We are so accustomed to seeing a president on TV these days. However, it was not until President Truman that we got a nationally televised speech:
On this day in 1951, President Harry S. Truman’s opening speech before a conference in San Francisco is broadcast across the nation, marking the first time a television program was broadcast from coast to coast.Truman was in second term and facing challenges in the Korea War as well as domestic issues.
The speech focused on Truman’s acceptance of a treaty that officially ended America’s post-World War II occupation of Japan.
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