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Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman -- 33rd President; Terms: 1945-1953; Political Party: Democrat; First Lady: Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman; Vice President: Alben W. Barkley

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'When we fail to live together in peace, the failure touches not us alone, but the cause of democracy itself in the whole world. That we must never forget.' (1947)
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Born: May 8, 1884; Lamar, Missouri...On October 5, 1947, Truman delivered the first presidential address to be televised from the White House... "Being a president is like riding a tiger. You have to keep on riding or be swallowed." Harry Truman's assessment of the office accurately described the conditions under which he found himself thrust into it. To the little-known man from Missouri would fall the burden of ending a World War and asserting the U.S.'s leadership in a newly-aligned and hostile international environment...Died: December 26, 1972.

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The Era

  • United Nations charter adopted in San Francisco (1945)
  • Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color barrier (1947)
  • Novelist George Orwell writes 1984 (1948)
  • Israel founded (1948)
  • NATO established (1949)
  • The Korean War begins (1950)
  • Catcher in the Rye published (1951)

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