(Saturday, September 20, 1947) — “Near You” by Francis Craig and His Orchestra (Bob Lamm, vocal) peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for 12 consecutive weeks (Sept. 20/27, Oct. 4/11/18/25, Nov. 1/8/15/22/29, Dec. 6, 1947). Continue reading ‘Near You’ by Francis Craig and His Orchestra peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 20 1947)
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(Friday, August 15, 1947, 10:30 a.m. IST) — India became an independent country today as Jawaharlal Nehru became the nation’s first prime minister and participated in the official raising of the Indian flag in New Delhi’s War Memorial Square in front of half a million people. Continue reading India becomes independent of British rule 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1947)
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(Thursday, August 14, 1947, 9:33 a.m. PKT) — The Dominion of Pakistan was formed today when the Muslim majority region formed by the Partition of India gained independence (the day before the partition of India officially took effect) as Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as its first governor general in Karachi. Continue reading Pakistan becomes independent of British rule 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 14 1947)
(Saturday, August 9, 1947) — “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Tex Williams and His Western Caravan peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for six consecutive weeks (Aug. 9/16/23/30, Sept. 6/13, 1947). Continue reading ‘Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)’ by Tex Williams peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 9 1947)
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(Friday, August 1, 1947) — The first novel by American crime-fiction writer Mickey Spillane, I, the Jury, featuring the debut of private eye Mike Hammer, was published today. Continue reading Mickey Spillane’s debut novel ‘I, the Jury’ published 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 1 1947)
(Saturday, July 26, 1947, 12:15 p.m. EDT; during the Cold War) — President Harry S. Truman today (aboard his VC-54C presidential aircraft Sacred Cow, the first aircraft used for the role of Air Force One) signed the National Security Act of 1947, which merged the Department of War (renamed as the Department of the Army) and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment (NME), headed by the Secretary of Defense. Continue reading President Truman signs National Security Act of 1947 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 26 1947)
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(Friday, July 18, 1947) — U.S. President Harry S. Truman today signed the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, which clarified the order of succession in the event of the death of a sitting president by placing the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president. Continue reading House speaker placed second in line to U.S. presidency 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 18 1947)
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(Saturday, July 5, 1947) — Larry Doby, 23, made his debut with the Cleveland Indians today, becoming the first black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League. Continue reading Larry Doby breaks American League color barrier 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 5 1947)
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(Wednesday, July 2, 1947; during the Cold War) — Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov walked out of a conference with representatives of the British and French governments today in Paris, signaling the Soviet Union’s rejection of the Marshall Plan (officially known as the European Recovery Program, ERP), an American initiative to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of World War II. Continue reading Soviets reject Marshall Plan European recovery 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 2 1947)
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(Sunday, June 29, 1947, 4:30 p.m. EDT) — President Harry S. Truman became the first President to address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today, declaring that the nation has “reached the turning point in the long history of its efforts to guarantee freedom and equality to all our citizens” in a speech at the closing session of the civil rights organization’s 38th annual conference at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Continue reading Truman becomes first president to address NAACP 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 29 1947)