1947 events in history

Jan 1 The American and British occupation zones in Germany, after World War II, merge to form the Bizone, that later became West Germany
Jan 1 The Canadian Citizenship Act 1946 comes into effect, converting British subjects into Canadian citizens. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen
Jan 3 Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time
Jan 6 Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world
Jan 9 Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the Black Dahlia, is last seen alive
Jan 15 The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (The "Black Dahlia") is found in Los Angeles' Leimert Park
Jan 22 KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California
Jan 24 Greek banker Dimitrios Maximos becomes Prime Minister of Greece
Jan 25 Thomas Goldsmith Jr. files a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device", the first ever electronic game
Feb 3 The lowest temperature in North America is recorded in Snag, Yukon
Feb 10 Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia
Feb 12 Christian Dior unveils a "New Look", helping Paris regain its position as the capital of the fashion world
Feb 12 A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union
Feb 18 First Indochina War: The French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains
Feb 21 In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America
Feb 23 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded
Feb 25 The State of Prussia ceases to exist
Feb 28 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of an estimated 30,000 civilians
Mar 1 The International Monetary Fund begins financial operations
Mar 8 Thirteen thousand troops sent by the Kuomintang government of China arrive in Taiwan after the 228 Incident and launch crackdowns which kill thousands of people, including many elites. This turns into a major root of the Taiwan independence movement
Mar 12 The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism
Mar 17 First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber
Mar 25 An explosion in a coal mine in Centralia, Illinois kills 111
Mar 29 Malagasy Uprising against French colonial rule in Madagascar
Apr 1 Paul becomes king of Greece, on the death of his childless elder brother, George II
Apr 6 The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement
Apr 9 The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel
Apr 9 The Glazier–Higgins–Woodward tornadoes kill 181 and injure 970 in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas
Apr 15 Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line
Apr 16 Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600
Apr 16 Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union
Apr 28 Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia
Apr 30 In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed the Hoover Dam a second time
May 1 Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano where 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded
May 3 New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect
May 22 Cold War: in an effort to fight the spread of Communism, the U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece, each battling an internal Communist movement
Jun 5 Marshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe
Jun 10 Saab produces its first automobile
Jun 23 The United States Senate follows the United States House of Representatives in overriding U.S. President Harry Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act
Jun 24 Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington
Jun 25 The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published
Jul 1 The Philippine Air Force is established
Jul 4 The "Indian Independence Bill" is presented before the British House of Commons, proposing the independence of the Provinces of British India into two sovereign countries: India and Pakistan
Jul 6 The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union
Jul 7 The Roswell incident, the (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico
Jul 8 Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in what became known as the Roswell UFO incident
Jul 10 Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor-General of Pakistan by the British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee
Jul 11 The Exodus 1947 heads to Palestine from France
Jul 19 Korean politician Lyuh Woon-hyung is assassinated
Jul 19 The Prime Minister of the shadow Burmese government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members are assassinated by Galon U Saw