It was on this day

December 19, 2008

from today’s Writers Almanac:

It was on this day in 1941 that the Office of Censorship was created. It was a special emergency wartime agency ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He appointed Byron Price to head the agency. Price was a veteran journalist, the general manager of the Associated Press.

Price advocated a system of voluntary censorship for the presses, and it was successful during World War II because the war had popular support. In general, most reporters — as citizens and as journalists — shared in the prevailing sense of sacrifice and patriotism that the government encouraged.

The press refrained from reporting information about troop movements, the locations of forts, and the development of weapons — most notably of the atomic bomb. Many members of the press knew about the “Manhattan Project,” which Price later called the war’s “best-kept secret.”

It’s not design related, but it’s certainly interesting.