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ir First White House television tour: Truman escorts commentator Walter Cronkite through the Diplomatic Re ception Room in 1952. Portrait shows Angelica Van Buren, daughter-in-law of the eighth President. A committee appointed by Truman in 1948 inspected the White House - ,and found it "standing up purely from habit." Renovation took three and a half years and cost $5,800,000. British lion, Winston Churchill, and Truman ALL PHOTOGRAPHSUNITED PRESSINTERNATIONAL British lion, Winston Churchill, and Truman @; , i motor through Jefferson City, Missouri, in March, I 1946, en route to Westminster College at Fulton, where Churchill alerted the free world to Com munist dangers: "... an iron curtain has descend ed across the [European] Continent." Y 1510 "That's one for the books," a joyous Harry Tru man said in St. Louis, Missouri, as he held aloft an early and erroneous headline in the Chicago Tribune of November 3, 1948. In a stunning upset, Democrat Truman defeated Republican Thomas E. Dewey by two million votes. Active in retirement, former President and Mrs. Truman ride in a Venetian gondola during their 1956 European tour. Harry Truman met Bess Wal lace in Sunday school. "She had golden curls and... the most beautiful blue eyes," he wrote. They attended school together from fifth grade through high school, and married in 1919. Mrs. Truman enjoyed being a Senator's wife, Truman later wrote, "and had fallen in love with Washington." But as First O Lady she was "not especially Sinterested... in the formalities and pomp or the artificiality Swhich.. . surround the family Sof a President."