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  • Lamar, Missouri, U.S.
    Thursday May 08, 1884

    Birth

    Lamar, Missouri, U.S.
    Thursday May 08, 1884

    Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri, on May 8, 1884.




  • Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
    1901

    Education

    Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
    1901

    After graduating from Independence High School in 1901, Truman enrolled in Spalding's Commercial College, a Kansas City business school; he studied bookkeeping, shorthand, and typing, but left after a year.




  • Missouri, U.S.
    1905

    Missouri National Guard

    Missouri, U.S.
    1905

    He enlisted in the Missouri National Guard in 1905, and served until 1911 in the Kansas City-based Battery B, 2nd Missouri Field Artillery Regiment, in which he attained the rank of corporal.




  • U.S.
    Jul, 1918

    Promoted to Captain

    U.S.
    Jul, 1918

    In mid-1918, about one million soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces were in France. Truman was promoted to captain in July 1918 and became commander of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division.




  • France
    Thursday Sep 26, 1918

    Meuse-Argonne Offensive

    France
    Thursday Sep 26, 1918

    Truman's unit joined in a massive prearranged assault barrage on September 26, 1918, at the opening of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.




  • France
    Monday Nov 11, 1918

    WWI ends

    France
    Monday Nov 11, 1918

    In other action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Truman's battery provided support for George S. Patton's tank brigade, and fired some of the last shots of the war on November 11, 1918. Battery D did not lose any men while under Truman's command in France.




  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 06, 1919

    Honorably Discharged from the Army

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 06, 1919

    Truman was honorably discharged from the Army as a captain on May 6, 1919.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Jun 28, 1919

    Marriage

    U.S.
    Saturday Jun 28, 1919

    After his wartime service, Truman returned to Independence, where he married Bess Wallace on June 28, 1919. The couple had one child, Mary Margaret Truman.


  • Missouri, U.S.
    1920

    A Major

    Missouri, U.S.
    1920

    In 1920 he was appointed a major in the Officers' Reserve Corps (ORC), a federal organization not connected to the Missouri National Guard.


  • Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
    1923

    County Court judge

    Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
    1923

    Truman was elected in 1922 as County Court judge of Jackson County's eastern district—Jackson County's three-judge court included judges from the western district (Kansas City), the eastern district (the county outside Kansas City), and a presiding judge elected countywide.


  • U.S.
    1926

    National Old Trails Road Association

    U.S.
    1926

    Also in 1926, he became president of the National Old Trails Road Association (NOTRA).


  • U.S.
    1927

    Elected to the Judgeship

    U.S.
    1927

    In 1926, Truman was elected to the judgeship with the support of the Pendergast machine, and he was re-elected in 1930. Truman helped coordinate the Ten Year Plan, which transformed Jackson County and the Kansas City skyline with new public works projects, including an extensive series of roads and construction of a new Wight and Wight-designed County Court building.


  • U.S.
    1932

    A Colonel

    U.S.
    1932

    He became a lieutenant colonel in 1925 and a colonel in 1932.


  • Missouri, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 03, 1935

    United States Senator from Missouri

    Missouri, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 03, 1935

    After serving as a county judge, Truman wanted to run for Governor or Congress, but Pendergast rejected these ideas. Truman then thought he might serve out his career in some well-paying county sinecure; circumstances changed when Pendergast reluctantly backed him as the fifth choice in the 1934 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Jan 20, 1945

    A Vice President

    U.S.
    Saturday Jan 20, 1945

    Truman's nomination was dubbed the "Second Missouri Compromise" and was well received. The Roosevelt–Truman ticket achieved a 432–99 electoral-vote victory in the election, defeating the Republican ticket of Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York and running mate Governor John Bricker of Ohio. Truman was sworn in as vice president on January 20, 1945.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    Truman's brief vice-presidency was relatively uneventful

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    Truman had been vice president for 82 days when President Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    A President

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 12, 1945

    33rd President of the United States.


  • Hiroshima, Japan
    Monday Aug 06, 1945

    Hiroshima atomic bomb

    Hiroshima, Japan
    Monday Aug 06, 1945

    Hiroshima was bombed on August 6.


  • Nagasaki, Japan
    Thursday Aug 09, 1945

    Nagasaki atomic bomb

    Nagasaki, Japan
    Thursday Aug 09, 1945

    Nagasaki was bombed three days later.


  • Soviet Union, (Russia)
    Thursday Aug 09, 1945

    Soviet Union declared war on Japan

    Soviet Union, (Russia)
    Thursday Aug 09, 1945

    The Soviet Union declared war on Japan on August 9 and invaded Manchuria.


  • Japan
    Friday Aug 10, 1945

    Japan agreed to surrender

    Japan
    Friday Aug 10, 1945

    Japan agreed to surrender the following day.


  • U.S.
    Friday May 14, 1948

    State of Israel recognization

    U.S.
    Friday May 14, 1948

    Truman recognized the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, eleven minutes after it declared itself a nation.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Thursday Jun 24, 1948

    The Soviet Union blocked access to the three Western-held sectors of Berlin

    Berlin, Germany
    Thursday Jun 24, 1948

    On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocked access to the three Western-held sectors of Berlin.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday Jun 25, 1948

    The Allies initiated the Berlin Airlift

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday Jun 25, 1948

    On June 25, the Allies initiated the Berlin Airlift, a campaign to deliver food, coal and other supplies using military aircraft on a massive scale. Nothing like it had ever been attempted before, and no single nation had the capability, either logistically or materially, to accomplish it.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 02, 1948

    The 1948 United States presidential elections

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 02, 1948

    The 1948 United States presidential election was the 41st quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 2, 1948. Incumbent President Harry S. Truman, the Democratic nominee, defeated Republican Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Truman's victory is considered to be one of the greatest election upsets in American history.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Jan 20, 1949

    The First ever televised nationally

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Jan 20, 1949

    Truman's second inauguration was the first ever televised nationally.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 11, 1949

    Ground Access

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 11, 1949

    The airlift worked; ground access was again granted on May 11, 1949. Nevertheless, the airlift continued for several months after that. The Berlin Airlift was one of Truman's great foreign policy successes; it significantly aided his election campaign in 1948.


  • Soviet Union, (Russia)
    Monday Aug 29, 1949

    The Soviet Union's atomic bomb project

    Soviet Union, (Russia)
    Monday Aug 29, 1949

    The Soviet Union's atomic bomb project progressed much faster than had been expected and they detonated their first bomb on August 29, 1949.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jan 05, 1950

    The U.S. would not engage in any dispute involving the Taiwan Strait

    U.S.
    Thursday Jan 05, 1950

    Truman announced on 5 January 1950 that the United States would not engage in any dispute involving the Taiwan Strait, and that he would not intervene in the event of an attack by the PRC.


  • South Korea
    Sunday Jun 25, 1950

    The Korean War

    South Korea
    Sunday Jun 25, 1950

    On June 25, 1950, the North Korean army under Kim Il-sung invaded South Korea, starting the Korean War.


  • Taiwan & China
    Tuesday Jun 27, 1950

    Prevent further conflict between the communist government on the China mainland and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan

    Taiwan & China
    Tuesday Jun 27, 1950

    On June 27, 1950, after the outbreak of fighting in Korea, Truman ordered the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet into the Taiwan Strait to prevent further conflict between the communist government on the China mainland and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Jul 03, 1950

    Joint Resolution Expressing Approval of the Action Taken in Korea

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Jul 03, 1950

    However, on July 3, 1950, Truman did give Senate Majority Leader Scott W. Lucas a draft resolution titled "Joint Resolution Expressing Approval of the Action Taken in Korea"


  • South Korea
    Aug, 1950

    U.S. troops pouring into South Korea

    South Korea
    Aug, 1950

    By August 1950, U.S. troops pouring into South Korea under UN auspices were able to stabilize the situation.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 01, 1950

    Assassination Attempt

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 01, 1950

    On November 1, 1950, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate Truman at Blair House.


  • U.S.
    1951

    The United States ratified the 22nd Amendment

    U.S.
    1951

    In 1951, the United States ratified the 22nd Amendment, making a president ineligible for election to a third term or for election to a second full term after serving more than two remaining years of a term of a previously elected president. The latter clause would have applied to Truman's situation in 1952 were it not for a grandfather clause excluding the amendment's application to the incumbent president.


  • South Korea
    1953

    The Korean War Ended

    South Korea
    1953

    The war remained a frustrating stalemate for two years, with over 30,000 Americans killed, until an armistice ended the fighting in 1953.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 07, 1953

    The First U.S. hydrogen bomb

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 07, 1953

    In response, on January 7, 1953, Truman announced the detonation of the first U.S. hydrogen bomb, which was much more powerful than the Soviet Union's atomic weapons.


  • Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1972
    07:50:00 AM

    Death

    Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1972

    Died at 7:50 a.m. on December 26, at the age of 88.


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