Truman Day

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Truman Day
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Harry S. Truman
Observed by United States, Missouri
Type Missouri state holiday
Date May 8
Next time May 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)
Frequency annual

Truman Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. It is celebrated May 8 in Missouri as a state holiday, according to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 9-035 Public Holidays[1] and nationally by the United States Democratic Party.[2] Since Truman was the only president to come from Missouri, this day is special for this state.[3][4] However, after the financial crisis of 2008-2010, there were unsuccessful moves by the state government to abolish the holiday.[5] For Missouri state employees, this is a paid holiday.[6]

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Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953), an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served as a United States Senator from Missouri (1935-1945) and briefly as Vice President (1945) before he succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945 upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was president during the final months of World War II, making the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truman was elected in his own right in 1948. He presided over an uncertain domestic scene as America sought its path after the war, and tensions with the Soviet Union increased, marking the start of the Cold War.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Section 9-035 May 8, Truman Day". Moga.mo.gov. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Holidays: Truman Day in United States". Timeanddate.com. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  3. ^ Levitt, Aimee (2010-05-04). "Will the Buck Stop Here For Truman Day? - St. Louis News - Daily RFT". Blogs.riverfronttimes.com. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Headlines: Truman Day, May 7". Fired Up! Missouri. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  5. ^ Volkmann, Kelsey (2010-05-03). "Truman Day stays as Missouri state holiday this year - St. Louis Business Journal:". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  6. ^ Messenger, Tony. "State employees still get Truman Day off — this year at least | Political Fix | STLtoday". Interact.stltoday.com. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 

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