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1947

In 1947, following the horrors of the atrocities of the Second World War, a major political event occurred that has had global repercussions for generations. The impact of this event has been felt especially in the Near East. This was the year that Palestine was partitioned and the State of Israel was created.

1947

In another important political development, albeit with more of a cultural impact for the Anglosphere, this was the year that Princess Elizabeth announced her engagement to Philip Mountbatten. After their marriage and Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, Philip became Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

1947 was also the year that a major political shift occurred in the United States. On the heels of World War II and in the shadow of the developing Cold War, the US took a major step in creating the “national security state” – a major increase in the size and scope of the central government in Washington, DC. This was brought to bear with the National Security Act of 1947, which established what would eventually be called the Department of Defense, established the National Security Council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The effects of this Act have been felt in the United States and abroad for decades.

News highlights in 1947 were not all politics, though. In a major cultural development in the United States, Jackie Robinson started with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black athlete to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, essentially desegregating professional baseball in the US.

In film, the holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street opened in the US and Gentleman’s Agreement, starring Gregory Peck, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Finally, in a major literary event, Anne Frank’s diary from World War II was published for the first time. The diary was initially published in Amsterdam and then became an international classic, read by generations of students across the world.

Discover how Virginia, USA looked like in 1947

Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

Sinbad, the Sailor

Directed by: Richard Wallace

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak

Country: United States

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Lady in the Lake

Directed by: Robert Montgomery

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan

Country: United States

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This Happy Breed

Directed by: David Lean

Starring: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness

Country: United States

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1947 ?

The Moneyman

By: Thomas B. Costain

The Moneyman By Thomas B. Costain 1947 Hardcover. Thrilling story of a great conspiracy and Romance in the Court of King VII Published by Doubleday & Comp.

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Gentleman's Agreement

By: Laura Z. Hobson

The plot of GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT concerns the experiences of a young Gentile writer who poses as a Jew in order to secure material on anti-Semitism for a series of magazine articles.

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Lydia Bailey

By: Kenneth Roberts

Lydia Bailey (International Collectors Library)488 pp. 8vo. William Morris replica binding - navy blue boards, gilt titles & decorations, purple ribbon marker bound in. Maps on endpapers.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1947 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. David
  7. Michael
  8. Thomas
  9. Charles
  10. Larry
Top #10 female names
  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia
  4. Barbara
  5. Sandra
  6. Carol
  7. Nancy
  8. Susan
  9. Sharon
  10. Donna

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