News and Events of 1947
US GDP (1998 dollars):
$244.6 billionFederal spending:
$34.50 billionFederal debt:
$257.1 billionConsumer Price Index:
3.9%Cost of a first-class stamp:
NY Yankees d. Brooklyn Dodgers (4-3)
Philadelphia Warriors d. Chicago Stags (4-1)
Toronto d. Montreal (4-2)
Margaret Osborne d. D. Hart (6-2 6-4)Men:
Jack Kramer d. T. Brown (6-1 6-3 6-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Holy Cross d. Oklahoma (58-47)
NCAA Football Champions
Notre Dame (9-0-0)
Fiction: All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
Music: Symphony No. 3, Charles Ives
Oscars awarded in 1947
Academy Award, Best Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives (Goldwyn; RKO Radio)
Nobel Prize for Literature: André Gide (France)
1947 Tony Awards
Miss America: Barbara Walker (TN)More Entertainment Awards...
- The Yankees beat the Dodgers in seven games in the first televised World Series.
- Meet the Press debuts on NBC. The first news show will become television's longest-running program.
- Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire opens at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois. The play wins the 1948 Pulitzer Prize.
- Gentleman's Agreement, Miracle on 34th Street, Great Expectations, The Bishop's Wife
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Sir Robert Robinson (UK), for research in plant substances
Physics: Sir Edward Appleton (UK), for discovery of layer that reflects radio short waves in the ionosphere
Physiology or Medicine: Carl F. and Gerty T. Cori (US), for work on animal starch metabolism; Bernardo A. Houssay (Argentina), for study of pituitary