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Truman Biography #221280

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 26, 1972
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(Studio) In 1944 FDR selected Truman as running mate. When FDR died Truman years began. Truman approved United Nations charter in San Francisco, went to Potsdam, Germany, to meet with allied war leaders, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Authorized dropping of atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ended World War II. Marshall Plan allocated $ billions to restore Europe. Truman recognized new state of Israel in 1948. Ordered Berlin airlift when USSR blockaded city. Won 1948 election when nobody thought he could. [TRUMAN - mimics radio commentator H.V. Kaltenborn, who thought Truman was defeated by Dewey.] Truman signed NATO. Sent troops to Korea, and relieved General Douglas MacArthur of command when latter refused to comply with Truman's orders. In 1952 Truman decided not to run for reelection, but campaigned hard for Adlai Stevenson. Went home to Independence, Missouri, with wife and daughter Margaret. CBS will have fuller report on Truman at 7:30 p.m. EST. At 11:30 CBS will present report in which famous people recall Truman life. From Florida White House, Nixon says Truman had farsighted leadership Thursday day national mourning. Flags at half-mast. Govt. bldgs. closed. L.B. Johnson calls Truman 20th cen. giant. Barry Goldwater says Truman may become regarded as best President in century. Former House Speaker John McCormack says he and Truman poker pals and very close friends.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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