News of this day in history for November 25, 1947. Foreign Ministers conference in London. Soviet Union refuses to deal with Austrian and German treaties. Upcoming Parliamentary elections in England. 20% cut in Truman Foreign Aid package. Celebration in Tel-Aviv in anticipation of UN vote on Israeli statehood. France has first Woman Cabinet Minister. Oklahoma wheat crops finally get rain.
November 25, 2011

The Hollywood Ten - taking paranoia to new lows.

News on this particular day in 1947 had a lot to do with the Cold War and all it's ramifications. First off was news of the Big Four Foreign Ministers Conference in London where the Soviet Union's Molotov flat-out rejected attempts at dealing with Austrian and German treaties and leaving trade questions hanging in the balance. Also in question was Truman's Foreign Aid package, which had already suffered a 20% cut in spending. The British press didn't seem too bothered as they were focusing their morning headlines on the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

One of the offshoots of the Cold War climate were the on-going HUAC Committee hearings. This time casting the proverbial Klieg Light on Hollywood and the activities of its writing community. Under questioning were ten writers whom the committee deemed uncooperative and who the Hollywood bigwigs, after meeting behind palatial closed doors, promptly fired and blacklisted from future assignments. So much for having your boss's back in the pinch.

On a more hopeful side were impromptu celebrations in Tel-Aviv over the anticipated vote by the UN for Israeli statehood during the coming day. Word had it that the vote would be a fait accompli for the new nation and everyone wanted to get the ball rolling.

France had it's first female Cabinet Minister in the form of Germaine Poinso-Chapuis who became the first Minister of Health.

And Oklahoma got a break for the drought of its wheat crop with a healthy downpour, and up went Wheat futures on the Stock Exchange.

And that's what this day was all about in 1947, thanks to NBC Radio's News Of The World Night Edition for November 25th.

So now you know.

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