Ode to The Smoke-Filled Room – News For July 12, 1960
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News for this July 12th in 1960 was all about the goings on in Los Angeles at The Democratic National Convention. The headline of the day was the Convention was “on the verge of breaking one way or the other”. A nominee hadn’t been named yet, and a running mate for that as-yet unnamed nominee wasn’t name yet either. And the behind-the-scenes machinations of securing the Kennedy nomination were underway. Even though Adlai Stevenson’s name was put in nomination for a third time, it didn’t seem likely Stevenson would be the standard bearer.
In other news – two airliners in two separate incidents were ditched in the waters around the Philippine Islands. Out of a total of 89 passengers and crew from both planes, 87 survived. And the emergency session of the UN Security Council over the crisis in the Belgian Congo heard from Tunisia, who introduced a resolution asking the Belgians to pull their troops out of the region and authorize the UN to send in an expeditionary force of Peacekeepers. The U.S. was in support and the Soviets were not.
And late news from the Convention indicated the possibility of a Kennedy-Symington ticket, although the Symington camp denied the rumors. And word was also received that the Convention was going to keep going as long as it took on this day, in order to nail down a nomination.
And so went July 12, 1960 as heard over NBC News On The Hour, sponsored by the Chevy Corvair.