Find out what all happened April to December 1947

William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor. (16. December 1947)

The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel. (9. April 1947)

Partition Plan: The United Nations General Assembly approves a plan for the partition of Palestine. (29. November 1947)

Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. (2. December 1947)

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founding father of Pakistan, gives a speech to the Constituent Assembly, the contents and meaning of which remain contentious today. (11. August 1947)

New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the United Kingdom. (25. November 1947)

The Exodus 1947 heads to Palestine from France. (11. July 1947)

The Prime Minister of the shadow Burmese government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members are assassinated by Galon U Saw. (19. July 1947)

Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia. (28. April 1947)

Marshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe. (5. June 1947)

The Roswell incident, the (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico. (7. July 1947)

The Soviet Union completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles. (13. November 1947)

Red Scare: The "Hollywood Ten" are blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios. (25. November 1947)

The North American F-86 Sabre flies for the first time. (1. October 1947)

American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain observe the basic principles of the transistor, a key element for the electronics revolution of the 20th century. (17. November 1947)

The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated. (6. December 1947)

The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time. (30. September 1947)

The "Indian Independence Bill" is presented before the British House of Commons, proposing the independence of the Provinces of British India into two sovereign countries: India and Pakistan. (4. July 1947)

The Ballantyne's Department Store fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41; it is the worst fire disaster in the history of New Zealand. (18. November 1947)

Korean politician Yuh Woon-Hyung is assassinated. (19. July 1947)

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