Great Blizzard of 1947
In the midst of Peace talks, elections and reconstruction - Britain gets its worst blizzard in years.

March 6, 1947 – Peace Conference And Snow Ploughs

Great Blizzard of 1947

In the midst of Peace talks, elections and reconstruction – Britain gets its worst blizzard in years.

March 6, 1947 – NBC News Of The World – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

March 6, 1947 – Busy news day, 70 years ago. Secretary of State Gen. George Marshall arrived at Orly airfield in Paris on his way to Moscow for the Big Four Conference – he would spend the day conferring with President Vincent Auriol before heading east and getting French views on the German problem before discussions in Moscow. After the Paris stop, the American delegation was expected to make a stop in Berlin – the Americans would be last of a procession of diplomats pausing for discussions in Berlin ahead of the Moscow Conference. President Truman was on his way to El Paso Texas from a visit to Mexico. His stop in El Paso was to give a speech, which the White House said was going to have big International implications and would be broadcast live later on in the afternoon. Trouble in Palestine between the British Army and Jewish Underground forces, wounding three British soldiers and and several Jewish attackers. Speaking of Britain – The British elections were rapidly approaching and complicating matters was the worst blizzard in decades blanketing the UK in snow and sub-freezing temperatures. And attention was focused on Japan today, who were getting ready for their first set of Democratic elections to be held in that country since well before the war.

Back home – the stockyards at St. Paul Minnesota were tied up in a strike of livestock handlers. The strike caused a bottleneck of cattle streaming into the stockyards, but not able to be unloaded. The strike was expected to spread to the packing plants.

Mount Etna in Sicily was erupting again – spewing lava after two days of quiet from two craters at the rate of 600 feet an hour.

All in a day. And all reported by NBC Radio’s News Of The World.



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