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Book Excerpt: 1947


In 1947, Pan American airlines offered the first ever round-the-world ticket and bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, replied “Because that’s where the money is”, escaped from jail. The Paris Peace Treaty was signed. Christian Dior unveiled his “New Look”. The Voice of America began broadcasting in the USSR. Earl Mountbatten of Burma was appointed as the last viceroy of India. Chiang Kai-shek and his forces massacred 18,000 protesters in Taiwan, and the Atomic Energy Commission was founded. Jackie Robinson became the first African-American baseball player to sign a Major League Baseball contract, and Kraft Television theater debuted on NBC. Japanese emperor Hirohito was stripped of all but symbolic power, Billy Holiday was arrested for possession of narcotics and US Secretary of State George Marshall unveiled the Marshall Plan. Pravda denounced Marshall Plan, something very strange happened in Roswell, New Mexico, and the CIA comes into official existence. Al Capone and Henry Ford died. David Bowie, Mitt Romney, Farrah Fawcett, Elton John and David Letterman are born. The UN declared that the British Mandate would end and that Palestine would be partitioned, and in Karlovy Vary, Peter Wolfgang Löw, Gidon, had been liberated from a Nazi concentration camp for a scant two years. He was twelve years old.