter Irniq, Commissioner of Nunavut
Stephen LaBerge, Lucid dream researcher
Jamie Donnelly, American film and stage actress
January 3 – Al Herpin (The Man Who Never Slept), notable insomniac (b. 1853)
Herman Bing, German actor (b. 1889)
Karl Mannheim, Hungarian sociologist (b. 1893)
January 10 – Arthur E. Andersen, American accountant (b. 1885)
January 12 – Zdenko Blažeković, Croatian politician (b. 1915)
January 14 – Bill Hewitt, American football player (Chicago Bears) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1909)
January 15 – Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia), famous murder victim (b. 1924)
January 19 – Manuel Machado Spanish poet (b. 1874)
Andrew Volstead, American politician (b. 1860)
Josh Gibson, African-American baseball player and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1911)
January 22 – Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, English writer (b. 1888)
Pierre Bonnard, French painter (b. 1867)
Roy Geiger, American general (b. 1885)
January 25 – Al Capone, American gangster (b. 1899)
Grace Moore, American opera singer (b. 1898)
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Swedish prince (b. 1906)
January 27 – Vassily Balabanov, administrator and Provincial Governor of Imperial Russia (b.1873)
January 30 – Frederick Blackman, British plant physiologist (b.1866)
February 3 – Petar Zivkovic, Serbian politician, former Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1879)
O. Max Gardner, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1882)
Luigi Russolo, Italian Futurist painter and composer (b. 1885)
February 11 – Martin Klein, Estonian wrestler (b.1884)
Kurt Lewin, German-American psychologist (b. 1890)
Sidney Toler, American actor (b. 1874)
February 27 – Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1868)
March 5 – Alfredo Casella, Italian composer (b. 1883)
March 10 – Harukichi Hyakutake, Japanese general (b. 1888)
Victor Lustig, Austrian-born con artist (b. 1890)
Wilhelm Heye, German general (b. 1869)
March 12 – Walter Samuel Goodland, Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1862)
Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (b. 1863)
Jean-Richard Bloch, French critic, novelist and playwright (b. 1884)
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)
Archduchess Louise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
Ferdinand Zecca, French film director (b. 1864)
March 25 – Chen Cheng-po, Taiwanese painter (b. 1895)
Johnny Evers, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1881)
Karol Świerczewski, Polish military leader (b. 1897)
April 1 – King George II of Greece (b. 1890)
April 7 – Henry Ford, American industrialist and automobile manufacturer (b. 1863)
April 8 – Langley Collyer, American hermit brother (b. 1885)
John Ince, American actor (b. 1878)
Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (b. 1865)
April 16 – Rudolf Höss, German commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp (executed) (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 14 – John R. Sinnock, eighth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint (b. 1888)
May 16 – Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1861)
George Forbes, 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
Seabiscuit, Thoroughbred Racehorse (b. 1933)
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 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 – Władysław Raczkiewicz, 1st president of the Polish Government in exile (b. 1885)
June 9 – J. Warren Kerrigan, American actor (b. 1879)
June 11 – Richard Hönigswald, Hungarian-born American philosopher (b. 1875)
June 14 – Albert Marquet, French painter (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 and convicted war criminal (executed) (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, 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)
Leo Stein, American art collector and critic (b. 1872)
George Bausewine American baseball player and umpire (b. 1869)
July 30 – Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
August 3 – Vic Willis, American baseball player (Boston Braves) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1876)
August 8 – Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian military leader (b. 1872)
August 20 – Franz Cumont, Belgian archaeologist and historian (b. 1868)
Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (gored) (b. 1917)
Kōtarō Nakamura, General of the Imperial Japanese Army (b. 1881)
September 1 – Frederick Russell Burnham, American Scout, father of the international Scouting movement (b. 1861)
September 8 – Victor Horta, Belgian Art Nouveau architect (b. 1861)
September 9 – Ananda Coomaraswamy, philosopher (b. 1877)
September 10 – Hatazō Adachi, Japanese general (suicide) (b. 1890)
Fiorello H. La Guardia, Mayor of New York (b. 1882)
Jantina Tammes, Dutch plant biologist (b. 1871)
September 21 – Harry Carey, American film actor (b. 1878)
September 26 – Hugh Lofting, British-born writer (b. 1886)
October 1 – Olive Borden, American actress (b. 1906)
October 2 – P. D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician (b. 1878)
October 3 – Ernest L. Riebau, American politician (1895)
October 4 – Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
October 6 – Leevi Madetoja, Finnish composer (b. 1887)
October 12 – Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton, British general (b. 1853)
October 13 – Sidney Webb, English economist and social reformer (b. 1859)
October 17 – John Halliday, American actor (b. 1880)
October 23 – Carl Shelton, Gangster (b. 1888)
October 24 – Dudley Digges, Irish actor (b. 1879)
October 28 – Earl Snell, Governor of Oregon (plane crash) (b. 1895)
October 29 – Frances Cleveland, First Lady of the United States (b. 1864)
November 1 – Man o' War, champion thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917)
November 8 – Mariano Benlliure, Spanish sculptor (b. 1862)
November 15 – Eduard Ritter von Schleich, German fighter ace and air force general (b. 1888)
November 20 – Georg Kolbe, German sculptor (b. 1877)
November 25 – Léon-Paul Fargue, French writer (b. 1876)
W. E. Lawrence, American silent film actor (b. 1896)
Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, French general (b. 1902)
November 30 – Ernst Lubitsch, German film director (b. 1892)
Aleister Crowley, British occultist (b. 1875)
G. H. Hardy, British mathematician (b. 1877)
Tristan Bernard, French writer and lawyer (b. 1866)
Nicholas M. Butler, American president of Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1862)
December 13 – Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter (b. 1874)
Stanley Baldwin, English Conservative politician, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1867)
Edward Higgins, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)
December 15 – Arthur Machen, Welsh writer (b. 1863)
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)
December 29 – Han van Meegeren, Dutch painter and forger (b. 1889)
December 30 – Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher (b. 1861)
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
1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1947th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 947th year of the 2nd millennium, the 47th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1940s decade.