x - Columbia introduces the long-playing 33-1/3 rpm record, The LP Long Playing record arrives on a viny disk with 25 minutes per side. old records delivered 4 minutes.
x - World Council of Churches formed.
x - The International Law Commission holds their first conference on the law of the sea.
x - The Berlin Blockade is put into affect.
x - Truman signs Selective Service Act, creating US's first peacetime draft, and universal military training (includes ROTC)
x - US sends troops to Greece to support dictator
x - Tito of Yugoslavia breaks away from USSR Communist Party
x - Miranda, the innermost moon of Uranus, is discovered by Gerard Kuiper.
x - Casimir effect discovered by Dutch physicist Hendrik B. G. Casimir
x - Theory developed for check-bits to detect errors in phone switching.
x - Intruder in the Dust continues Faulkner's examination of Southern prejudices.
x - EDSAC Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Computer by Maurice V Wilkes, University of Cambridge - first full-scale electronic stored-program computer
x - SSEC Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator electromechanical computer by IBM runs stored program.
x - Manchester University Mark I prototype runs first fully electronic stored program by Prof Tom Kilburn (takes 52 minutes)
x - 604 electronic calculator, IBM0738502448
x - Point-contact Transistor by William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain
x - California First McDonalds drive-in, San Bernardino.
x - Mechanization Takes Command by Siegfried Giedion
x - B.F. Skinner: Walden Two
x - George Orwell writes 1984 originally titled 1948
x - Alfred C. Kinsey: Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
x - Ed Sullivan television show starts
x - Malcolm Little first hears about the teachings of Elijah Muhammed while in prison.
x - Cortisone found to relieve rheumatoid arthritis.
x - Disc brakes are introduced by Chrysler.
x - Evelyn Waugh's novel, The Loved One, savages the funeral industry.
x - Norman Mailer's novel of World War II, The Naked and the Dead.
x - The Tony Awards begin, with awards for the best in 1947 theater.
x - Music Leo Fender invents the electric guitar.
x - Western Union manufactures 50,000 Deskfax machines for fax transmission.
x - Shannon and Weaver of Bell Labs propound information theory.
x - Edwin Land's Polaroid camera prints pictures in a minute.
x - The Bic ballpoint pen.
x - Public clamor for television begins; FCC freezes new licenses.
x - CBS raids NBC for radio, TV top talent.
x - 35 mm professional movie film stock is now also made of safety film.
x - Community Antenna Television, CATV, forerunner to cable TV.
x - Airplane re-broadcasts TV signal across nine states.
x - Alan Paton's novel of South Africa, Cry, the Beloved Country.
x - Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the other Peanuts begin as Li'l Folks.
x - Cole Porter's Shakespearan musical, Kiss Me Kate, on Broadway.
x - European nations begin to set import quotas on foreign films.
x - WFIL-FM, owned by Philadelphia newspaper, transmits fax editions twice a day.
x - Israeli independence leads to the first Arab-Israeli war
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