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FIRST TV PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH IN 1947

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On October 5, 1947, President Harry Truman (1884-1972)  made
the first-ever televised presidential address from the
White House
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asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans.

At the time of Truman’s food-conservation speech, Europe was
still recovering from
World War II and suffering from famine. He
worried that if the U.S. didn’t provide food aid, his administration’s
Marshall Plan for European economic recovery would fall apart. 

Truman asked farmers and distillers to reduce grain use and
requested that the public voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays,
eggs and poultry on Thursdays and save a slice of bread each
day. The food program was short-lived, as ultimately the Marshall
Plan succeeded in helping to spur economic revitalization and
growth in Europe.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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SANDY KOZEL

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STATE OF THE UNION ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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On January 4, 1965, in his State of the Union address, President
Lyndon
Baines Johnson
lays out for Congress a laundry list of legislation needed
to achieve his plan for a
Great Society. On the heels of John F. Kennedy’s
tragic death
, Americans had elected Johnson, his vice president, to the
presidency by the largest popular vote in the nation’s history. Johnson
used this mandate to push for improvements he believed would better
Americans’ quality of life.

Following Johnson’s lead, Congress enacted sweeping legislation in the
areas of civil rights, health care, education and the environment. The 1965
State of the Union address heralded the creation of Medicare/Medicaid,
Head Start, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Department of
Housing and Urban Development and the
White House Conference on
Natural Beauty. Johnson also signed the National Foundation of the Arts
and Humanities Act, out of which emerged the National Endowment for
the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Jodie Foster in "Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, 1969.

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Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is 57 today.

Actress, director, and producer Jodie Foster has received
two
Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards,
two
Golden Globe Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award
along with a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for
her work as a director.

Foster began her professional career as a child model when
she was three years old, and she made her acting debut in
1968 in the television sitcom Mayberry R.F.D. In the late
1960s and early 1970s (below).

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Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (1976).
Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (1976).

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Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in
The Silence of the Lambs (1991).


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October 14, 1991

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JOINT MISSION TO THE MOON SUGGESTED

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President John F. Kennedy addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20, 1963. Kennedy spoke for what
would be his last address to that body.

An optimistic and upbeat President John F. Kennedy suggests that the
Soviet Union and the United States cooperate on a mission to mount an
expedition to the moon. The proposal caught both the Soviets and many
Americans off guard.

In 1961, shortly after his election as president, John F. Kennedy announced
that he was determined to win the “space race” with the Soviets. Since 1957,
when the Soviet Union sent a small satellite–Sputnik–into orbit around the
earth, Russian and and American scientists had been competing to see who
could make the next breakthrough in space travel.


President Kennedy closed his speech by urging, “Let us do the big things together.”

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