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Important Dates, World and National Events During His Lifetime

1884 (May 8) Born in Lamar, Mo.
1917-1919 Served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
1919 (June 28) Married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace.
1922 Elected judge of Jackson County, Missouri.
1924 Daughter Mary Margaret is born
1934 Elected to the United States Senate.
1941-1944 Served as chairman of the Truman Committee.
1944 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
1945 (April 12) President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies in Warm Spring, Georgia
1945 (April 12) Became the 33rd President of the United States.
1945 The Atomic Age opened when American forces tested the atomic bomb.
1945 (May 7) The German surrender ended World War II in Europe.
1945 (Aug, 14) Japan surrendered, ending World War II.
1945 Many wartime economic controls ended.
1945 The United Nations was organized in San Francisco.
1946 Congress created the Atomic Energy Commission.
1946 Communist leaders began the Cold War with the West.
1946 The Philippines became a republic.
1947 Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act after the President had vetoed it.
1947 Unification put the armed forces under a single Secretary of Defense.
1947-1948 India, Pakistan, and Ceylon won independence in the British Commonwealth; Burma became a republic.
1948 Elected President of the United States.
1948 The Marshall Plan began giving economic aid to war-torn countries.
1948 Israel became a republic in Palestine.
1948 Scientists began using cortisone to treat arthritis.
1948-1949 An Allied airlift supplied blockaded West Berlin.
1948-1952 Workmen renovated the White House.
1949 The U.S. and its allies set up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1949 Mao Zedong announces the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
1950 Two Puerto Ricans tried to kill the President.
1950 Truman signs the 1950 Social Security Amendments that expands coverage and increases benefits.
1950 North Korea invades South Korea
1951 A Senate committee investigated U.S. crime.
1951 Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur as UN commander in Korea.
1951 Americans saw the first nationwide telecast.
1951 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limits the President of the United States to two four-year terms.
1952 A hydrogen bomb was tested.
1952 Elizabeth II became Queen of England.
1952 Puerto Rico became a commonwealth.
1952 United Nations moves to New York City.
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President.
1953 U.S. population was 159,700,000.
1972 (Dec. 26) Died in Independence, Missouri.

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