First televised presidential speech

Today in 1947 marks the anniversary of the first televised presidential address made by thirty-third President Harry S. Truman. President Truman, in an effort to help Europeans with food aid as well as to secure his Marshall Plan for economic recovery, requested farmers and distillers reduce grain use, and the public to voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays, poultry on Thursdays, and save a slice of bread each day. Even though many Americans missed his speech at the time, it began a relationship between the White House and the use of television as a medium. From that point forward Truman’s speeches were televised, including his inaugural address. Listen to his address here: