Monthly Archives: March 2012

Truman says he won’t run for re-election 60 years ago tonight (1952)


Video: Truman bio in color (part 1)

(Saturday, March 29, 1952) — Harry S Truman, President of the United States since the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, announced tonight announced he will not be a candidate for re-election and shall not accept the Democratic presidential nomination for a third term. Continue reading Truman says he won’t run for re-election 60 years ago tonight (1952)

Lübeck becomes first German heavily bombed city in WWII 70 years ago this hour (1942)


Video: Lübeck bombed (at 10:44)

(Saturday, March 28, 1942, 11:18 p.m. local time, during World War II) — Lübeck became the first German city to be attacked in substantial numbers tonight by the Royal Air Force, which created a firestorm that caused severe damage to the historic center, the bombs destroying three of the main churches and large parts of the built-up area.

The bombing continued into the wee hours (2:58 a.m.) of March 29, Palm Sunday.

British naval forces raid Nazi-occupied French port of St. Nazaire 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: 'History's Raiders: St. Nazaire' (part 1; click here for all 5 parts)

(Saturday, March 28, 1942, part of North West Europe Campaign during World War II) — British naval forces staged a successful raid today on the Nazi-occupied French port of St. Nazaire in Operation Chariot, destroying the only dry dock on the Atlantic coast capable of repairing the German battleship Tirpitz.