1948 Chrysler Town & Country

The Year is 1948 ...

Democrats Harry S. Truman (Mo.) and Alben W. Barkley (Ky.) beat Republicans Thomas E. Dewey (N.Y.) and Earl Warren (Ca.) for President and Vice President.

Chicago Tribune puts wrong headline "Dewey Defeats Truman" in the morning paper.

Postwar inflation.

Congress approves $5.3 billion for Marshall Plan aid to Europe -- The Economic Cooperation Act of 1948. The United States proposed to rebuild war-torn Europe to promote political stability and a healthy world economy. The Marshall plan named after Secretary of State George C. Marshall.

United States recognizes new state of Israel.

U.S. and Britain airlift supplies to West Berlin after USSR cuts off transportation into city.

President Harry Truman orders peacetime draft and desegregation in U.S. military.

Spying charges brought by the House unAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) to Alger Hiss, who was on staff with the Roosevelt Administration and was part of the staff that formed the blueprint for the United Nations in 1944. Freshman Congressman Richard M. Nixon is part of the committee that brings charges against Hiss. The case, which convicted Hiss, became politically divisive between liberals and conservatives.

Idlewilde International Airport (now John F. Kennedy International Airport) opens in New York as the largest airport in the world.

Dick and Maurice McDonald, start their orginal fast food restaurant from San Bernardino, California that eventually becomes

Television receiver capable of coordinating sound and picture is invented by Louis W. Parker.

NBC Chicago affiliate WNBQ broadcast its first television signal as a test pattern.

Meigs Field officially opens.

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