News for February 6, 1948 - Dixiecrats call to bolt the party over Truman's Civil Rights legislation. Food prices drop offering a sign the economy is on the mend. Snowstorm disrupts last day of Winter Olympics. Rent Control Bill on hold and elections in Ireland cast doubt for Eamon de Valera's government.
February 6, 2012

Dixiecrats Thurmond and Wright - getting the unholy alliance started.

In setting the tone for what promised to be a contentious election year, February 6th 1948 fit in quite nicely.

With a call for Southern Democrats to bolt from the Party over President Truman's proposed Civil Rights legislation (which included an anti-lynching Law) and nominate their own Presidential candidate, got their first meeting together, headed by Mississippi Governor Fielding L. Wright. Far from a unified front, Governor Wright pledged to do anything possible to defeat Truman in 1948, including support the Republican nominee, whoever that was going to be.

Meanwhile, predictions were coming in that Truman would win re-election, if the current Economic climate kept up. Food prices were dropping considerably, even though it was too early to tell if the drop would be across the board. Republicans charged it was an election year gimmick. How things never change.

Further domestic news saw the Rent Control Bill on temporary hold, but did forecast an extension of controls through 1949 even though the extension would be in a greatly relaxed form. General Eisenhower stepped down on this day as Chief of Staff at the Pentagon with Gen. Omar Bradley taking over.

Overseas news saw trouble for Eamon de Valera in Ireland with election returns showing the Valera government now in a minority and in a definite lack-of-confidence mode. On the Foreign Aid front - an additional $250 million was seen to be needed as the slow process of rebuilding Europe continued.

And the last day of the 1948 Winter Olympics was bogged down with snowstorms putting a number of events on hold.

And that's what it looked and sounded like on this particular February 6th in 1948 via NBC's News Of The World with John Cameron Swayze and live reports from all over.

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