Find out what all happened April to December 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 Philippine Air Force is established. (1. July 1947)

The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories. (23. December 1947)

Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor-General of Pakistan in Karachi. (15. August 1947)

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid C.F., staged its first football match. (14. December 1947)

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

The Maharaja of Kashmir and Jammu agrees to allow his kingdom to join India. (26. October 1947)

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which is the foundation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is founded. (30. October 1947)

King Michael I of Romania is forced to abdicate by the Soviet Union-backed Communist government of Romania. (30. December 1947)

Saab produces its first automobile. (10. June 1947)

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

A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner crashes into a mountain during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The wreckage would not be found for over 50 years. (2. August 1947)

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

Typhoon Kathleen hit the Kanto Region in Japan killing 1,077. (15. September 1947)

In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built. (2. November 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)

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

The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect. (25. December 1947)

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

The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement. (6. April 1947)

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