Photo Gallery | TIMELINE | Take a Swing Through 1947
The year was 1947. World War II had just ended two years earlier but President Harry S. Truman wouldn’t integrate the US military for another year. The country itself was still seven years away from integrating public schools, and a total of 17 years away from witnessing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
But that wouldn’t stop a little boy from the little town of Cairo, GA, from making history.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, stepping to the plate in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform as the first African-American to play for a Major League team.
There were other milestones in 1947.
That March, when he asked Congress to support Greece and Turkey in their fight against Communism, President Truman created what became known as The Truman Doctrine, which would set the stage for the Cold War.
Just twelve days after Robinson’s first game, Babe Ruth was honored at Yankee Stadium. The New York Times reported the ailing baseball star suffered from throat cancer. Ruth died in 1948.
That same year, Marilyn Monroe began her film career, making her first appearance in “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim” and later that same year, “Dangerous Years.”
Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” was first published in Dutch and later German. The book is now available in most languages and her original diary sits open under a glass case in Holland where she hid out with her family during World War II.
Despite its Christmas theme, the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” debuted in May, because studio head Darryl Zanuck argued that people went to movies more in the summer.
Flannery O’Connor received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Iowa University in 1947. Various stories she wrote for her degree would become her novel, “Wise Blood,” which was adapted later as a movie directed by the legendary John Huston in Macon.
In 1947, Malaria still had not been completely eliminated. A program began that year to treat homes in the South to prevent the disease.
In the first television broadcast for a mass audience, 3.9 million people watched Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers play the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series. The Yankees won, but Robinson was named Rookie of the Year for the season.
The world was a stage for Macon, too. Gregg Allman was born in December of 1947 in Nashville, TN.