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On this day in 1939, all eyes were on New York at the unveiling of the Worlds Fair of 1939. The World of Tomorrow; an idyllic world of peace and technological wizardry. The world where all things were possible.
Except for that dark, ominous thing looming in the distance – that dark thing called War in Europe. The War that would erupt a scant four months later and eventually engulf the rest of the world in its madness.
But April 30th in 1939 was all about optimism. And for the moment, the future was loaded with it.
Here are those opening day ceremonies, featuring an address by President Franklin Roosevelt, all broadcast live on April 30, 1939.
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