1940’s

Earl Browder - Communist Party of America

October 10, 1940 – The Communist Party Of America

  October 10, 1940 – Campaign talk by Earl Browder – American Communist Party Candidate for President – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Yes, America had an active Communist Party in the 1940 election – there was a Presidential candidate as well as numerous State and local candidates running for...

German Prisoners

October 6, 1941 – Swapping Prisoners, Nothing Quiet About The Eastern Front

October 5, 1941 – News Of The World – NBC Blue Network – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 5, 1941 – news for this day was reasonably calm in Western Europe. German wounded prisoners were being loaded on a British Hospital ship, getting ready to sail on to Dieppe...

Monopolies

Before The Days Of Mergers We Called Them Monopolies – 1948 – Past Daily Reference Room

Monopolies – Are They Bad For Business? – Chicago University Roundtable – April 1, 1948 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Monopolies – a word that’s not used much anymore. It’s what used it used to be called when one company bought out several smaller companies and emerged as the...

Hitler and Franco

September 29, 1940 – New World Order As Viewed From Berlin

September 29, 1940 – Sigrid Schultz reporting from Berlin – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – September 29, 1940 – while the elation over this newly formed Axis was continuing, the war was going on without stop. Bombing raids continued over Britain, and reciprocal raids were still taking place over Berlin...

September 27, 1940 Axis Pact Signing

September 27, 1940 – Signing The Axis Pact – Sealing The Fate

September 27, 1940 – In Berlin on this day, Germany, Italy and Japan entered into an agreement by which any of the signatories of the agreement would come to the aid of the other, should that signatory be attacked by any country not actively involved in the war up to...

Peter Warlock - Philip Heseltine

New London String Ensemble Play Music Of Peter Warlock – 1945 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Peter Warlock: Serenade for Strings – New London String Ensemble – BBC Session – February 14, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The music of Peter Warlock is seldom played these days, but probably more so than it was during his lifetime. Only two of his works were recorded...

King George VI

Attempting To Calm A Nation’s Jitters – King George Address – September 23, 1940 – Past Daily Reference Room

  King George VI – Address to The Commonwealth – September 23, 1940 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As Europe continued to feel the onslaught of German advances, and France, which fell in June was being rapidly occupied and taken over by German troops, the nightly air raids over...

J. Edgar Hoover - American legion Meeting 1940

September 23, 1940 – J. Edgar Hoover Lays It Out

September 23, 1940 – FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover addressed a meeting of The American Legion in Boston on this day. An avid anti-Communist, Hoover warned of the sneaking influence of Communist and Fascist elements threatening to flood the country. In 1940 there was the somewhat unholy alliance between Hitler and...

Polish RAF Pilots - World War 2

Polish Pilots In The RAF – World War 2 – The 13th Raid – Past Daily Reference Room

The 13th Raid – The Polish RAF pilots during a Night Raid over Germany – 1941 – BBC Transcription Service – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. In recent weeks, with the controversy surrounding Brexit and the simmering issue of Immigration in Britain, I read a news report of a Polish family...

21-year old Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

September 16, 1941 – Abdication In Tehran – Raids Over Germany

  September 16, 1941 – As the news broke from Tehran of an extraordinary meeting of Parliament, it was learned that Reza Shah had abdicated his power as ruler of Iran to his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The reasons cited were ill-health, but the Soviet-British takeover of Iranian oil fields...