April 29, 1947: America is “still a better place than all the…

April 29, 1947: America is “still a better place than all the totalitarian regimes that were ever dreamed of in the crooked philosophies of the dictators,” Senator Irving M. Ives proudly declared at a gala dinner for the New York Fund at the Hotel Astor in Manhattan. To emphasize the point, a six-ton, 29-foot howitzer cannon was hauled into Times Square earlier in the day and fired by Margaret O’Brien, a child star of the screen, “typifying U.S. ideals,” . Photo: The New York Times