May 8 is a state holiday in Missouri, United States. This date commemorates and honors the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
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The eldest of the three children of farmer John and Martha Truman, Harry Truman was born in May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. He graduated high school in 1901, worked in a bank but returned to his family farm in 1906 and took over the management of the farm when his father died in 1906.
Harry Truman joined the military and commanded Battery D, 129th Field Artillery 135th Division during World War I. Upon his return, he married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace and opened a Haberdashery business in Kansas City but ended up closing because of rampant recession. During World War II, he headed a senate committee that investigates the outgoing monetary activities of the war defense. January 20, 1945 when he took his oath as the 34th Vice President of the United States. April 12, 1945 when Harry Truman succeeded Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the 33rd president of the United States. He arranged the charter for the United Nations, yielding to the unconditional surrender of Germany in May 8. The same year (July 1945) when the test for atomic bomb in Mexico City became successful. Harry Truman approved the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki . In the succeeding years in the presidential seat, Harry Truman also gave the notice that the United States would oppose communism and communist aggression everywhere thru this Truman Doctrine. Harry Truman had accomplished a lot during his term. He even succeeded presidency on his second term. Included in his proposals were the expansion of public housing, increased assistance in education, higher minimum wage, national health insurance. In 1950, it was the outbreak of the conflict between the communist North Korean and South Korea. Lead by General Douglas Mac Arthur, there were able to win over South Korea. General Mac Arthur, however, would like to pursue South Korea across Yalu River. This is in contradictory with the order given to him by President Truman, leading General Mac Arthurs removal from his command in April 1951.
Harry Truman retired in 1953. Enjoying his life as a private citizen, he had been busy with reading, writing and lecturing. He bid farewell to his life here on earth December 26, 1972.