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1940, 1941, 1492, 1943, 1944, 1945 ,1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 - Everything from the 40s from the war in Europe and the Pacific to radio and the new rage--television!

1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 - Everything from the 50s from muscle cars and poodle skirts to news and history

1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 - Everything about the 60s from fads and fashion to cars and news

1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 - Everything about the 70s from history and news to fads and fashion

Welcome to Retroville! It's 1947!


  • Texas City's piers and waterfront are destroyed when two cargo ships explode in the harbor leaving nearly 600 dead and more than 2,000 injured
  • The Truman Doctrine is proposed calling for an attempt to contain communist expansion
  • The Marshall Plan for European post-war recovery is proposed calling for a coordinated program to help European nations recover from the war (by 1951, the plan will cost more than $11 billion)
  • India and Pakistan gain their independence from the British
  • U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the speed barrier
  • Jackie Robinson joins the Brooklyn Dodgers making him the first African American to play Major League Baseball
  • The Diary of Anne Frank is published
  • Transistor is invented at Bell Laboratories
  • Tupperware is patented by Earl Silas Tupper
  • Carbon-14 Dating is discovered by Willard Libby
  • NY Yankees defeat Brooklyn Dodgers to take the World Series
  • Jake LaMotta is knocked out by Billy Fox


  • Adventurers Club
  • Bickersons
  • Calling All Detectives
  • Crime Club
  • Escape
  • Frank Merriwell
  • Hearts in Harmony
  • Hop Harrigan
  • Life of Riley
  • Murder at Midnight


  • Kraft Television Theater (first dramatic series)
  • Meet the Press
  • Howdy Doody Show
  • First televised World Series Game - Yankees v Dodgers
  • Harry S. Truman gives the first televised Presidential speech


  • Magic 8 Ball
  • Howdy Doody dolls


  • Car: $1,500
  • Gasoline: 23 cents per gallon
  • House: $13,000
  • Bread: 12 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 80 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $3,500
  • Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour



  • The Tony Awards begin in 1947 but the first Tony for a musical isn't given out until 1949 (look ahead to 1949 to see the first winner)


  • All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (novel)
  • Scientists Against Time by James Phinney Baxter III (history)
  • The Autobiography of William Allen White (autobiography)
  • Lord Weary's Castle by Robert Lowell (poetry)


  • The Friends of Service Council, London, founded in 1647; and
  • The American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Washington DC, founded in the United States in 1672


  • Heartaches by Ted Weems
  • Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) by Tex Williams
  • Near You by Francis Craig
  • Too Fat Polka by Arthur Godfrey
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