Newstalgia Reference Room - November 26, 1947 - it may be the day after Thanksgiving where you are, but if you were in 1947, it hadn't happened yet. On this day they were mulling over The Marshall Plan, Foreign Aid and political skirmishes over the budget. And the Cold War was busy getting colder.
November 26, 2010

Austerity - the 1947 version.

On this day in 1947 the world was still recovering from the affects of World War 2. The austerity plan was in full swing and the argument on Capitol Hill was how much we were going to be giving over for European recovery. Meanwhile, the glacially creeping Cold War got a notch colder with accusations of Imperialism being leveled by the Soviet Union during discussions on the Marshall Plan.

On the domestic front there were still arguments for and against rationing as we geared down from a war footing and tried to gear up for peace. As Thanksgiving loomed (remember, November 26, 1947 was a Wednesday) we were still in a celebratory mood, with a report from Hollywood on the Santa Claus Lane parade and even the Alka-Seltzer commercials of the time were geared up for the occasion.

Here are two newscasts - the first one being the evening news and the second one being a Special Edition of the evening news of the day for November 26th.


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