Wednesday, December 26, 2012

President Harry Truman died 40 years ago today

We remember that Pres Truman died 40 years ago today.  He was the 33rd president of the US and one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century.

Harry Truman became president when Pres Roosevelt died in April '45.  He faced some huge challenges in Europe and Japan.  He decided in the summer to drop two atomic bombs in Japan.  It was a tough decision but it ended the war.

Pres Truman was elected on his own in 1948 but his second term was very tough, from economic problems to the war in Korea.  He left the presidency with very low approval ratings and was succeeded by the very popular Pres Eisenhower.

Today, we think of Pres Truman as a decisive and strong president.  His legacy gets stronger and stronger with time.  He made decisions and that was his greatest asset.

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