Harry Truman

33rd US President Harry Truman Full Name: Harry Truman
Nationality: American

Profession: 33rd US President
Political Party: Democratic
Political Titles: Vice President, Senator from Missouri

Presidential Term: April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953
Preceded By: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Succeeded By: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Why Famous: Succeeded as US President on the death of FDR; made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan.

Born: May 8, 1884
Star Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, USA

Died: December 26, 1972 (aged 88)

Married Life

  • 1919-06-28 33rd US president Harry Truman (35) weds Elizabeth Truman (34) in Independence

Historical Events in the Life of Harry Truman

  • 1945-04-12 US President Franklin Roosevelt dies in office and Vice-President Harry Truman is sworn in as 33rd US President
  • 1945-08-02 Potsdam Conference between Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill ends
  • 1945-08-08 President Harry Truman signs the United Nations Charter
  • 1945-10-08 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada
  • 1946-01-22 US president Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1946-08-01 US President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
  • 1946-11-09 US President Harry Truman ends wage/price freeze
  • 1946-12-05 US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808
  • 1946-12-31 US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II
  • 1947-03-12 US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism
  • 1947-03-21 US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
  • 1947-06-23 US President Truman's veto of Taft-Hartley Act overridden by Congress
  • 1947-07-26 President Truman signs National Security Act (1947), establishing Department of Defense, CIA, National Security Council and Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1947-10-05 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House
  • 1948-01-07 US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan
  • 1948-04-03 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
  • 1948-06-25 Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)
  • 1948-11-02 US President Harry Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas E. Dewey
  • 1949-01-05 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"
  • 1949-01-20 US President Harry Truman announces his four point program
  • 1949-05-14 US President Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral
  • 1949-09-23 US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation
  • 1949-10-06 US President Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)
  • 1949-10-26 US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
  • 1950-01-31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb
  • 1950-06-27 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
  • 1950-08-13 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai
  • 1950-11-01 Puerto Rican nationalists try to kill US President Harry Truman at Blair House
  • 1950-12-16 US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"
  • 1951-03-26 United States Air Force flag officially adopted by President Harry S. Truman
  • 1951-04-11 US President Harry Truman relieves Gen Douglas McArthur of command in Korea
  • 1951-07-09 US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state of war with Germany
  • 1951-09-04 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference
  • 1953-01-07 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb
  • 1957-07-06 Harry S. Truman Library forms in Independence, Missouri

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