August 17, 1947

Last week I found my hospital birth certificate from August 17, 1947 complete with a little foot print and thumb print. ( Don’t worry, privacy freaks, I altered the prints  to post the photo here.)

Birth Certificate altered prints

What else was happening on the day I was born?

  • William Lyon MacKenzie King was Prime Minister of Canada
  • George VI was king of England
  • Other Canadians born in 1947 included Andrea Martin, Doug Henning, Ken Dryden and Burton Cummings
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadians 4 games to 2 to win the Stanley Cup.  Maurice “the Rocket” Richard was named MVP after scoring 45 goals in the regular season.
  • Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play baseball in a US major league team (Dodgers) and on Feb 3, the first black reporter was admitted to the US Congressional press gallery.
  • Life with Father was the Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Tex Willams country tune “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette topped the hit parade.

  • Dec 27 1st “Howdy Doody Show” (Puppet Playhouse) was first telecast on NBC with Claribel the Clown and Buffalo Bob.  620-boomer-history-howdy-doody-tv

Here is how my Mom recorded my birth in my “baby book”.

Baby book

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