Friday, December 16, 2011

On December 16

On this day in ...
... 1950, referring specifically to the Korean conflict under way, and more generally to "increasing menace of the forces of communist aggression," U.S. President Harry S. Truman "proclaim[ed] the existence of a national emergency ... to repel any and all threats against our national security and to fulfill our responsibilities in the efforts being made through the United Nations and otherwise to bring about lasting peace." (image credit; video available here) As soon as the proclamation was signed in the Oval Office of the White House, the U.S. government was tasked to step up defense mobilization programs -- and to enlist American industries and workers in the effort.

(Prior December 16 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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