A flying disc was located on a ranch in New Mexico. Although this event was "pooh-poohed" by the U.S. military, many people believed it posed a sinister threat. Thus, Roswell, New Mexico landed on the map with the United States' most famous UFO incident.
The world became much more interesting in July of 1947 when Austria's native son Arnold Schwarzenegger was born. Little did anyone know that bodybuilder competitions... Terminator movies... and the governorship of California were all in the cards for Arnold.
Ever wonder where the term "computer bug" originated? On September 9, an actual moth lodged itself into a computer at Harvard and the new and often-used expression came into existence.
College students everywhere can give thanks to Walter Morrison. No, he didn't find a cure for polio or win a Nobel Prize. Instead, he invented the Frisbee®, creating the perfect complement to an afternoon in the sun.
Saying "cheese" gained new meaning in 1947 as Polaroid® made photography literally a snap. No more waiting! Polaroid's new instant camera developed photos immediately.
A Streetcar Named Desire premiered on Broadway in December. Its first performance garnered an unheard of 30-minute standing ovation for stars Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.
Popcorn and TV dinner lovers around the world can cheer for a great 1947 invention: Raytheon introduced the first commercial microwave oven. The behemoth stood 5 1/2 feet tall... weighed 750 pounds... and cost about $5,000!