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1947: The Year In History
1947 Events & Facts
Sep 21 2020
What Happened in 1947?
President Truman formulates "Truman Doctrine" of providing aid to countries whose governments are threatened with overthrow
U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall calls for a European recovery effort, popularly called the "Marshall Plan."
India and Pakistan proclaimed independent nations
Britain nationalizes its coal industry
Britain’s Princess Elizabeth marries Phillip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh
BUSINESS & ECONOMY:
Congress passes Taft-Hartley Act, restricting labor unions
Henry Ford dies, leaving behind a fortune of over $600 million
Americans are able to purchase the first new cars manufactured since the beginning of World War II
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
First airplane to break the speed of sound
Thor Heyerdahl sails from Peru to Polynesia on a raft to prove theory of human migration
Transistor invented at Bell Laboratories
"Broad spectrum" antibiotic introduced to fight typhus
New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-3 (first televised World Series)
Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American player in a major league baseball team (Brooklyn Dodgers)
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Gentleman’s Agreement, Miracle on 34th Street
Kraft Television Theatre, Small Fry Club (programming limited to approximately 18 hours per week)
Doktur Faustus, Thomas Mann; The Diary of Anne Frank; I, the Jury, Mickey Spillaine
House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigating alleged Hollywood ties to communism
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire wins Pulitzer Prize
The "New Look" of long, full skirts becomes the rage of female fashion
Over 1 million veterans enroll in college through the G.I. Bill
First food processors
The average cost of a loaf of bread was 13 cents
North America and Europe both experience severe winters. New York is hit with 28 inches of snow (Dec. 17), while Britain has its harshest winter in over 50 years
First documented sightings of "flying saucers"
Drive-in theatres become a booming industry
Hillary Clinton, David Bowie, Elton John, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were born
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