What Happened in 1947

Significant Events

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Aug 15 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
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Did You Know?

1st version of Anne Frank's diary "Het Achterhuis" published in The Netherlands

On June 25, 1947

World Leaders in 1947

Famous People in 1947

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 1 Rocket engineer Werner von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp in Landshut, Germany
  • May 17 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny
  • Jun 7 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (27) weds first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco
  • Sep 27 Fantasy and sci-fiction writer Ray Bradbury (27) weds Marguerite McClure (25)
  • Nov 20 Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth II (21) weds Lt Philip Mountbatten (26) in Westminster Abbey, London

Famous Divorces

  • Nov 1 Film director D. W. Griffith (72) divorces actress Evelyn Baldwin (37) after 11 years of marriage
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