Video: 'NATO 60th Anniversary: 1949 Footage of the Original Signing Session of the North Atlantic Treaty'
(Monday, April 4, 1949, 4:30 p.m. EST; during the Cold War) — 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty today at the Departmental Auditorium in Washington, D.C., by a committee chaired by U.S. diplomat Theodore Achilles. Continue reading 12 nations sign North Atlantic Treaty in Washington 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 4 1949)
(Saturday, March 26, 1949) — “Cruising Down the River” by Russ Morgan and His Orchestra peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for seven consecutive weeks (Mar. 26, Apr. 2/9/16/23/30, May 7, 1949). Continue reading ‘Cruising Down the River’ by Russ Morgan and His Orchestra peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 26 1949)
(Saturday, March 12, 1949) — “Cruising Down the River” by Blue Barron and His Orchestra peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for two consecutive weeks (Mar. 12/19, 1949). Continue reading ‘Cruising Down the River’ by Blue Barron and His Orchestra peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 12 1949)
(Saturday, January 22, 1949) — “A Little Bird Told Me” by Evelyn Knight and The Stardusters peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for seven consecutive weeks (Jan. 22/29, Feb. 5/12/19/26, Mar. 5, 1949). Continue reading ‘A Little Bird Told Me’ by Evelyn Knight peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1949)
Video: 'Harry Truman inaugural address: Jan. 20, 1949'
(Thursday, January 20, 1949, 12:29 p.m. EST) — President Harry S. Truman, 64, was inaugurated today for a second term of office on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with Chief Justice Fred Vinson administering the oath of office in the first televised presidential inauguration. Continue reading Truman sworn in for second term, Barkley as 35th VP 70 years ago this hour (Jan 20 1949)
Video: 'Truman's Address To Congress Aka 'the State Of The Union Is Good' (1948)' (Jan. 5, 1949)
(Wednesday, January 5, 1949, 1:00 p.m. EST) — U.S. President Harry S. Truman submitted an eight-point domestic reform program today in a 3,400-word State of the Union address to a joint meeting of Congress, declaring, “every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.” Continue reading Truman unveils his ‘Fair Deal’ program to Congress 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 5 1949)
Video: 'PBS LBJ Part 1' (Jan. 3, 1949, at 34:00)
(Monday, January 3, 1949, 12:10 p.m. EST) — Lyndon B. Johnson, who had defeated former Governor Coke Stevenson Aug. 28, 1948 in the Democratic runoff primary for the U.S. Senate post vacated by Wilbert Lee O’Daniel by only 87 votes and then defeated Republican Jack Porter by a landslide in the general election on Nov. 2, 1948, was sworn in today as a U.S. Senator from Texas. Continue reading Lyndon B. Johnson sworn-in as U.S. Senator 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 3 1949)
(Thursday, December 23, 1948, 12:01-12:35 a.m. ) — Hideki Tojo, the former dictator of Japan responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor, which initiated war between Japan and the United States, and six Japanese military and government officials were hanged this morning at Sugamo Prison on the outskirts of Tokyo as criminals against international law. Continue reading Tojo, six other Japanese war leaders executed in Tokyo 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 23 1948)
Video: '1948 Hiss Case, Richard Nixon, Microfilm | Kinolibrary'
(Monday, December 6, 1948; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — U.S. Rep. Richard Nixon, a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and staff investigator Robert Stripling, posed today for photographers with the “Pumpkin Papers.” Continue reading Nixon examines ‘Pumpkin Papers’ 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1948)