Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There are some historical events that I believe every American should remember. Please forgive me if you think differently but my mind will probably not change. The war in Europe was over but Japan’s Emperor Hirohito had called on his people to fight to the last person living. They stood behind him solidly.

On July 17, 1945, the final “Big Three” WWII conference between the U.S., Great Britain and Russia was being held in Potsdam, Germany. Harry S. Truman had been the president for only three months after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was thought by many to be incapable of standing up to politicians like Churchill and Stalin. Truman, son of a Missouri livestock dealer and a men’s store clerk himself, soon proved himself. While in the Potsdam meeting he received the report of the results of the first Atomic test explosion in the New Mexico desert. This was where Truman made the statement “The Buck Stops Here” coming from the old western poker tradition of a buck-handled knife being placed in front of the card dealer. The greatest decision Truman ever made was to drop the atomic bomb on Japan thereby obliterating two whole cities.

 

 

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