Category Archives: 1940s

Elizabeth and Philip wed in Abbey 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 20 1947)


Video: 'The Royal Wedding in Colour (1947)'

(Thursday, November 20, 1947, at 11:30 a.m. GMT) — Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, 21, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, 26, this morning at Westminster Abbey in London in a ceremony of singular beauty and grandeur. Continue reading Elizabeth and Philip wed in Abbey 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 20 1947)

President Truman demands pay and price controls 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 17 1947)

(Monday, November 17, 1947, at 1:30 p.m. EST; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — President Harry S. Truman, in an address to a special session of Congress, asked Congress today for authority to impose price controls, consumer rationing and wage controls in limited areas of the national economy (click here to listen to Truman’s address). Continue reading President Truman demands pay and price controls 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 17 1947)

UN declares free elections should be held in Korea 70 years ago today #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 14 1947)


Video: 'Korean War - PART 2, Prelude to war (1946-1947) 6.25' (Nov. 14, 1947, at 6:26)

(Friday, November 14, 1947) — The United Nations passed a resolution at Flushing Meadow today declaring that free elections should be held, foreign troops should be withdrawn and a UN commission for Korea, the United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea (UNTCOK), should be created. Continue reading UN declares free elections should be held in Korea 70 years ago today #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 14 1947)

‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 11 1947)


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(Tuesday, November 11, 1947, doors opened at 8:30 a.m. EST)Gentleman’s Agreement, a drama film about a reporter who pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, opened this morning at Mayfair Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 11 1947)

‘Meet the Press’ debuts on NBC-TV 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 6 1947)

(Thursday, November 6, 1947, 8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. EST)Meet the Press, a weekly American television news/interview program, debuted tonight on NBC with Martha Rountree as the moderator and former Postmaster General and former Democratic National Committee Chairman James A. Farley as the first guest. Continue reading ‘Meet the Press’ debuts on NBC-TV 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 6 1947)

Howard Hughes pilots Spruce Goose 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1947)


Video: 'COLOR FOOTAGE OF HOWARD HUGHES' SPRUCE GOOSE FLIGHT 1947 34620'

(Sunday, November 2, 1947, 3:08 p.m. PST) — Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the Spruce Goose by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute today over Long Beach Harbor in California. Continue reading Howard Hughes pilots Spruce Goose 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1947)

Youngest American first lady dies 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 29 1947)


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(Wednesday, October 29, 1947, 12 noon EST) — Former First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston, who at age 21, remains the youngest wife of a sitting U.S. president, died today at the home of her son, Richard F. Cleveland, in Baltimore at age 83. Continue reading Youngest American first lady dies 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 29 1947)

‘You Bet Your Life’ debuts on ABC radio 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 27 1947)


Video: 'You Bet Your Life - Secret Word, Foot (September 15, 1947)'

(Monday, October 27, 1947, 8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. EST)You Bet Your Life, an American comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers, premiered tonight on ABC Radio (it would move to CBS Radio in 1949 and then transition to NBC-TV and NBC Radio in 1950). Continue reading ‘You Bet Your Life’ debuts on ABC radio 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 27 1947)

Reagan testifies on pro-Communist influences in Hollywood 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 23 1947)


Video: 'Ronald_Reagan HUAC Testimony Excerpt, 1947'

(Thursday, October 23, 1947; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — Film actor Ronald Reagan, President of the Screen Actors Guild and future President of the United States, appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) today as a “friendly” witness, testifying “I do not believe the Communists have ever at any time been able to use the motion-picture screen as a sounding board for their philosophy or ideology.” Continue reading Reagan testifies on pro-Communist influences in Hollywood 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 23 1947)

Congress investigates Communists in Hollywood 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 20 1947)


Video: 'Hollywood 'Red' Probe, HUAC Hearings Begin 1947/10/20'

(Monday, October 20, 1947, 10:30 a.m. EST; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings today in Washington, D.C., into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion picture industry. Continue reading Congress investigates Communists in Hollywood 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 20 1947)