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Important Historical Dates
APRIL 27, 1950
Final passage by House of Representatives
of bill creating the National Science
Foundation. House passed the original
bill, H.R. 4846, on March 1 by 247-126
APRIL 28, 1950
Final passage of science bill by the Senate.
Original Senate bill, S.247, was passed
on March 18.
MAY 10, 1950
President Harry S. Truman signed the bill
creating the National Science Foundation.
Truman announced this signing in the morning
from the rear platform of a train in Pocatello,
SEPTEMBER 27, 1950
NSF's first budget of $225,000 was approved
by President Truman.
NOVEMBER 2, 1950
President Truman announced his appointments
to the National Science Board.
DECEMBER 12, 1950
The first meeting took place of the National
Science Board in the White House.
For more information about NSF's history,
50th anniversary website.
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