1947 History, Fun Facts and Trivia
Top Ten Baby Names of 1947:
Linda, Mary, Patricia, Barbara, Sandra, James, Robert, John, William, Richard
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, Dorothy Dandridge, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Betty Grable
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” from A Streetcar Named Desire
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Barbara Walker (Memphis, TN)
Suicide: Evelyn McHale’s note read, “He is much better off without me … I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,” then she jumped to her death from atop the Empire State Building, landing on a United Nations vehicle. The photo was later used by visual artist Andy Warhol in one of his paintings entitled Suicide .
A UFO may have crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico. The United States’ Air Force and military have denied this ever happened, but have released several hole-filled stories about whatever actually did happen there.
Pop Culture History:
The Transistor was invented by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley. It was later presented to the world in 1948.
The ‘Howdy Doody Show’ appeared on NBC and ran until 1960. Host Buffalo Bob Smith was from Buffalo, New York. Howdy Doody had/has a freckle for every state in the United States. (that would be 50 today)
Edward Lowe invented Kitty Litter®
The Howdy Doody Show was the first television show targeted towards children.
Wham-O introduced its first product – a slingshot. The company name came from the sound of a slingshot hitting a target.
Major League Baseball allowed black players, starting with Jackie Robinson.
Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, piloting a Bell XS-1.
The Igloo portable cooler was introduced.
The first Cannes Film Festival was held in Cannes, France.
Extraterrestrials ‘allegedly’ crash-landed near Roswell, New Mexico.
Mikhail Kalashnikov presented his invention, the Avtomat Kalashnikova Obrazets 1947, better known as the AK-47.
After World War II, Americans craving a front yard and home of their own began moving out of the crowded cities and into the suburbs. The first and most famous suburb, Levittown, opened in New York this year and was named after Levitt and sons, the construction firm that built the suburb. Scientists theorize suburbanization caused Americans to become dependent on automobiles, an increase in air pollution, dependence on foreign oil, and a rising obesity rate.
1st appearances & 1947’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Steel Pogo Sticks, John Deere Die-Cast Tractor, Lionel Trains Milk Car, Tonka Trucks
Popular and Notable Books From 1947:
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
B.F.’s Daughter by John P. Marquand
The Diary of a Young Girl (aka The Diary of Anne Frank) by Anne Frank
East Side, West Side by Marcia Davenport
Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
House Divided by Ben Ames Williams
Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
Lydia Bailey by Kenneth Roberts
The Miracle of the Bells by Russell Janney
The Moneyman by Thomas B. Costain
Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger
The Vixens by Frank Yerby
The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Best Year’s of Our Lives (presented in 1947)
World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Chicago Cardinals
NBA Champions: Philadelphia Warriors
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Lew Worsham
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Jack Kramer/Pauline Betz
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Jack Kramer/Margaret Osbourne
NCAA Football Champions: Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions: Holy Cross
Kentucky Derby: Jet Pilot