THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Address on the Occasion of the Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty: April 4, 1949
On this day in 1949, the U.S. entered into its first peacetime military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty. After Secretary of State Dean Acheson signed the treaty, President Truman addressed the crowd. “In this pact, we hope to create a shield against aggression and the fear of aggression–a bulwark which will permit us to get on with the real business of government and society, the business of achieving a fuller and happier life for all our citizens.”
Read on for more from President Truman’s address after the North Atlantic Treaty was signed.