- 1947A beginning for "flying saucers"Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence the term "flying saucers" was born.
Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body.
King Philip's War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement.
The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J.
The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year.
The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies.
New York passes a law to allow same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island Tortoise, died at a Galapagos National Park, making the subspecies extinct.
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