Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On May 17

On this day in ...
... 1946 (65 years ago today), delivering a talk to the Chicago Famine Emergency Committee heard by radio listeners around the country, former U.S. President Herbert Hoover urged Americans to exercise "greater self-denial to help save 800,000,000 persons from the 'grimmest spectre of famine in all the history of the world.'" He had just completed a 35,000-mile tour of 25 countries "suffering from acute food shortages" in the wake of World War II -- a tour undertaken at the request of President Harry S. Truman. (credit for photo captioned "Herbert Hoover surrounded by Polish war orphans. April 2, 1946") A typescript of Hoover's speech is available here; audio is available here.

(Prior May 17 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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