The events that occurred during the year 1947 were essential to the transformation of the world after World War II into what it is today. Some of the most notable events from this year were the operation of the International Monetary Fund, the implementation of the Truman Doctrine, the founding of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the acceptance of the new constitution of Italy, the "Black Dahlia" murder, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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January 3, 1947
The first television broadcast of the U.S. Congress proceedings occur.
January 15, 1947
The unsolved murder of the "Black Dahlia" occurs in Los Angeles with the discovery of the aspiring actress Elizabeth Short's body.
February 10, 1947
The Allies from World War II sign peace treaties with Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Finland.
February 25, 1947
The first Volkswagen Beetle arrives in New York after being purchased and shipped from Germany by John C. Hennessy, Jr.
March 1, 1947
Operation of the International Monetary Fund begins.
March 12, 1947
The Truman Doctrine is professed to encourage the spread of Communism.
March 19, 1947
The 19th Academy Awards Best Picture is won by the film Best Years of Our Lives.
April 15, 1947
The Brooklyn Dodgers gets the first African American Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
April 26, 1947
The Tom and Jerry cartoon that won an Academy Award, The Cat Concerto, makes its theatrical debut.
May 22, 1947
An Act of Congress implementing the Truman Doctrine is signed by U.S. President Harry S. Truman in an effort to contain the advance of Communism, ultimately starting the Cold War.
June 11-15, 1947
Wales holds the first Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
June 23, 1947
The House of Representatives and the United States Senate attempt to override the Taft-Hartley Act that was vetoed by President Harry Truman.
July 8, 1947
The Roswell UFO incident occurs in which a report of an extraterrestrial spacecraft if found in Roswell, New Mexico.
September 18, 1947
The United States Air Force, National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency are all created by the National Security Act.
October 30, 1947
The base of the World Trade Organization is founded as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
December 9, 1947
The general strike in France is called off by the French labour unions.
December 21, 1947
The death of 400,000 Hindus and Muslims occur when they try to migrate to India and Pakistan.
December 22, 1947
The new Constitution of Italy is accepted in a vote by the Italian Constituent Assembly.