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Events of 1947
- January 1
- January 3 - Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
- January 10 - The United Nations takes control of the free city of Trieste.
- January 15 - Elizabeth Short (the "Black Dahlia") is found murdered.
- January 16 - Vincent Auriol is inaugurated as president of France.
- January 19 - 392 drown in a shipwreck near Athens, Greece.
- January 24 - Dimitrios Maximos founds monarchist government in Athens.
- January 25 - Philippine plane crashes in Hong Kong with $5 million worth of gold and money.
- January 30 - February 8 - A heavy blizzard in Canada buries towns from Winnipeg to Calgary.
- January 31 - Communists take power in Poland.
- February 3
- February 5 - Boleslaw Bierut becomes president of Poland.
- February 8 - A dance hall fire in Berlin kills over 80.
- February 10 - Paris peace treaties are signed between the World War II Allies and Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Finland: Italy cedes most of Istria to Yugoslavia.
- February 12 - A meteor creates a crater in Sikhote-Alin, Soviet Union.
- February 17 - Cold War: The Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into the Soviet Union.
- February 20 - An explosion at the O'Connor Electro-Plating Co in Los Angeles, California leaves 17 dead, 100 buildings damaged, and a 22-foot crater.
- February 21 - In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
- February 23 - International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.
- February 25
- February 28
- March 1
- March 6 - USS Newport News, the first air-conditioned naval ship, is launched from Newport News, Virginia.
- March 12 - The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
- March 14 - The River Thames bursts its banks.
- March 15 - Hindus and Muslims clash in Punjab.
- March 21 - Homer Collyer of the Collyer brothers is found dead in their house in Harlem, New York City. His brother is found April 8.
- March 25 - A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois kills 111.
- March 28 - A WW2 Japanese booby trap explodes in Corregidor, killing 28.
- March 29 - Rebellion against French rule erupts in Madagascar.
- March 31 - The leaders of the People's Republic of Mahabad, the second Kurdish state in the history of Iran, are hanged at the Chuwarchira Square in Mahabad after the country is conquered by Iranian forces.
- April 1 - King George II of Greece is succeeded by his brother King Paul I.
- April 9 - A multiple outbreak of tornadoes occur from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas killing 181 and injuring 970.
- April 16 - The Texas City Disaster: An Ammonium nitrate cargo of SS Grandcamp explodes in Texas City, Texas - 552 dead, 3,000 injured, 200 lost, 20 city blocks destroyed.
- April 18 - The British Royal Navy detonates 6,800 tonnes of explosives in a concerted attempt to destroy the small island of Heligoland, Germany, creating the biggest non-nuclear explosion in history.
- May 1 - The Salvatore Giuliano Gang opens fire on a labor parade near Portella Della Ginestra, Sicily, killing 11 and wounding 30.
- May 3 - The new post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
- May 22 - Cold War: In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, President Harry S. Truman signs an act implementing the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece.
- June 5 - Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the Marshall Plan for U.S. aid to Europe.
- June 7 - The ASA (currently Steaua) sport club is founded in Bucharest, Romania.
- June 10 - Saab produces its first automobile.
- June 15 - Portuguese government orders 11 military officers and 19 university professors accused of revolutionary activity to resign.
- June 18 - Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara hanged in Guam for war crimes related to the Battle of Wake Island on October 7, 1943.
- June 20 - Bugsy Siegel is found shot in the Beverly Hills mansion of Virginia Hill.
- June 21
- June 23 - The United States Senate follows the United States House of Representatives in overriding U.S. President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
- June 24 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
- July 2 - A downed UFO is allegedly found in the Roswell UFO incident, written about by Stanton T. Friedman.
- July 10 - Princess Elizabeth announces her engagement to Philip Mountbatten.
- July 11 - Exodus (ship) departs France to Palestine with 4,500 Jewish refugees.
- July 18 - Following wide media and UNSCOP coverage, Exodus (ship) is captured by British troops and refused entry to Palestine in the port of Haifa.
- July 18 - President Harry S. Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act into law which places the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the United States Vice President.
- July 19 - Burmese nationalist Aung San is murdered.
- July 26 - Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act into law, creating the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council.
- July 29 - After being shut off on November 9, 1946 for a refurbishment, ENIAC, one of the world's first digital computers, is turned on after a memory upgrade. It will remain in continuous operation until October 2, 1955.
- August 4 - UK Betty Moore from Horsham, Sussex, sails in her first Cowes Week. 59 years later she is awarded the Skandia Cowes Week Ladies Day Trophy after campaigning her Solent Sunbeam, WHY, in all 60 consecutive regattas.
- August 5 - The Netherlands stops political actions in Indonesia.
- August 7
- Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft, the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101 day, 4,300 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean proving that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
- The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
- August 14 - After 90 years of British colonial rule, Pakistan gains independence from the British Empire. While the transition is officially at midnight on this day, Pakistan celebrates its independence on August 14 compared to India on the 15th. Muhammad Ali Jinnah became the first Governor General of Pakistan.
- August 15
- August 16 - In Greece, General Markos Vafiadis takes over.
- August 23 - Prime Minister of Greece Dimitrios Maximos resigns.
- August 24 - The first Edinburgh International Festival begins, with a post-war mission to 'provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’.
- August 27 - When the French government lowers the bread ration to 200 grams, it causes riots in Verdun and Le Mans.
- August 30 - Fire at a movie theater in Rueil, a suburb of Paris, France kills 87.
- August 31 - Communists take power in Hungary.
- September 4-September 21 - A hurricane in southeast Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama leaves 51 dead.
- September 13 - Indian Prime Minister Nehru suggests the transfer of 4 million Hindus and Muslims between India and Pakistan.
- September 18
- October 14 - American test pilot Captain Chuck Yeager flies a Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound, the first man to do so in level flight.
- October 20 - The Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 begins.
- October 30 - The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which is the foundation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is founded.
- November 2
- November 6 - Meet the Press makes its television debut on the NBC television network.
- November 10 - The arrest of four steel workers in Marseille begins a communist riot that spreads to Paris.
- November 16
- November 20
- November 21 - The United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment begins in Havana, Cuba. The conference ends in 1948, when members finish the Havana Charter.
- November 24 - Red Menace: The United States House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt of U.S. Congress against the Hollywood 10 after the 10 had refused to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of Communist influence in the movie industry, (the 10 were blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios the next day).
- November 25 - New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the United Kingdom.
- November 27 - In Paris, police occupy the editorial offices of communist newspapers.
- November 29 - The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine between Arabs and Jews, resulting in the creation of the State of Israel.
- December 3 - French communist strikers derail the Paris-Tourcoing Express train because of false rumors that it was transporting soldiers - 21 dead.
- December 4 - French interior minister Jules Moch secures emergency measures against riots after six days of violent arguments in the national assembly.
- December 9 - French labour unions call off the general strike and begin negotiations with the French government.
- December 12 - The Iranian Royal Army takes back power in Azerbaijan province.
- December 22
- December 30 - King Michael of Romania abdicates.