June 23, 1947 - Taft-Hartley And Greeks Bearing Gifts.


In what was casually referred to as "The Full Employment Bill for the 1947 Legal Profession", the Taft-Hartley Bill became law on this June 23rd in 1947. Against the protests of President Truman and a Senate Override of his Veto, the Bill immediately signaled strike calls and a flood of legal tests, guaranteed to keep things jumping and testy for many months to come. And the Supreme Court, in their final get-together before vacation, upheld the Lea Act, which landed a roundhouse punch to AF of M Union boss Cesar Petrillo and his demand for Musicians Performance Royalties to be paid to the Union for every song played in public. Petrillo was also calling for a ban on commercial recording at the end of 1947, creating panic in the Record Industry and putting recording studios into overdrive to stockpile materials in case it was the proverbial Nuclear Winter. Also in the docket was an upholding of the Government's right to drill for oil in California's tidelands.

Meanwhile, in other parts of this rather skewed day in History - The Marshall Plan was getting scrutinized by the European Community. There was a renewed call for Universal Military Training, saying the U.S. Infantry was still an integral part in warfare. In short, you can never have too many grunts, even in 1947.

And Customs Officials were busy scratching their heads over the tidal wave of food shipments coming from Greece to the U.S. - some 16,000 packages in one week alone. At first thought it was "thank you" gifts from grateful Greeks for all the help. But then the sinister element jumped in and cast an askance eye towards the uptick in Hoof and Mouth disease cases ever since the phalanx of Kalamatas began to appear.

Let's see - Unemployed Paranoid Musician about the get drafted, opening a bottle of questionable Greek Olives from Uncle Ari in Athens.

Yep - it was that kind of day.

All from ABC Radio's Headline Edition for June 23rd, 1947.


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