This Day in History: Truman Delivers First Ever Televised Presidential Address
On October 5, 1947, President Truman appeared on TV. 
Via Politico:

In his speech, Truman called on Americans to conserve food to help hard-pressed Europeans, still recovering from the devastation caused by the war and threatened with a massive winter famine. He asked the agricultural industry and distillers to reduce grain use. He asked Americans to forgo eating meat on Tuesdays and eggs and poultry on Thursdays and to consume one fewer slice of bread every day.

At the time, there were only 44,000 televisions in the States. Radio still ruled, with some 40 million of them in a country of about 144 million people.
By 1960 there were 52 million televisions in the country and an estimated 70 million watched Kennedy and Nixon in the first televised presidential debate. 
Image: President Truman delivers the first televised presidential address. AP via Politico.

This Day in History: Truman Delivers First Ever Televised Presidential Address

On October 5, 1947, President Truman appeared on TV. 

Via Politico:

In his speech, Truman called on Americans to conserve food to help hard-pressed Europeans, still recovering from the devastation caused by the war and threatened with a massive winter famine. He asked the agricultural industry and distillers to reduce grain use. He asked Americans to forgo eating meat on Tuesdays and eggs and poultry on Thursdays and to consume one fewer slice of bread every day.

At the time, there were only 44,000 televisions in the States. Radio still ruled, with some 40 million of them in a country of about 144 million people.

By 1960 there were 52 million televisions in the country and an estimated 70 million watched Kennedy and Nixon in the first televised presidential debate. 

Image: President Truman delivers the first televised presidential address. AP via Politico.

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