News of the day for March 17, 1947 - Strange weather in Great Britain, Big-4 Treaty Conference in Moscow, Civil War in Uruguay, Marshal Law in Palestine, MacArthur speaks out on Allied occupation of Japan and rent control is a big issue in post war America.
March 17, 2011

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Big 4 Peace Treaty Conference in Moscow - a bit drafty and destined to get colder.


Picking a reasonably calm March 17th in history this one jumped out, although probably not for what didn't happen but what foreshadowed what was going to happen upcoming events weeks, months and years later.

The Big-4 Peace Treaty Conference in Moscow was more and more laying the groundwork for what would become a freezing of relations between East and West. Meanwhile, General MacArthur, heading the occupation forces in Japan, proclaimed there was no longer any need for an occupation force in Japan, citing the country was no longer in any condition militarily to wage war of any kind, but what was needed was rebuilding their economic base. In other news, Great Britain was going through a period of severe and strange weather with snow, flooding and a hurricane (that's what the reporter said) battering the country. In Uruguay, civil war was continuing. Marshal Law was declared in Palestine and the big subject in Washington was Rent Control.

It's all run down here, on NBC's World News Roundup broadcast of March 17th, 1947. No mention of green beer though.

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