Year 1947 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence
  • Feb 28 February 28 Massacre: Anti-government uprising in Taiwan is violently put down by Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang-led Republic of China government with the loss of 18,000-28,000 lives. Marks the beginning of the White Terror.
  • 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
  • Aug 14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • Aug 15 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
  • Aug 17 The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
  • Sep 18 The Central Intelligence Agency officially comes into existence after being established by President Truman in July
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Historical Marriages

  • Mar 1 Rocket engineer Wernher von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp (18) at a Lutheran church in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany
  • 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)

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