Daily Briefing: April 11

Truman fires MacArthur.

On this day in 1951, President Harry Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his duties as the U.S. commander of the Korean War. MacArthur had become famous as a war hero in World War II, and heading the Allied Pacific Command, and he presided at the signing of the peace treaties between the U.S. and Japan. He also oversaw the occupation of the defeated enemy.

Truman’s decision did not go over well. Public opinion of MacArthur was highly favorable. Truman’s approval rating sank when he fired the general. MacArthur returned to a hero’s welcome and addressed a joint session of Congress.

Here’s some background and a full lesson presented by the Harry Truman Library.