Today In History- May 22
In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine.
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Truman Doctrine becomes law in fight against communism.
22 May 1947 | Washington D.C., USA
As a means to rebuild war-torn Europe, on May 22, 1947, President Harry Truman signs his famed Truman Doctrine into law. The act, passed by the U.S. Congress, insisted that the United States provide monetary support to Greece and Turkey, who were under pressure from neighboring communist countries. This economic aid, Truman believed, would help the countries rebuild, without the influence of communism in their governments. Military aid was also supplied to train new soldiers and ensure the efficiency of the rebuilding effort, hoping also to contain the spread of communism in eastern Europe.