Category Archives: 1940s

Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrates his Polaroid Land camera 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 21 1947)


'Video: '1950s POLAROID CAMERA COMMERCIAL'

(Friday, February 21, 1947) — Inventor Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera today in Cambridge, Massachusetts, using self-developing film to produce a black & white photograph in 60 seconds. Continue reading Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrates his Polaroid Land camera 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 21 1947)

First commercial TV station west of Mississippi River begins operation 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1947)


Video: 'KTLA Celebrates Its 69th Birthday'

(Wednesday, January 22, 1947, 8:30 p.m. PST) — America’s first commercially licensed television station west of the Mississippi, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, made its official debut tonight. Continue reading First commercial TV station west of Mississippi River begins operation 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1947)

President Truman proposes some curbs on unions in State of the Union address 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 6 1947)


Video: '80th Congress Convenes; Truman State of the Union 1947/1/6' (Jan. 6, 1947, at 1:15-3:22)

(Monday, January 6, 1947, 1:00 p.m. EST) — Delivering his State of the Union message in person (the first to be broadcast on television), President Harry Truman today handed the new Republican 80th United States Congress a legislative program topped by recommendations for new labor laws and asked its members to work with him for a new and finer “state of well being” in America (click here to listen to the complete address).

Congressional proceedings televised for the first time this hour 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 3 1947)


Video: '80th Congress Convenes; Truman State of the Union 1947/1/6' (Jan. 3, 1947, at 0:00-1:15)

(Friday, January 3, 1947, 12:30 p.m. EST) — Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time today as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York got to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th United States Congress. Continue reading Congressional proceedings televised for the first time this hour 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 3 1947)

President Truman officially proclaims end of hostilities in World War II 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 31 1946)

(Tuesday, December 31, 1946, 10:30 a.m. EST) — U.S. President Harry Truman, in a surprise proclamation, terminated formally the period of hostilities in World War II as of noon today. Continue reading President Truman officially proclaims end of hostilities in World War II 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 31 1946)