Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Winston Churchill, speech to the House of Commons, November 11, 1947.

In the year 1947...

These people were born in 1947:

These people died in 1947:

  • German physicist Max Planck, the originator (1900) of Quantum Theory.
  • Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who helped save about 100,000 Hungarian Jews from Nazi extermination, allegedly of a heart attack (according to the Soviet government who had imprisoned him for spying in 1944), although he was most likely executed by the KGB.
  • American automobile pioneer Henry Ford.
  • American novelist Willa Cather.
  • American gangster Al Capone.
  • Burmese independence hero Aung San, assassinated on the eve of becoming Burma's first prime minister.

These plays debuted in 1947:

1946 - 1947 - 1948

20th century

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