Thursday, February 10, 2011

Young Historians: Valentine's Activities/1947 Timeline

Parties at school were major events for kids in the 1940’s. During the war, sugar was saved so cookies and other treats could be made. Like today, kids made or bought cards and they were stored in a special Valentine's box. One student was selected to be the “mailman” and distribute the cards. Students decorated sugar cookies, used doilys to make baskets for their decorated cookies and made a variety of paper chains.

Time Line for 1947
• Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier
• Dead Sea Scrolls discovered
• Marshall Plan
• Polaroid Cameras invented
• Congressional proceedings of the 80th Congress were televised for the first time to viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York
• In the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating eat meat on Tuesday and poultry on Thursday to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe.
• Kukla, Fran and Ollie premiered as local Chicago Television show.
• Buffalo Bob Smith and puppet Howdy Doody starred on the first nationally televised program specifically for children. The show would run until 1960.
• Jackie Robinson becomes the first African America to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers

• Movies: Miracle on 34th Street; Rin Tin Tin

• Books: Newberry Award: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey ; Caldecott Award: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown]

• Songs: This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie; zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

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