- Jan 2 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali
- Feb 12 French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"
- Feb 20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
- Feb 28 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
- Apr 15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
- May 3 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war
- May 31 Communists seize power in Hungary
- Jun 5 US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Western Europe
- Jul 7 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident occured
- Aug 14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
1st version of Anne Frank's diary "Het Achterhuis" published in The Netherlands
On June 25, 1947