1947 Hit Parade

Fabulous films included: 
    The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer
starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy
The Farmer’s Daughter starring Loretta Young
Gentleman’s Agreement starring Gregory Peck and directed by Elia Kazan
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison
    Miracle on 34th Street starring Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood
The Street Life of Walter Mitty starring Danny Kaye.

Fiction included:  Saul Bellow’s The Victim, John Horne Burns’s The Gallery, Erkstine Caldwell’s The Sure Hand of God, Theodore Dreiser’s The Stoic, John Gunther’s Inside U.S.A., Chester Himes’s Lonely Crusade, Laura Hobson’s Gentleman’s Agreement, James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, Kenneth Roberts’s Lydia Bailey, Jean Stafford’s The Mountain Lion, John Steinbeck’s  The Pearl and The Wayward Bus and Lionel Trilling’s The Middle of the Journey.

Popular songs included:  “Christmas Dreaming” by Frank Sinatra, “The Dum Dot Song” by Frank Sinatra, “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Gene Autry, “I Want to Cry” by Dinah Washington, “I’ve Only Myself to Blame” by Doris Day, “Mam’selle” by Art Lund, “Move it on Over” by Hank Williams, “Near You” by The Andrews Sisters, “Peg O’ My Heart” by the Harmonicats. and “Wedding Bells” by Hank Williams.

Bernard Baruch coined the term “Cold War.”

The CIA was founded.

April 10:  Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black to play in white major league basketball.

May 22:  Poet Archibald MacLeish was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

September 13:  TV Syndication was developed between Eastman Kodak and NBC which took form in “kinescope.”

September 15:  Time magazine reported that many American women were rejecting Christian Dior’s “New Look” as expensive and trendy.

September 30:  The first World Series game between the New York Yankees and the New York Dodgers was seen by 4,000,000 people on television.

October 5:  Harry S. Truman became the first president to address the television public from the White House.

October 13:  The Hollywood Ten began appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

November 6:  “Meet the Press” premiered on television.  The next year Alger Hiss was attacked as a Communist while appearing on the show.

December 3:  Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway.

December 29:  “The Howdy Doody Show” premiered on NBC.